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The Tour Certosa of Padula and Joe Petrosino is a full-day itinerary in the Vallo di Diano that will guide you to discover one of the main Carthusian monasteries of Italy in Padula, the birthplace of Joe Petrosino.

We start our tour at the Certosa di San Lorenzo, also known as the Certosa di Padula.

The monastery, founded in 1306 by the San Severino family, is the largest in Italy, with an area of ​​51,500 m2 and has the largest cloister in the world built between 1500 and 1700, with an area of ​​12,000 m2.

It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and inside you can appreciate the library, reachable with a wonderful helical staircase, the large cloister, the monumental elliptical staircase, the prior's quardo.

The whole Certosa di Padula is surrounded by the park and wonderful gardens.

Lunch Included
After the walk inside the Certosa di San Lorenzo, you will be our guests for a typical lunch in a restaurant.

In the early afternoon we visit Joe Petrosino's childhood home, today an appreciable museum.

Known as the Italian Sherlock Holmes, not everyone knows that Joe Petrosino was born in Padula in 1860.

He then moved to New York City and joined the New York Police Department in 1883 and was promoted by President Roosevelt to investigative sergeant in charge of the NYPD's homicide division. When he was promoted to lieutenant, he investigated the criminal activities of the mafia.

His investigations are recognized by all as heroic deeds, so much so that several books, screenplays and films have been dedicated to him, as well as a park in New York City.

During his investigations on the mafia, in Sicily in Palermo, he was assassinated in 1909.

At the end of the day our Tour Certosa di Padula and Joe Petrosino also ends, when we will take you back to the Hotel.

A tour not to be missed in a pleasant combination of Culture, History and Legality.

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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Certosa di Padula
    • Entry/Admission - Joe Petrosino Museum
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Certosa di Padula, Viale Certosa 1, 84034 Padula Italy

      The Certosa of Padula, or of San Lorenzo, is a Charterhouse located in Padula, in the Vallo di Diano, in the province of Salerno. It is the first Charterhouse to be built in Campania, anticipating that of San Martino in Naples and San Giacomo in Capri

      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Joe Petrosino Museum, Italy

      The museum, housed in Joe Petrosino's birthplace, is the only house-museum dedicated to an exponent of the forces in the order. Giuseppe Petrosino was born in this house on August 30, 1860. Within these walls, little Giuseppe lived up to 13 years, when in 1873 together with his father Prospero, tailor, and the whole family, he left for America. This case of ordinary emigration determined the fate of Joseph who would later become the great, legendary Joe, the most famous policeman in America. Giuseppe's relatives continued to live in this house to this day: brother, grandchildren, great-grandson. All were faithful custodians of these environments which, through several generations, have preserved the memory of those years, in the succession of the many departures and the few returns linked to the dream of emigration. The furnishings and objects have come down to us almost intact. Here is the story of the great southern emigration that unfolded from the late nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. During this period, the changed conditions of life have led to slight transformations that have not at all distorted the authenticity of this testimony. The introduction of electric light, or the new liberty furniture in the dining room, purchased by grandfather Michele, Joe's last brother, who returns home with the small nest egg spared in the States, become very significant chapters in the history of southern emigration. It was through the visualization and reification of the new well-being that the returning emigrant showed pride in not leaving in vain to the fellow villagers who remained at home. Electric light, new furniture, clock and gold chain, the same way of dressing become an explicit declaration of success. The museum also displays memorabilia and documents relating to the heroic activity of the policeman. All this makes the visit more suggestive by making those who go there experience the same emotions as those who have lived there, stimulating values ​​of legality and justice. The exhibition runs through its 24 sections, the period from 1860 to the present day offering glimpses of legality, justice and healthy emigration, all richly narrated by the uniformed custodians / guides of the New York police.

      Duration: 1 hour

    • Departure Point :
      1: Via Diego Ferraioli, 4, 84013 Cava de' Tirreni SA, Italy
      2: Piazza Vittorio Veneto, 1, 84123 Salerno SA, Italy
      3: Via Roma, 104, 84121 Salerno SA, Italy
      4: Corso Umberto Iᵒ, 1, 84019 Vietri sul Mare SA, Italy
      Traveler pickup is offeredAirports
      • Salerno Costa d'Amalfi Airport, Via Olmo, snc, 84092 Bellizzi SA, Italy
      • Molo Trapezio, Via Ligea, 98, 84121 Salerno SA, Italy
      Departure Time :
      8:00 AM
      Return Detail :
      Returns to original departure point
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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    Organised by Salerno Incoming Tour and Stay

    Activity ID: V-254377P3

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