Giardino della Minerva
Giardino della Minerva
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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In the heart of the Medieval town of Salerno, at the back of Fusandola torrent and of the old Mediaval walls, a terraced fenced orchard is situated. In it the remains of a glorious and rich history can be still seen: it is the so called Minerva’s Garden. This structure develops along the orchard line which from the Town Villa gardens goes up to the Medieval Castle. Minerva’s Garden is exactly situated in the middle of this ideal itinerary and it is certainly the most interesting example of orchard for the art-historical valuesit represents.What is today really striking for any visitor – thanks to a restoration work completed in September 2000 - is an interesting variety of eighteenth century style elements.Among these the most characteristic one is a long staircase emphasized by cross plan pilasters, with stucco decorations supporting a pergola. The staircase, linking and evidently framing the different levels of the garden, ends up to a belvedere-terrace which is also covered with a pergola, it is built on the old walls and allows a wide and privileged view of the sea including the port, the historical centre of the town and the hills.The water system, composed of basins and fountains, one of them for each terrace, with decorations made from calcareous concretions, shows the presence of abundant water sources which, suitably canalized have over centuries allowed – besides other uses – the cultivation of plots of land. This site is characterized by a special microclimate, fostered by a poor influence of north winds and by a favourable exposure, which still today allows the cultivation and spontaneous propagation of plant species needing a particularly moist and warm climate.Since the twelfth century Silvatico family had owned these places, one of its members, Matteo, physician of the Salernitan School of Medicine, between the thirteenth and fourteenth century, distinguished himself as big expert of the plants used for producing remedies. His work called Opus pandectarum medicinae, is a precious collection of information about semplici, that is on parts of plants which were used for producing remedies.In fact, after a careful examination of the historical documents and sources, scholars have proved the existence in the area of the Medieval town of Salerno, of a garden called giardino dei semplici, (garden from which parts of plants were extracted) founded in the first twenty years of 1300 by the Salernitan physician and botanist Matteo Silvatico, for being used by the scholars of the Medical School. In this space of an extraordinary cultural value, which can be today identified just in the area of Minerva’s Garden, the plants from which active principles used for a therapeutic purpose were extracted, were cultivated;besides this, in this place a real didactic activity was carried out in order to show the students of the Medical school the plants with their names and their characteristics (ostensio simplicium).This background testifies that the garden, situated in the area of the old site of the hortus sanitatis of the Salernitan Medical School, can be considered the oldest botanic garden linked to a school of medicine.
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,999 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
After following few & far between signs plus a dodgy map, going up and down dale we finally got to the gate! Surprise, closed until further notice! Would of been good to have said sign about a kilometre back? Would of saved a lot of angst!!
Written 25 July 2023
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minnesotans4
Saint Paul, MN2,852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
We walked uphill from the downtown area which is not for everyone to do. There were signs along the way to guide you which way to turn.
The garden was founded in the 12th Century. Dr Matteo worked at the Salernitan School of Medicine in the 13-14th Century. He became an expert in using plants from this garden to make remedies. He showed medical students the plants and their different characteristics. Minerva’s Garden is considered to be the oldest botanic garden associated to a medical school.
The gardens are on 5 levels and have beautiful views of the sea.
We sipped on wine on their terrace and enjoyed the views. Be sure to visit the gift shop.
Written 16 December 2022
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Colin Osborne
Brighton, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Not very expensive and well worth it - a wide variety of medicinal herbs in a quiet garden with good views over Salerno. Not the easiest to find but there are signposts.
Written 15 October 2022
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Tony H
Basildon, UK64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I know it was raining and at 3 euros per person,it didn’t break the bank. But to me the place needed some tlc. The plants looked half dead, the box hedge certainly don’t look like the picture here for sure. , certainly didn’t have the wow factor for me. Nice high up view though which was a positive. Just wouldnt bother tbh
Written 3 October 2022
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Marcello T
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is a hidden jewel in Salerno. There is an incredible variety of medicinal herbs and the brief documentary shown at the beginning of the visit provided a valuable introduction to the history and purpose of the garden. The entry fee is 3 euros, and in my opinion it’s a bargain!
Lovely cafe and shop
Written 20 September 2022
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LeeLoves2Travel
Melbourne, Australia88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is a beautiful space amongst the buildings in the historical centre of Salerno. It is well sign posted from the Cathedral which is also a ‘must see’.
There is information displayed in the entrance building and a very interesting video to watch (in Italian with English subtitles). We found the video extremely interesting and gave the background to the gardens which we explored afterwards. The gardens are terraced over 5 levels and give a lovely view to the port below. The plants are interesting, each labelled and with information and there fountains. €6 per adult. They have been on this site since 12thC. Incredible!
Written 15 September 2022
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Vanessa S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
It is a really must go attraction at salerno. Has this “hanging of the cliff” feeling that is so typical for the area, with a cozy set up and beautiful view.
Written 1 August 2022
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igrnz
Wellington, New Zealand73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
We didn't know anything about this history so found it interesting to see how it came about and was developed. There are some nice views as well. A bit of a walk up from the old town but worth it and a chance to look around on the way.
Written 4 May 2020
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GlobalGeckos
on the move124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The introductory interpretation was excellent and prepared us for the walk through the multi-level garden full of interesting herbs, plants and trees, Interpretation in the garden itself was only in Italian (and Latin!) but it was still worth a thorough wander. We found tantalising herbal teas and soaps in the bookshop.
The day we were there was clear, resulting in stunning views out over the city and the bay beyond.
Written 29 February 2020
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Teresa
London, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
all that remains of the ancient Salerno medical school, the first medical school in all of Europe. It is an essential stop for those who love plants or natural remedies, not to mention the fact that to get there you can take a nice tour in the historic center of Salerno and above the garden there is a bar with seating, where you can 'refresh yourself while enjoying a spectacular sea view.
Written 12 February 2020
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