|L-R: Laura, Stein, Giustino and Marisa in Salerno|
On the second day of my stay, we set out on a trip to Acciaroli, an Italian hamlet in the Province of Salerno some 60 km south of Napoli. This is where Marisa and Giustino had their beach house on the idyllic coastline of the Tyrrhenian Sea. On our way there we visited Salerno, a town known for its Schola Medica Salernitana (the first University of Medicine in the world). People from all over the world came to the "Schola Salerni"; the sick, in the hope of recovering - and students, to learn the art of medicine. Thus - Salerno was known as the "Town of Hippocrates" for centuries.
With us on the excursion to Salerno was none other than the above mentioned Laura from Rome, a sociable pilgrim who also is a notorious medico of the good old school. In Salerno we rediscovered the profound wisdom in the Regimen sanitatis Salernitanum, a twelfth century poem with a collection of timeless medical advice, e.g.:
If you stand in need of medical advice,these three things will be as good as a physician to you;a cheerful mind, relaxation from business and a moderate diet.A prescription we followed to a tee. We also visited the Virtual Museum of The Medical School of Salerno in the old San Gregorio Church in Salerno.
Scenes from Salerno
In the afternoon we headed for the the former city of Paestum, a Graeco-Roman city founded by Greeks in the 7th century BC. The Temple of Hera (or Ceres), from around 550 BC, was one of many monuments that left me awestruck in admiration of past times and cultures.
|Fresco from the Tomb of the Diver in Paestum (470 BC)|
Pictures from Paestum
Aspects of Acciaroli