We drove the 1.5 hours to Paestum, parked the car, and headed to the site. You can see the massiveness of the Greek temples from afar and it's amazing how much of them are still intact. Three major temples were built; The Temple of Neptune, The Temple of Hera (also known as the basilica), and the Temple of Athena.
|So small in such grandeur - Temple of Neptune|
|Temple of Hera|
|Temple of Athena|
Among the temples are remnants of a city that once was, with old remains of houses and streets, a Roman Forum, and an amphitheater.
|The Roman Forum|
|The ekklesiasterion, an area for meetings|
|The comitium, another meeting room|
We basically had the place to ourselves but funny enough we ran into people that we know. They told us about an artichoke festival (Sagra del Carciofo) that was happening nearby. Italy loves their festivals and whenever a fruit or vegetable comes into season many small towns have festivals promoting that product. Typically a festival that is featuring a product will have one inclusive menu with dishes highlighting it. At this particular festival we each had the menu completo: two artichokes, two separate pastas with artichokes or an artichoke sauce, fried artichoke hearts, artichoke hearts with potatoes, and some saucy artichoke hearts, with a bottle of water or a glass of wine on the side. Yum!!!
|A lot of artichokes!|
|The final product!|
Seeing the immense ruins at Paestum was spectacular and it's one more thing we can cross off our list. The festival was a nice surprise and added to our lovely day trip out of the Naples area!