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Salerno, Italy

Salerno is a city in Campania, Italy.

Salerno is the principal town of the province with the same name. For a brief period (February to August 1944) Salerno was the capital city of Italy, during the liberation after the allied landings before the fall of Monte Cassino to the allies and the subsequent liberation of Rome.
Today it is a lively port town, that is rapidly re-acquiring a relaxing and open Mediterranean atmosphere. The port area itself is not particularly attractive, but once you get onto the promenade things get better. Worth a visit also is the Historical Old Town, which has in recent years recovered from being a virtual no-go area to being one of the best preserved historical town centers, full of tiny little passageways and hidden corners.
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Salerno is a city in Campania, Italy.

Salerno is the principal town of the province with the same name. For a brief period (February to August 1944) Salerno was the capital city of Italy, during the liberation after the allied landings before the fall of Monte Cassino to the allies and the subsequent liberation of Rome.
Today it is a lively port town, that is rapidly re-acquiring a relaxing and open Mediterranean atmosphere. The port area itself is not particularly attractive, but once you get onto the promenade things get better. Worth a visit also is the Historical Old Town, which has in recent years recovered from being a virtual no-go area to being one of the best preserved historical town centers, full of tiny little passageways and hidden corners.
Salerno was the birthplace of the "

Schola Medica Salernitana

" in the ninth century, which was the most important source of medical information in Europe at the time, and provided an important impulse to medical learning in Europe.
Salerno is an ideal stopping off point on the way to Paestum, Pompeii or Positano, or the Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park, which is a lesser known UNESCO World Heritage site. Placed as it is at one end of the Amalfi Coastline, it is an important passing point for the local tourism scene.
Also worth a visit if you happen to be in the area are Vietri sul Mare, for the traditional ceramics, Cava de' Tirreni for the important Abbey at La Badia and one of the few remaining Portici in Campania

Climate

Salerno has a Mediterranean climate, with a hot and relatively dry summer (30 °C (86 °F) in August) and a rainy fall and winter (8 °C (46 °F) in January). Usually, there is nearly 1,000 mm (39 in) of rain every year. The strong wind that comes from the mountains toward the Gulf of Salerno makes the city very windy (mainly in winter). However, this gives Salerno the advantage of being one of the sunniest towns in Italy.

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Salerno, Italy: Port Information


Cruise liners dock at the new terminal (built in 2016) at the western end of Solerno. Several companies offer shuttle service to Piazza della Concordia situated 2.5 miles away (a 15-minute ride).

Get around Salerno, Italy


Salerno has three kinds of public transportation: buses, trains, and light metro.
  • The main bus stop is at the Salerno train station. CSTP buses serve Salerno and other towns in the province. It is absolutely necessary to buy the ticket before getting on the bus. The buses leave from the station to the surrounding areas almost every 20 minutes. CSTP lines 4 and 9 connect the Salerno Maritime Terminal with the Train Station or Ferry Terminal. SITA buses leave from the train station and serve the region. One COSTIERASITA ticket is valid 24 hours from the first validation and allows an unlimited number of journeys on public transport SITASUD along the Amalfi coast. Two blocks west (toward the sea) of the train station is Plaza della Concordia, where the CSTP bus 34 leaves for Paestum.
  • The Salerno train station is a hub for regional, inter-city, and high-speed trains to almost all the main Italian cities. From the train station, one can connect with the ferry terminal, only three blocks away just beyond the Piazza dell Concordia, with boats to the Amalfi coast.
  • The Metro is more limited with only seven Metro stops over 8km of light rail through the city center, parallel to the coast.

What to see in Salerno, Italy


  • The

    Duomo of Salerno

    is amazing to see. Build in the 11th century, it is a peaceful place and a giant Cathedral housing rich art treasures and the holy relics of evangelist St. Matthew and of Pope Gregor VII.
  • At night, you can take a walk at the Lungomare, a boulevard with palm trees and a nice view of the sea and the surrounding hills.
  • The Villa Communale is an oasis of green at the center of the city. Big plants, giant flowers, lots of spaces to sit.
  • Saint George Church is a magnificent baroque church, dating back to Middle Age and renewed in the late 17th century. Paintings by Angelo and Francesco Solimena, Andrea Sabatini da Salerno, Luca Giordano.
  • San Pietro a Corte: Archaeological excavations put in evidence the rests of a Roman thermal bath that was re-used in Middle Age by the first Christians as a cemetery as well as an underground church. Upstairs there is the private Chapel of Langobard Prince Arechi II. (8th century). Both opened only on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Minerva Garden

    was the botanical garden of the Medical School of Salerno since the 14th century, where the doctors produced plants for the medicines and the scholars learned how to produce and use them. Very interesting and amazing for its position at the top of the ancient town, with a pleasant view.
  • The main street via dei Mercanti and the surrounding lanes, all since Middle Age.
  • Piazza Flavio Gioia with the ancient city gate dedicated to the patron St. Matthew.
  • In winter between November and January, the ancient town is adorned with wonderful Artists' lights, attracting many tourists.
  • Interesting little Museums: Diocesan Museum, Province Picture-Gallery, Archaeological Museum, Allied Forces Landing 1943 Museum.

What to do in Salerno, Italy


  • Cultural events in Palazzo Fruscione
  • At Christmas time from November to January visit the town lit up by Artists' Lights
  • On September 21 follow in the afternoon the religious procession dedicated to the city's patron St. Matthew by standing on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele: a long and beautiful procession in typical Italian style
  • Visit the neighbor towns Vietri sul Mare on the Amalfi Coast and Cava de' Tirreni by Sita buses
  • Visit Salerno and its highlights, or Pompeii, Paestum, Amalfi and Ravello (all reachable by train or bus) with a knowledgeable tour guide
  • In spring visit the flower show Mostra della Minerva taking place in the Villa Comunale garden.
  • Sail around from the harbor in Piazza della Concordia to the coasts around Salerno.
  • Hike on the wonderful mountains around Salerno, offering quite always a view on the sea: Amalfi Coast, Cilento, Monti Picentini
  • Spend some days in Cilento, on its coasts, visiting the Greek temples in Paestum, or some ancient cute villages like Agropoli, Castellabate, Teggiano, etc., or hiking on its mountains.

What to eat and drink in Salerno, Italy


There are several good restaurants in Salerno and nearby, offering a wide range of food. In the center of the town, if you're looking for pizza you can go to:
  • Il Vicolo della Neve one of the oldest restaurant in Salerno, located in the historic center. Pizza is served here, but they are also famous for their "pasta e fagioli" (pasta with beans).
  • Donna Margherita a very good pizzeria, serving also fish dishes. Not very expensive, with high quality.
  • Il Caminettoone of the best restaurants in the center of Salerno in terms of quality, you can get local fish specialties or a very good pizza, and the price is minimal. Great for families.
  • Il Brigante serves mainly vegetable-based dishes. If you want to try local food, try the polpo! The food is basic but good and the prices are low.

Shopping in Salerno, Italy


Food, clothes, jewelry and accessories, books, art, souvenirs, gifts - Salerno offers excellent opportunities for shopping.
You'll find lovely souvenir and gift shops, art galleries, and antique stores in the city. 

Safety in Salerno, Italy


The city is actually quite safe for tourists. However, you should always use your common sense and be alert since pickpockets are possible (well, as in any other place of the world).

Language spoken in Salerno, Italy


Italian is the official language. English is widely spoken in tourist places.

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