Heading to the Amalfi Coast? Don’t Stay in Sorrento. Stay Here Instead.

The Amalfi coast of Italy
Italy's Amalfi coast

Salerno, the best alternative to Sorrento on the Amalfi coast

Salerno’s busy, beautiful, harbor

The Amalfi coast is one of Italy’s most popular, and most beautiful, destinations. And when it comes to where to stay in the Amalfi, most people—and guidebooks—have one big suggestion: Sorrento.

It’s true that Sorrento is pretty. And it’s convenient, especially to Pompeii, Naples, and the rest of the Amalfi coast. But it’s also really touristy… and expensive.

The good news? We’ve found an alternative to Sorrento. It’s every bit as, and maybe even more, convenient. It’s cheaper. It’s way less touristy. And, in our opinion, it has a lot more to offer, from museums to a big, central beach.

Our alternative? Salerno. Here’s why.

Eight reasons to consider staying in Salerno over Sorrento:

1. Unlike Sorrento or elsewhere in the Amalfi coast, Salerno is on the main train line from Rome. That means you don’t need to change trains in Naples, or anywhere at all. And that it’s faster. The fastest train from Rome to Salerno is just 2 hours (€48 one-way, 2nd class); slowest, 3 hours 30 minutes (€25 one-way, 2nd class). To get to Sorrento, meanwhile, you have to take a train from Rome to Naples (fastest: 1 hour 10 minutes, €45; slowest: 2 hours 45 minutes, €12.40), then take the Circumvesuviana from Naples to Sorrento (about €3, an hour).

In other words? With the amount of time it takes to switch trains, you can get to Salerno faster, for the same amount of money, as Sorrento. Or, if you’re comparing the cheapest trains, you can pay €10 more… and get to Salerno about 30-45 minutes sooner. Other towns on the Amalfi coast, meanwhile, aren’t even connected to the Circumvesuviana, so if you were staying in, say, Amalfi Town, you’d have to take the Circumvesuviana to Sorrento, then switch to a bus.

2. Salerno is super-convenient for getting to other Amalfi coast towns. In fact, that Amalfi coast bus ride that starts at Sorrento? It ends in Salerno.

Salerno bus ride to Amalfi Town in Italy

That doesn’t just mean that it’s every bit as easy to get to Positano and Amalfi Town from Salerno as from Sorrento. It also means that, in a lot of ways, it’s better. Since everyone stays in Sorrento, not Salerno (yet!), you’re going in the opposite direction as everyone else —and the buses are less crowded.

Bus ride from Salerno to Sorrento in Italy

Don’t believe we got the front seats? Here’s proof.

In fact, when we took the bus in the morning, from Salerno to Amalfi Town, the only other people on it were locals doing their shopping. We were even able to get the front-of-the-bus seats. If you’ve ever been on the Amalfi bus before, you know that you’re much more likely to wind up without a seat, hanging on for dear life, strangers’ elbows digging into you, than to get a seat with such a great view.

There is one caveat: Unless you take the line all the way to Sorrento (which you can do!), you’ll miss that spectacular scenery that comes up when you’re heading inland, across the mountains between the northern, Bay of Naples coastline to the southern, Amalfi coastline. But, instead, you get more views of the spectacular coastline itself. And the chance to see and even stop in a couple of towns between Salerno and Amalfi Town that are completely missing from the guidebooks… but look every bit as gorgeous as their touristy counterparts to the west.

3. There are other cool places that are easier to explore from Salerno. Like this one.

Paestum, an ancient Greek city founded in the 7th century B.C., has some of the best ancient Greek ruins found anywhere in the world. Its Temple of Hera dates to 550 B.C. (500 years earlier than many of the buildings you’d see at Pompeii!)

Paestum, easy to get to from Salerno, on Italy's Amalfi Coast

Paestum, easy to get to from Salerno, Italy

From the Amalfi coast, though, Paestum can be tough to get to. And to get there from Sorrento, it requires at least one, if not two, changes in transport. (Here’s an example of just one traveler grappling with how to get to Paestum from Sorrento).

From Salerno? It’s painless. These direct buses take you there in about 50 minutes.

Pompeii site near the Amalfi coast

Pompeii, easily reachable from Salerno

4. It’s also really easy to get to Pompeii.

Thanks to the Circumvesuviana, you can easily reach Pompeii from Sorrento. But you can get to Pompeii from Salerno by train, too. In as little as 20 minutes, you wind up at Pompeii town’s station; a 10- or 15-minute walk brings you to the Pompeii excavation entrance.

