Just a 45 minute southern drive from Salerno lies Paestum, an excavation which reveals an Ancient Greek city.
Here is what Wikipedia had to say:
“Paestum was a major ancient Greek city on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea in Magna Graecia. After its foundation by Greek colonists under the name of Poseidonia (Ancient Greek: Ποσειδωνία) it was eventually conquered by the Lucanians and later the Romans. The Lucanians renamed it to Paistos and the Romans gave the city its current name. The ruins of Paestum are notable for their three ancient Greek temples which are in a very good state of preservation.”
It was also nice and small, unlike Pompeii, so quite manageable for a quick visit. It is a fascinating site, accompanied by a very well presented museum containing all of the artifacts found in the excavation. I also do recommend the audio guide. While sometimes these are not done well, and can be a distraction, this site needs some historical context and explanation to assist in fully appreciating what you see. The Tomb of the Diver also rests here. The paintings on the walls of the tombs are located in the museum and I found the description most interesting but will not go into that here.
One thing that struck me was how a modern road had been build smack bang through the ancient amphitheater / colloseum.
The juxtaposition of modern with ancient is something worth seeing alone!
Here are two of the temples: some of the best preserved ancient feel temples in the world.
After the temples, we piled back into the Fiat and drove to the Buffalo Mozzarella farm, literally minutes away.
Tenuta Vannulo is an organic water buffalo farm. They also produce yoghurt and icecream, as well as the delicious mozzarella.
Here we are enjoying the produce, from the source!
We also enjoyed a typical treat which was brioche con yoghurt!
After a few wrong turns, we found this gorgeous producer of fig conserve, wine, and all other fig variants. Here is the view from their terrace:
The figs are all sun dried on this terrace:
Quiet is how I would describe these little beauties.
Just as stunning as the well known Amalfi and Positano, but at a much slower pace. You can see people living their every day lives here, and cats lurking around the fishing boats hoping for some fishy treats.
We enjoyed a meal and some wine, and then I was tasked with the terrifying mission of driving us home on the winding coastal road for nearly 2 hours, in a manual car, on the other side of everything to Australia, in the dark. Scary.