EXCURSIONS PROGRAM 2022-05-20T13:28:00+00:00

July 6 | Guided Walking tour in Salerno

Guided Walking tour in Salerno
Time: h. 16.00 – 19.00
Meeting Point: Secretariat Desk, Ground Floor Grand Hotel Salerno

The guided tour will include a visit to: Norman Cathedral and Crypt, the Archaeological Museum

The Norman Cathedral and Crypt

The St. Matthew Cathedral founded by Roberto the Guiscard and consecrated by Pope Gregory VII, was officially opened in March 1084. The present structure dates back to the earthquake of 5th June 1688, when it was completely rebuilt. The main entrance has been altered and the courtyard is surrounded by a covered walkway supported by twenty eight plain columns with arches and a series of Roman tombs around the walls. On the southern side of the cathedral stands the bell tower which dates back to XII century.

The Archaeological Museum

To welcome the visitor on arrival in the garden in front of the museum, there is the lapidary with Roman remains in particular statues, figurative reliefs and honorary bases. Inside, however, the archaeological exhibition is structured on two levels, following a path that is both chronological and topographic. On the ground floor is in fact set up the “archaeological Province”, which gathers the most important finds from the whole province of Salerno. A journey that offers the main cultural trends that have emerged in Campania from prehistoric to Roman times, with a focus on the aspects of the male costume and female one.

The first floor, however, almost entirely dedicated to the Etruscan Sunni-Campanian site of Fratte, currently located in the northern suburbs of the city, dating from the late sixth to the I AD. The route, which illustrates the history of the site in light of recent archaeological investigations conducted by the University of Salerno, is structured in two parts: the village and the necropolis, with focus on the myth of Heracles. On the same floor there is a room dedicated to the bronze head of Apollo (I cent. BC – I century AD.), extraordinary artifact become the symbol of the Museums of the Province of Salerno. To enrich the paths there are multimedia installations, which reconstruct the establishment of Fratte, the ancient routes of the Mediterranean and reproduce the atmosphere of the discovery of the famous head

You access the cathedral through a bronze byzantine door. In the centre nave are the celebrated amboni decorated with sculptures and mosaics dating back to the last decade of the XII century. In the Treasure Chapel, one can admire the many gothic relics including St. Matthew’s arm and the statue of the Salerno Martyrs. The crypt is situated under the main alter. The crypt area is made up of nine rows of three bays with a cross shaped vault which rests on pillars. It was restored by Domenico Fontana, who designed the vault in alternate octagonal and circular sections surrounded by stuccoes and paintings. He designed the double main alter where two masses can be celebrated simultaneously.

For both excursions light wears, hats and comfortable shoes are suggested.

July 8 | Guided tour to the Archaeological site of Paestum

Guided tour to the Archaeological site of Paestum
Time: h. 14.30 – 20.00 Departure by bus
Meeting Point: Secretariat Desk, Ground Floor Grand Hotel Salerno

The main reason to visit Paestum is to see three of the best preserved Greek temples in Italy, among which the oldest and best preserved of the Doric temples (550 b.C.). The site is very easy to explore, being a flat plain surrounded by fields and wildflowers. The site presents two distinct periods: the Greek city founded around 600 b.C. and the Roman city with public buildings and houses. The three Greek temples you see here today have stood for about 2,500 years.

For both excursions light wears, hats and comfortable shoes are suggested.