5. Ferries also leave from Salerno. But if you’re planning on Capri, there’s a caveat.

If you want to go by boat, Salerno has lots of options. Take a ferry along the Amalfi coast for a great, and different, view of the coastline. The ferry to Positano from Salerno takes just 25 minutes; the ferry to Amalfi Town, 35 minutes.

You can also get to Capri by boat from Salerno. Here, though, is one major benefit to staying in Sorrento instead: It’s closer to Capri. The fastest boat from Sorrento takes just 20 minutes. Capri-bound boats are also more frequent. From Salerno, the fastest boat is 1 hour, 10 minutes; the normal ferry, 2 hours.

Then again, you could always go to Paestum (see #3) or Salerno’s own beach (#6) instead.

6. Salerno’s beach is big… and central.

Since it sits on a clifftop, Sorrento isn’t known for its beaches. The closest beach is very small (and very crowded); the next-closest beach is a 15-minute walk from the center. The nicest beaches in the area are reachable only by bus.

In Salerno, though, the beaches are much bigger. And they’re way more convenient. They’re a stone’s throw from the historic center, so you can walk to them right from your hotel. That also means that they’re close to Salerno’s more-industrial port, but hey: At least it’s a little more interesting than the cruise shops that populate Sorrento’s harbor.

7. Salerno is much cheaper than Sorrento.

After all, Salerno is our little secret. (Okay, maybe not anymore). Not as many (in fact, hardly any) tourists=lower prices. For everything. Dinner, coffee, you name it. As far as accommodation goes, we got a lovely triple in a charming bed and breakfast, in the heart of the historic center, breakfast included, with a private balcony, for €85 per night. At the start of high season. And that was one of the pricier places.

8. We think Salerno’s one of the most interesting towns on the Amalfi coast.

Of course, there’s a caveat: If you’re looking for every shop to sell limoncello, postcards, and kitsch, then don’t come here. Salerno is a local’s town. It’s tough to find a postcard (but limoncello abounds!). But here’s just some of of the things you can see instead:

Castle in Salerno on the Amalfi coast, Italy

A castle? Yes, please.

  • One of the best-preserved historical centers on the peninsula, characterized by medieval, winding streets. (Sorrento technically has a “centro storico,” but we’re not sure you’d know that’s what it was unless you were told!).
  • A castle, Castello di Arechi, dating back to the 6th century (right).
  • A number of museums, including the Museo Diocesano, with works of art including everything from medieval illuminated manuscripts to 17th-century paintings by Caravaggio’s followers; the Pinacoteca Regionale with paintings by artists like Andrea Sabatini (who worked with Raphael in the Vatican); and the Provincial Archaeological Museum (currently closed for renovations), with finds including a 6th-century B.C. crown of silver and gold.
  • And all of the benefits that go with a town that’s not tourism-based, like people-watching that lets you take in the locals, rather than other guidebook-clutching travelers, and restaurants that cater to local tastes, rather than serving up the spaghetti and meatballs that they think you think is “real” Italian food.

 

If you’d like to visit the Amalfi Coast but don’t have time for an overnight, why not consider our Pompeii & Amalfi Day Trip from Rome.

252 Comments

  • RJ Davis says:

    Loved this article! So much useful and interesting information.

    • Tamra says:

      Thank you so much for this blog. I was starting to regret spending 5 nights in Salerno-(we booked an airbnb positively reviewed private apartment with kitchen for $78/night US) after several trip advisor posts berating our decision to stay in salerno. I was actually thinking of changing my stay. I can’t tell you how relieved I was to find this post. I try to stay off the beaten path and find more local haunts. You blog reminded me I was once again on the right track for less money.

      • Walks of Italy says:

        Thanks for sharing, Tamra! Buon viaggio :-)

      • Andrew says:

        We are in Salerno RIGHT NOW as a result of my reading this post a few months ago. It is AWESOME. You will love it.

      • Debbie says:

        We are planning to stay in Salerno in MayJune 2015. Do you recommend the apartment you stayed in? We will have 6 people traveling and are just starting to look for apartments. Thanks, Debbie

      • Evie says:

        Hi Tamra,

        I am planning on visiting Salerno with my 2 daughters in October 2015.

        Could you please provide us with more information on the private apartment you stayed in during your trip last August?

