Salerno Travel Guide

Salerno Italy may initially seem like a bland big city, but the place has a charming individuality, especially around its historic center where medieval churches and neighborhood trattorias bustle with activity. This historic city center features a tree-lined seafront promenade widely considered to be one of the cheeriest and most attractive in Italy. In Salerno you will find a variety of landscapes and natural realities, rich in history. Today the city of Salerno offers its visitors a mild climate for most of the year and it’s known for the excellent cuisine.

Salerno Weather – When to Visit

Without a doubt the best time to visit Salerno is from April to June, when the spring flowers are in bloom, the weather is just warm enough, and the temperature of the Mediterranean allows for the first dips of the season.
By choosing late spring or early summer, you can also avoid the tourist crush of July and August and the oppressive temperatures later in the year. The tourist season officially begins at Easter and runs through the month of September, but during May and June prices are generally lower than during July and August.

If you love local festivals and nightlife, remember that most events take place on the coast during the months of July and August. The calendar of concerts and festivals is busy during these two months, which is also when most of the international jet-set anchor their yachts off the Amalfi Coast and can be seen in the most glamorous restaurants and clubs onshore, including “Music On the Rocks” in Positano and “Africana” in Praiano.

Best Beaches of Salerno

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Cala Bianca Beach

Here you will find one of the most beautiful and cleanest sea of Italy. This beautiful stretch of beach has a white mixture of sand and small pebbles. The Cala Bianca beach, surrounded and immersed in the Mediterranean bush, can only be reached in two ways, the first is by boat from Marina di Camerota, or walking through an old path where there are the remains of buildings used in the past for drying and baking the red clay.

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La Baia Beach

It is one of the longest beaches of the Amalfi Coast. Thanks to its sandy shore it is ideal for families with small children. The 400 meter-long shore is really well-equipped. Moreover, you can enjoy a lot of sunshine owing to its favorable location.

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La Crespella Beach

This lovely beach is 120 meters long. This is both a sandy and pebbly beache. If you want to avoid the crowd, this is an ideal solution. Generally, it is calmer than other beaches in the vicinity; therefore, you can sunbathe and swim peacefully. At the end of the beach there is a 16th-century old tower which is responsible for the safety on the shore.

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Cavallo Morto

You can reach the Beach Maiori only by boat. This beach has a white sandy shore line with crystal clear water. It is a perfect beach for diving as well. If you visit this beach, definitely try Italy’s most famous champagne, the prosecco. Restaurants here offer this great refreshing drink.

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Conca dei Marini Beach

This beach is the perfect choice for those who want to avoid the huge crowds. The Grotta dello Smeraldo, also known as Emerald Cave, has unique characteristics with a green light inside the cave. In order to reach the grotta on foot, there is a staircase and an elevator, although access by boat is also possible.

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Best Salerno Tours & Activities

Small-Group Amalfi Coast Day Cruise from Positano

Get an intimate look at the stunning Amalfi Coast on this day cruise from Positano. Led by an expert skipper, glide past the Emerald Grotto sea cave in Conca dei Marini, the Furore fjord, and the fishing village of Praiano, marveling at the UNESCO-listed seashore as you go. Hop off the boat for a dip or some time to snorkel, and explore the town of Ravello or Amalfi at your leisure. Numbers are limited to 12 people on this small-group tour to ensure a more personal experience. Read more about the Amalfi Day Cruise from Positano.

Salerno Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Sorrento, Positano and Amalfi

When your cruise ship pulls into port at Salerno, hop into a private minivan driven by a professional chauffeur and head to four pearls of the Amalfi Coast. Discover the charms of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi and Vietri sul Mare on this private shore excursion, and spend as long as you’d like in each village. Enjoy exquisite cliff-top views of the Mediterranean Sea during this coastal drive in southern Italy as you customize your full-day itinerary. Upgrade your tour to include the services of a personal guide. Read more about the Salerno Shore Excursion.

Best of Amalfi Coast Full Day Private Shore Excursion from Salerno Cruise Port

Meet at 8.00am at the cruise ship terminal of the Salerno port and be ready to visit the best of the Amalfi coast in this full day driving tour along the cliffs above the sea in a private first class minivan. You will see the city of Amalfi, the pearl of the coast Positano and Ravello. The tour will last more or less 8 hours and you will enjoy free time to walk around the narrow streets of the Medieval towns that once ruled the trade over the Mediterranean Sea. Read more about this Shore Excursion.

