Paestum Travel Guide

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Paestum Things to Do

  • Car free

    This town itself was pretty much forgotten, indeed is nothing much to do here, except visiting the museum and the archaeological site. While wandering outside you will have a view of the site, this pedestrianized street were lined up with souvenir shops and a couple of bars and restaurantsIf you come with a car there is a big car park outside...

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  • The ruins of Paestum

    If you have a car is easy to visit this town, for those coming with public transport the train station is about 15-20 minutes walk. And it can visited as a day trip if you are in Salerno regionThe archaeological site at Paestum covers a large area and takes as much as two hours to explore thoroughly. You can buy separate tickets for the...

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  • Museum

    The Archaeological Museum of Paestum is especially proud of its tombs. Small houses seem, six painted stones. Paestum proposes a twenty exhibits, but the Tomba del Tuffatore (the tomb of the diver) is a world famous example of Greek paintingOn the walls a carousal is depicted on the keystone pops a young man from a tower into the sea. Sober but...

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  • Surprise, surpraise: The doric temples

    Like allmost everyone, we also came here because of the temples.When we arrived to the trainstaion, everything was closed (at march ) including tourist info. And ticket sales, so you should by a return ticket to train where ever you come from, if you come by train.There was no maps, no signs any kind. We had no idea where should we go first. We...

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  • Greek Ruins--Paestum

    If you go to Pompeii, you just have to take another day and visit Paestum. It isn't that much further south. These are Greek Ruins, older than Pompeii.The area is flat, no hills to climb and nice trails, places to stop and sit and just take in everything.The ruins are terrific and there are large buildings/temples like the photos below. Plan to...

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  • Go to the beach

    Beside the beautiful temples there are also very nice sand beaches around and you can enjoy your vacation there. There are lidos (places with deckchairs, restaurant, sunbed) where you pay for the service and public beaches where you're free to place your towel whereever you like.

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  • Temple and museum

    You can visit also the museum to get a knowledge about Paestum history. there are many funeral picture of Lucan age (5th sec. B.C.) and other interests archaeological contexts. the funeral picuture is only one case of picutures in Greek age, this photo is one of it, it's drowing an angel of death is pickking up a spirit of dead person to take in...

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  • Magna Graecia

    To this day there are enclaves of Greek-speakers in Italy -- notably in Puglia and Calabria, the heel and the toe of the Italian 'boot'. They are descendants, culturally if not altogether biologically, of Greeks who began colonizing southern Italy and Sicily in the 8th century BCE.Paestum, in Campania, offers the best-preserved Greek buildings...

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  • Temple of Hera

    Sometimes called basilica, this temple was consecrated to the goddess Hera and is actually the oldest of the three temples and the oldest building of the whole town, being built at the middle of 6th century BC.

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  • Temple of Neptune

    Originally consecrated to Poseidon, the god of the seas, it is the biggest and best preserved of the three temples. Only natural for a town of Poseidonia, as Paestum was called before the roman times. And Neptune is how Poseidon was known in the roman pantheon of gods. The temple was built around 450 BC and its sheer size is overwhelming – as you...

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  • Temple of Ceres

    The temple of Ceres is the first one you will discover when visiting the ruins. It might be the smallest, but it leaves a lasting impression.While at one time, it was converted to a christian basilica, originally it was dedicated to Demeter, the greek goddess of agriculture and harvest, being built in 6th BC. Ceres is the romanized version of the...

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  • General Information Regarding Paestum

    I much preferred Paestum to Pompeii or Herculaneum. Entrance was fairly cheap at EUR 6.50 for a combined ticket to the site and the museum. The site opens around 8.00 am and closes at sunset, with the ticket window closing one hour before sunset. The museum is closed on the first and third Monday of each month. I spent about two hours exploring the...

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  • Artichoke Festival

    Every year in late April and/or early May, the residents of Paestum hold the Festa diel Carciofo, otherwise known as the Artichoke Festival! The area around Paestum is well-known for it's great artichoke crop, and as you drive to the site you are sure to see many farmers with stalls along the road, selling their fresh artichokes to passing...

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  • Paleo-Christian Church

    Across the street from the archaeological site at Paestum lies a Paleo-Christian Church dating back to the 5th century. Known as the Chiesa della SS Annunziata, it was transformed from an open basilica to a closed basilica as times changed. Doors are always open and admission is free. Inside it is dark and gloomy: you feel as though you've stepped...

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  • The Paestum Diver

    The most famous image found at the site, The Paestum Diver was recovered from the inside lid of a sarcophagus. The image represents diving willingly from life to death, in order to acquire more knowledge. Apparently. The five decorated surfaces from the well-preserved sarcophagus can be seen in the museum.Please note that this image was taken...

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  • Paestum Museum

    The museum at Paestum shares the opening hours with the archaeological site. It is spread over three floors (the first floor was closed when I visited in April 2006) and includes great artifacts taken from the site. Lots of statues, vases, tools and busts were rescued during excavations.

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  • Amphitheatre

    The amphitheare would have been used for sporting events, games and displays. Today, you can enter the amphitheatre and also climb up small stairways (beside the entrance) for a higher view (from inside the window).

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  • Agora

    The original Greek forum and marketplace (agora) was later built over by the Romans, who used the area as their forum. In the photo you will see a building from the 6th century BC, which served as either a real grave or an empty grave (known as a heroon), in honor of those who founded the city.

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Paestum Hotels

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  • Hotel Le Palme

    Via Poseidonia 123 - Zona Laura, Paestum, 84063, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Poseidonia Mare

    Via Torre Di Mare 16, Paestum, 84063, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Villa Rita

    I stayed at Hotel Villa Rita for one night in April 2006, while visiting the ruins at Paestum. This...

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Paestum Restaurants

  • Snack food, ice cream..

    We had some kind of hot sandwishes and soda only. They had also sweet bakings, candy etc. I think they had pizza sign there also, but I don´t think they do have "real" pizza there. At least at off season. Later we came back for ice cream. It was good, but not as good as I have had in Italy at most places. I don´t think it was from any small...

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  • Best in the Area

    We found this place by accident, or actually out of desperation, driving around looking for a place to eat.The food turned out to be awesome. The mozzarella cheese melts in your mouth, the wine was superb, it was too much to expect for an "accidental finding". Everything the three of us ordered turned out perfect. You can't miss.Outdoor and indoor...

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  • Fantastic Mozzarellas

    The Restaurant is just next to the Museum and in front of the Temples area.It's very familiar, only one big soom with several tables. The service is offhand, but the food is very very very very good! We had a really fantastic Mozzarella di Bufala with a tomato salad....it wothed the wole lunch!!!

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Paestum Nightlife

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    by sim1 Updated Mar 26, 2003

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    I found a campground in Paestum right at the beach. And what is more wonderful after such a day than to walk on the beach and watch the sunset. It was a gorgeous evening, and walking on the shoreline with my feet in the water was wonderful. Listening to the water washing up against the shore and seeing the sun sink into the sea. I couldn't think of a nicer and more relaxing way to end this day.

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Paestum Transportation

  • To/From Paestum

    Paestum is a unique and awesome place to visit. I don't think that there are many other places where you'll find Greek temples surrounded by a ruined Roman town. It's well worth the trip. I do find it interesting though that it's a bit like a forgotten child. Similar to much of Campania, signs and general convenience could be better. The train is...

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  • Take a bus to ruins

    To get Paesum, you can have an option to choice a bus of praivete line, it's called S.C.A.T, you pay just 2,50 euro(it's more cheeper then railway) on board, the bus let you get of near ruins, you can get a timetable in Salerno tourist infomation and many lacal people used to take it to go to Salerno, it's convenience solution. Take it at Concordia...

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  • Train

    Paestum is on the trainline from Napoli through Salerno to Reggio di Calabria. The new town is located at the trainstop Stazione di Capaccio, but the ruins are closer to Stazione di Paestum (1 km). From Capaccio there is 6 km to the ruins, so it is much better to get of at Paestum, but not all train stops here. From Stazione di Paestum, just walk ,...

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Paestum Warnings and Dangers

  • think, what time you get a train to go...

    Paestum is 30 min. from Salerno by train.It' very nice place to see ancents monument of 5 century B.C. but I advice you to go in daytime, to get ruins you has to take a walk 30 min. from railway station in a cornfild, it's quite scary after sun set. Near the station you can find nothing, nobady to ask help, pleace visit in the morning if you visit...

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  • Unmarked Bus Stops = You Look Like a...

    There are two bus stops (at the Paestum end) that connect Salerno to Paestum. One of these bus stops is just outside the site on the Temple of Ceres end, near a gift shop and tabacconist. This bus stop is clearly marked with a bus shelter, sign and benches. Plus, you can buy your return tickets at the tabacconist. I highly suggest you use this bus...

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Paestum Off The Beaten Path

  • Bouleiterion

    Bouleiterion was where the roman senate assembled. Near the forum, it is today overgrown by herbs in a fitting illustration of the passing over of roman republican traditions in the subsequent years.

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  • The temples of Paestum

    These tempels are absolutely amazing. It is a large complex with three temples on it, but two of them are still under restoration. I wish I could have seen all three of them in full splendour, that would have been really unforgettable. But just one of these temples is more than enough to make this trip worth while!

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  • Temple of Hera II or Temple of Neptune

    But there are more temples in Paestum! Unfortunately these were under restoration, so I couldn't see them in there full beauty. But even like this they were so impressive! This is a picture of the the Temple of Hera II, sometimes called the Temple of Neptune or the Temple of Poseidon. It is an archaic Doric temple in the ancient city of Paestum. It...

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Paestum Favorites

  • Museum of Paestum

    The museum near the ruins houses a magnificent collection of frescoes recovered from burial tombs, that also attest how the greek culture of the city was influenced by the Etruscan beliefs. It also houses the finds from the site of Paestum. If you want the audioguide for the visit of the ruins, you should also go to the museum.

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  • Ruins of Poseidonia

    The town of Poseidonia (later Paestum) was founded by greek colons around 600 BC. It was part of Magna Graecia, the name given to the greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily, that prospered for a long time. Renamed Paestum at the time of roman conquest in 273 BC, it was an important port. It was abandoned in early middle ages, thanks to the...

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  • Campania Arte Card

    The Campania Arte Card is a great way to explore Campania's many attractions and archaeological sites. Here's what you need to know in order to take advantage of this deal:Anyone can use the full-price Arte Card. The reduced-rate card for those 18-25 can only be purchased by people residing in EU countries or countries with a reciprocal agreement...

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