PAESTUM, astonishing archaeological site
Via Magna Grecia, Paestum, Italy
www.infopaestum.it - 0828-811016
PAESTUM, astonishing archaeological site Reviews
Best preserved Doric Temples in the world Dec 31, 2006
Off the beaten path,in the region of mozzarella di buffona,,Paestum(Roman name) or Poseidonia(Greek name) is an ancient Greek and later Roman city located 40 km South of Salerna and 90 km from Napoli in the sunny Campania (the pics are from the 3 or 4/01/2007 and I was wearing only a teeshirt!),often deserted ,it could be an interesting complement of the visit of the crowded Pompei
With its impressive walls,churches,well-preserved temples,amphitheatre,Via Sacra.. Paestum is one of the most important archaelogical site in Italy and a Unesco World Heritage site.
Only a fraction of the ancient city has been excavated(only around the Temples and public buildings).
Probably founded around 600 BC by Dorians from Sybaris,a luxurious place of Ionan Sea,Poseidonia was the northernmost Greek settlement in Italy.The city grew on a combination of agriculture and trade.
At the end of the 5th century BC,Poseidona passed over to the Lucanians,an indigenous samnite tribe ,till 273 BC when the Romans renamed the city Paestum.
Entrance:4 euro,6,5 euro with the Museum.
Part of the A Campanian NYE 2007 travel blog
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