Paestum is a Greco-Roman site located south of Naples which contains the stunning remains of three ancient Greek temples which still stand tall today.
Founded as a Greek colony in the 6th century BC, Paestum was originally known as Poseidonia, named for the Greek god Poseidon. The city was captured by the Romans in 273BC after the Pyrrhic Wars and became the thriving Roman settlement of Paestum.
However, the changing climate and political upheavals of the later Roman Empire saw Paestum begin to decline in the early medieval period and by the turn of the millennium the site had been abandoned – it was not rediscovered until the 18th century.
Today, visitors to Paestum can still see the spectacular temples – the Temple of Hera, the Temple of Neptune and the Temple of Ceres (thought by some to be a temple of Athena).
The site also contains impressive defensive walls, a Roman forum, the basic remains of a Roman amphitheatre and a number of ancient tombs. Paestum also boasts an early Christian church and Paestum Museum, which has a wealth of information about the local sites. This site also features as one of our Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Italy.
By Train: Visitors can get the train from Naples to Paestum railway station which is walking distance from the temples. By Car: Take the A3 to Battipaglia and then highway 18 to Paestum.
The Paestum sites are open from 9am until late afternoon while Paestum Museum is open from 9am – 7pm. The museum is closed on the first and third Mondays each month. Entry costs €4 for the museum and €6.50 for the site and Paestum museum.
Paestum, Via Magna Grecia, Italy
+39 (0)828 811016
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