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Giardino della Minerva

Vicolo Ferrante Sanseverino 1, 84121 Salerno, Italy
+39 089 252423
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Historical Garden with a Great View

Medicinal herbs and remedies are grown in this elevated garden. The garden dates back to the 12th... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
snarf1513
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Lovely garden in heart of the old town

This garden is well worth a visit. Just a short walk from the cathedral. A small fee to enter... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
806rosek
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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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Vicolo Ferrante Sanseverino 1, 84121 Salerno, Italy
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Medicinal herbs and remedies are grown in this elevated garden. The garden dates back to the 12th century and the history of the garden as told by staff enhances the walking tour experience. In addition there is a small outdoor café which is a good...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This garden is well worth a visit. Just a short walk from the cathedral. A small fee to enter. Lovely walk around elevated garden with city view on top level.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An easy ten minute stroll from the Cathedral. These restored 14th century gardens were the first created to grow species used by Salerno's world famous School of Medicine. So, in the History of Medical Science, they are unique. Lovely gardens . Lots of steps. Beautiful...More

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Reviewed 3 May 2018

Really interesting spot and well worth the walk through the old town of Salerno. There is also a lift from lower Salerno. Modest entry free. Gardens are situated over five levels, probably allow about an hour for a visit - it's not a huge site....More

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

Very beautiful garden, as well as walk through little streets with murals leading to garden. Need to go up elevators to reach garden of medicinal herbs.

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Reviewed 25 April 2018

Take the time to see Giardino della Minerva. It is a lovely terraced garden that has been in existence since the 12th Century. It's well worth a visit. They have a lovely tearoom as well with tisanes, teas, and other goodies to eat.

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Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Interesting and well kept garden on 5 levels. The watering system is interesting, all the plants are well labeled, and the view is very good. A nice spot to relax. I think it was €2.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The gardens were lovely and set out quite nicely. The history behind the gardens was also very interesting. But by far the best part of the attraction is to climb to the top of the tiered gardens to a breathtaking view over Salerno and the...More

Thank Liam E
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Reviewed 14 November 2017

This charming garden is not only beautiful, but interesting and informative. It is situated on several levels which provide views over the city and sea.

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Reviewed 14 November 2017

A nice place to mooch around up from the old town. Great views of the city and a lovely spot for a cup of fruit tea on the terrace. Very calm and relaxing setting with a fascinating history of plant based medicine from the middle...More

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