THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF PAESTUM
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An evocative walk through the majestic Doric temples of the archaeological site of Paestum, one of the most important architectural landmarks of Magna Grecia.
- Paestum, archaeological site
- Temple of Neptune
- Basilica of Hera
- Temple of Athena
- Leaving the port of Salerno by coach we arrive at the ancient city of Paestum, a UNISCO World Heritage Site. Founded by the Greeks in around 600 BC as Poseidonia, from Poseidon or Neptune, the god of the sea to which the city had been dedicated, it experienced its greatest period of splendour from 560 BC to 440 BC before being occupied by the Italic Lucanian tribe between 420 and 410 BC
- In 273 BC Rome extracted the city from the Lucanian confederation and installed a colony that took the name of Paestum. It was under Roman rule that major public works were carried out which changed the face of the former Greek polis: the Forum, which replaced the enormous area of the agora and reduced the area of the southern sanctuary, the so-called "Temple of Peace", probably the Capitolium, the sanctuary of Fortuna Virilis and the amphitheatre.
- Accompanied by our guide, we enter the walls that surround the ancient city and take a walk along the streets of this open-air museum. Every corner reveals a new wonder, the perfect setting for unmissable photo opportunities: the wonderfully preserved Temple of Neptune, the spectacular Basilica of Hera and the Temple of Athena.
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- The transfer from Salerno to Paestum takes approximately 45 minutes.
- The excursion involves walking for about 2 hours, it is therefore recommended to wear comfortable shoes.