Salerno sightseeing

The best sights, monuments, and activities in and around Salerno, Italy

When the Fascists moved the Italian government to this strategic port briefly during World War II, allied forces took the opportunity to bomb medieval Salerno to smithereens.

As a result, there is not much of historic interest in Salerno—for the majority of visitors, Salerno is really more of a transit hub anchoring one end of the Amalfi Coast, and as athe gateway to the Greek ruins of Paestum just down the Cliento Coast.

The city consists today mainly of modern buildings, a wide and rather pleasant but sunburnt palm-shaded park running the length of the harbor, and a busy container port overseen by dramatically soaring highway overpasses and the broken remains of a craggy old 7th–10th century Castle atop the hill.

Sights in Salerno

Sights near Salerno

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How long does Salerno take?

Planning your day: Honestly? You can skip it entirely. If you want to check out the cathedral, give it 20–30 minutes.

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