Paestum was an ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in what is now southern Italy. The area is best known for three Greek temple ruins dating back to 600 BC, as well as well -preserved Roman foundations, streets, and other structures. We visited in September, 2016.

Temple of Athena, c. 500 BC

Roman ruins and foundations

Temple of Hera II, c. 450 BC

We were super lucky in the timing of our trip. Our tour guide in Paestum told us that tourists have not been permitted to enter the temples. However, a decision had recently been made to allow tourists to walk up into the temples one month a year. We were there during the first month it was allowed. It’s an amazing feeling to walk on the same stones and touch the same columns that the Greeks did 450 years before Christ.

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