In 600 B.C. the Greeks founded this town as the city "Poseidonia" snuggled in the Gulf of Salerno. Today it is famous for the remainders from this time, 3 temples that are still in good condition, the Hera-temple I (Poseidon-temple), the Hera-temple II (Basilica) and the Ceres-temple.
The name changed to Paestum in 273 B.C. when the Romans invaded and conquered it. The archaeologists haven't been able to dig up all of the ancient Roman city. Yet the 5 km long city walls show how large it once was and that there is still a lot of history waiting to be found.