Paestum

“Finalmente, incerti, se camminavamo su rocce o su macerie, potemmo riconoscere alcuni massi oblunghi e squadrati, che avevamo già notato da distante, come templi sopravvissuti e memorie di una città una volta magnifica”

l viaggio in Italia – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

Paestum was founded by the Greeks around the seventh century. B.C. with the name of Poseidon, it was successively occupied by Luciani until, in 273 BC, Rome made it a florid colony, giving it its current name.
In addition to the cultural value, the importance of Paestum is linked to the excellent state of conservation of the property, starting with the walls, built by the Greeks and then reinforced by Luciani and Romans.
The most striking thing is the vision of three majestic temples placed in a green plain, they reflect different lights depending on the hours and seasons. These large buildings are an outstanding example of the Doric style.
The Temple of Hera, dating from the sixth century. BC, is the oldest.
The Temple of Neptune (V century BC.), Is a magnificent building made of travertine, of a warm golden color, it varies in tone at different times of the day. It ‘a real gem of Doric architecture: majestic and elegant at the same time.
The Temple of Ceres (sixth century BC.), in reality dedicated to the goddess Athena, was converted into a church in medieval times, it contains three Christian tombs.
In summer, a night walk in this magnificent scenery, with music and lights that animate the tour route offers the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique atmosphere, among the art works of the great civilizations of the past.