Friday, February 23, 2018

First stop: Salerno

September 10, 2001, at the height of our "amazing race" fever, our one-day program was Naples-Pompeii-Sorrento-Amalfi-Salerno-Naples, with only a brief touch-down in Salerno. However, this visit is more like a continuation of Sicily: the magnificence of Paestum easily rivals Agrigento and Segesta; the Salerno duomo is reminiscent of Palermo and Cefalu; the general care worn look of the place with super hospitable people, all makes Italy particularly compelling and endearing to me.

There are three very, very impressive Greek Temples at the Paestum Archaeological site. They were built of local stone about 2500 years ago.

Temple of Athena
Paestum - near Salerno, Italu

Second Temple of Hera
Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Inside the First Temple of Hera
Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Inside the Second Temple of Hera
Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

When the Romans conquered Paestum, they left the temples standing, but rebuilt the city in Roman style and added a fortified wall.

Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Looking across the Roman Forum.
Paestum - near Salerno, Italu

Paestum - near Salerno, Italu

Pool.
Paestum - near Salerno, Italu

Anfiteatro.
Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

The Site museum features some cool artifacts and the amazing Tomb of the Diver.
Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

Paestum - near Salerno, Italy

The Salerno Duomo.
Salerno, Italy

Salerno, Italy

Salerno, Italy

Salerno, Italy

The colorful Duomo Crypt contains holds the body of St Matthew.
Salerno, Italy

Alley.
Salerno, Italy

Port.
Salerno, Italy

The train station at dusk.
Salerno, Italy

Bonus pic of new-to-me gender symbols in the Lisbon Airport.
Gender Symbols - Lisbon Airport - Lisbon, Portugal



2 comments:

Kathy said...

I was sorry to miss Paestum. More sorry now!

That male figure looks like a clothes pin....

Sun-Ling said...

@Kathy, you will make it there. Paestum is super easy to get to on the train (<30 min from Salerno), flat, and they are still excavating.