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Coastal port with lots of history

Salerno is a buzzing port city that represents much of the best of the Amalfi Coast. Overlooked by the impressive edifice of the medieval Arechi Castle, many layers of history and culture are framed by handsome mountains and blue Tyrrhenian waters.

Salerno holidays are certainly a fantastic way to start exploring the area. The city boasts many beautiful churches, including the famous Salerno Duomo (cathedral). Dedicated to Saint Matthew, an apostle from the Bible, it is even said to house some of his relics. In the city’s historic Old Town, a tangle of small streets is filled with cute shops and cafés, while a stroll past the palm trees on the sunny Lungomare Trieste leads you to the seaside. Parks, museums and palazzos dot the city and its surrounds, and on holidays to Salerno you’re also very well placed to make day trips and tours to other parts of the Amalfi Coast.

Your Salerno questions, answered

A small town with lots of history, Salerno’s biggest claim to fame was acting as the home of Italy’s provisional government, albeit briefly, after World War II.

Absolutely. The further south you head from the main port, the more beaches you’ll find for plenty of swimming and sunbathing in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

There are a few, but the Provincial Archaeological Museum of Salerno is a favourite, featuring heaps of ancient art and artefacts from the surrounding area, dating back to cave dwellers and the colonising Greeks.

Best things to do in Salerno

Enjoy the menus

It’s a great place to explore Italy’s legendary cuisine, as Salerno’s dining institutions serve classic Italian specialties, such as pasta with beans, and amaretti biscuits.

Take in some history

Salerno’s long list of architectural monuments, from the richly decorated cathedral to the majestic city hall, is one of the main attractions for historically minded visitors.

Shop for ceramics

On the western edge of Salerno, the town of Vietri sul Mare is a well-known destination for traditional local crafts. Browse beautiful ceramics, including all sorts of serving and decorative pieces.