        Thank you
        Evie

  • Vanny says:

    I’m going on a cruise this June and Naples is one of our stops. One of the things I wanted to avoid was the crowds because although I’m cruising, I still appreciate the serenity that comes with a less touristy spot. This post was extremely helpful and you made deciding where to visit much easier. I WILL visit Salerno and hopefully it’s not too touristy by the time I’m there.

    • walksofitaly says:

      We’re so glad to hear that! Being open minded when traveling makes it all the more valuable. Sorrento has become such a famous name that everyone wants to go there, and some see it as the only option! But in reality, there are other options, and this is one of them. We were afraid some would think this post was meant to discourage visiting Sorrento, but that’s certainly not the intention. It’s a lovely town, and one can have a nice experience there. We just think you’ll have a more authentic, better value experience using Salerno as a jumping off point for traveling the Amafli Coast. Have a great trip!

      • salma says:

        Hi
        we have booked flights to Naples and really want to go towards the Amalfi Coast, can you help? where would you recommend most?
        Salerno sounds good, however on booking.com 2 salerno’s come up?? which is it!!

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Salma, you can look at the hotels in Salerno, Campania, which should be the first option on booking.com. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Jeff says:

    Great article. I’m making my fourth visit to Campania next Spring and was thinking of staying in Salerno for 2-3 nights. You have convinced me that I’m on the right track. Thanks!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Glad to be of help Jeff! We’re obviously speaking against the grain on this one, but if when you put the options side by side, to us, Salerno has too many advantages to ignore! Enjoy the true Amalfi coast! :-)

  • SanQuirico says:

    My information is out of date but last time I was in Salerno it rather frightened me. It was also out of season so I enjoyed staying in Positano Amalfi & Minori .

    • WEG says:

      I was there the end of Oct. 2013. Have to agree, I didn’t care for Salerno at all. Perhaps if I’d been able to stay in the town center, but I was a solid 30 min walk from the train station. And not a pretty walk at all. And though I liked the harbor area, I thought the beach near where I stayed was quite ugly. Perhaps I just stayed in a crappy part of town and it colored my view, but it was the only AirBnB option on the Amalfi Coast available to me at the time. r

  • Ruth says:

    I love Salerno, I fell in love with it’s promenade and town the first time I visited. Somehow I always imagined Naples would have a beautiful promenade like Salerno, but not at all.

    I hadn’t thought of staying down in Salerno though, shall have to give it some serious thought for my photography tours.

  • Pete says:

    Salerno looks lovely! That’s a good tip to stay there. We’ll try it the next time we’re in Campania (rather than Sorrento)

  • mike k says:

    Thank you for an interesting article. We hope to be heading that direction next year for our third visit. Do you have any suggestions for accommodations in Salerno, the guidebooks that I have aren’t much help.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Mike,

      Glad to help. For value and convenience, we think B&Bs are one of the best ways to go to in Salerno (modern hotels, unsurprisingly, tend not to be in the lovely historical center!). We’re big fans of Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; lovely accommodation and breakfast, our room had a balcony, and it was only 85 euros for 3 people in a triple. While we haven’t stayed here ourselves, Casa Minerva is another lovely B&B in the centro storico, and the Ava Gratia Plena, in the heart of the historic center, is another, even cheaper option (it starts at 33 euros/person). We also like Villa Avenia, which has a beautiful terrace and a swimming pool.

      We hope that helps — let us know how your trip goes!

      • Evelyn says:

        Hi,
        I noticed that most of the accommodation recommended are in Salerno’s centro storico. Do you know of any B&Bs with a view of the coast from the balconies?

        Also, are there any ceramic factories in the area?

        Thank you! :)

  • gabriella says:

    hi, i’d like to know where i can find more informations about buses,trains and boats from salerno to the other towns,as pompeii,for exemple.
    thank you!

  • Amalfi coast says:

    I agree, staying in Salerno is as convenient as staying in Sorrento for connections, and Salerno is surely less touristy.

  • Shannon says:

    Great article. just stumbled upon it when researching where to stay on way back up to Rome. Any suggestions for places to stay in Salerno??

    • walksofitaly says:

      For value and convenience, we think B&Bs are one of the best ways to go to in Salerno (modern hotels, unsurprisingly, tend not to be in the lovely historical center!). We’re big fans of Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; lovely accommodation and breakfast, our room had a balcony, and it was only 85 euros for 3 people in a triple. While we haven’t stayed here ourselves, Casa Minerva is another lovely B&B in the centro storico, and the Ava Gratia Plena, in the heart of the historic center, is another, even cheaper option (it starts at 33 euros/person). We also like Villa Avenia, which has a beautiful terrace and a swimming pool.

