Salerno occupies a privileged position between the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento Coast. It is the administrative center of one of the largest provinces in Italy, with 60% of its territory protected by Unesco, including about 200 km of coastal area. Salerno is the ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday, appreciate outdoor life and discover the taste of cultural tourism. thanks to its position, a mild climate all year round, the sea nearby and its many cultural events. A number of easy to reach destinations include: Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Sorrento, Ischia, Caserta, Napoli. The city of Salerno has been made known worldwide by the famous Schola Medica Salernitana, to which a museum is dedicated. Worth seeing are the old town and Saint Matthew’s Cathedral, built by the Norman prince Robert Guiscard, and dedicated to the city’s patron saint. Other sites include the Provincial Museum, the Diocesan Museum, the XVI century church of the Annunziata, and the Flavio Gioia square, known as “La Rotonda” for its round shape, which gives access to the old town through the XVIII century Porta Nuova. Not to be missed is the castle of Arechi, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the Gulf of Salerno. You can take a long and pleasant walk on the sea promenade or wait to embark on tourist ships from the two main bustling harbors. The main features of the city nightlife are the numerous cafés and restaurants located on Via Roma, where you can enjoy yourself and taste delicious fish dishes. Salerno also boasts several green areas. With its 10 hectares, Parco Mercatello is one of the largest city parks in Italy. Parco Pinocchio was conceived as a playground for children and, along with the adjacent Parco dell’Irno, has both educational and recreational purposes. Parco del Seminario offers spectacular views from its terraces. A visit to to the Villa Comunale, the main city park in Salerno, is highly recommended, as well as a tour of the Giardini della Minerva. This whole area has been of the utmost importance for growing plants used for herbal remedies during the Middle Ages. Theater lovers should not miss the Teatro Verdi, which dates back to 1863. For the past eight years, Salerno has been famous nationwide for its “Luci d’Artista” -Christmas lights exhibitions by various artists.
THE AMALFI COAST
The Amalfi Coast is one of the 50 Unesco sites in the World Heritage List. The Coast overlooks the Thyrrenian Sea and appears as a terrace suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari mountains, revealing a large number of valleys, promontories, coves, beaches, and terrace-grown lemons, vines and olive trees. A unique environment, it is a perfect example of Mediterranean landscape offering immense cultural and natural value due to its geography and rich history. The whole area stretches out for 11.231 hectares between the Gulfs of Naples and Salerno, and includes 16 spectacular small towns: Amalfi, Atrani, Cava de’ Tirreni, Cetara, Conca dei Marini, Furore, Maiori, Minori, Positano, Praiano, Raito, Ravello,Sant’Egidio del Monte Albino, Scala, Tramonti, and Vietri sul Mare, famous worldwide for its ceramics.
THE CILENTO COAST
When you reach the Cilento area, you can enjoy the sight of rock faces encarved by grottos and clefts, white beaches, Mediterranean scrub, a sea of many nuances. Stretching from Agropoli to Sapri, the Cilento area boasts a number of villages rich in history and tradition. Moving away from the sea, you enter the Cilento National Park, a chest of natural treasures, where nature becomes lush with oak, maple, ash and chestnut woods. Located north of Parco del Cilento, Paestum is one of the most popular destinations, thanks to its majestic greek temples. The sea of the Cilento Coast is one the most pristine and beautiful in the country.