Salerno Travel Guide

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Salerno Overview

Ahhh...the overlooked town of Salerno. A mistake made by many because of its location on the Tyrrhenian Sea. It is minutes from the Amalfi coast(by ferry or bus) and most travelers just pass through on the way. What Salerno IS, is a great little port city that offers much more nightlife and freedom versus the actual Amalfi coast cliff towns that people come to "ooh" and "ahh" about. Located on the Gulf of Salerno, the small city itself has been inhabited since pre-historical times and was once a great center of learning. Today it is more of transport hub for goods and tourists who miss out on many of its great local bars and shops. Most of the Amalfi coast towns are couple centric in the eves whilst difficult to "bar hop" with transportation choices limited late. Salerno offers not only tons of food and nightlife options but has its own "Old Town" with narrow winding cobblestone streets and cafe centric pubs. The high speed train lines to the north (Milano etc) are connected here as is short transport by train to Napoli and Pompeii.

So on your Amalfi trip, relax on the Trieste Seafront Promenade, make it up to "Arechi's Castle" with spectacular views of the coast, visit the Park of Mercatello and buy, go up the Bellara Hill for fantastic views of the coast, see one of several palaces in the city, visit the Salerno Cathedral, (plain as churches go but it houses the tomb of one of Christ's apostles), or visit one of many old churches with Renaissance frescoes and paintings or one of several museums housing artifacts from ancient times.

Maybe just skip it all and remember in a university town there are tons of places to eat, drink and be merry. The Amalfi coast towns are beautiful....but much quieter in the eve!