Located on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Salerno neighbours Italy's cherished Amalfi Coast. One of the larger cities in the area, Salerno is a lively modern centre with a charming mediaeval sector at its heart. Set out from Salerno to visit the Amalfi Coast. Or stay and explore the city's long and eventful history before enjoying a leisurely stroll along Salerno's stunning Lungomare Trieste (seafront promenade), which rivals those of the French Riviera.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
With so many incredible stories and so much historical importance tied to the Duomo Salerno, it is well worth a visit. Built in 1076, the cathedral was consecrated in 1085 to house the tomb of Saint Matthew the Evangelist. It is believed that the front section of the building was the main hall of the Scuola Medica Salernitana, the first major medical institution in Europe (9th century or earlier) and the forerunner of modern universities. You'll also discover the Cappella delle Crociate (Chapel of the Crusades) where the Crusaders had their weapons blessed before sailing. Adjacent to the Duomo is a museum with a large collection including incredible ivory carvings and illuminated manuscripts.
San Marzano tomatoes. Amalfi lemons. Mozzarella di bufala campana. All these celebrated flavours feature prominently in the dishes of Salerno. Naturally, seafood is also popular – most notable are the delicious pastas with clam sauce, lemon marinated anchovies, polpi affogati (octopus sautéed with tomatoes and hot peppers) and 'mpepata di cozze (mussels with lemon). Limoncello, the refreshing Italian lemon liqueur, is at its finest here.
Browse the Centro storico di Salerno, the historical city centre and the Via dei mercanti (merchant street), which has been a shopping district for centuries and is, even today, the main shopping area in the city.
Italy's official currency is the euro (EUR). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate. When shopping, remember that Value Added Tax is added to most purchases.
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