Paestum, Italy

Paestum is the classical Roman name of a major Graeco-Roman city in the Campania region of Italy. It is located in the north of Cilento, near the coast about 85 km SE of Naples in the province of Salerno, and belongs to the commune of Capaccio.

The main features of the site today are the standing remains of three major temples in Doric style, dating from the first half of the 6th century BC. These were dedicated to Hera, Apollo and Athena, although they have traditionally been identified as a basilica and temples of Neptune and Ceres, owing to 18th-century mis-attribution.

The modern town of Paestum, directly to the north of the archaeological site, is a popular seaside resort. In the region of Paestum there are long, sandy beaches suitable for swimming and sunbathing.

Things to See & Do

* Three ancient Greek temples
* Museum, especially the frescos of the Grace chamber
* Buffalo farms
* Paestum beaches

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Italian
Land Area – 120 hectares
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – +39

Port Location – The port is located at Agropoli, which is approximately 5km’s from Paestum.

Travel Links – Paestum can be accessed by train goes from Salerno to Paestum station. During the summer months ferries are available from Salerno, Naples, Positano and Amalfi. Coaches run throughout the Campania regions, especially in Avellino province, picking locals up for various points and taking them to the site.

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