There are many beautiful and dream destinations in Italy. The Amalfi Coast is definitely one of them. Let’s be honnest, the view is incredible and these little colorful houses standing on the hills offer a perfect picture for your Instagram. So when I visited some friends in Rome and they asked me if I wanted spend one day to the Amalfi Coast, I obviously said YES ! This is how I ended up in SALERNO.
Salerno is the main town of the Amalfi coast (the first of the entire coast). It is also near to Pompei and Cilento or Mount Vesuvius National Parks, so you could spend several days in the region and go around.
Walking around Salerno
Usually, tourists are moving to Amalfi, Positano or other towns. I would also recommend to drive along the coast and visit other towns but if you only have a one day-trip, then Salerno is perfect. You will find everything you want : sun, delicious pizza, beatiful views and lot of heritage.
“The Amalfi Coast is a rough diamond transformed by man into a fine jewel; a long and hard work that required patience but also a lot of attention to get this perfect balance between the wild beauty of nature and the once created by men.”
What to do & see in Salerno ?
When you are in Salerno, it is worth visiting the city. As soon as you get off the train, you will arrive at corso Vittorio Emmanuelle, with lot of boutiques… You could:
☼ Visit the Duomo di Salerno
☼ See the Giardino della Minerva (they are closed on Monday – no luck, we were in Salerno on Monday). Some workers were working in the gardens and seeing our disappointment, let us enter for free (oh, I love Italians)!
☼ Take a walk along the Lungo Mare while eating a gelato
☼ And last, but not least, it’s the right place to eat the pizza Margherita con mozzarella di buffala. You will not be disappointed !
Tips & Information
To reach Salerno by train is very easy:
trains from Rome (take 1h56 or 2h40)
trains from Naples (take less than one hour)
It is possible to take a train early in the morning and return late at night (so perfect for enjoying a full day).
If you decide to spend several days on the Amalfi Coast, I suggest you take the boat or the bus to Salerno towards Amalfi and venture out to some smaller quieter and charming villages for holidays.
Have you ever been to the Amalfi coast?
Do you know any other place like this?