Paestum, The Greek City in Italy

Paestum is a perfectly preserved ancient Greek ruin in Italy from 600 BC. It was preserved because of a malaria outbreak here in the 18th century. We have written about this ruin before but it is such an important site, we wanted to write about it again. After coming down the mountain from scary town of Castelcivita, we needed lunch and some wine. We headed to Paestum and found a great restaurant just off the ruins property.

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This trattoria was perfect. We sat outside and could see one of the temples at Paestum. Lunch and the wine were perfect. We had parked inexpensively in a lot across from the trattoria. Refreshed we walked up the street to enter Paestum. You have to buy your entrance tickets at the museum across the street from the ruins and then enter through gates to the ruins. The street here is a bit touristy with a lot of trinket stands.

After entering Paestum, we walked the paths through the ruins and saw three great temples and the remains of a coliseum.

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Paestum is located about halfway between The A3 Autostrada at Battipaglia and Agropoli. It is just inland from the sea. The sea here is a gulf and to the south you can see Agropoli and to the north Salerno and the Amalfi Coast. On a clear day you can see the island of Capri. This is a do not miss stop if you are in the Amalfi Coast area.

Tomorrow we visit the beach city of Ascea. It is summer and ones thoughts go to the beaches. This area of Italy has the best beaches around.

George & Jo Anne


Categories: Agropoli, Amalfi Coast, Ascea, Beaches, Campania, Castelcivita, Coliseum, Europe, General Travel, Greek Ruins, Italy, Museums, Paestum, Salerno, Wine | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Castelcivita Italy – A scary ride!

Castelcivita is a small mountain town in southern Campania, Italy. It is East of Paestum in the mountains. This is a story of why not to listen to your GPS. On the trip up the mountain the GPS told us to turn right onto a small dirt road twice. We ignored it and finally were approaching Castelcivita. We saw a sign to Castelcivita to the left but our GPS said go straight. We followed the GPS. Soon the road became a very small road. At a hair pin curve it turned to a dirt road on a 1,000 foot cliff. We knew this had to be wrong but how could we turn around? The cliff was on the left and a hill going up on the right. There was a small flat area and we turned around very cautiously. As we got back to the main road, we vowed to always follow signs over the GPS.


Soon we were in Castelcivita, a very small city mainly of stairs. The road went up a hill and we had a choice, a hair pin curve onto a very small street or straight into a small piazza. After the GPS experience we went straight. This was an area big enough to easily turn around. There was no parking in the piazza but on the road in we saw parking along the road. We parked and walked back into the piazza. The view of the road up to this city was spectacular.


This is a very unique mountain city. No shopping and not many restaurants but a lot of stairs going up … up to the castle at the top.

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We stopped at a bar to chat with the locals and get our bearings. They told us to climb some more. George made friends with a local dog.


and soon we were in a small piazza at the very top of the city. Here was an old castle tower.


Now the easy part, it was all downhill to the car. It was a scary drive at first but it was wonderful to see this city untouched by tourism.

Tomorrow we drive down the mountain and visit Paestum, the ancient Greek city.

George & Jo Anne


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