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Salerno: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

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Salerno is a city with a medieval imprint but which always remains in step with the times, moreover located in the timeless context of the Amalfi Coast. There are so many things to see, both historical and modern, and it also offers an excellent culinary proposal and a wide choice of night clubs. We assure you that visiting it is a real pleasure! Here is more information about Salerno: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening.


Index

  1. 10 things to see in Salerno in a weekend
  2. What to see in Salerno in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Salerno: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Salerno
  5. Plan your stay in Salerno: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Salerno in a weekend

1 - Arechi Castle

The Arechi Castle is one medieval fortress located at an altitude of 300 meters to dominate the city and the entire gulf. It is a crenellated wall that unites the two towers used to protect the structure. It is in fact considered the symbol of Salerno and takes its name from the Lombard duke Arechi II who ordered its construction. The castle is now a large monumental complex that includes some halls that host conferences and private ceremonies, the nature park, the headquarters of the Provincial Enoteca, a refreshment point and two museums, the Medieval and Multimedia ones, in which weapons, ceramics, glass, metals, coins and tools are exhibited of the ancient crafts found throughout the Salerno area.



  • it is located in the historic center, but can be reached in a few minutes by car or by bus 19 to the stop Strada Per Croce - Castello - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00
  • full € 4,00 - reduced (groups with more than 15 people and children between 18 and 25 years) € 2,00 - free for children under 18 and seniors over 65

2 - Medieval Aqueduct

The Medieval Aqueduct is another important symbol of Salerno, built in the 650th century in the center of the city to stock up on water for the monastery of San Benedetto. Impossible not to notice it with its large arches divided into two branches, one coming from the north and the other from the east, which join in Via Arce for a current length of a few hundred meters. The original length, before several demolitions, was instead of 21 meters with a height of about meters. Around this extraordinary and ancient architectural work were born several legends and nicknames such as "Arches of the Devils" and "Bridge of the Devils" as the most widespread story tells that the construction took place in one night with the help of some demons summoned by a magician.


  • in a few minutes on foot from the historic center along Via Velia or by bus 43 to Arce - Mutilati intersection - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

3 - Salerno Cathedral

The Cathedral of Salerno, or Cathedral of San Matteo, is dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli and to the Apostle Matthew, built on an early Christian church which in turn stood on the ruins of a Roman temple. Over the years it underwent several extensions up to the current structure, a large atrium surrounded by arcades and columns that precedes the access to the Cathedral through a Byzantine bronze door. Inside, instead, there is a central nave decorated with mosaics and sculptures. Also part of the complex is a bell tower erected in the mid-twelfth century, the Tesero Chapel which preserves Gothic relics and statues of Salerno saints, and finally the Crypt on the lower level formed by nine rows of columns and a double altar.


  • it is located in the historic center but can also be reached by bus 43 to Piazza Alfano I - Get directions
  • Cathedral from Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 20:00 - Sunday and holidays from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00 / Crypt from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 19:45 - Sunday and holidays from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00
  • Free Cathedral - Crypt € 1,00

4 - Monumental Complex of Santa Sofia

It is a complex that it includes both the ancient monastery built around the th century by the Benedictine Order in honor of Santa Sofia, both the former Church of Santa Sofia. The monastery initially housed the founding monks, later the nuns of the same order and was finally abandoned for several years until. A not too distant restoration has given it again the beauty of its neoclassical style and transformed it into a building that hosts events, exhibitions and demonstrations.


  • it can be reached on foot in a few minutes from the historic center along Via dei Canali or by bus 43 to the Abate Conforti stop - Get directions
  • from Monday to Friday from 8: 00 to 12: 00 and from 16: 00 to 19: 00
  • free

5 - Minerva Gardens

The Minerva Gardens are the Botanical Garden of the Salernitana Medical School born already in the Middle Ages for educational purposes for students of the same school. This good-natured garden is not a traditional garden, but a proposal of countless themes related to the subject such as aromatic herbs, medicinal plants, spices and organic farming while remaining faithful to Mediterranean vegetation. Visiting the gardens is a real experience, just think of the wide offer of educational activities for school groups and children and the tisaniera created to spread the knowledge of some herbs useful for the preparation of drinks with lots of creation and tasting.


  • about 8 minutes walk from the historic center or by bus with lines 1 and 26 to the De Renzi 62 ​​stop - Get directions
  • Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30
  • full € 3,00 - reduced (children) € 1,50 - free for school groups of all levels

6 - Villa Comunale

The Villa Comunale is the public garden of the city, designed as early as 1874 and over the years it has become a popular meeting place. Inside the path is enriched by a large fountain, several statues and lush Mediterranean vegetation which was more enriched during the restoration of the 90s. To embellish everything there is a pond and an inevitable kiosk where you can take a break. The Villa Comunale is however among the most famous attractions of Salerno as it is hosts the magical setting of the famous winter event "Luci d'Arista" which exhibits luminous works of art also known as the Salerno illuminations. In summer, on the other hand, there are several events hosted in the villa, including handicraft exhibitions and exhibitions of rare flowers and plants.