  • catherine says:

    hello! your article made me rethink my travel plans. i want to go to salerno now instead of sorrento but i want to do a day trip to naples. is it better to just stay in sorrento then?
    my initial itinerary:
    may 30: leave rome early morning head to pompeii then sorrento
    may 31: day trip to naples
    june 1:go to positano or procida

    is it possible to do:
    may 30: rome -pompeii to salerno
    may 31: salerno to paestum and maybe another amalfi town
    june 1: salerno-naples to salerno.

    if it is too far is it feasible to do 1 night in naples and 2 nights in salerno?

    initially going to buy a campania artecard. but i do not think that the train ride from naples to salerno (vice versa) is covered by it.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Catherine,

      We’re happy to help! As for your question about a day trip to Naples, it’s actually just as easy to get to Salerno from Naples as it is to get to Sorrento. The Napoli to Salerno train takes only 40 minutes (you can plug in Napoli and Salerno on http://www.trenitalia.com for the exact schedule), while the Napoli to Sorrento train takes 50 minutes (this train is on the local Circumvesuviana line, not a Trenitalia line, so you can find the exact schedule here). Overall, both the itineraries you’ve outlined have about the same amount of time on transportation, so really it’s up to what you would want to see.

      One trick to keep in mind: There’s a Pompeii stop that many people don’t think about that is on the actual Trenitalia line, and therefore very easy to access from Rome, Naples, or Salerno. (The stop many people use is on the Circumvesuviana line, and therefore accessible from Naples or Sorrento, but more difficult from Salerno). The stop I am talking about is the “Pompei” stop, and it puts you in the town of Pompeii, which is only about a 15-minute walk to the archaeological site entrance.

      With that in mind, here’s what we would suggest, if you go with itinerary #2. We’re assuming, from the original itinerary you had, that you will be packing lightly/won’t mind carrying bags with you:

      May 30: Take a morning Trenitalia train from Rome to the Pompei stop (switching at Naples). The whole journey takes 1hr 50mins on the fast train. See Pompei, then take the Trenitalia train from Pompei to Salerno, which takes 45 minutes. Assuming you spend about 3-4 hours in Pompei, that should give you the evening to relax and explore Salerno. Alternatively, this could be the day that you explore Naples, which instead you’ve slated for June 1.

      May 31: Be aware that since Paestum and the Amalfi coast are in opposite directions, doing both in one day will be a very full day—so get up early and plan to take the quickest routes between them (i.e. train, not bus, from Salerno-Paestum). You can get to Paestum in 30 minutes on the train from Salerno (check out our post for more tips on getting to Paestum). Plan to be back in Salerno by midday. Then take a ferry—not the SITA bus, which takes much longer—to Positano from Salerno, which takes 25 minutes. You can find more help on how to get around the Amalfi coast here.

      June 1: Take the train from Salerno to Naples (45 minutes) and explore Naples—here’s a blog post that might help. Then return to Salerno, although if you’re going back to Rome after, it makes the most sense to take the train directly from Naples to Rome.

      We hope that helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      • catherine says:

        i will be covering rome-naples-salerno-florence-cinqueterre-venice for my 2+weeks vacation. I’m convinced that i should stay in salerno instead of sorrento.
        now that i know it is possible to do:
        may 30: rome -pompeii to salerno
        may 31: salerno to paestum and maybe another amalfi town
        june 1: salerno-naples to salerno.

        your suggestion got me thinking that perhaps i can save more time by doing this:
        may 30: rome- naples sightseeing (leave luggage in the train station)- salerno
        may 31: pompeii and paestum. overnight in salerno.
        june 1: amalfi (I’m not really after the whole coast. just want to see bits and pieces of it). overnight in salerno. leaving after lunch the next day for florence.

        would it be an additional hassle to just stay in naples for 1 night (may 30) and salerno (may 31 and june 1)?

        • walksofitaly says:

          Hi Catherine,
          That could certainly work. Staying in Naples the first day definitely might make things easier, and you can take the train directly from Pompei (the town station, not the Circumvesuviana station) to Paestum, which takes an hour. The only issue is what you would do with your luggage. Our suggestion: pack light!

  • Grazie! I agree–also there’s a beautiful botanical garden–Giardino della Minerva, above Salerno’s historic center–the oldest one in Europe–from 1305–with a great tea room (tea made from the garden’s herbs) –where you can sit and enjoy the view. Plus great pizzerias in Salerno!

