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Welcome to Salerno

Often ignored in the mad dash to the Amalfi Coast, the port city of Salerno has a charmingly timeworn old town that is worth a look. Travelers passing through the cruise ship harbor and rail terminal can pause to explore the city’s medieval churches and waterfront promenade before heading north on a shore excursion or day trip to Positano, Amalfi, and other fishing villages on the Amalfi Coast; setting sail for a boat tour around the island of Capri; or taking a leap into ancient history at Pompeii and Paestum.

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Archaeological Park of Paestum (Parco Archeologico di Paestum)

Though Italy is known for its Roman ruins, much of the southern part of the peninsula was part of Magna Grecia, the Greek Empire, long before the Roman conquest. Vivid testimony of this ancient Greek occupation can be found at Paestum, with a trio of the best-preserved Greek temples in the world, dating as far back as the sixth century BC.More

Salerno Cathedral (Duomo di Salerno)

Just south of the Amalfi Coast, the seaside town of Salerno is home to the magnificent 11th-century Cathedral of Saint Matthew—one of the most beautiful medieval churches in Italy, with an ornate baroque crypt containing the remains of the Apostle Matthew. It’s an easy day trip from Sorrento, Positano, or Amalfi.More

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What is Salerno, Italy known for?

This busy cruise port is a main gateway to the nearby Amalfi Coast, but Salerno’s well-preserved old town, 11th-century cathedral, and imposing Arechi Castle are popular attractions for travelers passing through. The area is also famous for its traditional ceramic production, pristine beaches, and small but excellent archaeological museum.

Is Salerno, Italy pretty?

Though it lacks the postcard-perfect charm of the Amalfi Coast, Salerno has an atmospheric old town hidden behind its modern port. The cobblestone streets are lined with pocket-sized shops and restaurants catering more to locals than tourists, and the cathedral is one of the most spectacular medieval churches in Italy.

Does Salerno have good nightlife?

Yes it does. Home to a large university and one of southern Italy’s major transport hubs, Salerno is packed with lively clubs and bars that cater to students and travelers with live music and DJ sets. The city’s lavish 19th-century opera house hosts classical music, theater, and dance performances.

Is Salerno a good base for Amalfi?

Yes, with its array of affordable hotels and frequent bus and ferry routes to and from the Amalfi Coast, Salerno is an excellent base for visiting Amalfi—especially if you’re traveling on a budget. You can reach Amalfi by sea in about 30 minutes, or by land in about an hour.

How many days do you need in Salerno?

One day is enough to wander Salerno’s compact old town and take a trip to nearby Paestum to admire the ancient Greek temples and sample buffalo mozzarella. If you’re using Salerno as a base to explore the Amalfi Coast, you’ll need at least three days.

Is Salerno worth visiting?

Most travelers blow past Salerno on their way to the Amalfi Coast, but this storied city has an old town that is worth exploring. Its medieval cathedral is a Norman gem; the historic center has an authentic, untouristed feel; and there are plenty of old-school eateries for traditional local food.


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