Grand Hotel Salerno ****

Lungomare Clemente Tafuri, 1 84127 – Salerno – Italy

The luxury hotel is well located to visit the artistic beauty of the city and its famous surroundings: the seafront full of trees, the old town and its artistic and cultural areas, the most famous shopping areas and City institution.

Thanks to its distance from the railway station (450m), from the touristic port (500m) and the principal way, it is possible to visit all the beautiful towns near Salerno: from Amalfi Coast to Capri, Ischia and Procida islands; to the most famous archeological sites of our Region.

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Paestum sightseeing on 15-06-23

The visit to the archeological park and to the museum of Paestum is scheduled for the afternoon of 15 June.

Paestum, or Poseidonia as the city was originally called (in honour of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea), was founded in the 6th century BC by Greek settlers and fell under Roman control in 273 BC. Decline later set in following the demise of the Roman Empire. Savage raids by the Saracens and periodic outbreaks of malaria forced the steadily dwindling population to abandon the city altogether.

Interested persons at the Paestum sightseeing can make the reservation by writing a message at with the object Paestum sightseeing.

No fee will be required for the Paestum sightseeing.

Marina di Arechi

Via Salvador Allende, 84123 Salerno SA

Marina d'Arechi is one of the Mediterranean's most important tourist ports, with 1000 berths from 10 to 100 metres and a water surface of 340,000 m2.

A unique and beautiful structure makes the Marina unforgettable as well as safe and secure for all types and sizes of vessel, in all weathers, and every season of the year.

The Marina's stability, comfort and responsiveness to the highest safety levels have been certified with model tests by HR Wallingford, globally recognised leader in the field of marine hydraulics engineering.

Greater Salerno

Salerno may seem like a bland big city after the Amalfi Coast’s glut of postcard-pretty towns, but the place has a charming, if gritty, individuality, especially around its vibrant centro storico where medieval churches share space with neighbourhood trattorias, neon-lit wine bars and trendy tattoo parlours. The city recently invested €12.5 million in various urban regeneration programs centred on this historic neighbourhood, under the watchful eye of Oriol Bohigas, who was similarly involved in Barcelona’s earlier makeover. A dramatic new ferry terminal designed by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid also opened here in 2012, accentuated by a tree-lined seafront promenade widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.

Originally an Etruscan and later a Roman colony, Salerno flourished with the arrival of the Normans in the 11th century. Robert Guiscard made it the capital of his dukedom in 1076 and, under his patronage, the Scuola Medica Salernitana was renowned as one of medieval Europe’s greatest medical institutes. Far later, the city was tragically left in tatters by the heavy fighting that followed the 1943 landings of the American Fifth Army.


Hop on bus 19 from Piazza XXIV Maggio to visit Salerno’s most famous landmark, the forbidding Castello di Arechi, dramatically positioned 263m above the city. Originally a Byzantine fort, it was built by the Lombard duke of Benevento, Arechi II, in the 8th century and subsequently modified by the Normans and Aragonese, most recently in the 16th century.

The views of the Gulf of Salerno and the city rooftops are spectacular; you can also visit a permanent collection of ceramics, arms and coins. If you are here during the summer, ask the tourist office for a schedule of the annual series of concerts staged here.


A stark reminder of the malign forces that lie deep inside Vesuvius, Pompeii (Pompei in Italian) is Europe’s most compelling archaeological site and one of Italy’s most visited tourist attractions. Each year about 2.5 million people pour in to wander the ghostly shell of what was once a thriving commercial centre.

Its appeal goes beyond tourism, though. From an archaeological point of view, it’s priceless. Much of the value lies in the fact that it wasn’t simply blown away by Vesuvius: rather it was buried under a layer of lapilli (burning pumice stone), as Pliny the Younger describes in his celebrated account of the eruption. About 1km down the road in modern Pompeii, the Santuario della Madonna del Rosario is a famous pilgrim destination.


An unashamed resort, Sorrento is still a civilized old town. Even the souvenirs are a cut above the norm, with plenty of fine old shops selling ceramics, lacework and intarsio (marquetry items) – famously produced here. The main drawback is the lack of a proper beach; the town straddles the cliffs overlooking the water to Naples and Mt Vesuvius. Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area: to the south, the best of the peninsula’s unspoilt countryside and, to the east, the Amalfi Coast; to the north, Pompeii and the archaeological sites; offshore, the fabled island of Capri. 


Magically suspended between the blue sky and the iridescent colored sea, the Amalfi coast seems to be born from the palette of a painter who wanted to use the warmer color gradients for creating a landscape that enchants the visitor at the first shot, giving thrilling experience and such evocative view to doubt, for a moment, it is real.

It is the land where the sweet scent of lemon blossoms harmonizes itself with the most aromatic one of the Mediterranean vegetation and the acrid aroma of saltiness; where the brilliant colors of the majolica domes, bougainvillea and carnations pergolas give an evident colored touch to the typical whitewashed houses, clinging to the last offshoots of the Lattari Mounts that plunge dramatically into the sea.

A vertical landscape, in short, characterized by a picturesque labyrinth of stairways and narrow alleys, connecting the two main elements of this landscape: the mountains and the sea. A continuous succession of headlands and inlets, bays and fjords, interspersed with pebbled beaches and rocks on which you can still see the ancient viceregal towers, the first bulwark of the local population against the Saracen attacks.

The shift from the sea to mountain is seamless: the mountain sides were terraced over the centuries, shaped by human labor to create flaps of arable land and already compared, during the Renaissance period, to the legendary Hesperides by the Italian writer and naturalist Giambattista Della Porta.

All the towns of the Amalfi coast are connected by the scenic SS. 163 road, built in the first half of the XIX century during the Bourbon period and always considered one of the most beautiful road in Italy. Following the natural course of the coastline, the route is full of curves, nestled between the rock and the sea cliffs, giving new and spectacular shots at the exit of every tunnel or hairpin bend. Before the construction of the coastal road, locals reached all the towns via mule tracks and footpaths, still existing and particularly appreciated by trekking lovers for the stunning views that can be enjoyed.

Vietri sul Mare

The first town and gateway to the Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare is world famous thanks to its ancient ceramic tradition, which originated in pre-Roman times.

Since then, the art of the “red earth” outlines the unmistakable tract of the town: on the walls of the houses, on the roofs, on the balconies, in the votive aedicules, in the shop signs… on the magnificent dome of the church of San Giovanni Battista, which is the center of the city, and which the Vietresi call “Ciroppolo”.

From the Church the main streets are radially set out, connecting the centre to the suggestive hamlets: Albori, Benincasa, Dragonea, Raito, Molina, Marina and to the villages Iaconti, Padovani and Santa Maria degli Angeli.

The best way to admire the town is to look out from Piazza Matteotti. On the left, there is the “Ciroppolo”, or the town of Vietri, below there is Marina di Vietri, and on the right, higher up the villages of Raito and Albori, with a series of peaks and coves below that led to the Tower of Tummolo in Erchie.

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