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Paestum Holidays

Paestum is located in Southern Italy, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea near Sorrento Peninsula and Amalfi Coast.

Founded around the early 7th century, Paestum was a focal location in ancient Greece, and today will delight you with its archaeological and historical riches, which is why it's a UNESCO World Heritage site. Paestum was a key stop on the original ‘Grand Tour of Europe’ during the 17th to 19th centuries.

At the heart of your holiday in Paestum you’ll find an array of buildings from the ‘Magna Grecia’ (Great Greece) that will take you back in time, including three main temples, Roman house wall ruins, and even an ancient gymnasium.

You’ll be amazed by just how incredibly preserved and intact the attractions are - from the city walls and the amphitheatre to the paved roads.

Located within Paestum are both the archaeological pleasures that you can enjoy, as well as a modern national museum containing many Greek relics, including statues and vases, from another historic Greek city, Foce del Sele. Paestum is named after the God of Water, Poseidon (also called Neptune by the Romans) and is a fantastic place to also immerse yourself in the fascinating mythology of ancient Greece. Easy to reach by road and train, Paestum is situated 24 miles from the city of Salerno.

Discover the essence of ancient Greece as you revel in the architecture, art and rituals found within this prized location.

Handpicked Hotels in Paestum

Discover the real Paestum while staying in one of our carefully selected hotels

Things to do in Paestum

The Ancient Temples of Paestum

At the heart of Paestum are three magnificent ancient Doric temples, which date back to around 550 to 450 BC - the Temple of Ceres, the Temple of Hera, and the Temple of Poseidon.

Archaeological Museum

Just across from the archaeological site home to Paestum’s famous temples, is an archaeological museum, home to rambling exhibition rooms across several floors where you can observe ancient Greek relics and Etruscan artwork.
Flight Information

The closest airport to Cilento is Naples (NAP), which is approximately 3 hours from Cilento. Direct flights to Naples airport (NAP) are available from Birmingham, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.

When to go

Cilento is a summer destination and most hotels are open between May and October. July and August can become quite crowded, especially on the coast so the best time to go to avoid this is June and September, although the weather stays relatively warm for the whole season.

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.

Tipping

You don’t have to leave a tip in Italy – most Italians don’t tip for restaurant meals, bar drinks, taxi rides or hair and beauty treatments. However if you do leave a tip, you might receive quicker service.

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