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Campania at your leisure: discover the full program.

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1st / 4th day: Naples

The first stage includes a tour of some of the most important places in the Campania capital which include museums, churches and hidden treasures. There are several itineraries to follow in the historic city center, a Unesco World Heritage Site, which touch Piazza Trieste and Trento, Castel dell’Ovo, Mergellina, the Cathedral, the Catacombs, San Gregorio Armeno.

What to see around Naples?

Here are some of the most beautiful places.


In addition to the city of Naples, you can also make a short stop in Pozzuoli.

Pozzuoli is a lively and charming town located on the shores of the sea, in the picturesque Gulf of the same name.”

In the 6th century BC, Greek colonists founded Pozzuoli under the name Dicearchia, which means “just government.” Later, at the request of the Romans, the city was renamed Puteolis because of the “small wells” that emitted sulfur vapors. Pozzuoli boasted a huge port, the largest in the Tyrrhenian Sea during the Roman Empire, which facilitated significant trade with the entire Mediterranean.

The historic center could be considered an authentic seaside village. Rows of picturesque colorful houses seem to embrace the harbor. Pedestrian streets lined with shops lead to the heart of the city, Piazza della Repubblica. This square is a true outdoor lounge where people of all ages gather to spend time. Cafes, pizzerias, bars, and other establishments animate this space, which extends like a large rectangle. Here, everything happens peacefully, away from the chaos of the city center. In the historic center, shopkeepers open their doors in the morning, take a break for lunch, and then return around 5:00 PM.

Another curiosity, this time of a religious nature, is that it was in this port that Saint Paul first landed in Italy. To this day, a plaque commemorates this event of great importance for Christianity. Today, the port welcomes anyone who decides to visit Pozzuoli with its colorful boats.

The promenade of Pozzuoli stretches from the Gerolomini area to the Cappuccini area, passing by the picturesque Temple of Serapis. Thanks to recent urban redevelopment efforts, the promenade has been significantly improved and is now a real attraction for residents and tourists alike. You’ll find basketball courts, green areas, playgrounds for children, stalls, cafes, pubs, and more, all with a splendid view of the sea. When the sun sets and the sky is painted with pastel or vibrant shades, the view of Rione Terra becomes even more captivating and picturesque.

Heading up to the upper part of Pozzuoli, leaving the sea behind, we reach Villa Avellino, the green lung of the town. Located right in the center between the ancient area of Puteoli and the current residential zone, Villa Avellino was once the private garden of a villa, inhabited by several owners. It only became municipal property in the 1980s and is now accessible to all residents. Inside the park, you can still find centuries-old citrus groves and important remains from Roman times. It’s an ideal place for a leisurely walk surrounded by greenery, perfect for relaxation.

Continuing beyond Villa Avellino, we visit the Flavian Amphitheatre of Pozzuoli. Not everyone knows that this amphitheater is the third largest in Italy, after the Colosseum and the one in Capua. It was commissioned by Nero and later completed by Vespasian between 69 and 79 AD. Among various attractions, this is where the violent gladiator fights took place, attracting and captivating over 40,000 spectators during the shows.

The Sanctuary of San Gennaro is a place of worship not only in the Naples Cathedral but also here in Pozzuoli. The religious building consists of a single nave.

The Solfatara of Pozzuoli is a place that bears witness to the tumultuous geological forces of the area. Here, in the heart of the Phlegraean Fields, you can observe an active crater: the Solfatara.

The Lake Avernus and the Cave of the Sibyl are places worth visiting outside the city center to delve into the exploration of the mythical “gateway to the underworld.” Lake Avernus, mentioned in Virgil’s Aeneid as the place where Aeneas descended into the underworld.

Finally, the Archaeological Park of Cuma is the last must-visit stop on our journey in the land of Puteoli. Cuma is the oldest Greek colony founded in Italy and is the subject of numerous legends, making it an attraction for many visitors, especially for access to the legendary Cave of the Sibyl, one of the most important sanctuaries of antiquity. A place steeped in history and mythology, where legends, myths, and narratives converge.

Includes the Underground Naples tour.

Included: visit Underground Naples with guide and ticket for the Sansevero Chapel

1°/4° day : Napoli

3-night stay with breakfast in a central hotel.

2° day: Capri, Ischia e Procida

The islands of the Gulf of Naples are pearls famous all over the world for their beauties, suggestive panoramas and unique naturalistic and cultural characteristics in the world. The visit of Capri includes a walk through the rocky path , the Gardens of Augustus and the legendary via Krupp; Procida, from Terra Murata to Vivara, and the discovery of the Green Island


The island in the Gulf of Naples, although the smallest and less known, and consequently less frequented by tourists compared to Ischia and Capri, offers a wide range of attractions that leave even those who visit it amazed, making them wonder why it is not included in the more renowned tourist destinations in Southern Italy.

The history of the island is mainly, but not exclusively, concentrated in the charming medieval village of Terra Murata and the nearby Corricella. Particularly interesting is the Abbey of S. Michele, richly furnished and dating back to the year one thousand. In fact, even in Roman times, it is believed that there was an inhabited structure intended for religious worship. Furthermore, the architecture of the island can be defined as “spontaneous” and shows some, albeit remote, affinities with Greek architecture.

The most characteristic places on the island include the rural farmhouses, the harbors of Marina Grande and Chiaiolella, but above all, the Corricella, which offers a unique panorama in the world when admired from a distance. This place was made famous by the movie “Il Postino” (The Postman) by Massimo Troisi, as well as by “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Francesca e Nunziata” starring Sofia Loren. The architecture of Procida is distinguished by its pastel colors typical of the Mediterranean. The “giraffe” stairs, the “sail” or “barrel” vaults, and the arches come in various sizes and angles (even today, some architecture universities in northern Italy organize seminars on the island’s peculiar architecture).

Procida offers the opportunity for pleasant countryside walks along paths that sometimes overlook the sea, providing exceptional views. Additionally, you can explore the rich and interesting seabeds around the island, which boast diverse fauna, flora, and even archaeological finds. We must not forget the excursion to Vivara, which was once an ornithological station and is now a WWF oasis, completely uninhabited and inaccessible to vehicles. It is ideal for enjoyable nature walks, offering spectacular panoramic views as it is located almost halfway between Ischia and Procida, at the highest point of the island.

You reach Marina Grande as soon as you disembark on the island. As you walk along Via Roma on the left, you’ll notice the wooden crucifix from 1845, erected by the sailors as a symbol of their fervent faith. Along the way, you’ll also find the new Via Libertà and the charming houses with a thousand colors, which allowed the sailors to identify their homes even from a distance while they were on their boats. Along the path, there are various cafes, pizzerias, and restaurants, highly appreciated by both tourists and the people of Procida for their simplicity.

Continuing along the route, you will reach the oldest nautical institute in Europe.

