Situated in the heart of the old town of Salerno, the Minerva Garden takes pride for being the first botanical garden in Europe for cultivating plants for therapeutic purposes. The garden holds more than three hundred and eighty-two plant species. The Garden of Minerva opened its doors for the public in the eighteenth century. Dr. Matteo Silvatico was the founder of the garden who was an eminent physician at Salerno Medical School. The Salerno Medical School is the oldest university dedicated to the field of medicine in the world and is a landmark for the city of Salerno. Dr. Silvatico visualized a botanical garden as an educational area where doctors can teach students to recognize the 'simple,' the plants which are effective in curing diseases. He enriched his garden with an amazing collection of some rare and exotic plant species which he discovered during his travels to different places. The botanical garden will give you knowledge about the usefulness of various plants in curing some serious diseases naturally.
An Educational Trip to Minerva's Garden
The Alluring Design
Minerva's Garden finds its place in the middle of a beautiful setup of Town Villa Gardens and the Medieval Castle which makes it an epitome of a terrace fenced orchard. The garden went under revamping in the year 2000. Adorned with the elements of the Eighteenth-Century it attracts tourists from all over the world. The characteristic element of the park is the long staircase highlighted by cross plan pilasters along with fine plaster decorations which supports a pergola. The staircase links and frames the different levels of the garden which form part of the design. At the end of the staircase you will come across a belvedere-terrace covered with a pergola. Terrace allows its visitors to enjoy the picturesque views of the sea, the port, the historical center, and the amazing hills. This site also has a special and unique microclimate which fosters cultivation and propagation of plants. It has basins and fountains on each terrace to cater to the water requirements of the plants. Some medieval painted tiles discovered during the restoration of the Capasso Palace are also present in the gardens and explorers can have a look at them to understand the history.
The Plant Species
The Minerva's Garden is not like any other ordinary garden. It stands out amongst other traditional botanical gardens in a way that it follows specific themes to group plants in various zones of the garden. The prominent educational character of the most significant theme is the illustration of the ancient system of plant classification, installed in the largest terrace of the garden. All the other galleries use landscaping for arranging plants. All the plant species have a special recognition which depicts from the label. The label refers to the ideal position of the simple which in turn represents the positioning of the elements, superimposed over the subdivision of the grades. The rich collection of exotic plants will amaze you. Several rare species are also inhabiting the garden area. Some of the prominent plant species include Acorus calamus, Aloe vera, Citrus lemon, Citrus sinensis, Hedera helix, Iris florentina, Ziziphus jujube, etc.
The Educational Events
Organizing educational events and programs with schools is an important feature of Minerva's Gardens. Every year it welcomes thousands of students and learners to the projects and events organized and framed especially for them. Recently the garden organized a workshop named “A Day with the plants” to give knowledge about the practical and experimental concepts of Botany. 'The compost environment education laboratory' made the participants aware of the importance of the role of organic waste in the betterment of the planet. It helps to imbibe a feeling of respect for the environment and also concepts of recycling food waste, processing, and pruning. These educational events are celebrated on a regular basis in the garden premises and have a huge impact on the minds of the amateur learners.
How to Get Tickets?
You can book the tickets through this website to avail discounts.
How To Get Around?
You can explore the botanical garden on foot.
What Should I Wear?
Wear anything of your choice which makes you feel relaxed all day long and also makes you stand out from the crowd. Opt for a short dress or shorts with a cute crop top. Boys can go for Capri and pair it with a trendy t-shirt. Use hats to cover your head and face. Apply sunscreen before stepping out. For footwear choose white sneakers or gladiators. Avoid wearing heels as you have to explore the place on foot.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the museum is between 9:30 am to 7 pm. The garden remains closed for public on Monday.
The currency is euro.
Will I Need a Guide?
There is no need to hire a guide because this website caters to all your requirements by providing all the essential facts and figures.
How To Get There?
You can reach Amalfi via the international airport of Naples city or through roadways. To reach the garden, you can easily have access to buses.
Don't pluck plants. Empty water bottles should not be thrown in the premises. Carry napkins and a water bottle for your convenience.