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The ancient city of Paestum is located about 52 miles (84 km) south of Naples, Italy. Legend has it that the city was founded by Jason and the Argonauts, but archaeologists attribute Paestum existence to Greek colonists who came to the shores of the Gulf of Salerno in 7th century BC. Paestum and its outskirts was known as Poseidonia, a ritual center of Poseidon (the Roman Neptune), the God of the sea.
What Makes It Special
For about 2600 years the landscape of the Gulf of Salerno and the Piana del Sele is accompanied by the solemn temples of Paestum, the witnesses of former power and prosperity of the Magna Graecia (Latin meaning "Great Greece"). Paestum is one of the oldest and best preserved Greek temple complexes in the Mediterranean area. The Doric order temples of Paestum influenced the whole neoclassical architecture, both European and American.
Directions To Destination
Paestum is easy to reach:
Best Time To Go
Fall or spring. In summer expect high temperatures.
Where To Stay
Many tourist take a day or half a day trip to Paestum. However, if you want to stay in the proximity of temples, we recommend the following accommodations:
You can visit the Paestum's archeological park on a day-trip with half of the day dedicated to the excavation site and after having lunch spending the rest of the day visiting the near-by Archeological Museum. But you can easily extend you visit for more thorough exploration of the archeological site and surroundings; perhaps, two or three days will be enough. Also, do not forget that beaches are very close to the archeological site - only a 30 minute walk. The coast line is not as impressive as in the Amalfi area; still sand beaches and relaxing environment with less crowds than on very popular Amalfi coast, will make your staying very pleasant.
Useful Visitor Information and Tips
The site is open all year round. Entrance to the excavation area is €6, entrance to the museum is €4 (2011, full price, separate tickets). You can also buy a "cumulativo" (valid for both places for three days) for €11. Museum open daily (closed the on 1st and 3rd Monday of each month) 9:00 AM – 6:45 PM. Excavation area is opened daily from 8:45 AM; its last admission depends on the time of the year. During summer months it varies from 5:45 PM to 6:30 PM; during winter it can be as early as 3:00 PM.
Tags: archeological site; Argonauts; basilica; Campania (4); Capaccio; Castellabate (2); Cilento (2); Doric order; excavation site; Getsemani Sanctuary; Giasone; Golden Fleece; Great Greece; Gulf of Salerno (2); Italy (9); Lucani (2); Madonna Del Granato; Magna Graecia; Naples (4); Paestum (2); paragliding (2); Piana del Sele; Poseidonia; Roman colony; Salerno (3); Santa Maria di Castellabate (2); Saracenes; Sele; Temple of Athena; Temple of Ceres; Temple of Hera; Temple of Hera II; Temple of Neptune; Tomb of the Diver; Tyrrhenian Sea (4); UNESCO (9); UNESCO World Heritage Site List; Vallo di Diano
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