At only 400 metres of distance you can find the entrance of the ruins of Posidonia, founded by greeks in the sixth century BC and became in the third century a latin colony under the name of Paestum. It retained the name until the third Century BC when the Romans gained control and renamed the area Paestum, the name that it still goes by today. Paestum is now considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Magna Graecia, thanks to the presence of the three large Doric Temples located within the mighty city walls: the amphitheatre, the forum and the Archeological Museum, which features the finest examples of Greek tomb paintings, and the famous Tomb of the Diver. Among Paestum’s remarkable historical sites, also lies a sandy coastline which stretches for 15 miles. This beach is visited every year by vacationers who come to Paestum in appreciation for the white beaches and clean sea.