What to see in Salerno in one day

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Martí Micolau

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Salerno is a real pearl of Campania, gateway to two of the most beautiful areas of the region, the Amalfi Coast and Cilento. Often underestimated and not included in traditional itineraries, the coastal city has recently regained the consideration it deserves thanks to one splendid event that takes place during the Christmas period, from November to January, the so-called Luci d'Artista.

But Salerno has a lot to offer, starting with a fantastic promenade (one of the most beautiful in Italy), evidence of the Norman and Longobard domination, a wide and delicious gastronomic tradition. So here it is what to see in Salerno in one day.


  1. One day itinerary in Salerno: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Salerno: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Salerno: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Salerno: Morning

1 - Lungomare Trieste, historic center and Via Mercanti

There is no better way to start the discovery of Salerno than starting from its promenade by the sea, called Lungomare Trieste. IS one of the symbols of the city, is very popular with both citizens and tourists as it is the meeting place for young people, sportsmen and families.

Going up Via Velia, you reach Piazza Flavio Gioia (also known as "La Rotonda") and you will find yourself in Old Town of Salerno, which can also be visited with a private walking tour with a guide to be sure to see all the most important attractions despite the limited time available!

Via Mercanti is the main street in this area of ​​the city, where in ancient times the most important commercial exchanges took place. To date, it is full of shop windows, restaurants, bars and ancient artisan shops.

2 - Museum of the Salerno Medical School

On Via dei Marcanti there is one of the most important museums in the city, that of Salerno Medical School (open Tuesday and Wednesday 9: 30-13: 00; Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9: 30-13: 00 and 17: 00-20: 00; Sunday 10: 00-13: 00, admission € 3,00). It is located inside the ancient church of San Gregorio and is called "virtual museum" because it uses modern information technology to present one of the oldest medical institutions in Europe.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 550 m / 7 min
  • Places visited: Lungomare Trieste (free), historic center and Via Mercanti (free), Virtual Museum of the Salernitana Medical School (€ 3,00)

One day itinerary in Salerno: Afternoon

1 - Cathedral of Salerno

Before continuing your day in Salerno, stop for lunch at Ristorante il Duca, with an average cost of € 20,00. Here you can enjoy excellent traditional local dishes.

Continuing for a few minutes on foot in the historic center, you reach the Cathedral of Salerno, also known as the Cathedral of San Matteo, which also houses the crypt of the Saint (Basilica weekdays 8: 30-20: 00, holidays 8: 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-20: 00; Crypt weekdays 9: 00-19: 45, holidays 8 : 30-13: 00 and 16: 00-18: 00; Chapel of the Treasury on the 21st of each month 9: 00-13: 00; free admission, Crypt € 1,00). This is the most important religious building in the city. The Crypt houses the remains of St. Matthew the Evangelist, patron saint of Salerno. Also part of the complex are an Arab-Norman bell tower, built in the mid-twelfth century, and the Chapel of the Treasury with some Gothic relics and sculptures depicting Salerno saints.

2 - Garden of the Minerva, Villa Comunale

The afternoon in Salerno reflects the relaxed soul of the city, with a visit to two enchanting places that offer tranquility and serenity. The first stop is the Minerva Gardens, a 10-minute walk from the Duomo (times vary every month of the year, consult the official website; admission € 3,00). This is the Botanical Garden of the Salernitana Medical School, established in medieval times for educational purposes and dedicated to students of the same school. Store not only aromatic herbs, but also officinal plants, spices and organic farming crops. Take some time to discover all the species present and take a break at the Garden's herbal tea room.

Then reach the Villa Comunale (every day 8: 00-24: 00) represents one of the main green spaces of the city, as well as one of the headquarters of the Artist's Lights: in fact, most of the Christmas lights that make up the event are set up here.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 1,5 km / 21 min
  • Places visited: Cathedral (free, Crypt € 1,00), Minerva Garden (€ 3,00), Villa Comunale (free)
  • Where to have lunch: Il Duca Restaurant, Via Giovanni da Procida, 27 - Get directions

One day itinerary in Salerno: Evening

1 - Arechi Castle and dinner

To end the day in Salerno with a splendid view over the city and the entire gulf, take bus 19 in the historic center to the Strada Per Croce - Castello stop.

In this way you will quickly reach the Castle of Arechi, the medieval fortress that dominates Salerno from 300 meters high. Once a fortress, today it looks like a large monumental complex which often hosts, in some halls, conferences and private ceremonies, as well as a nature park, the headquarters of the Provincial Enoteca, a refreshment point and two museums (which unfortunately cannot be visited in one day). Enjoy, before saying goodbye to the city, a last look at the surroundings and the sea that bathes it, perhaps at sunset!

Once you've watched the sunset, take bus 19 back to town and make your way to area near the sea. Here end the day by dining at Portovecchio, a wood-paneled restaurant with marine details that serves excellent pizzas and seafood dishes. Average expense of € 25,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,5 km / 1 h 32 min
  • Places visited: Arechi Castle (free)
  • Where to dine: Portovecchio, Via Molo Manfredi, 38 - Get directions

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to go: Salerno is enjoyable all year round thanks to its mild climate, which however can become hot in summer. We advise you to choose the intermediate seasons and, if you want to admire the Luci d'Artista, from November to January.
  • it is located along the SS18. Easily reachable by car (from Sorrento 55 km, 1 h; from Naples 54 km, 44 min; beware of summer traffic, very intense especially in July and August) or by train (Salerno Central Station).
  • Getting around: the main attractions of Salerno are concentrated at the Lungomare and in the historic center, both can be visited comfortably and pleasantly on foot. In any case, wear comfortable shoes.
  • Clothing: as you will move mainly on foot, especially inside the historic center, we recommend that you choose comfortable and informal clothing.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

  1. Monumental Complex of Santa Sofia, as the time available is not enough, but to be visited absolutely with more days available
  2. Medieval aqueduct, far from the proposed itinerary
  3. Provincial Pinacoteca Salerno, art gallery to visit if you have more days available, as the visit takes at least an hour

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