While there are plenty of sites throughout Italy to time travel to Ancient Rome, in Southern Italy you can also experience magnificent ruins once touched by the hands of ancient Greeks. One such spot is Paestum, an easy day trip from Naples, Sorrrento/Amalfi or Salerno.
Paestum is home to three incredible Greek temples dating back to 600 B.C., along with an impressive archaeological museum. These temples are considered among the most well-preserved in the world, rivaling even the ruins in Greece.
On the day we visited, in the height of summer travel, there were just a few others wandering the archaeological park. We were quite surprised to see folks hopping the meager wooden fences encircling each temple to wander inside the ancient behemoths. But, if my Italian served me correctly, that seemed to be allowed, so we gave it a try too. What an extraordinary experience to walk along stones set thousands of years ago, in a holy and sacred spot, by a people of seemingly another world.
Aside from the temples are remnants of the thriving community which flourished here.
If your travels take you to southern Italy and you have an interest in ancient history, I highly recommend you plan a day in Paestum. Having never been to Greece (high on my travel wish list), I was left awestruck after a few hours at Paestum, and truthfully, wanting more time there.