What to do and see in Salerno, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

December 7, 2017 Sachiko Swiger

Salerno (Italian: [saˈlɛrno]  listen (help·info)) is a city and comune in Campania (southwestern Italy) and is the capital of the province of the same name. It is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The city is divided into three distinct zones: the medieval sector, the 19th century sector and the more densely populated post-war area, with its several apartment blocks.
Restaurants in Salerno

1. Duomo di Salerno

Piazza Alfano I, Salerno, Italy +39 089 231387
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Duomo di Salerno

Reviewed By velar00 - Chicago, Illinois

How many churches can one visit and still remain enthused? This Duomo is no big deal, except when you go downstairs onto the crypt and it’s absolutely stunning. Honestly, among the most beautiful spaces I evener seen. Worth the price of entry.

2. Le Vigne di Raito

Via San Vito 9 | Raito, 84019, Vietri sul Mare, Italy +39 328 865 1452
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5 based on 153 reviews

Le Vigne di Raito

Treat yourself to a special day or evening inside a boutique organic vineyard along the spectacular Amalfi Coast. Tour the vineyards with the sommelier, wine taste with the winemaker, and feast on a seasonal meal made from fresh local ingredients all while overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Enjoy a truly unique Italian experience.

Reviewed By Michelle M

Le Vigne di Raito is amazing! The three of us agree that this was the best experience of our trip. Our guide Alfonso was so charming and incredibly knowledgeable about wine and about the history of the winery and the area in general. Patrizia is simply beautiful inside and out. Her food is to die for! We highly recommend a trip to this winery for anyone visiting the Amalfi coast. It's a must see (and eat and drink) experience!

3. Franco Trekking Positano - Path of the Gods

Via Pestella No 21 | Positano, CAP84017 Nocelle, Positano, Italy
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Franco Trekking Positano - Path of the Gods

Franco De Simone trek guide in the Amalfi Coast, with 12 years of trekking experience and certified by the Italian Excursion Federation, Franco De Simone is well qualified to guide you through the Mountains of Positano. His friendly, personable nature and English & Italianlanguage skills will put you at ease and enable you to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views and sample some of the local organic food. Take this time away from the bustling and thriving resort areas and ever busy roads to get a real feel of the glorious mediterranean vegetation, amidst the dazzling rocks which have given these Mountains their name. You will see places of unequalled beauty, rich in history and culture. Our mountain walks are never too difficult and therefore suitable for anyone with minimum experience and fitness. We can cater for individuals, families and group. For each person participating in the trek a minimal amount of equipment is needed to make the excursion both safe and enjoyable. We recommand shoes that are suitable for trekking, appropirate clothing and a jacket. For the summer period it is advisable to bring a good supply of water.

Reviewed By AnneG572 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

We had a wonderful day tasting traditionnally-made foods and walking the Path of the Gods. Franco is passionate about the area, the artisans and his country, and he shared some wonderful information about the fauna, flora and history of the Amalfi Coast. We had a great time and never felt rushed during the day. Thanks Franco for a great day!

4. Badia della Santissima Trinita'

Corpo di Cava, Cava De' Tirreni, Italy +39 089 463922
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5 based on 250 reviews

Badia della Santissima Trinita'

Reviewed By GabyDublin - Dublin

This is a most beautiful mediaeval monastery which still houses about ten working monks. The architecture of the building is astounding - it is actually built into cliff and incorporates the cliff face. The guided tour is worth taking, showing the beautiful library and the vaults and giving a lot of background information. It has to be said that it is considerably off the beaten track and takes a little finding in the little hamlet of Corpo di Cavo - so if you are moving along the Amalfi coastline fairly fast, it is worth taking this into consideration.

5. Chiesa di San Giorgio

Via Duomo 19, 84121 Salerno, Italy +39 089 228918
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4.5 based on 109 reviews

Chiesa di San Giorgio

Reviewed By Retirada - Albuquerque, New Mexico

We didn't go looking for this church, but passed its open door, stepped in - and wow. This Baroque church has an exceptionally beautiful ceiling. Dimly lit and loaded with decoration, I recommend a visit to Chiesa di San Giorgio in Salerno's centro storico.

6. Sol’Art Ceramiche

Corso Umberto Primo 64, 84019, Vietri sul Mare, Italy +39 089 763010
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5 based on 263 reviews

Sol’Art Ceramiche

Reviewed By Amanda R - Fort Saskatchewan, Canada

This is a great place you must visit while in Vietre Sul Mare. The paintings and ceramics are original and gorgeous!! Very unique and so much better than the mass produced items at other shops. The owners were so friendly and welcoming. We bought as much as we could carry home with us on the plane! We will definitely be ordering more from home:) This shop is easily reached on foot from piazza Vietre and absolutely worth checking out. We loved it!

