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Ancient Greece
1000BC - 501BC
Paestum, Sorrento, Napoli,
Pompeii, Herculaneum,
The Acropolis,

Paestum history

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.


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Viv Rayner
29 Nov, 2013

Wonderful site - well worth a visit. I was fascinated to see the how the stone pads of the doric columns had deformed over time.

David Bump
13 Jul, 2012

It was also during this century that Herculaneum and Pompeii were first excavated (p. 501), "and in 1752 the majestic temples built by Greek colonists at Paestum were recovered from the jungle growth of darkened centuries." from: 'The Age of Voltaire' ('The Story of Civilization: Part IX'), "A History of Civilization in Western Europe from 1715 to 1756, with Special Emphasis on the Conflict between Religion and Philosophy" by Will and Ariel Durant, Simon and Schuster, New York, 1965.

chris dunkel

one of the best things i have seen

Just as empires rise and fall so do entry fees and opening hours! While we work as hard as we can to ensure the information provided here about Paestum is as accurate as possible, the changing nature of certain elements mean we can't absolutely guarantee that these details won't become a thing of the past. If you know of any information on this page that needs updating you can add a comment above or now.

contact details

Address: Paestum, Via Magna Grecia, Italy

Phone: +39 (0)828 811016

E-Mail: info@infopaestum.it

visitor information

Directions to Paestum:
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.

Paestum opening times and ticket prices:
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.


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