A step back in time in the Cilento
For guests staying at the Marbella Club, we highly recommend paying a visit to Elea-Velia Archaeological Park in Ascea Marina (SA).
The ancient city of Elea, which was part of Magna Graecia and owes its name to Hyele spring, was founded around 540 BC by a group of exiles fleeing from the Greek city of Focea (now called Foça and located about 60 km north-west of Smirne, in Turkey), which at the time was occupied by the Persians. Elea owes much of its fame to the figures of Parmenides and Zeno, founders in the 5th century of the Eleatic School of Philosophy. At the end of the 5th century AD, its name was changed to Velia.