||THE PLACES YOU CAN VISIT STAYING IN SALERNO|
SALERNOIt is the second city in Campania and it gives the name to the whole Gulf. The founding of Salerno dates back to 197a.C.. It was a Roman colony first dominated by the Longobards then by the Normans (It became a political and economical centre). In that period the great cathedral was built and the oldest medieval School of Medecine was born. During the II World War near Salerno there was the strategic landing of the Anglo-American allied forces (there is a war cementary for the allied forces 7 Km. From Salerno). The city of Salerno has also got many attractions, the oldest medical school of medieval period is here, the magnificient cathedral in Norman style, the fantastic vieuw of both Amalfi coast and Cilento coast from the old Arechi Castle at the top of the hill , the narrow streets of the old city centre with artcraft shops,many nice churches of all periods,and at least but not last one of the longest walking by the sea in Italy. The Cathedral is really interesting to visit. Under the Arabesques arcades there are roman and medieval sarcophagies Inside there are 2 pulpits with marvellous mosaic decorations. You can relax walking by the sea along the gardens of “lungomare“and admire theArechi castle dominating the gulf.
Just outside Salerno there is the acropolis of Fratte.
ALL THIS IS SALERNO !!!!!!
(Few minutes from Salerno, there are also daily connections by sea) The landscape along this coastland is unique. Poets and artists come from all over the world to admire the beauty of this coast where culture and nature are mixed together.Pittoresque caves, hidden caverns, magic cliffs and romantic little shores are the many side aspects of this charming place.
The whole coast is also wellknown for the production of a local liqueur called “Limoncello” obtained only with the lemons of this sunny coast (you can taste its unique flavour in various local workshops).
(at 40 min. from Salerno) Positano is the first village on the coast, it is situated on terraced areas and the sea is only reachable by a series of steps. In all the village there are colourful majolica capped roofs; inside the cathedral there is the image of black Virgin Mary with her child. Colourful and picturesque dresses inspired to the nature of “Positano fashion” are well known all over the world.
(at 30 min. from Salerno) Amalfi is the oldest of the medieval “Maritime Republics”. It has lovely terraced areas of greenery, narrow staircases embedded in the walls. The “Regata storica”, a boat race, takes place the first week of June. The view of the Cathedral founded in 9 th century and rebuilt in Arab-Norman style is marvellous.
Between Amalfi and Positano there is The “Emerald Grotto”. Furthermore the Valley of the Mills is an interesting place to visit for its paper mills.
Ravello stands halfway up the hillside.the view is unique and Arab-Sicilian buildings are interesting; during the summer period in the park of villa Rufolo(where Wagner composed his Parsifal) it is possible to see classical concerts.
(only 3 kilometres from Salerno) Vietri is a colourful place. Here the shore is sandy and it is an important holiday resort. The view from Vietri is breathtaking and, on a clear day, it is possible to see the whole sweep of the Gulf of Salerno. The Amalfi Coast is well known for its famous ceramics and pottery but Vietri is the most important place for this production and only skilled hands of local craftsman are able to produce real masterpieces. It is possible to buy various objects directly in workshops in Vietri to make your house or garden precious.
It has European Blue Flag for the cleanest sea.
The National Park of Cilento offers visitors a beautiful scenary: small villages built on the rocks; wonderful medieval strongholds give us the sensation that here the day is still lived according to the ancient rhythms; picturesque inlets and unpolluted bays; watchtowers.as a defence against Saracen incursions.
The landscape changes constantly: areas of limestone alternating with oasis of extraordinary natural beauty. The warm and welcoming people of these quiet inland villages and the Mediterranean cuisine based on fresh local products cooked according to ancient secrets of Cilento cooking stylemake you feel at your ease in this area of Italy.
(at only 30 min. from Salerno) It is the old archeological site called Poseidon. The luxuriant sea-pinewood on about 15 km. Long sand beach and the mild all-year climate make PAESTUM an ideal place for holidays far from the noisy towns; furthermore the wonderful scenary of temples givesa relaxing view. It was founded by a group of Greeks and it has preserved masterpieces of Greek art such as the Basilica, doric style, the temple of Neptune. In the archeological museum there are works of historical and artistic importance such as the Fresco of “tomba del Tuffatore”, a rare example of Greek art.
Paestum is also known for the production of tasty “mozzarelle di bufala” obtained from the milk of the many buffaloes in this area.
(at 35 min. from Salerno) From Latin Acropolis (a town in high position)AGROPOLI is a seaside village.
Its splendour dates back to the Roman period. It is worth visiting the oldmedievalvillage and the famous castle of Aragona that can be reached only by typical steps and climbing lanes.
(at 50 min. from Salerno) VELIA is the ancient Elea founded by the Greeks in 540 b.C. Iis archeological zone is linked to the memory of Parmenide and Zeno, founders of the Eleatic school of Philosophy: here is the temple on the Acropolis, the theatre.
The rocky banks are dashed by the waves of an incredibly blue sea and it is here that the Myth of Virgil is triumphant. CAPO PALINURO takes its name from the pilot of Aeneas who lost his life here.
(40 min. from Salerno) Chief town of our region Campania,The postcard of the classical image of Naples lying at the foot of Vesuvius has been sent all over the world such as its “mandolino” and famous “pizza” and “spaghetti” but Napoli isalso a place of great interest .You can visit the elegant San CarloTheatre, The Royal Palace of Capodimonte, The cathedral of S. Gennaro where is the blood and the body of the saint or just relax walking along the sea.
(20 min. from Salerno). The old Roman ruins of POMPEI give you a clear idea of Roman architecture. Walking among the ruins you can recognize a real town with its Forum, the Temples, theatres amphitheatres; furthermore the view ofthe chalksbodies of the citizens who died during the explosion of Vesuvius give the real sensation of that tragical event.
(30 min. from Salerno) ERCOLANO is the second Roman town that lived those tragical moments too. Many houses and villas of that period are well preserved. All these places around the VESUVIUS are famous for the local handcraft of “Coral and Cameos” sold all over the world.
(30 min. from Salerno) It is well known for its “solfatara” a real phenomenon of secondary vulcanesim.
CAPRI and ISCHIA
are two islands with a very crystal sea , whose beauty is well known and has been vaunted by many artists.
SORRENTO and CUMA
were both Greek colonies and some ruins can be seen at Cuma nowadays (the famous Antro della Sibilla).
The fabulous Royal Palace of Caserta (at 40 min. from Salerno) is a really masterpiece of great cultural and artistic interest.It was built in XVIII century by King Charles of Bourbon who wanted to reproduce the fabulous Versailles in France and he well succeeded in realizing his project.
King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon lived there with his court and during his period the Palace became an important cultural and social centre. The palace has got 2000 rooms and a beautiful park 3 km. long. Marvellous sounds and colours’ game in the whole park is in perfect union with the nature’s harmony. The numerous basins are perfectly linked up to the main waterfall that is beautified by many mythological statues.
The old centre of Caserta called “Caserta vecchia” is a beautiful example of medieval village. Its Romanesque Cathedral dates back 1113.
Not far from Caserta there is the small village of San Leucio, well known all over the world for its handicrafts works of pure silk and damask silk (you can see them). This tradition dates back to the period of King Ferdinand who wanted to adorn his Royal Palace with this kind of material. Nowadays new nobility from Europe love to embellish palaces with this silk, too.