  • can be reached in just two minutes on foot from the historic center or by buses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 40, 42 and 43 coming from any direction to the Teatri Verdi stop - Get directions
  • every day from 8: 00 to 24: 00
  • free

7 - Trieste waterfront

The Lungomare Trieste is a pleasant 2 km walk that connects the Port of Salerno to the beach of Santa Teresa, the closest to the historic center and the most popular in the city. The route is characterized by very high palm trees and historic buildings on one side and the beautiful sea of ​​the Amalfi Coast on the other, all embellished with well-kept flower beds and stairs and walkways that lead directly to the beach, comfortable especially during the summer but also in winter if you wish to stop and admire the view offered on the gulf surrounded by mountains.

  • it is connected to the historic center through many narrow streets that lead to the sea, it is also crossed by most of the urban lines that make several stops right on the Lungomare - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

8 - Provincial Archaeological Museum of Salerno

The Provincial Archaeological Museum was created to accommodate a very rich collection that spans the time span from prehistoric times to the late Roman age coming from the entire province. Inside are the lapidary made up of Roman finds such as statues and cinerary urns, the prehistoric section that tells the cultures that defined Campania and Salerno, the section of geometric decorated ceramics, the exhibition of the Greek period, the finds of archaeological area of ​​Fratte and the numanistic collection of coins of each people. Do not miss the bronze head of the god Apollo found in the waters of the Gulf of Salerno in 1930.

  • it is located on the edge of the historic center, reachable in a few minutes via Via Mario Iannelli - Get directions
  • Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 19:30 - Sunday and public holidays from 9:00 to 13:30
  • free

9 - Via Mercanti

Via Mercanti it is the oldest characteristic street of Salerno which runs through the entire historic center, dates back to the Middle Ages when it was the main trade and communication route with a wide range of shops, especially textiles. Taking this route is a journey through time and history! Just think of its width ranging from 3 to 5 meters and all the historical structures, such as churches and palaces, that surround it. The road goes from the Arco di Arechi to Piazza Portanova, and along the way you will come across the ancient via Duomo.

  • reachable on foot from any point in the historic center, especially from the Arco di Arechi and Piazza Portanova, or by bus 43 to the Duomo stop - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

10 - Virtual Museum of the Salerno Medical School

The Virtual Museum was conceived and curated by Maria Pasca and Queen Maria Rosaria Mari, with the scientific advice of Alessandro Di Muro and Luciano Mauro. It was set up in the ancient Church of San Gregorio for present and disseminate the history, themes and protagonists of the Salerno Medical School, with the use of modern computer technologies. The exhibition itinerary in fact includes interactive installations and engaging, animated miniatures and spectacularizations that embrace different contents with which it will be impossible to get bored!

  • it is located along Via Mercanti, reachable on foot or by bus 43 to the Duomo stop - Get directions
  • Tuesday and Wednesday from 9:30 to 13:00 - Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 to 13:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 - Sunday from 10:00 to 13:00 - Monday closed
  • full € 3,00 - reduced (school groups, university students and over 65s) € 2,00

What to see in Salerno in one day: recommended itinerary

If you have only one day to visit Salerno, we want to suggest you an itinerary to follow to try to visit most of the must-see attractions of the city avoiding wasting precious time. Unfortunately, due to lack of time, we had to exclude the Santa Sofia Complex and the Virtual Museum of the Salernitana Medical School since the latter has complex schedules and it would not always be possible to visit it.

  • Morning: the day will be full, so get up early and start from the Medieval Aqueduct enjoying a good breakfast at the nearby Nualis Cafè. Then continue with the Provincial Archaeological Museum, then walk along Via Mercanti admiring the shops and buildings until you reach the Cathedral of Salerno and, when you have finished the visit, head towards the Lungomare Trieste and enjoy a beautiful and suggestive walk until lunchtime for which we suggest the typical restaurant Il Caminetto.
  • Afternoon: after the break, retrieve your car, or alternatively wait for the bus, to move towards the unmissable Castello Arechi which remains open only until 16:00, then go back down to the city and visit the beautiful Giardini della Minerva.
  • Sera: to end the day, discover the Villa Comunale far and wide and finally enjoy an excellent pizza from Campania. We freeze the nearby Donna Margherita pizzeria.