Amalfi Coast Group tour

Departure at 10:00 am from Port of Salerno.We will sail slowly admiring all the natural beauties and the small seaside villages of Vietri sul Mare,Cetara,Maiori,Minori,Atrani, Amalfi,Conca dei Marini,Fiordo di Furore,Praiano and Positano.There will be two stops of an hour each with in Amalfi and Positano to visit the typical beauties of the place. The tour includes stops in the sea for unforgettable baths in crystal clear waters and in bays accessible only by boat. The return to Molo Manfredi is at 5 pm. Read more about the Amalfi Coast Group Tour.

Wine Tour and Lunch with Winetasting and Vineyard Visit

The countryside outside Naples is dominated by rolling hillsides and ancient vineyards, where Italian grape varietals flourish in the fertile soils. On this wine tour, visit a traditional winery and vineyard and learn how wine is made the Italian way. Visit the vineyard with your guide and learn how grapes are cultivated and harvested, then finish with lunch paired with local wines. Read more about the Wine Tour w/Lunch & Wine Tasting.

Salerno Shore Excursion: Private Pompeii Tour

Enjoy a half-day private shore excursion to Pompeii after your ship docks in Salerno and experience the beauty and history of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination. Follow your expert guide through Europe’s largest archaeological site and learn about the eruption of Mt Vesuvius that covered this city in ashes nearly 2,000 years ago. Visit the Forum, Thermal Baths and Lupanare brothel on this customizable adventure that leaves plenty of flexibility to explore at your leisure! Read more about the Salerno Shore Excursion Pompeii Tour.

Best Salerno Restaurants

Papilla Felix Under $10

A tiny restaurant with about 6 tables, the experience is over the top! The service is like being welcomed to a family dinner: friendly recommendations for meal selections and wine. A very relaxing atmosphere, fantastic cuisine, and a wonderful staff. The locals have a real gem here, and they know it. Telephone: 39 089 296 1059 Web: Papilla Felix

Botteghelle65 $11 – 30

Amazing place to directly taste amazing regional products. This is not a regular restaurant with sophisticated food, this is a deli/restaurant where you can have amazing food, and taste regional products/wine that you will not find outside of Italy. Service is amazing, staff are very passionate and excited to explain the products they are serving. Telephone: 39 089 232 992 Web: Botteghelle65

La Posteria Under $10

This is not your typical Italian pizza and pasta place but serves different smaller and slightly bigger dishes such as cheese and ham platters or salads. They also have a great variety of wine and a few good beer brands, Italian as well as international. As it’s tucked away on a side street with a few tables outside on the street it’s quite nice to sit and watch people passing by while having a glass of wine and some delicious food. Telephone: 39 089 943 4093 Web: La Posteria

Salumeria Del Corso $11 – 30

One of the oldest shop of Salerno’s main streets. Here you can buy or have a degustation of a wide range of typical and national products, as Mozzarella and San Daniele Ham, or taste some Italian typical dishes as the Parmigiana of Eggplant or Broccoli and Sausages sitted at the tables located in front of the shop with the view of the main shopping promenade of the city. Telephone: 39 089 254 377 Web: Salumeria Del Corso

II Gusto Delle Notte Solerno

Unassuming spot on the Lungomare seafront with a superb family team cooking authentic Amalfi dishes with fresh ingredients. Clean environment, outdoor and indoor seating , concise but characterful menu and a place that food lovers will appreciate. Telephone: 39 339 649 7108
Web: II Gusto Delle Notte Solerno

Best Salerno Bars

Bar G. Verdi Caffe Letterario

Piazza Matteo Luciani, 84121 Salerno SA, Italy Telephone: 39 320 897 2096 Web: Bar G. Verdi Caffe Letterario TripAdvisor Reviews

Bar Castorino

Via del Carmine 23, 84125 Salerno, Italy Telephone: 39 089 226 891 Web: Bar Castorino TripAdvisor Reviews

