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Velia Archaeological Site
- Velia Archaeological Site
- Alt Name:
- Scavi di Velia
- Ancient Greece
- 1000BC - 501BC
- San Lorenzo Maggiore, Cumae Archaeological Park,
about Velia Archaeological Site
The Velia Archaeological Site (Scavi di Velia) in Campania houses the remains of a Greek colony turned Roman municipality. Velia was originally founded by a Greek community as the colony of “Elea” in 540 BC.
With the help of prominent citizens and philosophers Zeno and Parmenides (the latter having founded the school of Eleatics, the former having been a member), Velia managed to overcome several attacks including from Poseidonia and the Lucanians.
During the Second Punic War, Velia provided ships to Rome for its fight against Hannibal and in 88 BC it became a municipality of the Roman Empire. The decline of Velia, which was dependent on naval commerce, coincided with the reduced need for its harbour.
Today, the Velia Archaeological Site contains a wealth of ancient ruins as well as medieval ones. Visitors can see a series of public buildings and monuments from the Greek and Roman eras including third century BC fortifications, a large fourth century BC arch known as the Pink Gate as well as second century AD Roman baths with mosaics and a theatre.
The Velia Archaeological Site also has medieval sites such as its eleventh/twelfth century castle, which is recognisable by its rounded towers and turrets.
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Address: Velia Archaeological Site, Contrada Piana di Velia, 84046 Ascea
The Velia Archaeological Site is located along the coast in Campania, approx. 90km south of Salerno. The nearest train station is Marina di Ascea, which is 3km away and has regional services.
The Velia Archaeological Site is open daily, 9am-dusk. Closed 1 Jan, 1 May, 1 Dec. Entry costs €2 (€1 reduced).
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