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Salerno Visitor information

South of Naples, at the west end of the idyllic stretch of coast that runs from Sorrento through Positano to Amalfi, stands Salerno. It’s a good base for exploring the Sorrentine peninsula, either along the tortuous but breath-takingly lovely, corniche road, or by boat from Salerno’s harbour. In town Via dei Mercanti snakes through the old quarter, where you’ll find the Duomo, a remarkable 11th-century cathedral, founded by the Norman king Robert Guiscard. It’s a superb Romanesque-Arab building with ancient columns, Islamic arches, a mullioned loggia and bronze doors brought from Constantinople in 1099. Outside Salerno and high on a hill, is the Castello di Arechi, a superb Norman structure with fabulous views. Back in town, you can stroll along the 2km-long Lungomare Trieste running beside the sea to the tourist harbour, pausing to visit the Giardini Minerva, the oldest botanical garden in the world, and the Villa Comunale, a cool green park.

History of Salerno

Salerno’s coastal position played a big part in the development in the 10th century of its medical school, founded in the dispensary of a monastery. The city stands at a crossroads, enabling the exchange of knowledge and ideas from all over the Mediterranean as the school grew. During the 11th – 13th centuries Arab and Byzantine-Greek medical theories fused with Jewish practises and some of the earliest medical books were written here. It was renowned as a tolerant society, with monks and lay practitioners treating the sick from all over Europe. Its importance waned over time, and it finally closed as a university in 1861. 

Salerno’s patron saint is St Matthew; his statue is paraded through the town in September and then rowed out to sea to bless the city from the water.

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