One day itinerary at a glance

  1. Breakfast at Nualis Cafè - Get directions
  2. Medieval Aqueduct - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  3. Provincial Archaeological Museum - opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 8:00 to 19:30 - Sunday and holidays from 9:00 to 13:30 - ticket price: free
  4. Via Mercanti - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  5. Salerno Cathedral - opening hours: Basilica and Crypt have different hours and days, it is advisable to consult the official website - ticket price: Free Cathedral / Crypt € 1,00
  6. Lungomare Trieste - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  7. Lunch at Il Caminetto - Get directions
  8. Castello Arechi - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00 - ticket price: full € 4,00 / reduced € 2,00 / free under 18 and over 65
  9. Giardino della Minerva - opening hours: from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 19:30 - ticket price: full € 3,00 - reduced € 1,50 - free school groups
  10. Villa Comunale di Salerno - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  11. Dinner at Donna Margherita Pizzeria and Kitchen - Get directions

Where to eat in Salerno: the best restaurants

  1. Fish market (Seafood and raw fish): 0 km cooking exclusively of fish with large portions of grilled, fried and homemade pasta
    Average price per person: € 35,00
    Address and contacts: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 227 Get directions / tel: 0899955823
  2. Donna Margherita Pizzeria and Kitchen: excellent quality pizzas that comply with Campania standards prepared with 0 km ingredients
    Average price per person: € 30,00
    Address and contacts: Via Roma, 282 Get directions / tel: 089223935
  3. Il caminetto: typical restaurant with a rustic atmosphere with a traditional menu of Salerno and Campania cuisine in general
    Average price per person: € 25,00
    Address and contacts: Via Roma, 232 Get directions / tel: 089229614

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Salerno

In Salerno, fun never fails! The historic center and the Lungomare Trieste are full of clubs, especially the summer, of various kinds and ideal for any type of evening. Whether you like to dance, sing, listen to music or simply be in company in a quiet way, in Salerno you will find many pubs, lounge bars and discos with DJ sets and live music, but above all with good culinary proposals accompanied by drinks of all kinds. The locals they are also very close to each other being mostly in the central area. This allows you to move to different clubs during the evening so getting bored will be practically impossible!

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Jump Salerno: disco pub with excellent sandwiches and drinks that offers evenings with live bands, DJ sets and music of various kinds / Address: Via Paradiso di Pastena, 2 Get directions / Facebook page
  • B-Side: the cult nightclub in the area where you can dance until dawn to the rhythm of commercial and non-commercial music / Address: Via Generale Clark, 17 Get directions / Facebook page
  • Mumble Rumble: pub for musical evenings with live bands ranging from soul to rock / Address: Via Loria Vincenzo, 35 Get directions / Facebook page
  • Bogart Dinner Disco Club: nightclub that also offers the possibility to have dinner and then let loose on the notes of the hits of the moment / Address: Via Rafastia, 9 Get directions / Facebook page
  • The Cantinella: a mixture of pub and lounge bar where you can enjoy excellent cocktails and a selection of wines and beers in peace / Address: Vicolo Giudaica, 29 Get directions / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Salerno: info and useful tips

  • the closest airports are the Costa d'Amalfi Airport (20 km away, 20 minutes by car) and Naples Airport (52 km, 46 minutes by car). Both are connected by direct buses. The city is well connected to Naples and the entire Amalfi Coast by buses operated by SITA and by various regional railways. In summer it is also possible to arrive in Salerno by ferry leaving from Positano and Amalfi for those who are already along the Amalfi Coast, while from Cagliari, Catania and Palermo all year round several ships leave for Salerno a week. Finally, for those traveling by car, Salerno is located both on the A3 motorway (from the south) and on the A30 and A1 motorways (from the north)
  • Getting around: the historic center of Salerno can be easily visited on foot, while to reach the less central attractions you can rely on efficient public transport such as the subway that connects the whole city in length and the urban and extra-urban buses that take you everywhere, even around Salerno. Tickets: € 1,00 single ride - € 2,70 daily - € 9,40 weekly
  • Where to park: the city has several public and paid car parks, however the latter are more recommended as they are larger, guarded and served by a shuttle service that reaches the historic center, the port and the railway station for a price ranging from € 1,00, 2,50 to € per hour. The closest to the main areas of interest are in Piazza della Concordia (Get directions), Piazza Amendola (Get directions) and Via Vinciprova (Get directions)
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: if you are in Salerno, especially in summer, you cannot miss a trip to the Amalfi Coast or at least to the most popular locations such as Vietri sul Mare (3 km / 15 min), Amalfi (25 km / 55 min) and Positano (42 km / 1 h and 23 min). We also recommend a visit to the archaeological site of Paestum, a 50-minute drive away, and an excursion to the Vesuvius National Park about 40 minutes away.
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