  • hoops120 says:

    We had 5 nights in Sorrento last year, and whilst we could see the attractions, it just wasn’t for us…. it was too touristy. We fell in love with the area though (and Naples) and are going back this spring. We stumbled across Salerno in our search for somewhere convenient for travelling to paestum, and really like the sound of it. We’ve booked a week there and this article has given us some great tips for our trip….Thanks. We’re staying in the “Youth” hostel btw, though we are long past being youths!

  • plastik says:

    There are a lot of others attractions in Salerno, like monuments, square, shopping, pub for young people, music live, events and so on!
    Why go away from salerno,….stay in !!

  • Sadako says:

    Great article.
    I purchased beautiful pottery(dinner set) in Capri and was told that they were made in Salerno. I like to visit pottery industry, company or studio in Salerno next time.

  • Marcelle says:

    Hola!
    I loved your article!! Im spending 20 days in Italy and planned to stay 8 days in the south (originally Naples or Sorrento) so that i could do day trips to all the other places i wanted to see in that region but after your article, im going to set up base in Salerno. The distance to Capri isnt that bad anyways and its the only one that would be “far” on my list. Salerno sounds exactly like what I want! Thank you!!

    Marcelle

  • Eric Valeroso Manipon says:

    Hello. We are going to the Amalfi Coast for 12 days and staying in Praiano for a week. I was wondering how to get there until i saw your website and now I’m planning to take the train from Rome direct to Salermo instead of Napoli. I think id like to stay in Salermo as well even for 1 night to cut the long travel from Rome. Im going to look for a hotel now. Thank You for your practical advice.

  • gigi says:

    we will be visiting friends in Meta this summer and also traveling down to Salerno to visit family
    can we take a ferry from Sorrento to Salerno

  • Ali says:

    Hi we fly into Naples at 9:50 on a Wednesday morning and the plan is to take the Curreri Viagi to Sorrento then get on the SITA. Our plan was to stay in Positano for one night before we head to Rome but now thinking it makes sense to stay in Salerno. I believe this would be more convenient because we could ride the SITA bus all the way to Salerno and not have to work our way back up to Positano for the night. Our main goal is to see some sites for the 24 hours we are at the Amalfi Coast!
    We can stow our luggage under the bus for as long as we are on the bus correct? Is it realistic to get off the bus in a town before Salerno to at least explore another place for lunch. I hate that we have our luggage with us but we have no choices for now. Any suggestions for our itinerary?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ali,
      That sounds like a plan to us! Towns you can stop at on the way to Salerno include Positano and Amalfi or (if you grab another bus up the hill) Ravello, which happens to be one of our favorites. The luggage, though, does make it harder. Because Positano is a lot of steps, we’d recommend either stopping in Amalfi or, if you’re willing to switch buses, Ravello. Both towns are very small, so you could walk around and stop for lunch before continuing on your way. I’m not sure exactly how much time you have, but because the luggage will be an annoyance on the narrow streets of these towns, another option to consider might be to take a ferry from Sorrento to Salerno, which is much faster than the bus, drop your bags off, and then take the SITA bus back in the opposite direction for the views and to make another stop, luggage-free.

      Let us know if we can do anything else!

  • hoops120 says:

    I thought I’d do a quick update…
    we had 8 nights in Salerno, got back last weekend.
    The Hostel was a great choice, (though a little noisy at times) and was well located in the old town.
    Salerno was a great base for travelling to Paestum, Amalfi and Pompeii.
    We had a couple of days exploring Salerno itself, and the coastal villages nearby (Vietri sul Mare and Cetara). Local trains , buses and ferries were great.
    We loved everything about Salerno, and agree that it makes a great alternative to Sorrento, especially if you want to stay in a less touristy town

  • Judy says:

    We are staying in Naples for 3 days and doing a day trip to the Amalfi Coast for 1 day.

    I’m having difficulty reading through the SITA site. How much is the bus ticket from Salerno to Amalfi town?

    This is our plan so far:
    1. Take the Trenitalia from Napoli to Salerno
    2. Take the bus from Salerno to Amalfi town
    3. Take the ferry from Amalfi town back to Naples

    Do you have suggestions?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Judy,
      The Unico Costiera bus ticket for the SITA bus is done by time rather than distance. The 45-minute ticket costs 2.40 euros, the 90-minute ticket costs 3.60 euros, and the 24-hour ticket costs 7.20 euros. You’d need the 45-minute ticket from Salerno to Amalfi; don’t forget to validate the ticket at the machine when you climb on board.

