Giardino della Minerva

Giardino della Minerva, Salerno: Hours, Address, Giardino della Minerva Reviews: 4.5/5

Giardino della Minerva
4.5
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
About
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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igrnz
Wellington, New Zealand72 contributions
Sep 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 May 4, 2020
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GlobalGeckos
on the move113 contributions
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 February 29, 2020
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Teresa
London, UK13 contributions
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 February 12, 2020
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Hamish T
7 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
A wonderful medicinal botanical garden with superb views over Salerno and the sea topped off with an excellent artisanal beer on the sundrenched terrace
Written November 23, 2019
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David F
Bentleigh, Australia891 contributions
Nov 2019
Tip: download the app before you arrive the free internet was too slow to allow the download. This garden really needed the app of better explanation of the plants and their usages.
This is such an important place for the history of medicine it really needed a better explanation for the gardens (in english) The importance of the place that stared in 1224 and the beauty was fantastic.
Written November 10, 2019
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Judy
Toronto6 contributions
Oct 2019
The gardens were not especially beautiful but the views were great. It was close to our hotel and we were glad we went to see them but I'm not certain I would recommend going much out of one's wasy to see them unless they are particularly interested in the history.
Written November 7, 2019
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grace19552013
Surrey, Canada15 contributions
May 2019
Nice gardens with excellent view of the city. Quite a walk from the town .Very scenic . The whole thing is quite small . We missed the gate , had to turn around. Worth going to if you like walking.
Written November 5, 2019
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GibBob
Blandford Forum, UK424 contributions
Oct 2019
We walked to the gardens through the back streets of Salerno and intersting it was. However, if you are unfit or have poor mobility do find the free escalator as the roads are steep.
A fascinating array of medicinal plants prefaced by a short video introduction. There is a small shop and tea room but it is thwe views that really make this a worthwhile visit and do look out for the very unusual grafitti on the way there.
Written November 1, 2019
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Marsha E
Kingston, Canada189 contributions
Oct 2019
We recently spent 7 nights at this hotel. Our room was lovely with a balcony overlooking Sorrento. The street below is very noisy with cars and motorcycles constantly going by. We did not find the food very good.
Written October 30, 2019
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ATTENZIONE: la recensione si riferisce ad un albergo a Sorrento. Noi siamo un Orto botanico a Salerno. Quindi c'è un errore.
Written October 31, 2019
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casaecuador
Ajijic, Mexico148 contributions
Oct 2019
Having travelled extensively I regret to say that this garden was less than overwhelming. The good news is that we found a free elevator or that took us that took us down to the old town, so we were spared.
Written October 29, 2019
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