For those who are fond of sports Salerno is just the right place to drop anchor. The only way to enjoy the incomparable view of the entire gulf is to climb up the top of Monte Bonadies. Having arrived at the top, however, one immediately forgets all the trouble.
Positioned in a region of Italy known as Campania which lays on the western shore of the peninsula, Salerno is renowned worldwide for the Schola Medica Salernitana, the first University of Medicine in the world but to explorers it’s mostly known for the sailing opportunities, since this part of the coast is famous for its touristic potential, including other famous towns such as Positano and Amalfi.
An important stop point on the way to Paestum, Pompeii or Positano, Salerno is fast regaining its Mediterranean charm, especially the old part of town and claiming its rightful place on Italy’s famous Amalfi coast, an important destination.
Travel & Arrival
There are several major airports that provide links to Salerno. The Naples Airport (58km) is the largest, but there is also one in Amalfi (32km). The ways of getting into Salerno from the airport vary depending on your budget and include shuttle buses, regular buses and taxi rides.
In Salerno you’ll find the Piazza Garibaldi train station which has trains running from cities all along the coast, including Naples and Pompeii but also Rome. However, visitors should be extra careful with their belongings in the area around the trains station, as it has a bad reputation.
If trains are not your particular cup of tea, you could arrive by bus from Naples which is cheaper and takes a couple of hours. That way you can fit your group and get them quickly to the water.
And speaking of water, there are ferries that arrive in Salerno from all along the Amalfi coast, every year beginning with the Easter weekend This is probably one of the most ways of arriving into town and that’s why most of the crowds actually prefer to arrive by water.
Avant & Apres Sail
An old town, the central and surrounding areas of Salerno are full of historical sights, like the Duomo of Salerno, the romantic Lungomare boulevard, the Villa Communale which is a green oasis in the center of the city. visitors are also attracted to the Castello di arechi, Forte La Carnale, the Teatro Verdi and the Palazzo Genovese.
For the culture aficionados, there are lots of museums which can be visited, such as the Museo Acheologicao Provinciale, the Museo Didattica della Scuola Medica Salernitana, the Museo Diocesano di Salerno and the Pinacoteca Provinciale. Most of these provide an insight into the local history and culture while also providing a welcome break for sailors.
Being part of the Campania region, Salerno’s cuisine is famous worldwide for a couple of products that today we consider to be part of what we think is the “Italian cuisine”. Recipes here are made with an abundance of vegetables, especially tomatoes and eggplants, garlic, onions and lots of herbs. Local recipes which gourmets will surely recognize are calzone, lasagna, mozzarella in Carrozza, parmigiana di Melanzane and different variations of pizza. But seafood and meat dishes aren’t forgotten either, so choose your next meal carefully, or you’ll end up putting on a few pounds.
Apart from the seemingly endless sunny day, Salerno is also a shopper’s paradise because prices here are lower than in northern Italy. Local crafts, souvenirs, but also fresh produce can be bought along the narrow streets of the old district which gives the holidaymaker a chance to explore a bit too.
Since there’s a university here in town and also a large harbor, you can expect the nightlife to be quite colorful, with lots of clubs, discos and cafes. There’s also the option of having a cultured evening at the Teatro Verdi which has classic and contemporary plays showing, as well as concerts and dance performances on occasion, a nice alternative to a loud sailor’s night out.
Events & Actions
And to keep all those crews busy, the locals have an abundance of festivals and celebrations, concerts, religious, art, food and wine, scattered thourhgout the year, so that any time you drop anchor by these shores, there’s something bound to catch your eye.