Calavera

Via Roma 35, 84121 Salerno, Italy Telephone: 39 328 651 2674 Web: Calavera TripAdvisor Reviews

Rub A Dub

Via Giovanni da Procida 49, 84121 Salerno, Italy Telephone: 39 329 188 9747 Web: Rub A Dub TripAdvisor Reviews

The Boiler – Rummeria Cocktaileria Birroteca Steampunk

Via Leonino Vinciprova 30, 84127 Salerno, Italy Telephone: 39 338 277 5577 Web: The Boiler – Rummeria cocktaileria Birroteca Steampunk TripAdvisor Reviews

Best Salerno Hotels

Mareluna Penthouse – Luxury Suites

Situated in Salerno, 350 feet from Harbor, Mareluna Penthouse – Luxury Suites provides free WiFi.Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries. A balcony with sea views is offered in all units. An Italian breakfast is served every morning at the property.

Casa Maria

Casa Maria accommodations offers a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, a concierge service and free WiFi. At the guest house, each room is equipped with a desk. Certain rooms here will provide you with a kitchenette with an oven and a fridge. Guest rooms feature a wardrobe.

La Madegra Seasuite

La Madegra Seasuite offers a bar and rooms with free WiFi access. The property is situated 500 metres from Tribunale di Salerno and 6 km from Stadio Arechi. Guests can enjoy a selection of Italian cuisine in the on-site restaurant. At the guest house, each room is fitted with a desk. Each room has a private bathroom with a bath or shower and free toiletries. All units feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. An Italian breakfast can be enjoyed at the property.

Solidea BnB

Solidea BNB features city views and free WiFi. The bed and breakfast offers a TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and bidet. SOLIDEA BNB offers a buffet or Italian breakfast. Fishing can be enjoyed nearby.

B&B di Mare e d’Azzurro

Set in Salerno, within 3.9 km of Salerno Harbor and 200 meters of Tribunale di Salerno, B&B di mare e d’azzurro offers accommodation with free WiFi. An Italian breakfast is available every morning at the bed and breakfast.

22 Comments

  1. Alblue

    Thank you for sharing the information about Salerno. I have a travel plan to Europe next year, and Italy is one of the destination that I’m about to go. I will check my schedule if it’s possible to go there around midyear. I personally want to see the local festivals. Any local festival activities that you can recommend for tourist? Thank you

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi there and thank you for your visit.  Frommer’s has a great list of Salerno’s calendar of events.  So just go to this link and you can find what you are interested and try to vacation at that time 🙂  If you need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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  2. Robert Trevor

    A very interesting and informative holiday guide to Salerno where you can enjoy a wonderful time in the sun.

    Obviously the best time to visit will be May and June when the prices are lowest,and you can get a good deal for your money.

    The five beaches offer clean sand and pebble beaches, and beautiful views,you have a choice of La Bahia beach which is good for families with children, La Crespella or Calla Bianca beaches which are quieter and more exclusive,

    Of course there are six excellent tours,where you can see the Emerald grotto sea cave,or wine tasting at a traditional winery and vineyard,and visit several small villages around the area. 

    Also you have the choice of five good restaurants,and five interesting bars,where you can enjoy good Italian food,as well as a choice of local and international liquors.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Correct Robert!  Making Salerno Italy a great vacation choice 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  3. Nate Stone

    Hi Leahrae,

    My girlfriend goes to Italy with her sister every other year. She has a big birthday coming up this year and as she hasn’t already booked it yet, I thought I would sort it out for her as part of her gift.

    Are there any music or food festivals that you can recommend, as I think booking to coincide with those would be the best option for them to get the most out of the visit.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Nate, sounds like a wonderful idea.  Rather than listing the events in Salerno, go to this link and you can decide which time of the year/event they would like the best 🙂  Thanks for your visit and if you need any other information. Please let me know.