Embarking on the route along Via Roma, on the left, you’ll come across a wooden crucifix from 1845, erected with great devotion by sailors to testify to their faith. Next to it, the recently developed Via Libertà stretches, lined with picturesque houses painted in vibrant colors. These homes allowed sailors to recognize their own dwellings even from a distance while they were on their boats. Along the way, you’ll find various cafes, pizzerias, and restaurants, appreciated by both holidaymakers and the locals for their authenticity.

La Corricella represents the ancient fishing port of Procida and is the typical postcard image of the island. The numerous colorful houses that slope steeply towards the sea through narrow alleys and steep staircases are the uniqueness of this area of Procida, where Mediterranean tradition, culture, and flavors of the sea reign supreme. The architecture of the neighborhood was conceived based on the daily needs of the fishermen who still inhabit this area today.


The lower part of the port is characterized by excellent seafood restaurants and the temporary docking of tourists with pleasure boats who arrive to admire the picturesque view of the neighborhood from above. Here, you will also find the “cats,” charming and cunning residents of Corricella. The upper part of Corricella is known as “Madonna delle Grazie” because it houses the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, built in 1679, with its imposing white dome dominating the neighborhood. The church is located in Piazza dei Martiri, from which you can admire a fantastic view from above of Corricella and the Chiaia bay, where numerous small boats, motorboats, and large yachts are anchored in the summer.


From Chiaiolella, you can reach the hill of Santa Margherita connected to Vivara, the smallest of the Neapolitan islands. Vivara represents what remains of a circular crater, one of many in the volcanic composition of the Phlegraean Fields. The island of Vivara constitutes the western portion of the original volcanic crater, delimited by the hill of Santa Margherita, the partially submerged isthmus that connects it to Procida, and Vivara itself. This basin, now filled by the sea, forms the current Gulf of Genito.

Over the years, Vivara has been used as a signaling tower by lighting fires and later as a passage for the Campanian aqueduct that supplies water to Ischia from the mainland.

Restaurants in Procida
  • Girone (a’ comm c’ gira a cap!) – Lungomare C. Colombo 20, Marina Chiaiolella
  • Restaurant “La Locanda” – Via Roma, 19 – the restaurant is located next to the Tourist Port of Procida and offers a balanced mix of traditional and modern Neapolitan cuisine.
  • Ristorante Caracalè – Via Marina Corricella, 62

Including the tour.

Included: ferry and lunch on the chosen island.

3° giorno: Napoli, Pompei e/o Napoli, Ercolano

A trip to the ancient Herculaneum with the excavations and the Virtual Archaeological Museum, but also a visit to the shining gems along the Golden Mile or the Vannucchi, Campolieto, Ginestre villas etc. It is possible to extend the itinerary towards the excavations of Pompeii


Pompeii, an important Mediterranean port and market as well as a holiday destination for wealthy Romans, is renowned for the extraordinary preservation of the civil buildings that stand along the well-preserved streets. Among these, the House of the Surgeon, the House of the Faun, the House of the Chaste Lovers, and the famous Villa of the Mysteries stand out, named after the wall paintings depicting the initiation rites into the cult of Dionysus.


Ercolano, in addition to its wonders, offers a variety of fascinating discoveries such as frescoes, mosaics, statues, shopping centers, and villas, which are in an excellent state of preservation, including the second floor, unlike Pompeii. In addition to the main archaeological area, visitors can explore the Herculaneum boatshed, the only vessel found under the lava in the city’s old harbor. According to historical reconstruction, this ship is the only one along the coast that did not set sail on that fateful day of panic, likely due to a defect. All the other vessels, with the survivors of Herculaneum on board, embarked on the journey to safety. Most of the inhabitants of this city, which was a prosperous residential center for the Roman aristocracy, managed to escape.

Including the admission ticket.

Included: admission ticket and guided visit to the site of your choice.

4° giorno: Napoli, Caserta, Salerno

Discover Caserta which preserves its art jewels, as well as in its historic center, also in the beautiful land that surrounds it. The ancient village of Casertavecchia, with a typical medieval layout, narrow alleys and stone houses are arranged around the Cathedral, is perched on a hill from which it dominates the surrounding area. The visit is completed by the Royal Palace and the San Leucio Complex, both Unesco Heritage. Arrival in Salerno.

Including the ticket to the Royal Palace

Included: entrance ticket and guided tour of the Royal Palace and the San Leucio Complex

4°/7° giorno: Salerno

3-night stay, with breakfast, in a central hotel

5° day: Salerno

Visit of Salerno, from the Arechi Castle to the Lungomare Trieste following an urban trekking route that will introduce you first of all to the ancient Via dei Mercanti, which crosses the entire historic center, as well as taking you to the discovery of the Provincial Art Gallery, the Duomo, the Complex of Santa Sofia, from the Giardini della Minerva to the Arechi Castle.

Including the urban hiking guide

Urban hiking guide

6° giorno: Salerno, Paestum, Salerno

Itinerary to discover the magnificent Temples of Paestum and the Museum. Continue to Cilento, one of the most beautiful areas of Campania which boasts numerous places of great tourist interest. There are numerous stages not to be missed:

Caves of Pertosa, Certosa di Padula, Caves of Castelcivita and the numerous villages on the coast.

Including tickets to the excavations and the Museum of Paestum

Included: entrance ticket and guided tour of the excavations and the Paestum Museum.

7° giorno: Salerno, Costiera Amalfitana, Sorrento, Napoli

The Amalfi Coast appears as a balcony suspended between the cobalt blue sea and the slopes of the Lattari Mountains. Traveling through this picturesque place, you can admire the coves, beaches, and terraces cultivated with citrus trees, vines, and olive trees. It is a UNESCO-protected site for its immense cultural and natural value.

Massa lubrense

Massa Lubrense is a relatively lesser-known coastal destination among tourists. Here, you can find many beaches where you can relax and enjoy the scenery.

This small municipality is located at the tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula, between the Gulf of Naples and the Gulf of Sorrento, as if it wanted to stretch out to touch Capri. Therefore, we find ourselves in an area characterized by marine and coastal landscapes, with a total of 20 km of coastline that extends between the two gulfs. There are numerous trails to explore, reach new beaches, or admire the scenery not only from the beach but also from the lush surrounding vegetation. For hiking enthusiasts, Massa Lubrense offers over 100 km of trails of varying length, difficulty, and type, some accessible only to pedestrians, others connecting different hamlets within the municipality, which even has 18 hamlets.

It’s one of the best ways to spend your vacation, alternating between days at the beach and excursions and walks. There are trails of all kinds, suitable for various skill levels, offering very scenic views amidst fragrant lemon groves, olive groves, and coastlines covered in Mediterranean scrub. There are many coves along both coasts, such as Marina di Puolo, Cala di Mitigliano in the Gulf of Naples, Marina del Cantone, the Bay of the Sirens, and the Bay of Ieranto, Recommone, and the Crapolla Fjord in the Gulf of Sorrento.

