Ruins at paestum were the highlight but the trip was scenic overall
Head off the beaten path to explore Salerno and Paestum, two little-known but still very significant Italian towns, on a full-day tour from Sorrento. Meander through historic streets and marvel at ancient monuments and architecture. Visit diverse attractions - from museums to archaic temples.
Some of Italy's best sights are off the beaten path. While the cities of Rome, Venice, and Naples are as remarkable as their renowned fame suggests, there are many lesser-known gems strewn throughout Italy that are historic wonders in their own right. Seaside Salerno and picturesque Paestum are two such gems hidden in the countryside of Southern Italy.
Embark on a full-day tour from Sorrento to explore these cities. An expert guide will accompany you, but you'll also have free time to walk the streets and stop at whatever sites pique your interest.
The first stop will be Salerno, where we suggest spending your free hour visiting the town's beautiful cathedral or strolling along the seafront. The Amalfi Coast town of Salerno is well-remembered in modern times because Allied troops landed on its beaches during World War II.
However, Salerno's medieval claims to fame are much more interesting. As a world capital of medicine, Salerno was widely known in medieval times and was a center of learning, culture, and the arts. Regimen Sanistas Salerni, a famous medical text written during medieval times, was written in Salerno. Though it was originally scribed in Latin, it was translated into nearly every language in Europe.
Salerno's medical school - the first in the world - was likely founded by Benedictine monks, and it offered the best instruction available at the time. After Salerno, we'll progress eastward to Paestum, another little-known historical giant.
Paestum was founded by the ancient Greeks around 60 B.C. and was first called Poseidonia after Poseidon, god of the sea. Paestum contains some of the best-preserved Ancient Greek temples in the world, including the Temple of Poseidon, the Temple of Hera, and the Temple of Athena. Constructed of fine limestone, the temples and ruins are a rare, magnificent sight.
Paestum is also home to renowned painted tombs, dating back to the town's period of Lucanian rule. The most famous of these is the Tomb of the Diver, which is the only surviving Greek tomb from its time with adorned with frescoes of humans. Paestum's museum houses this intriguing tomb as well as many sculptures found on the site.
Meeting point information and local telephone numbers at your destination are included on your Confirmation Voucher.
Please note, this tour is only available from April to October.
We suggest you wearing comfortable clothes and shoes. In summer, bring a bottle of water.