Streets full of history, artists’ Xmas lights and World War II memories

Salerno is the town giving name to the bay that the Amalfi Coast overlooks. Bay of SalernoThough it is so close to such a touristic area and though it has a wonderful old town, Salerno was longtime off the touristic routes. In the last 20 years it finally had a “re-birth”: its administrations have been working very well, giving this really pretty town a touristic chance. Also thanks to European funds streets and buildings were restored in the old town; the construction of new roads has made the circulation much easier. Beside all this, big names of modern architecture (such as Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Ricardo Bofill, Santiago Calatrava, Paolo Pagliara) are involved in projects of public and private buildings. All this has made possible that Salerno became interesting to visitors.

Its old town is of course the main attraction. November until January the “Artists’ lights” attract lots of people for one-evening-walk as well as for a longer staying. 1943 Salerno was also the place of an important landing of Allied Forces and of hard battles, documented in the Salerno Landing Museum.

My suggestion: if you are in the area, Salerno is absolutely a visit worth!