In addition to the beautiful beaches, Sorrento offers many natural and non-natural places that provide a relaxing atmosphere, sunshine, and a never too harsh climate. In Massa Lubrense, there is also an ancient religious building dedicated to the Madonna della Lobra, the patron saint of the place, which gives its name to the town. The small port, located in a natural bay, is crowded with pleasure and fishing boats.

Vico Equense

Vico Equense is a charming and welcoming town, as well as the largest municipality on the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is characterized by wide beaches and lovely coves, with an altitude that reaches 1400 meters on the Monte Faito massif. Taking a stroll in the town center is a pleasure, allowing you to immerse yourself immediately in the unique atmosphere of the Amalfi Coast, with citrus trees, bars, restaurants, and pizzerias.

The first obligatory stop, once you arrive in Vico Equense, is the beautiful Church of the Santissima Annunziata.

In antiquity, various Italic ethnic groups succeeded one another in Vico, leaving behind invaluable evidence and artifacts. The Giusso Castle, a medieval castle built at the end of the 12th century and expanded in the 16th century, is one of the many testimonies of this past.

In Vico Equense, there is also the Campanian Mineralogical Museum, which is a cultural institution that was inaugurated in October 1992. It represents one of the most important scientific museums in the Campania region.

Our advice for organizing a tour on the Amalfi Coast.

Our advice: canoe excursion with instructor from one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast.

Costiera Amalfitana is Patrimonio dell’Unesco

The wonderful Amalfi Coast derives its name, as easily guessed, from Amalfi, which represents the pulsating heart in many aspects. This treasure is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stretches for about 50 kilometers, from the charming Positano to Vietri sul Mare, encompassing 13 captivating municipalities. Therefore, the most obvious answer to the question “what to visit on the Amalfi Coast” is precisely this: explore and admire all the picturesque villages that make it up.

An authentic treasure boasting breathtaking landscapes, deep blue seas, fantastic cuisine, and a unique fashion style. Positano, beloved by famous personalities since the 1960s, has created such a trend that it gave its name to a distinct way of dressing that still remains in vogue today, representing an authentic lifestyle. These characteristics give it immense and unique charm, making it unmistakable compared to other destinations. Another distinctive feature is its verticality, with its colorful houses extending along the rocky slopes of the Lattari Mountains.


A fantastic day in Positano can only begin with a delicious breakfast, especially considering that the town is characterized by a vertical layout that requires climbing and descending many stairs, which can be quite energy-consuming. It’s a great opportunity to stop at a historic café like La Zagara (or any other you prefer) and indulge in a pastry, a slice of cake, or a brioche. The location itself is a perfect excuse: the terrace with a charming citrus pergola provides pleasant shade during the hot summer days and offers breathtaking views of the sea and Positano winding along the mountainside, with all its vibrant colors.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Teresa dell’Assunta

Dating back to the 10th century, it is practically the emblem of Positano. Its tiled dome welcomes visitors arriving by sea and is the vibrant heart of the town. It is truly splendid, shining under the Mediterranean light, with its yellow and green tiles that evoke the sun and the vegetation of Positano.

Another peculiarity is that underneath the church, the remains of a Roman villa buried by ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD were discovered, similar to what happened in Pompeii. They even unearthed a spacious hall with a precious mosaic and marine-themed frescoes.

Positano’s Beaches

The beaches of Positano offer enchanting landscapes. The most famous one is Spiaggia Grande (Big Beach).

Fornillo is another beach in the town, smaller but fully equipped and quieter. Other beaches to visit include La Porta, Arienzo, and Laurito.

The Saracen towers, typical along the entire coast, were built in the 16th century as a defense against pirates (what turbulent times!). The significant towers were Trasita, Sponda, and Fornillo. When the main tower, Torre Campanella, received an alert, the sentinels would warn the population to seek refuge by heading up the mountains towards the higher villages or into the forests. Today, these towers remain as a testament to a truly tumultuous era.

The fashion in Positano could be described as “hippy chic of the 1960s.” Clothing, tunics, and shirts made of linen, San Gallo, or lightweight cotton, in white or pastel colors, paired with wide-brimmed straw hats and decorations. The indispensable flat leather sandals, adorned with beads or marine elements, complete the look. For men, in addition to linen clothing, an elegant Borsalino hat. Local artisans create unique and stylish sandals, timeless in their design. In short, Positano fashion combines elegance and comfort in a chic and effortless style, without sacrificing class despite the informal “I’m on vacation by the sea” atmosphere. It strikes a balance between simplicity and charm. As you stroll through the village’s alleys, you’ll find numerous workshops and stores where you can find a wide range of products, but I recommend focusing on the sandals, as they are the most famous item, and artisans can tailor them to your preferences. Don’t forget to take a look at the ceramics; they are beautiful, and it’s hard to resist purchasing them! You’ll find a wide selection of items to decorate your home, from the kitchen to the living room to the bedroom.

What to eat on the Amalfi Coast.

There are many delightful options to consider for a delicious meal. You can savor fresh mozzarella wrapped in the fragrant leaves of lemon trees or try seafood prepared in various ways. Spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams) is a classic not to be missed, as well as octopus and mussels. If you’re looking for a unique dish, pasta with anchovy sauce from Cetara, a beautiful village on the Amalfi Coast, is an excellent choice. For an unusual flavor, you can taste eggplants with chocolate. Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a refreshing limoncello. And to end on a sweet note, you can’t miss the lemon delight, a typical dessert made with sponge cake soaked in limoncello and a delicate lemon cream glaze.


The simple name of Amalfi evokes images of picturesque pastel-colored houses nestled in the cliffs, with a stunning view of the blue sea. The balconies of the town’s narrow streets are adorned with lemon gardens and flowers, adding a touch of beauty. This ancient maritime Republic, from which the entire Amalfi Coast takes its name, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is truly a wonder to explore to savor the sweet life. Furthermore, Amalfi can be the ideal starting point for an unforgettable journey along the Amalfi Coast, with elegant sea-facing villas, charming convents, nature-immersed trails, and breathtaking vistas that one never tires of admiring.

To explore Amalfi in the best way, there’s nothing better than getting lost in its alleys in the historic center, surrounded by the beauty of flowers and the scent of lemons. Walk along Via Lorenzo d’Amalfi, Via Capuano, and the charming Via dei Mercanti, wandering through the alleyways, staircases, and archways while admiring the squares adorned with fountains. The historic center is a small labyrinth that deserves to be explored on foot.

An essential stop is the Cathedral of Amalfi, also known as the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, which amazes with its imposing staircase in Piazza Duomo. The church dates back to the ninth century, is built in Arab-Norman style, and inside it, you can find the painting of the Martyrdom of Saint Andrew.

The Arsenale della Repubblica was the shipyard of the ancient maritime Republic of Amalfi, where ships were constructed and repaired.

