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Stay on Salerno’s Coastline to Explore the Ruins of Paestum

The Area Archeologica Paestum is a series of ancient Greek ruins in the province of Salerno, Italy. If your hotel is in Campania, Paestum is a popular place to visit, and there is plenty of accommodation near the Ruins of Paestum to choose from.

Use Expedia to search for hotels ad B&B on the roads by the Gulf of Salerno, within walking distance of Paestum. Hotels around the ruins are more budget friendly than other parts of Salerno, such as the Amalfi Coast, so you could save money and still a find elegant place to stay by the beach.

You could also look for places to stay in the nearby town of Agropoli, where several of the hotels are in a historic setting.

Visit Ancient Temples in Paestum

The ancient town of Paestum was first called Poseidonia, named after the Greek god of the sea, and was settled in the sixth century BC. Travel back in time by wandering among the archaeological remains of this town and its temples. The site is surprisingly large, so allow yourself a good amount of time to stroll through ruins.

Amble through the excavated centre of the ancient city. The UNESCO-listed site is most famous for its three spectacular temples with Doric columns. See the striking Temple of Hera, the oldest building in Paestum, and visit the Christian tombs in the Temple of Ceres, which was converted into a church in Medieval times. Wander around the remains of the town walls and buildings that used to house a thriving Greek community.

Visit the onsite museum to learn more about ancient Paestum. Browse displays of artefacts unearthed during excavations in the town. Visit the second floor of the museum to check out archaeological items the Neolithic Period and the Bronze Age.

Relax after Your Visit to Paestum

Once you have thoroughly explored the Area Archeologica Paestum, head to the outskirts of the ancient town. There you will find souvenir shops, restaurants and snack bars. Grab an ice cream and unwind after your journey into Salerno’s classical past.