SALERNO: Our Basecamp on Our Journey to the Amalfi Coast

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Salerno was our neck of the woods for four and a half days, and we felt very much at home!  It is a sizeable human settlement along the coast and although not nearly as lovely as the rest of the villages, it is, however, an excellent "wigwam" for exploring the more popular nearby quaint villages like Positano.  Though Salerno is not one of the Amalfi Coast towns, it nestles at the end of the forty-plus mile highway of the Amalfi Coast.  I must say that we made the right decision in choosing this beauty for our “base camp” on our journey to the Amalfi Coast.  My husband and I both wished that we should have settled down in Salerno while visiting Pompeii and Capri, instead.

  Not in "the armpit of Italy" --Naples, after all, Pompeii is only less than an hour train ride from Salerno and vice versa.

Indeed, Salerno’s main draw to travelers is its transportation network and its geographical location.  This town has a primary railway station with excellent direct train connections to/from Naples and the south of Italy (Matera, Bari, and Brindisi.)  Aside of the trains, the SITA regional bus lines are also conveniently connected to the Capodichino Airport in Naples, the central train station in Naples, and the Amalfi Coastal towns.  Salerno Central Station is a medium size facility that even though busy, is easy to navigate based on personal observation.

  The harbor where the ferry boats that bring visitors (during the summer season) to the rest of the Amalfi Coastal towns is just a walking distance to/from the city center.  Salerno had pretty much everything and did I mention yet that the standard of living is relatively cheap.  Thus, a budget-friendly base camp for shoe-string travelers.  What I dislike though is the very limited banks' hours of operation.  Before lunchtime, no business transactions anymore. 

Like I mentioned above, Salerno’s massive size and modern feel make it less quaint, but it still retains a characteristic of a historic town with a few charming alleyways and beautiful architectures.  The city center dots a plethora of shops, cafes', restaurants, clubs, and pubs next to cathedrals and castles.

  Although we didn’t experience some hip nightlives here, (because we're no longer young and partying isn't our style,)this ‘urbs’ is so full of life those night owls will adore without a doubt.  On one of the early evenings, the hubby and I went for a quiet stroll at the eastern edge of the town, the tourist harbor.  Another purpose for that walk was to inquire from the tourist office about the boat schedule and fees for trips to Cetara, Maori, and Positano.  We arrived at a port area where myriads of tour boats docked. We inquired to the person at the window, and after obtaining a sense of clarity for our questions, we left and climbed the seawall.  Stepping ourselves up there, we've discovered some surprising things to see.
Salerno Tourist Harbor
  One of which was the very charming seaport.  And the sun almost hidden behind the mountain tops was just stunning.  It turned out to be a low-key evening for the husband and me. 

After an hour or so of taking photographs and people watching, we then scouted for an inexpensive place to have dinner.  In Salerno, that is not a laborious chore.  We found an eatery called "Madegra" immediately.  Madegra is a “point-point” outdoor eatery wherein we just point we want from the line up of dishes in a glass display case.  The server then brings orders of food to the table.  It was such an oasis of a meal, and the Spaghetti Seafood the husband ordered was deeply satisfying.
To conclude such an oasis of a meal, we had two cones of towering gelato to lick -- the most romantic way to end our "we-time"!  ^.

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As far as sites-to-see in Salerno, the Medieval Cathedral, a twelfth-century Romanesque building with its spectacular interior, is a must.  Another is the Provincial Museum, holds extraordinary archeological items including a bronze cast head of Apollo dating to the first century BC!  There's also the Castello di Arechi, a Byzantine structure located in the highest spot of the town.  And of course, the many beaches, which are also bigger than most of the beaches found on the Amalfi Coast.  However, DON'T be like me who is now regretting!  Why?  It's because I did not visit these attractions.  I made plans, yes, but due to lack of time, exhaustion or plain laziness, I've missed some of Salerno’s hidden jewels.

Lastly, I noticed the inadequate numbers of hotels in Salerno.

  It is unusual for a modern town like Salerno lacking in such amenity.  It is probably because the lodging businesses are more in the nearby quaint villages, in the mountains or secluded areas of Salerno.  The entire town has only two hotel chains -- The Novotel and Best Western Hotel.  On the other hand, rental apartments, homes, or rooms hosted by Airbnb is quite popular here, but make sure there is an air-conditioning system!  Initially, we planned to lodge at an Airbnb, but because the two previous stays in Pisa and Rome were par inconvenient, I canceled my booking and agreed to remain in Novotel instead, which came out to be a good choice.  A review of Novotel Hotel soon. ~

Paulovic says:
So I think Salerno itself is not worth visiting more than one day, right?
Posted on: Oct 14, 2017
NickelP says:
I saw Positano and was trying to remember where I knew it from...google reminded me it was from the movie Under the Tuscan Sun.
Posted on: Oct 12, 2017
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Salerno Tourist Harbor
Salerno Tourist Harbor
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inside a coffee shot called "Puro"
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our metro station to/from the hotel
very quiet, which I like...  :)
very quiet, which I like... :)
just us in this station :)
just us in this station :)
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our metro ride from Arbostella st…
Albostella Metro Station
Albostella Metro Station
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inside the metro
inside the metro
inside the metro
inside the metro
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comfy seats...
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Salerno railway station
Salerno railway station
Salerno Central Station area
Salerno Central Station area
Yum!!
Yum!!
the closed bank :(
the closed bank :(
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