The Vagliendola District is one of the most characteristic neighborhoods in Amalfi, where it’s pleasant to stroll among ancient aristocratic houses and towers until you reach the former Convent of San Pietro della Canonica, which is now the Albergo dei Cappuccini (Cappuccini Hotel). In this neighborhood, you can also find the Monastery of the Holy Trinity and the Church of Sant’Antonio. However, the true charm of the district lies in its shops, the hidden boutiques nestled among the alleyways, and the inviting pastry shops.

The Emerald Grotto was accidentally discovered in 1932 by a fisherman and is named after the emerald color of its water, which reflects the light that penetrates through the rocks. The Emerald Grotto can be visited both by land, using an elevator or stairs, and by sea, with boats from local tour operators departing from various ports, including Amalfi. The cave gets its name from the wonderful emerald turquoise shade of its waters, so intense that it almost seems unreal. The light that illuminates the cave comes from the depths of the sea, creating a unique effect. To make the cave even more fascinating, there is also an enchanting underwater nativity scene and rocks with fanciful shapes.

The port and the beaches.

The beach in Amalfi is Marina Grande, which can be reached on foot from the little square. A little further away is the Duoglio beach, with clean waters, making it ideal for swimming. It can be reached by climbing approximately 400 steps, but it’s worth the effort.

What to eat?

Set aside some time to discover the culinary delights of Amalfi. At the top of the list of treats are lemons, which have become the symbol of the Amalfi Coast, dotted with lemon groves since the 11th century. Lemon is the magical ingredient that enriches numerous seafood dishes or first courses like lemon risotto. From this precious fruit also comes the famous limoncello, whose origin is a subject of controversy among Sorrento, Amalfi, and Capri, each claiming their own authentic recipe.

Among the other recommended culinary specialties, there are the anchovies from Cetara, Ischitana rabbit, ndunderi from Minori (a type of gnocchi dressed with fresh tomato sauce), and, of course, scialatielli alla amalfitana (a typical long pasta dish with seafood and cherry tomatoes).

In Amalfi’s square, you’ll find a delightful and authentic restaurant-pizzeria called “Da Maria,” which attracts a crowd of tourists from all over the world but is also frequented by locals. Here, you can savor the classic Neapolitan pizza with high-quality toppings, while the seafood is always fresh. If you trust the staff’s recommendations, you can enjoy freshly caught fish selected based on the season. The cuisine is simple and homely, while the atmosphere is informal and fun. Don’t forget to try the mixed fried appetizers. Prices are average.

Imagine a beach club outside the traditional tourist routes of Amalfi, nestled among the rocks, where you can enjoy excellent cuisine without spending too much. This place exists and is called “Lido delle Sirene” (Sirens’ Beach). Here, you can spend a day by the sea or simply go for lunch, letting yourself be guided among the numerous seafood and other dishes. The cuisine is simple and home-cooked, the desserts are homemade, and the atmosphere is convivial. Don’t forget to try the lemon paccheri and the scialatielli with seafood!


Ravello is considered one of the most beautiful and enchanting places on the Amalfi Coast. It is the city of music and has been appreciated by numerous prominent artists and figures such as Toscanini, Wagner, Rostropovich, Bernstein, Escher, Grieg, Turner, Mirò, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

Terraces overlooking magical and extraordinarily beautiful panoramas, magnificent gardens once owned by powerful families of the Amalfi Coast, places of worship dating back to ancient times, evocative trails that allow you to immerse yourself in the Mediterranean scrub, and significant cultural events hosted in dreamlike locations: Ravello offers explorers endless opportunities for leisure, entertainment, and unforgettable emotions.

During the spring and summer, this beautiful little village comes to life and is perfect to visit for those who love immersing themselves in city life. It is precisely during this time that the village hosts numerous events and exhibitions of all kinds, including the renowned Ravello Festival, which presents the public with an extensive program of outdoor concerts, making the experience even more engaging.

Duomo di Ravello

The Cathedral of Ravello represents an important historical testament among the ancient buildings of the city. This ancient cathedral, one of the oldest in Italy, appears to date back as far as 1086. Dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Pantaleone, the Cathedral blends two architectural styles: Romanesque and Baroque, adorned with rich decorations. Over the years, the cathedral has undergone demolitions and additions, resulting in its current configuration with two inlaid marble pulpits in the center of the church that tell the story of Nicola di Bartolomeo da Foggia and the prophet Jonah. A visit to the Cathedral can be combined with a visit to its two museums: one located in the crypt, dedicated to sculptural elements, stone materials, and ancient parts of the church, and the other in the left nave, an art gallery that houses an interesting collection of paintings from the churches in the area.

A must-visit is also the tour of the seventeenth-century chapel of San Pantaleone, located to the left of the presbytery, which houses the relics of the saint along with a vial of his blood, which is said to liquefy annually, as it also happens in nearby Naples.

Villa Rufolo

Villa Rufolo, considered the true gem of Ravello, is one of the must-visit, admire, experience, and capture attractions in the city. Located in Piazza Duomo, this historic palace is situated in the heart of Ravello, offering a magnificent view of the gulf. The building spans three floors and is characterized by an overhanging terrace.

Villa Cimbrone

Villa Cimbrone and the Terrace of Infinity offer a unique spectacle with architectural styles from different eras. This masterpiece can be reached from the center of the town or via a path of just over 700 meters, one of the most beautiful on the coast.

Villa La Rondinaia

Villa La Rondinaia is another prominent villa in Ravello, known for the many villas that have hosted the bourgeoisie and nobility in various historical periods. Built with great effort at the beginning of the 20th century, it takes its name from its embedding in the rock, which makes it resemble a swallow’s nest. Thanks to its hardly accessible location, ensuring the privacy of guests, the villa has been a meeting point for many English and American writers, including the writer Gore Vidal, who was also its owner. Although it is now a luxurious resort that only accommodates the wealthiest tourists eager to visit Ravello, unfortunately, the villa is no longer open for internal visits. However, it is worth admiring this wonderful structure nestled in the rock and surrounded by nature from the outside.

Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer

The Auditorium Oscar Niemeyer is a must-visit for classical music enthusiasts. Built in the early 2000s, it is the venue for the renowned Ravello Festival, which has been hosting internationally acclaimed classical music artists for 65 years. In recent years, the festival has expanded its horizons, offering concerts of more modern music and hosting top jazz musicians and selections of international folk music.

Santuario dei Santi Cosma e Damiano

The Sanctuary of Saints Cosmas and Damian, built on the site of a previous religious building, is one of the numerous churches in Ravello known for their style and history. These two saints are highly revered in Campania because, being doctors, they were among the first to treat the sick in 300 AD without asking for anything in return.

What to eat in Ravello

Ravello, along with Amalfi and other towns on the Amalfi Coast, is renowned for its high-quality cuisine. As in the culinary tradition of Campania, considered among the best in the world, here you can savor excellent dishes. Being located in a seaside town, we recommend opting for seafood dishes, both hot and cold.

