We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Giardino della Minerva

Vicolo Ferrante Sanseverino 1, 84121 Salerno, Italy
+39 089 252423
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
GORGEOUS, GO!

This garden is a beautiful gem in the heart of the old city. It is difficult to get to and I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
allisonde7890
,
Paris, France
via mobile
Lovely

Levels of beautiful gardens, ancient medicinal plants topped off with a fabulous view of Salerno... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
yns_10
,
Sydney Australia
Read all 769 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“old town” (12 reviews)
Open Now
Hours
Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION
Vicolo Ferrante Sanseverino 1, 84121 Salerno, Italy
CONTACT
Website
+39 089 252423
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Salerno
US$113 per adult
More Info
US$74 per adult
More Info
US$66 per adult
More Info
Write a ReviewReviews (769)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"several levels"
in 6 reviews
"medicinal plants"
in 6 reviews
"old town"
in 12 reviews
"herbal tea"
in 4 reviews
"interesting garden"
in 3 reviews
"small botanical garden"
in 2 reviews
"amazing history"
in 2 reviews
"great little place"
in 2 reviews
"top level"
in 2 reviews
"the study"
in 2 reviews
"blue sea"
in 2 reviews
"middle ages"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"euro entrance fee"
in 2 reviews
"medical school"
in 2 reviews
"fabulous views"
in 2 reviews
"lovely spot"
in 2 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 91 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This garden is a beautiful gem in the heart of the old city. It is difficult to get to and I wouldn’t recommend it for people that have trouble with stairs or walking. But the views of the sea and city aren’t than worth the...More

Thank allisonde7890
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Levels of beautiful gardens, ancient medicinal plants topped off with a fabulous view of Salerno and the coast. There is a cafe but in late May when we visited it was not open. There were only three other people in the gardens during our visit....More

Thank yns_10
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful place where to find the antique history of Salerno and its historical medical school, the first in the world.

Thank marianneviglione
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Minerva's Garden is very old and is an unsurpassed collection of medical plant remedies. Runs up the hill in four or five terraces with water flowing down level to level via beautifully crafted pools and little fountains. You get to learn stuff at the same...More

Thank Peter P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the "Minerva Gardens" where the ancient medical plants from the famous "Scuola Medica Salernitana" are grown again! In the meanwhile you'll take wonderful pictures of the views over the town and the blue sea!

Thank Rosamaria G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 15 June 2018

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

Thank snarf1513
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 June 2018

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.

Thank 806rosek
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 27 May 2018

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

Thank vessi80
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank purpletravller
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
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.

Thank Ryan D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 15 hotels in Salerno
B&B Porta Catena
18 reviews
.25 km away
Albergo del Centro Storico
168 reviews
.34 km away
Villa Poseidon - Boutique Hotel & Events
224 reviews
.34 km away
Hotel Montestella
357 reviews
1.14 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Himiko
133 reviews
.28 km away
O'Haras Pub&Grill
149 reviews
.20 km away
Ristorante Sant'Andrea
491 reviews
.28 km away
Sant'Andrea Paninoteca
92 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby Attractions
Villa Comunale
608 reviews
.30 km away
Lungomare di Salerno
1,745 reviews
.38 km away
Castello di Arechi
521 reviews
.37 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Giardino della Minerva staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit