Silversea Luxury Cruises A Salerno

Salerno is situated at the northern end of the Gulf of Salerno. The old town, rising up the slopes of the hill on the site of the ancient Salernum, still bears evidence of its great days during the medieval period. It had the oldest medical school in Europe, which flourished from the 11th century until it was closed down by Napoleon's brother-in-law, Murat, in 1812. Today, Salerno's main attraction is an imposing Romanesque cathedral, built in 1085 and remodeled in the late 18th century. View more

A flight of steps leads up to an atrium with 28 columns from Paestum and fourteen ancient sarcophagi. The magnificent bronze doors were made in Constantinople in 1099. Inside is the ornate tomb of Margaret of Anjou and the tomb of Pope Gregory VII, who died in Salerno in 1085. In the richly decorated crypt under the alter lie the remains of the Evangelist Matthew, brought here from Paestum. A 45-minute walk from the cathedral leads to a hilltop crowned by the old Lombard Castello, from where extensive views are available. Along the seafront, to the east of the harbor, extends a fine promenade lined with impressive modern buildings. The Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is the town's principal traffic artery. Travelers coming to Salerno mainly use the port as a starting point for visits to the Greek temples of Paestum. Other favorite excursions from here are to Pompeii and to visit the popular resort towns of Amalfi and Ravello. Pier Information The ship is scheduled to dock at Pier 22. A tourist office is located at the port and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. From the pier it is approximately two miles to the town center. Taxis are generally available at the pier for trips farther afield. Be sure to establish the fare with the driver before starting out. Shopping Local handicrafts, clothing, shoes and mozzarella cheese are items to look for. Major shopping areas are along Via dei Mercanti, Via Duomo and Corso Vittorio Emanuele. Most shops are closed between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The local currency is the euro. Cuisine The always popular pasta dishes are a good choice. Other favorites include fresh seafood and local specialties. The home-produced ricotta and mozzarella are especially recommended. Good local wines will complement your meal. Other Sites Museo Diocesano At the Piazza Plebiscito, behind the cathedral, this museum houses a fine collection of medieval carved tablets. Museo Provinciale Occupying two floors of the San Benedetto Monastery, the main attraction at the museum is a handsome bronze head of Apollo fished out of the bay in the 1930s.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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