How to get to Salerno
Ships dock right in the bustling dock hub of Salerno, from which ferries come and go to the Amalfi Coast towns of Amalfi and Positano and also to the famed islands of Capri and Ischia. Walk or catch a taxi up to the old town, or to the train station or nearby bus terminal to explore further along the Amalfi Coast. Alternately you can hire a car to explore the small beaches and towns of the coast at your own pace.
One Day in Salerno
Salerno itself is pretty and interesting but really it is nothing compared to the towns further along the Amalfi Coast. Amalfi itself lies 16 miles (26km) west of Salerno and the road there is dotted with small towns. Another 10 miles (16km) west is the jewel in the crown, Positano, with its lovely pastel houses clinging to the cliffs. The road is exhilarating and winding with wonderful views. The beaches along this stretch of coast are renowned for their romantic beauty.
South of Salerno is Paestum, site of UNESCO-listed Greek temples, some rivaling Athens’ acropolis. Buses between Salerno and Paestum are cheap and regular through the day, and take about 1 hour and 20 minutes each way. Alternately, a taxi will take you, but negotiate a price and get them to wait for you. These ruins are a highlight of this coast.
Salerno is a fairly new destination for cruise ships, which dock at the Molo Manfredi terminal. The local taxi drivers will be thrilled to see you but may speak fast Italian rather than tourist-friendly English. Currency is the euro.