Archaeological site of Paestum

Local nameSito archeologico di Paestum
LocationCapaccio, Italy

Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. The ruins of Paestum are famous for their three ancient Greek temples in the Doric order, dating from about 600 to 450 BC, which are in a very good state of preservation. The city walls and amphitheatre are largely intact, and the bottom of the walls of many other structures remain, as well as paved roads. The site is open to the public, and there is a modern national museum within it, which also contains the finds from the associated Greek site of Foce del Sele.

After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia it was eventually conquered by the local Lucanians and later the Romans. The Lucanians renamed it to Paistos and the Romans gave the city its current name. As Pesto or Paestum, the town became a bishopric, but it was abandoned in the Early Middle Ages, and left undisturbed and largely forgotten until the eighteenth century.

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Paestum: 2-Hour Greek Temples & Archaeological Museum from 283 USD

Opening hours

The archaeological site opens at 8:45 am and closes between 3:45 pm and 7:30 pm depending on season.
Please check the website.


€7 - price may vary according to exhibitions in the museum
EU citizens under 18: free
EU citizens 18-25: 50 per cent discount

Museum + Archeological Area: €10
Combo ticket (Museum+ Archeological Area + Ruins of Velia): €11

More information and contact


Official Website

Phone +39 0828722654

Address (Unnamed Road), 84047, Italy

Coordinates 40°25'17.13" N 15°0'18.089" E

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