Founded in 600 BC and located in the area today called Piana del Sele , the ancient city of Poseidonia is still one of the most important examples of Greek’s colonisation.
Surrounded by the Mounts Calpazio, Soprano and Sottano on the East, by the river Sele on the North and by the hills of Agropoli on the South, the archaeological site of Paestum extends up to the sea westbound, between an area of over 22,000 hectares.
Inside the walls, it is possible not only to visit the ruins of the ancient city (such as the temples of Ceres and Neptune, the Basilica, the amphitheater and the four entrances respectively located in the different cardinal points: Porta Marina on the West, Porta Aurea on the North, Porta Sirena on the East and Porta Giustizia on the South), but also to walk along a network of well-maintained stone streets which lead to the ancient Agorà as well as to the residential areas, not far from the religious area devoted to divinities’ worship.
Another very impressive and accessible-by-visitors building is the Ekklesiasterion. Once dedicated to political life and to collective assemblies, today it’s still the icon of a democratic vocation, handed down through the centuries by the different inhabitants of these lands.
Consequently to several urban-planning interventions, the ancient city undergo significant changes, becoming throughout the ages the core of various activities and a point of reference for nightlife in the Capaccese's lands.
Just outside the town-walls it’s possible to observe a different Paestum, way more modern and glamorous. There are plenty of shops, malls, restaurants where eat unique food, bar, wine-bars packed with young people, little food companies and many production centres where is possible to taste the traditional meals of Cilento.