Let’s discover the coastal city of Salerno
Not far from the Amalfi Coast is Salerno, a lovely coastal city that has been inhabited since prehistoric times and was home to several important urban civilizations throughout its history, including the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans. With its strategic position at the head of the Gulf of Salerno, the city then became an important port and trading center during the Middle Ages. It also played an important role during the Norman conquest of southern Italy in the 11th century. Today, it is popular destination for its vibrant culture, sunny weather, and delightful atmosphere.
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Main tourist attractions in Salerno
If you’re looking to explore the city, then be sure to visit at least these attractions:
- Salerno Cathedral: The Cathedral is a beautiful Romanesque church that dates back to 1076. It features an ornate facade and bell tower, as well as stunning Baroque-style frescoes inside.
- Arechi Castle: it served as a defensive fortress for centuries. Today, it has been restored and houses several museums, including one dedicated to Salernitan history and culture.
- San Pietro A Corte Church: This church was built on top of ancient Roman baths from the 1st century that are now about 5 m. underground and can be visited.
- Piazza della Libertà: Salerno’s main square is a great place to get your bearings and admire the mix of Baroque, Renaissance, and modern architectural styles. This is where Salernitans gather to relax and chat with friends.
- Teatro Verdi: Salerno’s main theater is a great place to catch an opera or ballet performance. The theater was built during the 19th century and has since been restored to its former glory.
- The Salerno Archaeological Museum: This museum showcases Salerno’s archaeological findings, including ancient coins and statues. It also features a replica of Salerno’s original Roman baths.
For those who prefer shopping and outdoor activities, Salerno also offers plenty of options, such as:
- Salerno Shopping District: It is home to designer stores, trendy cafes, and local markets.
- Lungomare Trieste Beach: This beachfront promenade offers spectacular views of the city and the Tyrrhenian sea.
- Salerno Botanical Garden: A lush park featuring more than 1,000 species of plants from around the world.
- Villa Comunale di Salerno: It is Salerno’s main park, with three kilometers of paths lined with trees and plants.
- Salerno beaches: The coast of Salerno is home to some of Italy’s most breathtaking coves, lagoons, and bays. No matter what kind of activity you’re looking for – from sunbathing on the beach to exploring secluded coves – the area has something for everyone!
In addition, there are plenty of hiking and cycling paths in the nearby hills and mountains.
Salerno is also well-known for its excellent seafood restaurants, making it a great place to sample some of Italy’s best cuisine.
Some of the most typical dishes are Ciammarucca Salernitana (a type of pasta with a fish sauce), local pizza (which has a thinner dough and a higher rim), and stuffed spleen.
In addition to the typical desserts of the Amalfi Coast, in Salerno you should try Scazzetta, a sponge cake with cream, wild strawberries, and red icing.
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