In the sacred area between the two temples dedicated to Hera a number of small religious
buildings and altars also came to light, certainly dedicated to the same divinity. Many
Roman buildings have been found in the surrounding area, in particular a Patrician house
and pool with, in the large open space of the Forum, remains of inns, meat market
buildings, a temple dating back to the third century A.D. spas and shops.
Along the northern side of the Forum
stands the so-called Italic Temple, built after 273 B.C., which was probably the
Capitolium, i.e. the temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva.
To the west of the area of the temples and of the Forum, runs the Via Sacra, a wide paved
road on which the religious processions passed. Along the road we can find a sacred
enclosure inside of which, excavated in the rock, an underground votive chapel has been
found, interpreted by scholars as a religious building or a cenotaph.
Also near the Via Sacra the Temple dedicated to Athena, stands traditionally known as that
of Ceres. Built around the sixth century B.C., it is one of the most prized examples of
Greek architecture in Italy.
THERE By Train Paestum is within easy reach of Salerno, an hour away. Both buses and
trains service the route. You can catch a southbound train, which departs Salerno with a
stop at Paestum about every 2 hours. For schedules, call 089252200 in Salerno. A one-way
fare is 4.200L ($2.50), and the journey takes an hour.
- By Bus - The bus from Salerno leaves from Piazza Concordia 8near the rail station) about
every 30 minutes. A one-way fare is Euro 6,00.
By Car - From Salerno, take S18 south.