The wonderful Paestum was an ancient city of Magna Graecia, which the Greeks called “Poseidonia” in honor of Poseidon, the god of the sea.
The city, however, was also very devoted to Hera and Athena, and, indeed, two of the three spectacular temples (which are miraculously in excellent condition, so much to be considered absolutely unique examples of Magna Graecia) are dedicated to the two goddesses (respectively wife and favorite daughter of Zeus).
After the conquest by the Romans, the city was called Paestum, but, fortunately, the Magna Graecia architecture was not canceled by Roman domination.
A visit of this phenomenal archaeological complex (the ticket allows to visit the archaeological park and also the museum in front of the park) is another fantastic walk that it’s possible to do during the staying at the B&B.
Paestum, indeed, can be reached from Salerno in just 25 minutes by train, and there are connections every day:
- in the first part of the morning the train leaves comfortably at 9:30 a.m.
- starting from 12:30 a.m. instead, there is a train every hour, until 9:00 p.m.
Leaving the train station it is possible to reach the archaeological complex only by walking for 8 minutes on: “Via Porta Sirena” (the street that is exactly in front of the Paestum station exit, called in this way because Porta Sirena was precisely the east door of the original and well-preserved walls of the city).
The archaeological complex (park and museum) closes at 7:30 p.m. (with last admission at 6:30 p.m.) and is open every day (there is therefore no weekly closing day).
Here, on the official website (already in english) of Trenitalia, it’s possible to check the trains Salerno – Paestum: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en