Explore the lesser-known but equally-as-important Italian towns of Salerno and Paestum, on a full-day tour from Sorrento. Admire the architecture and monuments of these ancient cities, stroll through their historic streets, and visit the many museums.
What to Expect
Visitors to Italy often think of Rome, Venice, Naples, and the like as the must-see places, but there are many other towns that are just as significant, such as Salerno and Paestum. Explore these 2 cities on a full-day tour from Sorrento, visiting their monuments and museums and walking their streets. Spent an hour of free time walking along the Salerno seafront and visiting the cathedral or wandering through the pedestrian area. Then head on to Paestum to enjoy lunch before entering its archeological site.
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 available at the time. One of the most famous medical texts of that time was the "Regimen Sanistas Salerni," written in Salerno in Latin and translated into almost every European language.
In more modern times Salerno is best remembered for the landing of allied troops on its beaches during World War II.
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 60 B.C. Its name derives from Poseidon (the god of the sea), to whom it was dedicated. It was during this period that the Basilica, the Temple of Poseidon, 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.
Entrance to temples: €6, free for under 18/over 65
Entrance to museums: €4.50, free for under 18/over 65
Achille Lauro Parking at 8:10, Correale street, in front of the Europe Palace hotel. Via Correale, 34/36