Not far from Naples and the Amalfi Coast, Salerno is definitely one of the pearls of Campania. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the area, enjoy the excellent regional cuisine and spend a good time in the numerous nightclubs.
Let’s now take a look at what to see in Salerno. You can’t miss these attractions.
Cathedral of Salerno
Leaving the Galleria and continuing to the left you will arrive in Via Duomo, which brings you to the Cathedral. Built in the 11th century in the Romanesque style, it is one of the city’s major attractions. In the crypt is preserved the stump where, according to tradition, the martyrs Anta, Caius and Fortunatus were decapitated. The legend says that if you put your ear to it, you can still hear the sound of blood flowing.
Surrounded by a wonderful park, the castle is a true example of masterfully preserved medieval architecture. From the viewpoint you can enjoy a unique view of the coast between Agropoli and the Amalfi Coast. The castle can be reached by bus or taxi.
Built in the 9th century, it was used to supply the monastery of St Benedict. Legend says that it was built in one night by the magician Pietro Barliario with the help of the devil. It was therefore popularly renamed the ‘Devils’ Bridge‘ and it is said that walking across it at night can lead to encounters with evil presences.
Provincial Picture Gallery
Located inside the magnificent Palazzo Pinto, the Pinacoteca is reached by walking along the suggestive Via ‘de Mercanti. In addition to the rich exhibition calendar, the museum houses show a rich permanent collection of works from the 15th to the 18th century by Salernitani, Costaioli and various foreign artists.
Saint Sophia Complex
Crossing Piazza Alfano I, and turning left, you will be in front of the Santa Sofia complex. Built in the 10th century, it initially hosted the Benedictine order of the same name. Today it is often the location for important international events and exhibitions, including Caravaggio, Picasso, Miro’ and Warhol.
Leaving the Santa Sofia complex, continue along Via Torquato Tasso and you will reach the Minerva Gardens. This is an extraordinary 12th-century botanical garden that belonged to the physician Matteo Silvatico. It was Europe’s first botanical garden for the cultivation of flowers and plants for medical use.
If you want to complete a tour of Salerno in the best possible way you have to do a relaxing walk along the beautiful seafront promenade. Sit on a bench and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno.