EXTRA COSTS per person
- Entrance to Temples : € 6,00
- Entrance to museums: € 4,50
- Lunch: € 13,00
* = Free entrance for over 65 under 18 EU citizens
Salerno – Paestum
About an hour drive south of Naples is another important Italian city: Salerno.
In medieval times Salerno was the world’s capital of medicine. The Monastery of the Benedictine monks, who probably founded its medical school, offered the best instruction then available. One of the most famous medical texts of that time was the “Regimen Sanistas Salerni” written here in Latin and translated into almost every European language.
In more modern times Salerno is best remembered for the Al- lied troops landing on beaches, during the Second World War. To the east of Salerno, after the headlands of Pontecagnano, Battipaglia and Eboli, is Paestum. The town of Paestum was founded by the Greeks around 60B.C. Its name deriving from Poseidon (the god of the sea) to whom it was dedicated. It was during this period that the Basilica, the Temple of Posei- don and the Temple of Ceres were built.
Today the Temples and ruins, built of a fine yellow limestone, standing in a bower of aromatic herbs, cypress and oleander are considered to be the finest examples of their kind.
The nearby museum contains many fine sculptures found on the site and also the famous divers’ tomb. Look out for the buffalo that you will see grazing on the roadside during the drive.
The excursion leaves Sorrento via the motorway and reaches the city of Salerno (approx. 90 minutes) where the guests have one hour free time to enjoy a walk on the seafront visit the beautiful cathedral or wander through the pedestrian area.
After this stop the excursion will continue to Paestum where the guest will have free time for lunch before entering the archaeological site.
The guided tour (if possible) will also include a visit to the museum.
Return to Sorrento at approx. 17.00/18.00