7. Borgo Scacciaventi

Corso Umberto I, Cava De' Tirreni, Italy
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Borgo Scacciaventi

Reviewed By twin123185 - Toms River, New Jersey

Great for people watching, cafes, shopping and it's flat for easy walking. A little incline as you get to the old part but not a problem. Not very many tourists so prices are great. Beautiful churches and well kept apartment buildings. If you park at the public lots bring coins. The machines won't take paper money!

8. Villa Comunale

Via Roma, Salerno, Italy
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Villa Comunale

Reviewed By DM S - Port Macquarie, Australia

This beautifully kept park is small but a pleasure to walk through, it is lush and green and contains some statues and some Gardens, but it's mostly a grassed area. It is fenced but easily accessible, it is a vurtual oasis very close to the centrico historico.

9. Giardino della Minerva

Vicolo Ferrante Sanseverino 1, 84121 Salerno, Italy +39 089 252423
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Giardino della Minerva

In the heart of the Medieval town of Salerno, at the back of Fusandola Torrent and of the old Mediaval walls, a terraced fenced orchard is situated. In it the remains of a glorious and rich history can be still seen: it is the so called Minerva’s Garden. This structure develops along the orchard line which from the Town Villa Gardens goes up to the Medieval Castle. Minerva’s Garden is exactly situated in the middle of this ideal itinerary and it is certainly the most interesting example of orchard for the art-historical valuesit represents.What is today really striking for any visitor – thanks to a restoration work completed in September 2000 - is an interesting variety of eighteenth century style elements.Among these the most characteristic one is a long staircase emphasized by cross plan pilasters, with stucco decorations supporting a pergola. The staircase, linking and evidently framing the different levels of the garden, ends up to a belvedere-terrace which is also covered with a pergola, it is built on the old walls and allows a wide and privileged view of the sea including the port, the historical centre of the town and the hills.The water system, composed of basins and Fountains, one of them for each Terrace, with decorations made from calcareous concretions, shows the presence of abundant water sources which, suitably canalized have over centuries allowed – besides other uses – the cultivation of plots of land. This site is characterized by a special microclimate, fostered by a poor influence of north winds and by a favourable exposure, which still today allows the cultivation and spontaneous propagation of plant species needing a particularly moist and warm climate.Since the twelfth century Silvatico family had owned these places, one of its members, Matteo, physician of the Salernitan School of Medicine, between the thirteenth and fourteenth century, distinguished himself as big expert of the plants used for producing remedies. His work called Opus pandectarum medicinae, is a precious collection of information about semplici, that is on parts of plants which were used for producing remedies.In fact, after a careful examination of the historical documents and sources, scholars have proved the existence in the area of the Medieval town of Salerno, of a garden called giardino dei semplici, (garden from which parts of plants were extracted) founded in the first twenty years of 1300 by the Salernitan physician and botanist Matteo Silvatico, for being used by the scholars of the Medical School. In this space of an extraordinary cultural value, which can be today identified just in the area of Minerva’s Garden, the plants from which active principles used for a therapeutic purpose were extracted, were cultivated;besides this, in this place a real didactic activity was carried out in order to show the students of the Medical school the plants with their names and their characteristics (ostensio simplicium).This background testifies that the garden, situated in the area of the old site of the hortus sanitatis of the Salernitan Medical School, can be considered the oldest botanic garden linked to a school of medicine.

Reviewed By Nadia S

Totally worth a visit if you're in Salerno. Interesting garden on several levels with fabulous views of the city. Lovely cafe (if a little pricy) with outdoor Seating. Very nice shop selling handmade soaps and oils with ingredients from the garden as well as heavenly chilli chocolate - very cool dude manning the cafe and shop (listening to jazz as we browsed).Only 3 euros to get in too so a bargain! And on top of that, the area it's in is worth a wander (lots of lovely street art) taking you into the Centro Storico. Take the free public lift down to the Main Street below!!

10. Arco Naturale di Palinuro

loc. Arco Naturale, Palinuro, Centola, Italy
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Arco Naturale di Palinuro

Reviewed By Massimo B - Milan, Italy

My friends and I walked from our Hotel to Arco Naturale di Palinuro (roughly 4 Km.) with such a wonderful views and we were seated on the beach looking at a very clear water. We all togheter had understood why Ulisse loved to navigate in that sea approaching the Marmaids Cove

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