      That itinerary looks great to us. Depending on how much time you wind up spending in Salerno and Amalfi, you might even have time to take the bus from Amalfi to Positano and take the ferry from there instead of Amalfi back to Naples.

      Enjoy your trip to the Amalfi coast, and let us know if we can do anything else to help!

  • Paul Throop says:

    Hi – We are arriving at FCO on Saturday at 9:30 AM. There seems to be a train at about 11 AM to Rome and with a 29 minute transfer train to Salerno. Cost seems to be 54 US dollars. Is this correct and can we make the 29 minute transfer? Is there a better alternative? Thanks for any help. Paul

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Paul,
      If that’s what the website says, then that should be correct! :) You can buy the ticket online in advance if you want, or wait until you get to the station at FCO. I’d recommend waiting, only because it’s hard to know exactly how long it will take to get out of the airport, get your bags, etc., so that way you can buy the ticket for the proper time when you get there. And yes, a half hour should be plenty of time to get on your train to Salerno—Termini is big, but as long as your first train isn’t delayed, you should be fine. (If it is delayed, there is probably another Salerno train soon after). I hope that helps! Safe travels!

  • pkb says:

    Hi, after reading your article i tried fnding a hotel in salerno instead of one in sorrento (where we have one booked) but the prices for a similar 4 star hotel in salerno are more expensive … we are scared that sorrento will be ‘touristy’ and would prefer a more ‘real’ city that salerno seems to be, but it doesn’t appear to have the same options in terms of accommodation, or are we missing something? Bravo – your blog is great!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi there,
      No, you’re absolutely right! Because Salerno *isn’t* touristy, there are fewer accommodation options, which we understand can make it tougher at first glance than Sorrento!

      Especially if you haven’t had any luck at the big hotels, you might want to look into Salerno’s B&B options, which can be a better experience and cheaper. We’re big fans of Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; lovely accommodation and breakfast, our room had a balcony, and it was only 85 euros for 3 people in a triple. While we haven’t stayed here ourselves, Casa Minerva is another lovely B&B in the centro storico, and the Ava Gratia Plena, in the heart of the historic center, is another, even cheaper option (it starts at 33 euros/person). We also like Villa Avenia, which has a beautiful terrace and a swimming pool.

      Finally, you might consider looking for apartments on AirBnB or Housetrip—there are lots of options in Salerno and it’s a great, economical option for accommodation!

      We hope that helps. Let us know if we can do anything else!

  • Ok but, c’mon! Sorrento is Sorrento! The little street, the shopping, the restaurant and night club. And let me say that the Amalfi Coast is much more beautifull from Sorrento to Amalfi and not from Amalfi to Salerno.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Tessy,
      Thanks for your comment! Yes, of course, Sorrento is still a fine option. The Amalfi coast is beautiful no matter what! However, we’ve never been ones to recommend that travelers visit a certain destination just because a place is famous; we’d much rather encourage people to visit off-the-beaten-path, authentic places in Italy where you hear more Italian than English, where most shops aren’t souvenir shops, and that are often every bit as spectacular and rewarding as the more touristy areas. But that’s just us! :)

      I’m also not so sure about the coast being prettier from Sorrento to Amalfi. The Amalfi to Salerno stretch boasts Ravello (an absolute gem!), as well as the very picturesque towns of Minori, Maiori, Cetara, and Vietri sul Mare. No, they’re not in the guidebooks as much as Positano… but they’re stunning!

      Thanks again for stopping by!

  • Mike Li says:

    But if you go from Salerno to Sorrento, your bus is driving on the lane next to the mountain, rather than next to the cliff. I assume the vista is a bit different.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Only slightly, Mike. The roads are very narrow (not like 2-lane roads back home) and curvy, so you get a very similar view either way.
      Thanks for your comment!

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    Francesco

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      Thank you Francesco. We appreciate Salerno and believe its great offerings should be part of any traveler’s trip to la Costiera Amalfitana. Next time I’m down there (which may be soon!) I would love to meet for a coffee.

      Grazie e vi mando tanti cari saluti.

      -Stephen O.
      Co-Founder, Walks of Italy
      facebook.com/travelvr

  • Brenda says:

    We will be in Salerno in a few weeks. After reading your advice, we chose Salerno. We are mainly interested in exploring Pompeii and Paestum. Salerno is a less crowded and less expensive option for our needs.

