The Italian city of Salerno is located within the province of the same name, which is in turn part of the Campania region of south-western Italy. The city enjoys a pleasant coastal location, boasting spectacular views of the Gulf of Salerno. Within its long and varied history, Salerno has experienced a great deal of turmoil, to include several earthquakes and plagues in the 17th century. There was also a period of Spanish rule in the 18th century. There is a great choice of self catering rental accommodation available to visitors looking to spend their holidays in Salerno.
The rich cultural and historical aspects of Salerno are reflected in the city’s wealth of interesting landmarks and buildings, many of which are located within its medieval district. The old centre of the city is often considered to be one of the best preserved in Italy. Here visitors spending their holidays in Salerno with interests in all things historical have the opportunity to view such magnificent sites as St. Matthews Cathedral, or Duomo, which was first constructed in 1076. The imposing Arechi Castle is another popular draw for visitors. This is in part due to the fabulous views of the city and Gulf it commands form its location atop a 300 metre hill.
As well as the many interesting sites to be found in and around the city itself, visitors spending their holidays in Salerno will discover that the city is ideally located to visit the nearby popular tourist sites which are referred to as the 3 P’s, namely Pompeii, Paestum and Positano. The best known of these, Pompeii, is the site of the partially buried Roman city, which was infamously destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. With its well preserved remains of temples dating back to the 6th Century B.C., Paestum, like Pompeii has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its spectacular location, clinging to the side of a steep cliff side, Positano has been a popular haunt for the rich and famous, as well as being the location setting of many films, including ‘The Talented Mr Ripley’.
Visitors looking to spend their holidays in Salerno will discover that this region of Italy as a whole enjoys a warm, Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot, with temperatures frequently reaching the high 20s degrees Celsius. Winters are cooler, with temperatures averaging around 13 degrees Celsius. Salerno receives an average annual rainfall of around 17 inches.
Travellers spending their holidays in Salerno will first fly to nearby Naples Airport (NAP). There are numerous airlines operating flights to this busy international airport from the UK, including British Airways, easyJet and Thomson Airways. These flights can be boarded from various regional airports as London Gatwick (LGW), Glasgow (GLA), Manchester (MAN) and East Midlands (EMA).