Paestum’s intriguing names derives from the sea god Poseidon, whom the city was named in honour of, and a day wandering around the austere temples and atmospheric ruins of this ancient place will communicate the regal majesty that inspired such naming. Enjoying a rich, rural location (far from the sea, as its name misleadingly suggests), Paestum is a beating historic heart that teems with cultural intrigue. Its close proximity to Naples and Pompeii make its delightful daytrip destination sure to satisfy yearnings for the ancient.
Arguably the town’s most alluring attraction is the Paestum’s Temples, a collection of regal structures that are considered some of Italy’s best-preserved monuments. Unlike many other Italian landmarks, these temples have maintained a sense of secrecy and therefore serenity; one of the most enjoyable things about a visit is the peaceful atmosphere in which visitors can truly visualise the prosperous past in which they were built.
Ancient artefacts line the glass cabinets of the Museum di Paestum, a captivating collection that showcases the rich historic and geological heritage of the area. Cultural highlights include a selection of ornate friezes from an excavated temples and talismanic tomb that depicts the passage from life to death.
Unanimously hailed as one of Paestum’s most scenic and sublime dining spots, Ristorante Nettuno is housed in a ancient 18th century colonial house that still maintains its regal majesty by overlooking the atmospheric ruins. Sample signature specialities such as breaded veal cutlets or oven roasted chicken for traditional taste of imitable Italian cuisine. (Via Principe di Piemonte, Paestum, Italy)