  • Shelley says:

    We are visiting Italy next year with a group of 12. I was in Italy in 2010 and we stayed in Sorrento and had planned to find a villa near there for this trip. However, after having some difficulty finding a villa that suited us, I started looking in the Salerno area and then I stumbled across your blog – this sealed the deal! I think we are now ready to book a villa in May near the town of Maiori. It looks absolutely spectacular. Thanks for much for writing this blog – it’s been helpful in making the decision to move away from Sorrento (although we loved that as well and will make it a day trip now)!

  • Ted says:

    Having not seen your blog earlier, we made plans to transit through Salerno and visit other towns. Now we wonder if it would be possible to spend 3-4 hours there while in transit. However, it appears that there are no left-luggage facilities at the Salerno train station. Do you know if that is in fact the case?

    Thanks for your blog, in any event.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ted,
      Unfortunately, Salerno (at least according to the official Trenitalia website) no longer has a left luggage facility. How much luggage do you have? It’s about a 10-15 minute walk from the station into the centro storico, so if you’re just hoping to have lunch there and a quick look, then your bags might not be too much of a pain—as long as they’re not huge. Alternatively, can you leave your luggage at the hotel where you’re staying? Where will you be coming from?
      Let us know if we can do anything else!

      • Lori says:

        My daughter and I are visiting the Amalfi Coast in August and planned to stay in Praiano but I have been very interested in your comments here about Salerno. We really hoped to stay somewhere with a view of the sea and also with ease of getting around without a car. We’d like to do a day trip to Capri and trying to decide between Herculeum,Pompeii or Pasteum as well as the other towns on the coast. Would love your opinion! We will be there for 5 or 6 nights and will be coming from Rome. Also, any suggestions for ease of transportation would be appreciated!Thank you!!

        • walksofitaly says:

          Hi Lori,
          Thanks for your comment! We’re so glad we could help you with your trip to the Amalfi coast. And the good news is that, between the ferries, buses and Circumvesuviana train, you don’t need a car on the Amalfi coast.

          First of all: Either Praiano or Salerno could work for you. Both are much less touristy than other towns on the coast, something that is especially important in August, as it’s peak season and the better-known towns will be VERY crowded. However, Praiano is not as well connected as Salerno. There is no port in Praiano, i.e. no ferry, and no train station. So anytime you wanted to do a day trip, you would have to take the SITA bus to Sorrento and leave from there—a bit of a hassle.

          Salerno is very convenient, as we’ve noted, non-touristic, and charming. But be aware that it doesn’t have the same small-town feel of Praiano, if that is what you were looking for. If you were, then other places you might consider as well are Maiori, Minori, or Vietri sul Mare, which all have access to both the bus and to the ferry.

          Regarding the day trips:
          Capri: You can get to Capri on the ferry directly from Salerno, but it is a long ride (1hr 20mins on the fastest ferry, opposed to 20 mins from Sorrento). Capri is gorgeous, but when deciding whether to go, keep in mind that Capri will be VERY crowded in August.

          Herculaneum and Pompeii: These are both great sites. Either one can be reached on the Circumvesuviana (from either Naples or Sorrento), but only Pompeii can be reached on the normal Trenitalia train (from Salerno). Herculaneum is smaller and more manageable than Pompeii. For that reason, we really recommend seeing Pompeii with a guide, if you can.

          Paestum: This is a fantastic archaeological site and one hardly anyone knows about! It’s just a half-hour bus ride from Salerno. Here’s more about Paestum and how to get there.

          Other options: Of course, the other towns on the Amalfi coast are well worth exploring. Our favorites include Ravello, Scala, and Vietri sul Mare. Positano and Amalfi are also lovely, but quite touristic, expensive and crowded.

          It would also be a shame to miss Naples, as you’ll be so close; here are our 9 reasons not to miss Naples!

          You might also want to check out our blog post on “How to Get the Most Out of the Amalfi Coast,” which covers more information on transportation.

          Let us know if there’s anything else we can help you with, and thanks for stopping by!

