Paestum and the Plain of Sele

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The Myth of Poseidonia and the White Gold

The fertile plain stretching between BattipagliaEboli and Capaccio is known as the Plain of Sele, from the name of the river that flows through it. The Sele, one of the most important rivers of Campania, runs for many miles before arriving here, where its waters can finally irrigate all the fields of this area. Those same fields are trampled by buffaloes, whose milk is used for producing the well known mozzarella di bufala DOP, famous in Italy and in the world. In the midst of the Plain of Sele also arise the vestiges of the ancient Paestum, with its majestic temples, which are UNESCO Heritage. These are the best preserved ones of Ancient Greece period in the world (not everybody knows, but southern Italy used to belong to the “Great Greece”). The atmosphere of Paestum is evocative and magical. Thus drawing and inspiring many illustrious visitors, including, for example, Nietzsche. The philosopher wrote of his visit «It is as if a God here had built his house with enormous blocks of stone».

Besides Paestum, also Agropoli deserves a visit, with its old town perched on a hill and the beautiful castle on top of it, from which you can admire the crystalline waves of the sea of Cilento. The town also boasts one of the most pristine beaches in the province of Salerno, the Bay of Trentova. Finally, in the mountains near Paestum, there is Trentinara, once part of the town of Capaccio (of which Paestum is today a suburb), also very much worth a visit. In fact, from Trentinara’s 600 meters above sea level, you can enjoy a stunning view on the Plain. The experience is wonderfully rounded off with amazing flavours of the local couisine and the fairytale atmosphere of the stone houses of its medieval old town.

 

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