Visiting the archeological site of Paestum makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time, walking into ancient Greece for the day. Founded in the 6th Century BC by the Greek it became of Roman property in 273 BC to then be abandoned because of epidemics at the fall of the Roman Empire. The 85 km site is completely surrounded by a solid stone wall, still intact and within this perimeter there are different buildings and temples that can be seen, built in different time periods.
Of the best known ruins you have the three temples, built in honor of Athena, Hera and Neptune between 550 and 400 BC, all perfect early examples of major Doric style temples. In addition to the Paestum Archeological Museum where you can find well known historical artifacts, Paestum is also known for the unique painted tombs – most especially the ‘Tomb of the Diver’ a special slate with a painting of a young man diving into the sea. This is definitely a jewel of historical understanding, of Roman and Greek culture and lifestyle.