Paestum By The Sea

May 3, 2015

 I know some will say.."just a load of old stones", however I found this a very enjoyable excursion from Sorrento. It was a beautiful sunny day to pay a visit to Paestum, one of Italy's  most important Archaeological sites. It was discovered by chance when the Bourbons were building a road through the area in 1750. The initial settlement here was an ancient Greek colony, settled in about 600 BC, then named Poseidonia.

 

The city fell to local tribes in 400 BC and later became part of the Roman Empire around 273 BC, but near the end of the Empire, the inhabitants were driven out by malaria. Walking through the pines within the site with a map in hand, the layout of the area is clear. The temple of Neptune is well preserved and the Temple of Ceres, with it's 34 columns , as well as the Basilica  with 50 fluted columns, are all built in fine yellow limestone, and certainly impressive.

There is a peaceful atmosphere here, that allows time to ponder on the lives that were lived on what is now an Italian seaside resort. 

 

 

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