Paestum (Italy) Reviews
Description:Historic settlement near Salermo, Italy.
Newest Review: ... which added to the inhospitable area and eventually the town went into decay and became covered in silt from the river. The city was quite a large city and was surrounded and protected by walls that surrounded the 120 hectare site. Only 25 hectares have been excavated due to the fact that the city was divided by a new modern road and the rest of the site being on private land. So what is so ... more
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by - written on 25/05/12 (Very useful, 98 readings)
Paestum. Paestum is a very old ruined city about 85kms from Naples near the town of Salerno, Campania in Italy. It is not too far from the beaches of Salerno and originally founded on Swampy ground. The city was founded in 650BC by a group of Dorian's who had been expelled from the city of Sybaris in Greece initially calling their settlement Poseidonia. It was overrun by the Romans in 273 BC and called Paestum however the city was abandoned between the 4th and 7th century's with the dwellings becoming ruins. The city was abandoned due to the invasion of the Saracens the inhabitants staying in the nearby hills. It was more or less forgotten ... Read the complete review