Salerno is the capital city of the Salerno province in the Campania region in the southwest of Italy. It is located on the Tyrrhenian Sea on the Gulf of Salerno. If you are visiting this city or the surrounding area, you will find a wide range of activities and attractions to enjoy during your stay.
1. Salerno Cathedral
One of the most outstanding features of Salerno is the cathedral. Duomo di Salerno is dedicated to Saint Matteo. The oldest parts of the cathedral date back to the 11th century. The entrance and the bell tower are architecturally interesting; the entrance has 28 archways and the bell tower has mullioned windows.
2. Minerva Gardens
Not only is this a beautiful garden to visit, it is also one of historical interest. It was the first botanical garden in Europe that was used to cultivate plants specifically for therapeutic use. In addition to enjoying the wide array of plants grown here, you can admire other features of the gardens, such as the ancient fountains, steps, and pillars.
3. Old Town Salerno
Old Town Salerno takes you back in time. There are cobbled streets, Roman ruins and Medieval buildings. There are plenty of quaint little shops to explore or pop into one of the many bars and cafes for a drink or a bite to eat.
4. Castello Di Arechi
This seventh-century medieval castle was built by the order of Prince Arechi II. When you visit the castle, you will also have the treat of spectacular views. Within the castle, there is a permanent exhibition. This includes many artifacts, including coins and ceramics.
5. The Museums
If you are interested in history, then you may wish to visit one or all the museums in Salerno. The Salerno Diocesan Museum focuses on the artistic productions of southern Italy between the Middle Ages and the 17th century. These include artworks and ivories. The Museo Archeologico Provinciale di Salerno has displays of archaeological findings from this city that demonstrate its history and culture. Museo Dello Sbarco E Salerno Capitale is a war museum that pays tribute to the role of Salerno when, in 1944, Allied forces arrived on Italian soil.
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7. Provincial Art Gallery
Alongside paintings of Salerno, there are artworks by some of the masters, such as Carlo Rosa, Giovanni Battista Caracciolo, Francesca Guarino, and Andrea De Lioni. There is also a collection of carved altars to admire, dating from the 1400s to the 1900s.