Paestum, located in the Campania region, is an ancient archaeological site that offers a fascinating glimpse into the ancient Greek civilization in Italy. Founded around the 7th century BC as a Greek colony, Paestum later became a Roman city and was eventually abandoned, leaving behind remarkably well-preserved temples and structures.

The three Doric temples of Paestum are the main attractions of the site. The Temple of Hera (Heraion) is the oldest and dates back to the 6th century BC, while the Temple of Poseidon (Neptune) and the Temple of Ceres (Athena) were constructed a century later. These temples are a testament to the architectural mastery of the ancient Greeks.

In addition to the temples, the archaeological site of Paestum includes ancient city walls, an amphitheater, and various residential structures. The site’s museum houses a fascinating collection of artifacts, including painted vases and sculptures.

Beyond its historical significance, Paestum is also known for its surrounding countryside, which is dotted with buffalo farms producing delicious mozzarella cheese. A visit to Paestum offers a unique opportunity to combine history, culture, and culinary delights.

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