There are some delicacies you absolutely must not miss. For example, stuffed or grilled squid: a classic dish prepared with freshly caught squid, cooked on a grill, and served with a drizzle of olive oil. Or you can try stuffed squid with a delicious mixture of stale bread, cheese, and spices, then baked in the oven. Seafood salads are another delight to taste. It’s a fresh and cold dish consisting of a variety of seafood such as shrimp, baby octopus, octopus, mussels, clams, salmon, tuna, and more, seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt.

Anchovies are another specialty not to be missed.

If you love pasta dishes, we recommend trying “paccheri alla rana pescatrice.” This delicacy consists of a regional pasta type called “paccheri,” cooked together with monkfish in a slightly pink sauce made with olive oil, garlic, and tomatoes, perfectly seasoning the first course. Spaghetti or linguine with seafood is another highly appreciated first course by both locals and tourists. The most common seafood used includes mussels, clams, bean clams, scallops, razor clams, fan mussels, and oysters. The fish and the sauce enriching the dish are often deglazed with excellent white wine, giving a unique flavor to this first course.

Don’t forget to accompany your meal with a quality Campanian DOC wine. A good Aglianico or a Falanghina will be perfect for enhancing the flavors of your dishes.

Il Flauto di Pan

Il Flauto di Pan offers a fairy-tale atmosphere inside the famous neoclassical villa, Villa Cimbrone, and is the perfect one-starred restaurant for you in Ravello. The talented chef Lorenzo Montoro has created a cuisine that is primarily inspired by the hinterland, with touches of the sea. You can choose to book a table on the terrace for a direct sea view experience, or you can relax at the cocktail bar, where you’ll find signature finger foods and interesting cocktails that include a rich assortment of Mediterranean herbs personally foraged by the chef.

Ristorante Belvedere

At Ristorante Belvedere, you can choose a table on the panoramic terrace or in the indoor dining room, where candlelight and piano background music will create the perfect romantic atmosphere to enjoy the dishes prepared by Chef Mimmo Di Raffaele. His creativity will captivate you, offering a fusion of authenticity, passion, research, and perseverance, all deeply rooted in his strong connection to his beloved Campania, which is reflected in every dish.

Mimì Pizzeria

If you’re looking for a good pizza, Mimì Pizzeria e Cucina at Via S. Francesco 12 is the ideal place. Here, you’ll find excellent dough, masterfully leavened, and carefully selected ingredients, for a result that will leave you full of joy with every bite.

Bar Al San Domingo

Bar Al San Domingo is the perfect choice for a delicious breakfast, a tasty aperitif, or a babà to enjoy during your snack time. Located in the central square of Ravello, it offers outdoor tables where you can enjoy an extraordinary view. You’ll also find interesting cocktails here if you’re ready to be a bit adventurous and explore new flavors.

Minori e Maiori

Suspended between heaven and sea, like many of their famous neighbors such as Amalfi or Positano, the towns of Minori and Maiori represent the perfect destination for those who want to explore the Amalfi Coast thoroughly. Separated by about 2 km from each other, these places offer a less polished and more authentic glimpse into one of Italy’s most fascinating locations.

True paradisiacal spots, both are known for their beautiful architecture and the fragrant lemons that emit a unique aroma in the world.

During your visit to Minori, you cannot miss the Roman villa. This seaside residence from the 1st century AD, with its various preserved amphorae and a charming pool, represents one of the most brilliant examples of Roman residential architecture.

Getting lost within the walls of the Cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Minori, Santa Trofimena, is an experience not to be missed. This majestic religious building is the primary place of worship in the city and draws the attention of the entire Minori community.

A delicious stop on your journey is a visit to Pasticceria De Riso, probably the most famous pastry shop on the entire Amalfi Coast, a true institution known worldwide for its delightful sweets. Try the incredibly tasty “delizia al limone,” a soft and fragrant dessert with the typical aroma of the most renowned citrus fruits cultivated on the Coast. But De Riso’s specialties don’t stop there, offering a wide selection that includes liqueurs, ice cream, preserves, and various types of fresh pasta. Forget about the diet and immerse yourself in this realm of good food, perfect for a quick sweet break, a hearty breakfast, or a seaside aperitif. Your stay in Minori will be unforgettable!

You can’t leave Minori without tasting limoncello at the Carlo Mansi liquor store, located at Via Vescovado 1. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to sample local specialties, including the delicious limoncello, which is distinct from other commercial varieties.


Among the picturesque villages that characterize the Amalfi Coast, one of the most authentic is undoubtedly Cetara, a genuine fishing village that still maintains its strong connection to the sea. Located in the province of Salerno, Cetara lies on the slopes of Mount Falerio. Its charming historic center descends from the top of this small valley to the sea, with its picturesque colorful houses that seem to compose a mosaic. The places to visit in Cetara are mainly concentrated along the main street leading to the beach “Marina di Cetara” with its suggestive tower. Along Corso Garibaldi, you will find numerous restaurants, artisan shops selling local products, several churches, and much more, all immersed in the typical atmosphere of an authentic fishing village that preserves its traditions intact.

Cetara and its fishing tradition

L’immagine di Cetara, quando si guarda verso il mare, è abbracciata dalla sua deliziosa spiaggetta che si estende dalla storica torre da un lato al caratteristico porticciolo dall’altro. Le case dai colori pastello si aggrappano alle rocce circostanti e qualche tradizionale gozzo riposa sulla riva. Questo incantevole scenario sembra uscito direttamente da una cartolina, ma è la vera realtà di Marina di Cetara, la spiaggia del paese. Un luogo tranquillo e poco affollato fuori stagione, dove è possibile fare un bagno nelle sue acque cristalline. Parte di questa spiaggia è attrezzata con lettini e ombrelloni, e se le condizioni climatiche lo permettono, il lido rimane aperto anche durante i mesi meno estivi, offrendo la possibilità di noleggiare una sdraio per godersi anche solo un po’ di sole.

Marina di Cetara

The image of Cetara, when you look towards the sea, is embraced by its delightful little beach that stretches from the historic tower on one side to the characteristic small harbor on the other. The pastel-colored houses cling to the surrounding rocks, and a few traditional fishing boats rest on the shore. This charming scene looks like it’s straight out of a postcard, but it’s the real reality of Marina di Cetara, the town’s beach. It’s a quiet and uncrowded place off-season, where you can take a dip in its crystal-clear waters. Part of this beach is equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas, and if weather conditions allow, the beach remains open even during the less summery months, offering the opportunity to rent a sun lounger to enjoy some sun.