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  4. Danijel

    Hello Leahrae, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I have been to Italy a couple of times but never to Salerno. Italy is definitely one of the most beautiful countries to visit and Salerno will be my next destination. August is the best time for me as kids are on vacation, I am sure they will be amazed next year, I will keep it as secret. It is really nice yet so affordable, thank you for sharing so many info about Salerno.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome.  I really hope you enjoy your vacation in Salerno.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Stephanie

    The water of Cavallo Morto looks so amazingly clear and beautiful. I’m surprised that no one talks about these places. In fact, this is the first article I see that talks about It. Congrats on bringing the world these amazing and content rich articles. Also, of you could mention more places for introverts that would be awesome. 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Ok Stephanie will do 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  6. Jessie

    You have no idea how much I was needing an article like this!  My wife and me have been wanting to travel to Italy with our two kids for a short vacation, and we were actually planning on going sometime in Feburary.  Do you have any suggestions on a good place to go that is family friendly during that time of the year?

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Oh sounds wonderful!  For the family definitely do the Museo Virtuale della Scuola Medica Salernitana, an interactive museum dedicated to medieval medicine. and head to the Giffoni Film Festival – Europe’s biggest children’s film festival.  The festival is however, in July.  Another place that would be interesting for the whole family is Castellabate.  Castellabate is a medieval town lying close to Salerno that is famous for its turquoise waters and beautiful historic architecture. It is divided into three areas; Castellabate medieval center, Santa Maria and Santa Marco.  Take them to the Castello Di Arechi Castle.  This medieval fortress will be interesting for the whole family.  Please let me know if I can send you any additional information.

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  7. Petar

    Thank you for detailed post, I was looking for something like this.. Why I am interested in this is those “wild beaches” I like.. I don’t like crowded places so it’s always better to go to a beach that isn’t easy approachable.. Cala Bianca Beach seems to be the right for me… but I was wondering, is mid of september good time to come to that place? And since my budget is limited, I’ll have to choose some airbnb apartment instead of hotels.. But great information and overview, you cleared my mind 🙂

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Hi Petar, September is a great time to visit Salerno.  The temperatures will be warm, with average temperatures between 78°F to 86°F.  For a great rate and good reviews, you can stay at the affordable Salerno Inn B&B which is about $47 a night in September.  It has a “Fabulous” rating with Booking.com 🙂  Please let me know if you need any additional information.

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  8. Mugalu Mansoor

    Since I love touring very much I have fell in love with the Salerno travel guide information. I love the beaches of Salerno, especially the view of the La Crespella Beach. When I am stressed, heading to the beach just calms and relaxes me.  I am ready for a trip to Salerno.  Thanks for all the great information.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Mugalu.  I know that the beach calms me as well.  Nothing is a better fix, than heading to the beach 🙂

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  9. Chris

    It’s nice I found this site because I am actually planning our family summer vacation and Italy is on my list of European destinations. 

    Your specific point that the historic city of Salerno has very attractive tree-lined seafront promenade is a major takeaway for me. My family will also be interested half-day private shore excursion to Pompeii as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage-listed destination.

    Thanks for this fantastic travel guide which I will share with family straight away.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are very welcome Chris.  Please let me know if you need any additional information or if I can help with your travel plans.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Alejandra

    Hey, thanks so much for sharing a great article to read to know more about what to do when visiting Salerno.

    My husband and I are planning to spend sometime in Europe next year and we are looking for some information about a few places to visit next Spring so we can escape a little from the freezing temps from the Canadian winter.

    I’m lucky today to have found your article, it looks Salerno is a great city to visit and to spend some days, as it offers everything a tourist love, some warm temperatures beaches to spend one day or maybe two with nice restaurants to visit and to enjoy a great Italian dishes. You also have a good selection of places to stay, I could not ask for more great information.

    I see you have some more interesting articles on your website to read, I’m sure I will find a couple of more places to visit not far from Salerno so I can make a vacations plan to show it to my husband.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like you are going to have an amazing vacation with your husband.  If you need any additional information, or help with your vacation plans, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.  I would be more than happy to help.

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  11. Benson

    These beaches are really cool and would be a nice place to rest. I have plans of traveling round the world as a retirement plan and I have a friend who is in search of a place to go for vacation later. The search for a really nice place have been difficult, but it seen this place would be best for anyone to have a good time with the cheap fee for its restaurants as well. I’ll suggest it to him to pick from the list of beach. Best regards.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Benson for stopping by and reading my Salerno Travel Guide.  I hope your friend will have a wonderful time in Salerno!  

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