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Experience an archaeological dig in southern Italy! A fantastic day as I had the wonderful experience of seeing an archaeological dig in progress led by Professor Luigi Cicala and his enthusiastic team from the University of Naples. We travelled south for 3 hrs from Naples to the site of the Ancient Greek and Roman city of Velia in the province of Salerno, Campania – just set back from Ascea and the seaside town of Marina on the Cilento coastline of Italy.
For me it was the wish of a lifetime – something on my bucket list and I really enjoyed it. My word! -Archaeologists have back breaking work!! – I was very impressed – squatting down in the dirt, in the hot sun, digging slowly with a little trowel, only so big, inch by inch. However their hard work is rewarded and celebration ensues, when a beautiful statue is discovered, making the months of labour worthwhile.
Here they have uncovered a whole city with both Greek origins founded in 538-535 BC as Elea and then the Romans renamed it in Latin – Velia. The walled city is very interesting to walk around and a guided tour always makes it more informative to learn who owned which house . The remains of the Greek amphitheatre are very well preserved.
If you have an interest in archaeology you must visit. The site is open in September for guided tours. Contact Passion for Italy Travel for guided tours.
There is also a lovely small museum. Make a two day visit to the area and swim in the beautiful crystal clear sea of the Cilento region. Stay at our lovely Residence
A book has been published in Italian called Vilia – La Visita alla Citta by Giovanna Greco and published by Naus Editoria Pozzuoli www.naus.it 2002.