in the province of Salerno, and without a doubt the most beautiful
city of Magna Graecia in Italy.
Declared by Unesco a World Heritage Site, the town boasts the three
Greek temples among the best preserved in the world: the Basilica, a
temple of was (half VI century b.c. ), the so-called Temple of
Neptune (V century b.c. ), the most impressive, supported by forty
columns in travertine, and the Temple of Ceres (in fact dedicated to
the goddess Athena).
The three majestic temples, which rise in the verdant plains and
that they are readily visible, even from the sea, are the large
buildings, made in the doric style, which the Greeks (who in 600 bc
had founded the city, giving it the name of Posidonia Oceanica)
devoted to the gods of the Olympus to obtain kindness and protection.
The vision of the three temples that exude a different light
depending on the hours and seasons, won the modern visitor as he
captured, in the years of the Grand Tour, that of the past. And many
were the writers, poets and artists (including Goethe, Shelley,
Canova, Piranesi), who have visited these evocative places
describing them in their travel diaries or in depictions.
The guided tour in the archaeological area of Paestum requires an
hour and a half approximately, in an hour instead and you can see
the most important pieces of the nearby archaeological museum rich
in vases, sculptures and headstones frescoed.