Salerno is situated on the Gulf of the same name and close to the Amalfi Coast and archeological sites of Paestum and Pompeii. It is one of the largest cities in Campania and one of the most interesting from a cultural and artistic perspective.

The archeological remains from the Lombard and Norman periods – like the splendid cathedral which holds the remains of Saint Gregory the Great – make this a popular destination for any traveler.

The picturesque historic center of the city is dominated by the Arechi castle at the top of Mount Bonadies, and is rich in many other monuments, museums, shops, restaurants, wine bars, and artisanal activities.

Not just an artistic gem, Salerno also sparkles as a destination for cultural events. There’s always a good reason to come for a visit.


Each winter the beautiful 19th century Verdi Theater hosts an illustrious season of concerts and theater performances. And in spring, towards the end of May, the "Salerno Porte Aperte", festival literally opens up the doors to some of the more interesting spaces in the city for special shows and cultural events.


All summer long Salerno offers concerts, ballet and other shows, while at Christmas people from the whole area flock to visit the center which is lit up with Luci d’Artista (Artistic Lights).

The nightlife in the historic center offers music and fine dining every night. Don’t forget to take a traditional, romantic stroll along the promenade, which is always kept lively with late-night cafes.

The traditional festival in honor of Saint Matthew takes place every 21st September with a procession through the historic center. For three days Salerno play host to religious celebrations, and not least a concert in the piazza with fantastic fireworks.

If you’re thinking of visiting Salerno during Lent, coming up to Easter, you can enjoy the traditional Festa del Crocifisso each of the four Fridays before Easter. This is a centuries-old celebration of the Crucifix and historic celebrations are re-enacted and there are local traditional activities and markets. Hundreds of producers from the province set up stalls, making this an ideal time to pick up some local products, costumes, food or other souvenirs to take home.


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