How to Spend 3 Days in Salerno
Salerno is one of the most popular gateways to the highlights along Italy’s southern coast. With three days, you’ll have time to savor its old town and the nearby temples of Paestum, admire the beauty of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, and even take in the majesty of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius. Here are your options for three days in Salerno.
Day 1: Salerno and South
Spend your first day exploring Salerno’s old town, a bustling district set beneath the impressive Arechi Castle and home to one of the most beautiful medieval cathedrals in Italy. Spend time visiting the 11th-century cathedral, Pinacoteca painting gallery, and Archaeological Museum; linger over a meal; and browse the bustling local shops. In the afternoon, join a guided tour to Paestum to see three of the world’s best-preserved Greek temples, dating as far back as the sixth century BC. World War II history buffs may instead opt to join a tour that traces the route of the Allied landing in this area. Cap off your day back in Salerno with a leisurely stroll along the picturesque seaside promenade.
Day 2: The Amalfi Coast and Capri
Today, join the steady stream of tourists headed to the postcard-perfect villages of the Amalfi Coast by joining a tour by land or sea. Opt for a full-day driving or boat tour that includes free time in each village to explore, shop, and pause for lunch or a boat tour to Capri, arguably the most elegant island in the Mediterranean. Sail around the coastline, visit the Blue Grotto, swim in the crystalline waters, and dock to tour Capri’s highlights. Gourmands can instead choose a food tour at a farm on the Cilento Peninsula to see how artisan buffalo mozzarella and other fresh cheeses are made, with tastings of cheeses, charcuterie, and other area delicacies.
Day 3: Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius
On your third day, head even farther north on a day trip to one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and the volcano that sealed its fate. The ancient city of Pompeii was a prosperous coastal resort when it was buried under a layer of hot volcanic ash and stone by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in AD 79. Join a guided tour to explore its captivating ruins, then head up the steep slopes to the volcanic crater topping Mt. Vesuvius. Views from its peak overlooking the city of Naples and its eponymous bay stretch as far as Sorrento and are the most impressive in the region of Campania.