Salerno and Paestum from Sorrento

Salerno and Paestum from Sorrento
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$49.41
Duration: 8 hours
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In fields freckled with flowers lies one seriously impressive collection of Greek temples. One of the best in the world in fact. The Temple of Neptune, dating from about 450BC, is the most complete, while the Basilica of Hera, built at least a century earlier, has managed to hang on to its double rows of columns. The smallest of the three is the Temple of Ceres, once used as a Christian church. Don’t miss the museum, a treasure trove of tomb paintings, architectural finds and sculpture.

Explore these 2 cities on a full-day tour from Sorrento, visiting their monuments and museums and walking their streets.
1 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.
The town of Paestum was founded by the Greeks around 60 B.C. Its name derives from Poseidon , to whom it was dedicated. It was during this period that the Basilica, the Temple of Poseidon, and the Temple of Ceres (Athena) 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.

In fields freckled with flowers lies one seriously impressive collection of Greek temples. One of the best in the world in fact. The Temple of Neptune, dating from about 450BC, is the most complete, while the Basilica of Hera, built at least a century earlier, has managed to hang on to its double rows of columns. The smallest of the three is the Temple of Ceres, once used as a Christian church. Don’t miss the museum, a treasure trove of tomb paintings, architectural finds and sculpture.