Explore the haunting ancient temples of Paestum on our virtual tour of one of the world's great archaeological sites
duration 1.5 hours
What was Italy like before the rise of ancient Rome? Find out on our immersive virtual tour of mysterious Paestum, one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites far from the average tourist’s radar. Founded in the 6th century BC by sea-worshipping Greek settlers known as the Poseidonians, Paestum boasts three extraordinarily well-preserved Greek temples whose massive and beautiful forms speak hauntingly of a distant world. Join local guide and storyteller Andrea to trace the fascinating story of this remote colony, from its rise to one of southern Italy’s most important cities to decline and conquer at the hands of the newly powerful Roman Empire. We’ll be virtually wandering through the ruins and poring over ancient frescoes, mosaics and artefacts that offer a vivid window into the splendours of antiquity, including the absolutely incredible paintings adorning the Tomb of the Diver. Our immersive Paestum virtual tour is a great chance to see a hidden side of Italy’s ancient heritage - book your place today!
Hi I’m Andrea! A native of Naples, I’ve lived in the Campania region of Italy all my life, and I have a deep love for its art, archeology, music, architecture, cuisine, natural beauty and - of course - its people. I have shared this world with many, many visitors over the years,showcasing the vast range of this wonderful place. When I was 14 years old I started working as an actor in theatres, and this plays a central role in how I communicate on my tours today - I always try to put something theatrical into everything I do :-)
The world of travel might be on hold right now, but just because we're all staying at home to help the world overcome a common enemy doesn't mean we have to put our wanderlust on the back burner. Frustrated with not being able to get our travel fix, we decided to transform our award-winning tours into immersive virtual experiences, meaning you can still explore Italy’s spectacular archaeological sites and jaw-dropping museums from the comfort of your own home.
If you cannot find a scheduled time for our virtual tours that work for you, please contact us directly and we would be delighted to set up a private virtual tour for you and your group!
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* Please note that the booking times are in US Eastern Standard Time and Rome, Italy CET is 6 hours ahead *
Fun and informative, our virtual tours take the form of online real-time presentations led by our expert guides. Combining videos, high-definition photos and more, our guides will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you on these interactive walkthroughs of Italy’s most fascinating sites. The live format of our virtual tours means you’ll be able to ask your guide anything you wish, just like on a normal tour. We really believe it's the next best thing to being here!
Please note that the proceeds from our online tours go directly to our guides, providing them with a valuable lifeline in these tough times for the world of travel. Thank you for your support!
5.0 (4 reviews)
Wonderful overview of a fantastic archaeological site
Of the several people attending the virtual tour the day I took it, I was the only one who had visited Paestum/Poseidonia in person. Paestum is one of the most special places I have ever visited, and Andrea's tour was a wonderful virtual version of an in-person tour. Andrea highlighted many of the same buildings that my in-person guide did, and chose to emphasize a couple of different secondary buildings than my in-person guide had emphasized. I also thought his background information on the site was excellent, and he gave a more detailed breakdown of the various theories about the famous painted tomb (the only known painted tomb surviving from the Greek era) than my in-person guide had done when touring the museum with me, plus when you are looking at slides you can get closer to the paintings on the tomb than you can when you are at the museum. I would highly recommend both this virtual tour and visiting Paestum/Poseidonia in person to anyone interested in ancient history and/or archaeology, and I suspect that anyone with a more general love of history would also find it fascinating.
Take This Dive (with Andrea and the Young Greek Diver)
This is another memorable virtual tour led with grace and passion by the incomparable and seemingly tireless guide, Andrea. This tour delivers everything promised in the online "overview" and "highlights"--and more. Andrea uses well-chosen maps, paintings, photographs, and simulations to walk with us virtually and patiently through three amazing Greek temples and their surrounding ruins, explaining in just the right level of detail the historical and cultural contexts and evolution of this mysterious site. He also gives us fascinating close-up looks at ancient artifacts, notably the jaw-dropping 5th-century BCE frescoes adorning the "Tomb of the Diver." The breadth and depth of Andrea's knowledge of Paestum is matched only by his refreshing humility about what we still do not know. He offers us more than promised in the description because of his rare gifts as a storyteller connecting to a live audience, if only through Zoom (for now). When hiking the Amalfi coast in 2015, I very much wanted to continue south past Salerno to Paestum. I knew just enough to be curious. But. . .my itinerary didn't allow me the time to get to Paestum then. Now, thanks to Through Eternity, Andrea has given me yet another inspiration to return to Italy and keep learning. And, meanwhile, challenged me to find the most authentic buffalo mozzarella in Chicago.