Torre Vicereale di Cetara

This majestic tower rises at the foot of Marina di Cetara and is the quintessential symbol of the town. Its charm dominates the entire village and adds a picturesque touch to this characteristic fishing village. The Tower, dating back to the 14th century, had the function of defending the coast from Turkish attacks during the 1400s invasions. With its cylindrical shape and construction entirely in stone, the tower originally had 3 cannons and three “petrieri” that could be pointed downward to strike the enemy. Over the years, it underwent several modifications, such as the addition of an upper floor during the Aragonese period and the addition of two more floors in the 19th century.

Other beaches in Cetara

Descending a flight of stairs from the Viceregal Tower of Cetara, you reach the beach called “Lannio.” According to legend, the name refers to the “lagne” (laments) of the monks who were massacred in this place during the conflicts with the Saracens. The beach is approximately 110 meters long and is primarily sandy, except for the last stretch with small rocks. Beyond Cetara’s harbor, you’ll find the port beach. This beach formed in the 1980s when it was used as a storage area for materials during the reconstruction of the town following an earthquake. Thanks to currents, debris, and rocks that accumulated, the current beach developed. The beach isn’t very large, but due to the currents, the water in this area is extremely clear.

Cupola della Chiesa di San Pietro Apostolo

Leaving the sea behind, we proceed up the Corso Garibaldi to discover other attractions in Cetara. One of the unmistakable symbols of the village of Cetara is the colorful maiolica dome of the Church of San Pietro, which can be seen even during the curves of the coast before reaching the village. The Church of San Pietro is the patronal church of the town and is one of the first things to visit when entering the historic center of Cetara. The earliest information about this church dates back to 988, although the building we see today is the result of subsequent modifications, especially regarding the elevation. The bell tower and the crypt, on the other hand, date from an earlier period.

The interior of the church consists of a single nave with a Latin cross plan and side chapels. At the far end is the transept, and above it, rises the maiolica dome we mentioned earlier.

Chiesa di San Francesco

Along the main street of Cetara, going up a staircase, you reach a terrace where the Church of San Francesco is located, part of the homonymous conventual complex dating back to 1585. The facade of this church is simple, with a portal from the 1600s, a central niche housing the image of the Immaculate Conception with San Francesco and Sant’Antonio, and a triangular pediment with the saint’s symbol. Inside, there is a single nave covered by vaults and a hemispherical dome decorated with 17th-century frescoes. Along the side walls of the nave, there are altars and niches surmounted by arches, and below them, there are statues of saints, Christ, and the Madonna. Also worth noting is the main altar in polychrome marble, crowned by a canvas depicting the Deposition of Christ by Benincasa dated 1745. As tradition dictates, the statues of San Francesco and the Immaculate Conception are carried in procession through the streets of Cetara on October 4th and December 8th. Adjacent to the church was the old Convent of San Francesco, but today, there is a renowned restaurant called “Al Convento” in its place. In this well-known establishment, you can savor typical Cetara delicacies, including tuna and dishes based on anchovies. During the warmer months, some of the tables are set up on the adjacent terrace, which offers a beautiful view of Cetara’s main street. The interior rooms of the convent now house the municipal offices.

Chiesa di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli

At the outskirts of the town, in the higher part of Cetara, it’s worth taking a look at the small church of Santa Maria di Costantinopoli. This church dates back to the early 19th century and likely replaced a previous 16th-century building dedicated to Maria di Costantinopoli, but more commonly known as Santa Maria d’o Puopolo. This area of Cetara is known as the Casale district.

What to eat in Cetara

The local cuisine in Cetara is clearly dominated by seafood, with tuna and anchovies standing out in particular. These delicious ingredients are used to prepare various dishes that are definitely worth trying, including the famous spaghetti dressed with anchovy sauce. Alternatively, you can choose to dine at the restaurants in the historic center of Cetara and be delighted by the dishes prepared by their chefs. Fresh catch of the day, fried “cuoppo,” or even a simple tuna sandwich – there’s something for every taste and culinary preference.

Cetara’s anchovy sauce

Cetara is famous for its “colatura di alici,” the quintessential local product. But what exactly is it? After being caught using lampara fishing, the anchovies are gutted and arranged in alternating layers in a wooden container called a “terzigno,” where they are covered with salt. These containers are then pressed with special weights, and after six to nine months, when the maturation process is complete, the liquid is collected using a tool called a “vriale.” The result is an amber-colored liquid with a thick consistency and intense flavor, ready to be used. It is said that this sauce is a derivation of Roman garum, a fish sauce already used by the ancient Romans and also mentioned by Pliny. Once ready, colatura is used as a condiment for side dishes or to season pasta dishes, such as the must-try spaghetti with colatura di alici. If colatura di alici captures your heart, don’t forget to stock up at the numerous shops along the main street in Cetara. You can delight your taste buds with this delicacy.

Vietri sul mare

As the “First Pearl” along the Amalfi Coast, on the journey from Salerno, you come across Vietri sul Mare. This small coastal village, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famous worldwide for its charming artistic ceramics, produced since at least the 17th century and admired in the renowned Museum of Ceramics in Vietri since 1992. In the historic center, you cannot help but notice the majestic dome of the Church of San Giovanni Battista, decorated with splendid ceramics in vibrant yellow and blue colors. This dome has become the recognizable symbol of Vietri sul Mare and, when viewed from above, it almost appears suspended between the sky and the sea.

The visit to the charming Vietri sul Mare begins in its enchanting historic center, located along the main avenue, Via Umberto I, which runs through the entire town, including two splendid viewpoints. It is here that you can admire the tiles, vases, plates, and ceramics of all kinds displayed in the numerous shops that you encounter at every corner of Vietri sul Mare. The artisan workshops of Vietri boast an ancient tradition and produce ceramic objects with vibrant Mediterranean colors. Entering these places and browsing through the displayed items is like immersing yourself in a whirlwind of colors that fuels the imagination.

Continuing the path, you arrive at the Villa Comunale of Vietri and the renowned Solimene factory, from which several buildings with elegant facades overlook the historic center. You then proceed along shaded streets lined with small houses with terracotta roofs until you finally reach Piazza Duomo, where the Church of San Giovanni Battista is located.

We reach the highest point of the historic center of Vietri sul Mare to visit the Cathedral, the Church of San Giovanni Battista, with its famous majolica dome that towers over the town. This church, initially built in the 10th century as a private church, was later rebuilt after being destroyed by the Saracens. The current building dates back to the 17th century, with a Latin cross plan and a bell tower protruding from the left side of the facade, designed by Matteo Vitale.

Vietri sul Mare Cathedral

The entrance gate of the Vietri sul Mare Cathedral is bordered by two tufa columns, and at the top, there is the ceramic-painted figure of the patron saint, Saint John the Baptist, with the background depicting Vietri. The altars inside the church are all decorated with maiolica and ceramics, except for the main altar, which is adorned with marble. Among the many works preserved inside, there is an altarpiece depicting the Virgin with Saint John and Saint Irene, as well as a valuable polyptych representing the Madonna breastfeeding the Baby Jesus, executed in the Sabatini workshop.

