Two Tyrrhenian Gems

Two Tyrrhenian Gems

Two of my absolute favorite sites to photograph in southern Italy are Paestum and Velia.


The temple complex at Paestum is located south of Naples along the Tyrrhenian coast of southern Italy in the region of Campania. The ancient Greek temple at Paestum is a gem to shoot, especially in the springtime. The landscape is rich in color with a combination of the freshly bloomed flowers, nice green vegetation, and the giant stone pillars against the blue sky. Lots to explore and shoot at this historic site.

Ancient Greek Temple in Paestum, Italy


Another wonderful place to visit in southern Italy is the ancient Greek town of Velia. We knew nothing about this place until we saw a description in a book on Greek sites in Italy. As we drove into the valley from the north, we got our first glimpse of the tower. It was really all we noticed in the distance until we reached the site. The tower sits atop a hill and overlooks the surrounding area and town of Velia. The area is a quite scenic part of the region of Campania. For those who chose to visit and explore this ancient site, it is rather expansive so make sure you have plenty of time to wander the grounds.

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Trapani Salt Flats

The Trapani Salt Beds (Flats) are located in the marshes on the outskirts of the Italian city of Trapani. The beds are found near the Mediterranean Sea on the western coast of the island of Sicily. It is definitely worth the visit. These are some of Europe's oldest salt deposits. The salt flats have existed since ancient times and were used by the Greeks and Romans. They are easy to visit today since they are located near the cities of Marsala and Trapani - famous for their seafood and wines. You can also take a boat trip to the nearby historic island of Mozia, which was an important shipping center settled by the Phoenicians. Both are enjoyable and easy to access. It is a great day trip.

Kayme Clark

As owner of Kayme Clark Photography & Design, Kayme has nearly a decade of experience as a travel, nature, sports, and architectural photographer as well as editorial designer. For the past few years, Kayme has incorporated commercial product photography, real estate photography, and behind-the-scenes stills and videography for feature films into her portfolio.

Kayme’s portfolio reflects numerous genres of photography and forms of design, attracting assignments and clients worldwide. Her work continues to draw attention globally and has been featured in many notable print and online publications.