Parco Archeologico di Elea Velia
ASCEA
Contrada Piana di VeliaIT

The remains of the Greek city of Elea, whose fame is linked to the philosophers Parmenides and Zeno, and to its renowned school of medicine.


Transport. How to reach the site

by car

Autostrada Salerno-Reggio Calabria, Battipaglia exit, follow SS 18, exit Vallo Scalo, and follow signs for Ascea


Via di Porta Rosa comes out in a great gully that made it possible to reach the southern quarter, which is as yet unexplored: this veritable artificial pass was where, in the 1960s, the Porta Rosa was discovered, a splendid example of the use of the arch by the Greeks.
Walk along Via di Porta Rosa and you will be able to visit Hadrian’s Baths (2nd century A.D.) and admire the various rooms of the calidarium and the frigidarium, which is decorated with a splendid mosaic of black and white tesserae depicting animals and sea monsters. Continue upwards and you will come to the so-called agorà, probably a sanctuary dedicated to Aesculapius, god of medicine and healing: it is laid out on at least three levels, of which the lower one has an arcade and a fountain.
Having reached the Acropolis, you can admire the remains of the small theatre dating back to the 4th century B.C., where theatrical performances are still staged today.

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