Right next to the Vietri Cathedral is the Archconfraternity of the Most Holy Annunciation and the Most Holy Rosary, the oldest in the city. This building dates back to the 17th century and is externally decorated with beautiful painted ceramics, while the interior is entirely frescoed with 18th-century paintings.

Museum of Ceramics in Vietri

Here, there is the Museum of Ceramics in Vietri, which presents a thematic and chronological arrangement divided into three sections:

  • In the first section, there are preserved objects of a spiritual, religious, and devotional nature, such as holy water fonts and votive plaques dating back to the 17th century.
  • In the second section, you can admire everyday objects, such as 19th-century pottery.
  • In the third section, works from the “German period” are exhibited, during which numerous artists from all over the world collaborated with Italians and the people of Vietri.
Museum Library

In the area where the Museum Library is located, you can consult texts related to the most important collections of modern ceramics and publications promoted by the Museum itself. In the Auditorium area, you can attend screenings related to the German period. In recent years, the Vietri Museum has expanded its collections with the acquisition of works from the Di Marino, Camponi, Dolker, Di Martino, and many other collections, further establishing this institution as an increasingly important reference point for southern Italy.

Descending from the upper part of the town, you reach Marina di Vietri, an area with a rather unfortunate history to tell. In 1954, Vietri was hit by a violent flood that led to the advancement of the beach by about 100 meters, creating a new sandy stretch. This is Vietri’s newest and most popular beach, especially during the summer when it is crowded with tourists and locals alike. The shoreline is divided into two parts by the Bonea River: on one side, there are several beach resorts offering various amenities, while on the other side, the beach is entirely free. Several companies also depart from here, offering tours to visit the Amalfi Coast.

Vietri sul Mare Beach

In addition to the famous Marina di Vietri beach, there are other less-known but crystal-clear water beaches in Vietri sul Mare. Along the stretch from Vietri to Cetara, you can find approximately 6 beaches that are often accessible only by sea. Some of the other beaches, which can also be reached by land, include:

  • Baia Beach, the first one you encounter coming from Salerno, is one of the few beaches with a sandy bottom and stretches for about 400 meters. Due to its proximity to the port and the city of Salerno, the water may not be the clearest, but it is still easily accessible by car or public transport and offers numerous equipped beach establishments.
  • Crespella Beach, located before the Bay of Salerno, takes its name from the sixteenth-century Crespella tower, which makes it even more charming. Here you can find 120 meters of beach, both equipped and free. Crespella Beach is accessible on foot from Vietri sul Mare, taking a bus from the town center or following the directions for a designated descent.
  • The Marina di Albori is the main beach of Albori, a hamlet of Vietri and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy that is worth a visit.

The two rocks called “The Two Brothers” are another symbol of Vietri sul Mare, in addition to ceramics and majolica. These two imposing rocks, virtually identical, rise in the middle of the sea. There are two legends associated with their origin that we would like to share. The first legend, of a very romantic nature, comes from Greek tradition and tells that two shepherds, while grazing their flock, spotted a young woman swimming in the sea. Suddenly, a violent storm broke out, and the two shepherds jumped into the water to save her, but unfortunately, both drowned. The girl, the daughter of the sea god Poseidon, survived, and her father, to honor the sacrifice of the two boys, transformed their bodies into the two rocks that we see today.

The second legend tells a more mythical episode, during the siege by the Saracens to conquer the city of Salerno. After months of war, the final clash came down to a duel between two opponents: Count Umfredo of the Landolfi, representing the people of Salerno, and Prince Rajan, a Saracen warrior. The two leaders fought fiercely until, exhausted, they decided to rest for a moment on two rocks. Due to their heavy armor, however, they ended up being catapulted into the sea. Destined to drown, they suddenly realized they had the same coat of arms on their breastplates, discovering, just before dying, that they were actually two brothers. In their honor, the rocks on which they rested were named “The Two Brothers.

What to eat in Vietri sul Mare

In Vietri sul Mare, thanks to its beautiful seaside location, you can enjoy a variety of dishes made with fresh seafood. Among these, you must try “piscitielli è criatur,” an unusual seafood dish, as well as anchovy Parmigiana and paccheri with clams and potatoes.

What to see in Salerno

The origins of Salerno remain somewhat obscure, but there is precise evidence of Etruscan settlements in the surrounding territory, coming from nearby Fratte. Subsequently, in 197 B.C., the city was founded as a maritime colony called “ad Castrum Salerni.” The colony gained increasing importance, to the extent that in the 4th century A.D., it became the coveted seat of the “Correctores” of Lucania and the Bruzii. This fact has been confirmed over the years by archaeological findings discovered in various parts of the historic center, many of which are visible at the Salerno Archaeological Museum. In the 3rd century A.D., the city was struck by a violent flood that largely destroyed it. A plaque preserved today at the Provincial Archaeological Museum commemorates the generosity of “Arrio Mecio Gracco,” who contributed to the city’s reconstruction. After this event, information about Roman Salerno becomes scarcer, but we know that the city’s first bishop was Saint Bonosius. In 560, during a siege by the Lombards, the city managed to conclude an honorable peace. In the 8th century, Arechis II, already the Duke of Benevento, became the first Prince of Salerno. Among his merits, he was a magnificent builder: in fact, he erected a sumptuous palace that seems to have inspired Charlemagne in the construction of Aachen. Near his palace, he had the church of San Pietro a Corte built and strengthened the city’s defenses. In the 9th century, Prince Guaiferio decided to build a new palace in the high area of the city, called Plaium Montis, next to which a monastery and a hospital dedicated to San Massimo were built. In 871, during the principality of Guaiferio, a fierce battle took place between the Salerno army and the Saracen army near Carnale, from which the Salerno troops emerged victorious. With Gisulfo II, in 1075, the Lombard dominion ended, and power passed into the hands of the Norman Robert Guiscard. With Guiscard, a period of great revival began. In the area of San Benedetto, he built his palace called “Castel Terracena,” erected palaces in various locations, restored towers, and enhanced fortifications. However, his most prestigious work was undoubtedly the construction of the cathedral dedicated to San Matteo, consecrated in 1085 by Pope Gregory VII. Under the Swabians and subsequently the Angevins, the city entered a period of decline. Salerno became a fief of powerful families, including the Colonna, Orsini, and finally the Sanseverino.

Salerno is a fascinating synthesis of what the Mediterranean has to offer to those who wish to get to know it up close. The city is increasingly establishing itself as a welcoming community for tourists and visitors from all over the world. Its province is the largest in Campania and includes the splendid Amalfi Coast, the important archaeological area of Paestum, and the wonderful unspoiled region of Cilento, which encompasses the wide plain crossed by the Sele River and its tributaries, as well as the picturesque Vallo di Diano.

