18 Photos To Inspire A Visit To Salerno

Amalfi Coast from Salerno

It’s widely know that Italy is a country full of history, culture, amazing food and stunning sights. In fact, there are so many amazing places to visit, that some of the lesser known cities can be some of the best. Think less crowds, better value for money and the chance to experience a different side to the country.

Located in Campania, Southern Italy, Salerno is a city often overlooked in favour of nearby Naples. It doesn’t have a huge reputation as a tourist hotspot, and before visiting I didn’t really know much about the area. I’m thankful for that now because the first trip along the seafront afforded the surprise of absolutely breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast. Stunning in the day, stunning as the sun sets, it is just…stunning.

The pathway along the waterfront runs for quite a way. It’s a lovely walk with the sea on one side, mountains in the background and pretty gardens on the other side. Pieces of artwork are dotted along the walk, and there’s even a small beach area close to one of the harbours.

Amalfi Coast at dusk
Boats in Salerno harbour
Amalfi Coast at sunset
Art on Lungomare Trieste, Salerno waterfront

Once you step away from the seafront and into the maze of side streets in the old town, the colourful buildings keep you company as you attempt to find your way.

Salerno side street
Colourful buildings in Salerno
Palm trees on Via Mercanti, Salerno
Salerno Cathedral

It wouldn’t be an Italian city if there weren’t a number of churches and cathedrals to explore. Salerno Cathedral sits in the heart of the old town, and dates back to around 1080. It has withstood a great deal since that time, and while not as impressive from the outside as some others, don’t forget we should never judge a book by its cover. Or, you know, a church by its exterior. The courtyard outside is pretty and modest, which only gives the inside a bigger wow factor.

Salerno Cathedral tower
Interior of Salerno Cathedral
Salerno Cathedral courtyard
Door to church
Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Angels, Saint Matthew and Saint Gregory the Great, Salerno
Cathedral ceiling

One of the biggest perks of Salerno is the location. For those wanting to visit the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii, Naples is often the choice to use as a base and explore from there. But the quieter city of Salerno is an excellent alternative, with Amalfi, Positano and Pompeii all among the places within easy reach for a day trip. The transport links of Salerno mean you can visit the nearby popular sights by just jumping on a train or ferry.

Pompeii street
Street in Pompeii
Positano at sunset

While Salerno itself doesn’t have the huge tourist checklist of sights that some of the larger cities do, it is still well worth a visit. You could easily fill a long weekend here, with a couple of days to explore the city itself and a couple of days to venture out and visit Pompeii or the Amalfi Coast.

I booked to stay in Salerno instead of Naples as I wasn’t sure how safe I’d feel in Naples as a solo female traveller, and Salerno offered the perfect alternative. If I went again, I’d still pick Salerno as I fell in love with the city, and met some of the kindest and most helpful people there. Plus, the fact that everything is so beautiful helps!

I had the best time in Salerno, despite getting locked in my B&B and getting attacked by wasps while eating dinner on the waterfront. It was great, you can see what I got up to here.


  • Rebecca
    January 3, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    Salerno definitely looks like the “quieter Naples,” and it looked to be a wise choice for you to stay there instead of Naples, which I agree can be hectic and possibly unsafe. I’ve never been to Salerno, but should I return to southern Italy some day, you’d best bet I’ll book to stay there and use it as my base to visit Positano and revisit the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii. Especially after visiting Naples twice (and being underwhelmed both times), I’m good with skipping it the next time! Safe travels to you, wherever your next destination is!

    • Becks
      January 4, 2021 at 4:11 pm

      I haven’t been to Naples before but I didn’t hear the best things…I’d still like to visit one day and see for myself, but Salerno is definitely a good alternative to use as a base 🙂
      Safe travels to you too!

  • Juliette
    January 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Beautiful! I perfectly understand your choice of staying in Salerno rather than Naples, it’s definitely safer and less touristic so much more enjoyable I think! I have never been there but can’t wait to explore this region in Italy! Thanks for sharing 😊

    • Becks
      January 5, 2021 at 11:08 am

      It was my first time in the south of Italy but it’s just beautiful, definitely recommend it if you have the opportunity ☺️

      • Juliette
        January 5, 2021 at 5:21 pm

        I definitely will go! I go to the South of Italy almost every summer but in Apulia, which is also a gorgeous area, if you haven’t been yet! 😊

        • Becks
          January 5, 2021 at 8:10 pm

          I haven’t, just going to add that to my ‘to see’ list now, thank you! ☺️


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