Have you ever been to Salerno? It is perhaps one of the most undervalued cities in Italy that made itself known to the world, a few years ago, thanks to the beautiful Christmas lights. But Salerno is much more: it is history, sea and uncontaminated nature. Lying on the Campania coast overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and protected by the Apennines, the province of Salerno is a treasure trove of secrets to be discovered absolutely in a weekend.
The city is in an enviable position and is the glue of two wonderful areas of Campania: the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento. Believe us if we tell you that it is worth a visit and not only for the famous festival of lights: it is rich in history and charm. The city experienced its most flourishing period during the Lombard domination, becoming the capital of the Principality of Salerno, a territory that included most of the Italian continental South. Traces of this ancient past can be found among the monuments of the historic center and in the Castello di Arechi which dominates the city.
But that’s not all, Salerno was the seat of the Salerno Medical School, the first medical institution in Europe at the beginning of the Middle Ages. We have created a useful guide to what to see in the city and its surroundings in one or more days.
What to see in Salerno
What is there to see in Salerno? Your visit to the city can only start from the highest point, from the top of Arechi Castle, an ancient medieval stone fortress from which you can admire a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Salerno and, on clear days, of Calabria. Since 2009, the Castle has housed the Medieval Museum which preserves the remains of the manor found during excavation campaigns.
Walking through the historic center of Salerno do not miss a visit to the Cathedral of San Matteo in the Rione Duomo. It is a marvel of styles that coexist well with each other, the Baroque blends well with Arab-Norman architecture. Do not miss a visit to the Baroque crypt which preserves the remains of San Matteo and the Arab-Norman bell tower.
Don’t miss a visit to the medieval aqueduct located in the historic center, just below the castle. According to legend, the bridge was built in just one night thanks to the help of the devil himself.
The Regional Pinacoteca of Salerno, which is housed in the ancient Palazzo Pinto, is worth a visit. It is located in Via dei Mercanti (the most beautiful street that crosses the historic center of Salerno) and houses a collection of paintings from the 15th to the present.
In the heart of the medieval city, there is a wonderful place to visit the Giardino della Minerva the green lung of the city that was once the botanical garden of the School of Medicine, the first in Europe for the cultivation of plants and herbs for medical purposes .
Do not miss a visit to the Archaeological Complex of San Pietro a Corte where you will find a meticulous account of Salerno’s history since the Roman period. Before leaving the city take a walk on the Lungomare Trieste, a beautiful promenade overlooking the sea that from Piazza della Libertà reaches the port of Salerno.
What to see in Salerno in one day
• Cathedral of San Matteo
• Garden of the Minerva
• Castello Arechi
• Villa Comunale
• Via Mercanti
• Monumental Complex of San Pietro a Corte
• Salerno Medical School
• Medieval Aqueduct
• Provincial Art Gallery
• Santa Sofia
• Lungomare Trieste
What to see in Salerno with children
Salerno is the perfect city to visit on a weekend with children. A city rich in history overlooking the sea to be discovered strictly on foot. Visit the historic center without losing any of the city’s most beautiful monuments and walks along the Lungomare Trieste, an incredible walk of over a kilometer that runs along the sea.
Don’t miss a visit to the oldest university in the world and the Botanical Garden which preserves medicinal herbs and healing plants. If you are looking for a little relaxation, nothing is better than sitting on the beach: Santa Teresa Beach is easily reached from the seafront. Reach Salerno in winter to live a dream made lights and colors: during the Christmas period, from November to January, the appointment is with the Luci d’Arista.
What to see in Salerno and its surroundings
• Venus Hair Falls
• Vietri sul Mare
• Maiori and Minori
• Lattari Mountains
• Path of the gods
• Morigerati and the Bussento Cave
• Caves of Castelcivita
• Gorges of the Calore river
• Cava de Tirreni
• Roscigno Vecchia
• Lemon Path
• Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park
Salerno and province beaches
What are the most beautiful beaches of Salerno and its surroundings? Let’s make a premise by telling you that along the 200 km of Salerno’s coast there are some of the most beautiful beaches in Campania. The beautiful beaches of Cilento are part of the province of Salerno. Here is the list of those not to be missed:
• Infreschi Bay, Marina di Camerota
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