Welcome to Paestum

Paestum – or Poseidonia as the city was originally called, in honour of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea – was founded in the 6th century BC by Greek settlers and fell under Roman control in 273 BC. Decline set in following the demise of the Roman Empire. Savage raids by the Saracens and periodic outbreaks of malaria forced the steadily dwindling population to abandon the city altogether.

Today, Paestum offers visitors a vivid, to-scale glimpse of the grandeur and sophistication of the area's past life.

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$68 Cultural & Theme Tours

Paestum & Buffalo Farm Day Trip from Sorrento

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Travel Etc., Sorrento, Province of Naples, CampaniaDeparture from SorrentoStop At: Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Paestum, Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Province of Salerno, CampaniaThe national museum contains important objects and materials (funerary items, pots, etc.) found in the town, in the near necropolises and at the sanctuary dedicated to Hera Argiva at the mouth of Sele River. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Templi Greci di Paestum, Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Province of Salerno, CampaniaPaestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia (southern Italy). The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation.Duration: 1 hour

$49.32 Cultural & Theme Tours

Salerno and Paestum from Sorrento

Explore these 2 cities on a full-day tour from Sorrento, visiting their monuments and museums and walking their streets. 1 hour of free time walking along the Salerno seafront and visiting the cathedral or wandering through the pedestrian area. Then head on to Paestum to enjoy lunch before entering its archeological site.In medieval times, Salerno was the world’s capital of medicine. The Monastery of the Benedictine monks, who probably founded its medical school, offered the best instruction available at the time. One of the most famous medical texts of that time was the "Regimen Sanistas Salerni," written in Salerno in Latin and translated into almost every European language.In more modern times Salerno is best remembered for the landing of allied troops on its beaches during World War II.The town of Paestum was founded by the Greeks around 60 B.C. Its name derives from Poseidon , to whom it was dedicated. It was during this period that the Basilica, the Temple of Poseidon, and the Temple of Ceres (Athena) were built. Today the temples and ruins–built of a fine yellow limestone–standing in a bower of aromatic herbs, cypress, and oleander, are considered to be the finest examples of their kind. The nearby museum contains many fine sculptures found on the site and also the famous divers’ tomb.

$877.72 Day Trips & Excursions

Sorrento or Positano to Amalfi Coast and Paestum Full-Day Tour

Get picked up at your hotel in either Sorrento or Positano to begin your day trip.After a 10 minute drive from Sorrento you will reach the southern shore of the Sorrentine Peninsula and the beginning of the Amalfi Coast. During your ride along the famous Amalfi Coast you'll have the opportunity of take photos from the vehicle and while stopping in the various areas located along the coast. The first town you will reach is Positano, also called the vertical town. It is the most picturesque town along the coast. There you will stop for one hour of free time. Enjoy the opportunity to walk down to the beach and look at the different stores and art galleries. After a 1-hour dive from Positano you'll reach the town of Amalfi. This town has a glorious past starting the 875 AD. it was the first maritime republic in Italy. A lot of the ancient city was destroyed by an earthquake in 1345. One of the very few buildings that survived is the Cathedral of St. Andrew built in the 10th century in the Sicilian Arab-Norman style. A visit to the cathedral and the center of this town is highly recommended. After Amalfi you will visit Salerno and the archaeological site of Paestum. Paestum was original built by the Greeks in the 7th century BC and named Poseidonia. The site is known for the 3 Greek temples, considered among the best preserved in Europe. They date from 550 BC to 450 BC.After the 2-hour guided tour of Paestum (the temples and museum), you will ride back on the main highway and return to your original pickup location.

$68.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Paestum & Buffalo Farm Full-day Coach Tour from Sorrento

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Templi Greci di Paestum, Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Province of Salerno, CampaniaPaestum was a major centre of the Magna Grecia. The oldest traces of human settlement dates back to the Palaeolithic site. During the Imperial Age, Paestum began a long and gradual decline, until the final abandonment in the eighth century, due to swamping in the area. The Roman town, however, had its forum here, with the rally, the temple of the Capitoline Triad , the Basilica.The entire archaeological area of the city is included in the UNESCO list of sites of worldwide interest, preserved as a heritage of humanity. Near the town at the mouth of the Sele, you can admire the ruins of the sanctuary of Hera (Heraion), one of the most important Greek sanctuaries on Italian soil. The sacred area incorporates, in addition to several secondary buildings, a major temple and a smaller building, called the Treasury, decorated with carved metopes now conserved in the Museum. Duration: 2 hours

$57.74 Tours & Sightseeing

Paestum: Route of the Allied Landings Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Nevada Park Amusement Park, Paestum, Capaccio-Paestum, Province of Salerno, Campanianevada park amusement parkPass By: Monumento ai Caduti 36Th Divisione Texas Seconda Guerra Mondialemonumento ai caduti 36th divisione texas Pass By: Bunker 2° Guerra Mondialebunker 2°guerra mondialePass By: Lido delle Sirenespiagge dello sbarco

$188.25 Tours & Sightseeing

Skip-the-Line Paestum Temples & Buffalo Mozzarella Farm Tour with Driver Pickup

According to the geographer and historian Strabo, the city was one of the main Greek poleis. Founded around the 600 BC, it was first named Poseidonia after Poseidon, the God of the Sea. The name Paestum was given to the city when Romans conquered the region and annexed it to their domains. Set into a rural atmospheric place, you cannot miss to visit this pearl of Italian classical history, none the less one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.The site has become famous during the centuries for its Doric order temples, among the best preserved in the whole world. You will see the Temples of Hera – one of which was thought dedicated to Poseidon - and the Temple of Athena. But surely the importance of Paestum goes beyond the endurance of the temples. Following the cobbled path, you will reach the Forum – the core of the city – probably rebuilt over the Greek agora – the main square. Next to the Forum you will see the ruins of the temple dedicated to the Roman Capitolin Triad – Juno, Jupiter and Minerva – and the amphitheater.Your guide will depict to you in details the life and habits of the Ancient times and will explain you how the city has changed during the centuries, above all when it switched from Greek to a Roman province – be ready for a full immersion into the past! Right opposite to the site, you will see the museum archaeological museum of Paestum. There you will find a collection of paintings and grave goods taken from necropolis surrounding the Greek polis. Among the other relics, you will have the chance to see the most famous of the paintings ever found into a tomb: the fresco from the 'Tomb of the Diver', a remarkable oddity. This private tour lasts 2.5 hours and it is led by a live guide, so feel free to ask questions and curiosities! After the tour in Paestum, Take a time to visit a buffalo farm where you can learn about mozzarella and have a typical italian lunch in total relax! At the end of this experience the driver will drop you off at your hotel.

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