The climate of Salerno

From a climatic perspective, Salerno enjoys several advantages due to its proximity to the sea, which moderates temperature fluctuations, and the presence of mountains behind it, which protect it from cold air incursions during the winter. This gives the city a mild and pleasant climate even in January, with maximum temperatures around 10°C . During winter, it can be a charming sight to see the snow-capped Monti Lattari creating a fascinating contrast with the palm trees along the waterfront. The rainiest months are autumn and winter, with a peak in precipitation in November and December, while during the summer, temperatures are warm.

Historic Center of Salerno

The historic center of Salerno is a remarkable example of medieval urban planning, and one of its most significant monuments is undoubtedly the Cathedral, known as the Duomo. This work was commissioned by Robert Guiscard, on the initiative of the bishop of the time, Alfano I, who initiated construction in 1080. Access to the Duomo is through an 18th-century staircase, passing through the splendid Porta dei Leoni. The interior of the Duomo has three naves, and in the terminal parts of the central nave, you can find two precious ambos: the D’Ajello ambo and the Guarna ambo. The choir of the Duomo houses a magnificent iconostasis. Descending into the Baroque crypt, you can admire various tombs and relics, including the venerated tomb of Saint Matthew, the evangelist.

Arechi Castle

From the Castello di Arechi, a structure of Byzantine origin later expanded by the Lombards and Normans, you can admire a splendid panoramic view of the historic center of Salerno and the entire gulf. Located on a hill 300 meters high, under which the A3 highway passes through a tunnel that overlooks the historic center and the port, the castle also offers beautiful views of the “Planum Montis” district, where the renowned Salerno Medical School once stood, and the picturesque church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Another fortress, the Forte La Carnale, of Aragonese origin dating back to the 16th century, is closer to the coast, not far from the mouth of the Irno River. From this location as well, you can enjoy a beautiful panorama of the city and the entire Gulf of Salerno, with an even more enchanting view from the nearby Colle Bellara.

The most characteristic street in the historic center is Via dei Mercanti, with ancient buildings and churches along the way. Starting from the Arco di Arechi, it runs parallel to the coast towards the east and has become the heart of shopping in Salerno. Inside the medieval historic center, you can find the Provincial Archaeological Museum, located near the former monastery of San Benedetto. Along Via dei Mercanti, you can also find the Didactic Museum of the Salerno Medical School and the Provincial Art Gallery, while the Diocesan Museum is reached at Largo Plebiscito

Churches of Salerno

Among the other noteworthy churches in the historic center are the Santissima Annunziata, the Church of San Giorgio, the Church of San Pietro a Corte, and the Church of San Benedetto. Each of these churches represents a valuable artistic and historical treasure for the city of Salerno.

Medieval Aqueduct of Salerno

A distinctive feature of Salerno’s historic center is the medieval aqueduct, also known as the “Arco dei Diavoli” or Devil’s Arch, which was constructed in the 9th century. Initially, this aqueduct was intended to supply water to the monastery of San Benedetto but was later extended to cover other areas of the city as well. The two branches of the aqueduct meet at the intersection of current-day Via Arce, Via Gonzaga, Via Velia, and Via Fieravecchia. Its structure is characterized by arches of various styles, including round arches, pointed arches, and asymmetrical arches, reflecting the diverse cultural influences present in Salerno, a port city and home to the renowned Medical School. It is likely that the pointed arches, a novelty at the time, led people to call it the “Archi (or bridges) of the Devil (or devils)” due to their spectral appearance. This probably gave rise to the legend that the aqueduct was built in a single night by the Salerno magician Pietro Barliario with the help of the Devil.

Maritime Station of Salerno

The Maritime Station of Salerno is a place of great interest for tourists, located on the Manfredi Pier in the commercial port. In 2013, it was included among high-quality architectural projects. The station was commissioned in 2000 by Mayor Vincenzo de Luca to meet the growing demand for cruise ship landings by various companies. Architect Zaha Hadid was tasked with creating a modern and functional maritime station. Today, it serves as an ideal arrival point for tourists due to its strategic location between the Amalfi Coast, the Cilento Coast, and the islands of Capri and Ischia. The building is centrally located and extends towards the sea, with a shape resembling an oyster and captivating, modern geometries.

Freedom Square

“Piazza della Libertà” is the point of connection between the Promenade, the tourist and commercial port, and the Maritime Station. It involved the redevelopment of a degraded port area near the Municipal Park, creating an access point to the city. This project was marked by controversies regarding its correctness, both administratively and aesthetically/functionally, but it was finally completed with its inauguration on September 20, 2021.

Salerno Municipal Park

Not far from the Villa Comunale, you will find Irno Park, a more recent but ideal place to relax and enjoy the summer coolness in the shade of centuries-old trees. Here, you can find the Don Tullio fountain. The opening hours for Irno Park and Pinocchio Park are from Tuesday to Sunday, from 09:00 AM to 01:30 PM.

Parco Irno e Parco Pinocchio di Salerno

The Irno Park and Pinocchio Park extend along the banks of the Irno River and have transformed an underutilized area of the city into public green spaces. The Irno River is an integral part of Salerno’s identity, to the extent that according to some historians, it gave the city its name (although the reverse is more likely true). Irno Park is located on the site of an old brick factory called Salid and is a fascinating blend of industrial archaeology, cultural spaces, and a botanical garden. Adjacent to Irno Park, you will find “Terme Campione Park,” named after an ancient thermal establishment in the area, commonly referred to as “Pinocchio Park” due to the presence of a bronze statue depicting Pinocchio, created by artist Antonio Petti. The main entrance features a monumental fountain, a wisteria pergola, palm trees, and artistic lighting. The park extends along a main avenue, branching out into numerous secondary paths leading to the lawn and the area dedicated to outdoor activities. At the center of the green oasis is a large amphitheater used for events and entertainment activities for children. There is also a architecturally integrated building with the surrounding environment, which houses a refreshment point and a multipurpose room for various activities.

Restaurants in Salerno
  1. The Portovecchio Restaurant is located at Via Molo Manfredi 38, near the ancient entrance of the port. It’s a bright and welcoming establishment with knowledgeable and friendly staff. The menu offers a wide selection of seafood dishes, although mainly sourced from aquaculture. Additionally, the restaurant boasts an extensive wine list.
  2. The Pazza Marea Restaurant, located at Via Giovanni Ruggi D’Aragona 3, offers delicate and exquisite seafood dishes. The atmosphere is very welcoming, and the prices are reasonable, providing the opportunity to enjoy fresh seafood in the heart of Salerno. The menu is diverse, and the staff is extremely friendly.
  3. The Botte Pazza Restaurant, also located on Via Giovanni Ruggi D’Aragona, shares the same features as Pazza Marea but also includes typical dishes from Salerno in its menu. A distinctive aspect of this establishment is the opportunity to fill your wine pitcher directly from the fountain.
  4. The Mediterraneo Restaurant, located at Via M.Testa 31/33, primarily focuses on seafood dishes, offering a diverse menu. The prices are average.

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