Salerno (Campania): what to see in 1 day


What to see in Salerno, one-day itinerary including the main monuments and places of interest, including the Cathedral, the Church of the Holy Crucifix, the Annunziata Church, Palazzo Fruscione, Castello Arechi and Lungomare Trieste.

Tourist information

Between the Amalfi coast and the Sele plain, Salerno rises on the homonymous gulf of the Tyrrhenian Sea and is crossed by the river Irno, from which its name is probably derived.

The city developed mainly along the coast, extending inland to the hills.

Among the monuments to visit in the medieval historic center, the Duomo is included, where some relics of San Matteo are kept.

The Cathedral of Salerno, dating back to the eleventh century, was built at the behest of Roberto il Guiscardo and Bishop Alfano I, in the same place where a pagan cult building once stood.

The church, remodeled several times over the centuries, resembles the Abbey of Montecassino, often frequented by Alfano, and the basilica of San Pietro in the Vatican.

The bell tower, in Arab Norman style and 52 meters high, was commissioned in the twelfth century by Archbishop Guglielmo of Ravenna.

The church of the Santissimo Crocifisso, which is located in via dei Mercanti, the main street in the historic city center, has a basilica structure, with three apses and three naves.

Inside there are two orders of arches, supported by six recovery columns dating back to Roman times and dominated by capitals of different types.

The first column on the left is very interesting, with a spiral decoration in relief.

In the central apse, a modern mosaic reproduces the same subject of the fresco concerning the Crucifixion located in the crypt.

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The crypt, which can be traced back to a previous church, preserves inside the remains of frescoes including a thirteenth-century Crucifixion, in which it is possible to see one of the first examples of perspective painting, made using smaller characters gradually by moving away from the first floor.

What see

The Annunziata Church, built in 1627 to replace an earlier fifteenth-century building that had collapsed due to a seismic event, stands out for the beautiful bell tower designed by Ferdinando Sanfelice.

Among the most recent churches, we should mention the Church of the Sacred Heart, located in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, and the Church of the Holy Family, built in the Fratte district on a project by Paolo Portoghesi, which was the first cult building built entirely in reinforced concrete.

In the historic center there are also numerous noble palaces of Norman origin, including Palazzo Fruscione, as well as sixteenth-century palaces such as Palazzo Pinto, with beautiful internal courtyards and frescoed rooms.

Above a slight hill overlooking the city is the Castello di Arechi, from which it is possible to enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Gulf of Salerno.

Dating back to the Byzantine era and built as a defense, the manor was enlarged in later periods by the Lombards and Normans.

On the Lungomare Trieste there is a pedestrian area which overlooks many typical restaurants offering fish dishes.

Trip to Salerno (July 2022)

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