Capaccio Paestum, Province of Salerno, Campania
- Altitude: 112 m a.s.l
- Population: about 22,000 inhabitants in 2017
- Zip/postal code: 84047 - 84040 (Capaccio, Paestum Scalo), 84050 (Gromola), 84063 (Laura, Paestum), 84060 (Ponte Barizzo)
- Dialing Area Code: +39 0828
- Demonym: capaccesi
- Patron Saint: San Vito, celebrated on 15 June.
- Frazioni: Borgo Nuovo, Cafasso, Capaccio Scalo, Capaccio Marittima (seat of the townhall), Capo di Fiume, Chiorbo, Gaiarda, Gromola/Foce Sele, Laura, Licinella, Linora, Paestum, Ponte Barizzo, Rettifilo-Vannulo, Santa Venere, Seude, Spinazzo/Varco Cilentano, Tempa di Lepre, Tempa San Paolo, Torre/Licinella, Torre di Mare, Vuccolo Maiorano.
- Localities: Andreoli, Crispi, Fuscillo, Getsemani, Torre di Paestum, Pietrale, Capo di Fiume, Residenza Dorica, Sabatella, Scigliati, Seliano, Seude Grattacaso, Stregara, Villaggio Merola.
History - Antiquity
Paestum started to decline between the 4th and 7th centuries, probably due to changes in local land drainage patterns leading to swampy malarial conditions. It was abandoned during the Middle Ages, and its ruins only came to notice again in the 18th century, following the rediscovery of the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
History - the Middle Ages
Not far away, on the northern slope of Mount Calpazio are the remains of Capaccio Vecchio, inhabited razed to the ground by the troops of Frederick II of Swabia as a fief of the Sanseverino family who supported the Pope against the King. The inhabitants found refuge in Casali San Pietro, the current Monticello, an important manufacturing center since the mid-thirteenth century and a bishop's seat in 1300. Capaccio was a fief of the Berengario, the Sanseverino, the d'Avalos d'Aragona, the Grimaldi and the Doria families.
History - Modern Times
What to see
- Three major temples in Doric style, dating from the first half of the 6th century BC. Of these, two were dedicated to the Greek goddesss Hera and the third to Athena, although they have traditionally been associated with the names of the Roman deities Poseidon, Neptune, and Ceres, due to 18th century mis-attribution.
Where to stay
- Hotels: 5-stars | 4-stars | 3-stars | 2-stars
- Bed & Breakfasts | Agritourisms | Holiday Homes
- Tourist villages | Campsites.