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How to Spend 2 Days in Salerno

How to Spend 2 Days in Salerno

Salerno is a popular gateway to the Amalfi Coast and Capri for travelers arriving by car, train, or cruise ship. Before you head farther north up the coast to admire the picturesque fishing villages and island, take a day to visit the port city’s historic center and nearby Greek temples. Here are your options for two days based in Salerno.

Day 1: Salerno and Paestum

**Morning:**Thick with medieval churches, lively trattorias, and local shops, Salerno’s old town is a cheerfully timeworn quarter set beneath the storied Arechi Castle. Take time to wander the bustling lanes and admire the 11th-century cathedral, Pinacoteca painting gallery, and  Archaeological Museum before heading uphill to take in the view from the fortress above. 

**Afternoon:**Take a quick jaunt along the coastline to the south with a guided tour of the dazzling archaeological site at Paestum. Once part of Magna Grecia, these ancient ruins are home to three of the world’s best-preserved Greek temples. Alternatively, retrace the route of the Allied landing in World War II with a themed tour. 

**Night:**Enjoy your evening by joining the locals in the timeless ritual of the passeggiata, or after-dinner constitutional. One of the most charming corners of Salerno is its tree-lined seaside promenade along the Mediterranean coast, packed with Salernitani hoping to catch the cool evening breeze, gelato in hand. 

Day 2: The Amalfi Coast and Capri

**Morning:**Join the exodus headed farther north to the villages of the spectacular Amalfi Coast with a driving or boat tour to Positano, Ravello, and Amalfi; most include time to explore each town independently and a stop for lunch. Alternatively, stay closer to Salerno with a food tour on the Cilento Peninsula, stopping at a local farm for a tour and mozzarella-making demonstration. 

**Afternoon:**You can also opt to set sail for the cosmopolitan island of Capri with a boat tour that includes a turn around the island, a stop to visit the Blue Grotto, swim breaks along the coastline, and free time to have lunch and explore the island’s highlights by land before the return trip to the mainland.

**Night:**Relax after your day spent on the Amalfi Coast, Cilento Peninsula, or island of Capri with an informal dinner in one of Salerno’s many old-school trattorias, serving the city’s traditional fish and seafood specialties, local cheeses, and regional wines.

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Private tour of the Amalfi coast from Salerno

Private tour of the Amalfi coast from Salerno

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Cruise along the Amalfi Coast with a private driver during this full-day tour from Salerno. Visit the glamorous towns of Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello and enjoy free time to shop, explore, and sightsee. Skip the hassle of navigating and leave the driving to your guide. Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel in Salerno are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$299.60
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$299.60
Price varies by group size
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Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

Salerno to Capri Private Boat Excursion

Discover the best of Capri on a private 6-hour boat tour for an ideal shore excursion when your cruise ship docks in Salerno. Your local captain shows you hidden grottos, sculptural rock formations, fashionable beach clubs, and more along the Amalfi Coast. You also have free time to swim and explore the island of Capri at your leisure.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$1,616.65
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$1,616.65
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Paestum: the Greek Temples and the Archaeological Museum private tour

Paestum: the Greek Temples and the Archaeological Museum private tour

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Explore the well-preserved Greek ruins at Paestum on this private tour. See the Doric temples, the markets, forum, and amphitheater of the ancient Greek settlement as you learn about the life of the people who lived there. After touring the site, pay a visit to the National Archeological Museum with great works of art from the Magna Greece region.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$161.79
Price varies by group size
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$161.79
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Salerno Highlights Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Salerno Highlights Private Walking Tour with a Local Guide

Explore the beautiful city of Salerno on a 2.5-hour private walking tour. Visit key landmarks such as the Cathedral, the Santa Sofia complex, Palazzo Fruscione, and more as you listen to informative commentary from your guide about the town’s medieval and Norman past. Admire the picturesque scenery of this Mediterranean town and get insider tips from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$162.98
Price varies by group size
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$162.98
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Amalfi Boat Rental

Amalfi Boat Rental

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Take charge of your own travels by hiring a boat for touring the Amalfi Coast. Your itinerary is entirely customizable, so you can sail and stop exactly where you want within the region. The large boats are very comfortable, with a large living space, double cabin, bathroom, shower and sunbathing area. Sail to secluded beaches, swim in the clear waters, and enjoy the views of the sea and land from the deck of your very own boat.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$898.81
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