Paestum can be easily reached by car from Salerno, just taking the highway A3 Salerno-Reggio-Calabria, go out at Battipaglia, take the 18 road and get out at Capaccio Scalo; also there are frequently direct trains to Reggio Calabria continue to train stations Capaccio and Paestum, taking about half an hour.
Around 600 B.C. the Greek colony of Sybaris gave birth, to the south of estuary of the Sele,to the city of Poseidonia. The territory of Paestum touches the most beautiful sections of the Tyrrhenian coast. The sea, the mature and the fascinating traditions of these places are the ideal destinations for excursions. At Paestum myth and legend coexist in an indissoluble union.
It is worth visiting the entire archaeological area, starting from the sanctuary of Hera, one of the most famous of Ancient Greece; the Basilica, the largest and the oldest of the three temples, the temple of Ceres, the temple of Neptune, the Amphitheatre and the Forum.
The majestic Doric temples, illuminated by sunlight, and the long coastline, lapped by a sparkling sea, make Paestum a lovely place to spend your holidays.
On the banks of Paestum a wide beach of fine sand, intersected by streams, outlines a scenario characterized by a clear beach that extends for about 14 km. By night it breaks out a unique view of the spectacular sunsets on the horizon of iridescent colours; background of this wonderful show the unadulterated beauty of the Mediterranean vegetation on the border of a thick pine forest. A live environment with colors and scents, lights and shadows, where the sensitive soul of the viewer will be able to find moments intensively suggestive and remarkable enchantment.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Paestum remains for art, nature, tastes and events that characterize it, one of the most beautiful cities of Magna Grecia to visit and discover.
Palinuro is one of the main tourist destinations of Campania. Its unspoiled coastline offers visitors beautiful stretches of beach and many small bays, hidden coves and sea caves.
Actually the beautiful sea caves are a great attraction for many tourists who come to visit them every summer.
The Cave Azzurra gets its name from to the play of light created by a duct 20 meters of depth that allows the penetration of sunlight.
The Silver Cave, instead, gets its name from the silvery reflections caused by limestone deposited on the bottom, while the Blood Cave gets its name from a small red seaweed.
The Cave of the Monks shows to the many visitors limestone formations that take the form of monks in prayer. Do not miss a visit to the Natural Arch, a huge arch of rock that leans out towards the sea, and the small bay behind that called Infreschi bay.
LA CERTOSA DI PADULA
It is one of the largest and most important monastic sites of Europe, declared by Unesco ‘World Heritage Site’.
The birth of Padula dates back to the IX-X century, when Saracen invasions ended, and people who had taken refuge in the hills, preferred to settle on there, near to the consular road, where it still stands the town.
At the founding of the site of Certosa Basilian monks contributed, as evidenced by the Church of San Nicola to Women and the ruins of the ancient monastery of St. Nicholas at Torone.