Things to see and do - Paestum
Unmissable tourist sites
Paestum Travel guide
Paestum : Michelin's recommendations
Paestum was discovered by chance in 1750 during the construction of a road in the area. Founded by the Greeks in around 600 BC, the ruins are now sheltered by cypresses and oleanders and have a melancholic charm that is typical of Ancient sites. Unlike Pompeii, it was malaria rather than a natural disaster which forced the inhabitants of Paestum to abandon their city towards the end of the Roman Empire. The town is now a popular seaside resort once more.
Tourist attractions Paestum : Things to see and do
Built at the end of the 6C BC, this temple has a mixture of styles: note the external Doric colonnade which gives an impression of power, contrasting with the grace of the Ionic columns inside. To the side of the temple stands the sacrificial altar.
Magnificently preserved, this Doric style temple is from the 5C BC. The prevailing impression when you are there is of a fragile and inexplicable harmony. Perhaps it is due to the art of the architect, who endowed the horizontal lines with an imperce..
Via Magna Grecia 887
Among the objects found on the site, there are the metopes, Doric 6C BC bas-reliefs, the tomb of the diver, a rare example of Greek funerary painting: the plunge, an allegory of the passage from life to death, symbolises the jump past the columns of ..
Via Nettuno 9 I - 84047 Paestum
Hotel Villa Rita is surrounded by a large garden with pool and offers a restaurant serving Neapolitan cuisine. It is located in Paestum, 400 metres from the town’s archeological site. The simply furnished rooms at Villa Rita have light colours and w..
Via Poseidonia I - 84063 Paestum
Located just 30 metres from the beach, Parco Dei Principi is in Paestum. It offers free bicycles and a large terrace with views of the Mediterranean Sea and the pinewood. WiFi is free throughout. Rooms are decorated in cool blue shades with light-wo..
via Seliano I - 84063 PAESTUM
via Poseidonia I - 84063 PAESTUM
Tempting specialities from the Cilento region are served in the elegant dining room overlooking the gardens planted with luxuriant semi-tropical vegetation. Some of the best cuisine in southern Italy, with delicacies such as mozzarella di bufala, Gra..
zona archeologica I - 84063 PAESTUM
This restaurant is situated in a farmhouse from the late nineteenth century, which was used as a restaurant as early as the 1920's. Summer outdoor dining area with a view of Basilica and the temple of Neptune. Fine dining in an archeological setting.
via Laura 53 I - 84063 PAESTUM
Founded in the 1960s by Grandma Giuseppa, the inn has today become a restaurant. The management has stayed within the hands of the same family: nephews and great-nephews are spread over dining room and kitchen. Chilean recipes on the menu, which chan..
via Tavernelle 84 I - 84063 PAESTUM
via Capodifiume 4 I - 84047 PAESTUM
Bucolic landscapes and rural vistas form the backdrop to this restaurant surrounded by the splendid greenery of its own estate. The decor is rustic yet elegant with antique furnishings contrasting with more modern touches. The cuisine focuses on the ..