  • Lori says:

    Thank you soooo much for the information! As I am planning this out, I have one small concern/question: Both my daughter and I have the worse stomache when it comes to motion sickness and from all I am reading I’m wondering just how bad the hot crowded buses along the very windy roads will be. Would we be better off on the ferry whenever possible and how many places can we travel to this way? We are thinking of renting a car for a few days to travel through Tuscany before heading to the coast. Is there a website or company you think we should rent through? Again, this site has been so helpful and we really appreciate it!!!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Lori,
      We’re so glad to have helped! Yes, we find the buses pretty nausea-inducing—particularly if you’re going between May and September, when it’s quite hot and crowded (and when there might not even be seats, so you have to also balance in the aisle!). Of course, if you’re prone to seasickness, or if it’s a windy or choppy day, the ferry can also make you a little queasy… but we’ve found the ferries to be much more stable than the SITA bus.

      As for renting, we like Europcar and Maggiore Rent. You can find out more about renting a car on our post here.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else at all!

  • rachel says:

    Love your blog. We are planning on spending four days in positano but are now going to rethink that and maybe do Salerno instead. We also want to see Pompeii the day we leave on our way to Rome. Would that be easier from Salerno than from positano? Also do you know if you can store your luggage at the train station in Pompeii? This will all be the second week in September. Also love your suggestion of b&bs.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Rachel,
      Positano is spectacularly beautiful—but when it comes to the beach, authentic feeling, cost, and sights of interest, we’d go with Salerno ourselves! It is much easier to see Pompeii from Salerno than from Positano, as from Salerno you can take the regional train directly there (the train station is “Pompei,” and it’s the station for the town of Pompeii, so the archaeological site is a 10-minute walk from there). From Positano, on the other hand, you would have to take the SITA bus or a ferry to Sorrento, and then the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii from there. The train station at Pompeii doesn’t have storage, but the site itself does; just ask as soon as you walk in for their storage area. (It is perfectly safe, but keep any valuables with you, just in case). We hope that helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Weiting says:

    i am so happy i found this article!! I feel more and more that I made a good choice to chose Salerno as the city I take language course!! I will be there next Sunday and stay there for 4 weeks! really exciting about it, thank you so much been so selfishless to share this article with us!

  • Erin Thruston says:

    Great info here. Trying to process it all! I am flying into Rome from Atlanta, arriving on Aug 24 at 7:30am and planning on immediately traveling to the Amalfi area for the very first time. Wondering if you know what the best way to get to Salerno is from FCO, and also what the best itinerary would be and in what order for 4 nights in the area given that I will probably need the rest of the 24th as a day of rest and relaxation to recover from jet lag. I definitely want to see Capri, Positano, and Pompeii during that time. Anything else would be considered a bonus! Does staying in Salerno as a base to all these sites make sense for the short time I will be there? I definitely want to get the flavor of the area and wouldn’t mind seeing a couple towns in one day if that is feasible. Any suggestions, please? Thank you!!!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Erin,
      It sounds like you have a wonderful trip planned! The best way to get to Salerno from FCO is definitely by train; there’s a station right at FCO, which you would take to Termini in Rome, and then switch to Salerno. It takes just under 3 hours, including the change. Check http://www.trenitalia.com for exact times.

      We think Salerno definitely makes sense as a base, and you’ll definitely have time to do everything you want with 4 days there. We’d recommend spending one day to go to Pompeii—you can be there on the train in 20 minutes (plus a 10-minute walk to the excavation entrance). For another day, explore the Amalfi coast, including Positano (we also love Ravello and Vietri sul Mare, and you would have time to make 2-3 stops in the course of a day); you can do this via either ferry or SITA bus. With the third day, you can check out Capri; this takes a little longer (the fastest ferry is 1 hr 10 mins), but what a beautiful ride!

      See? Easy! :)

      Let us know how it goes!

  • Kathryn says:

    Really interesting blog thank you; especially about Salerno. We have already booked to stay in Scala. I am a little concerned that it is too far out to reach sorrento, pompeii, vesuvius and capri. Can you put my mind at ease and let me know if i am wrong in thinking this? I wish i had seen your blog before booking!

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Scala is lovely! It’ll take a little planning to get from there to the places you want to go to, but not much more than if you were staying in Amalfi or Positano. Basically, a SITA bus runs from Scala to Amalfi, which is a short ride. From Amalfi, you can take a ferry to Capri or Sorrento. Or you can switch buses and go to Sorrento; from there, you can also take the Circumvesuviana train to Pompeii and Vesuvius. It’ll add a little bit of time to your commute for your day trips, sure, but we think it beats staying in a tourist hub :) Let us know if you have any other questions at all!

  • Preeti says:

    Hi,
    Great articles n photos
    We are travelling to Italy for 2 weeks end of October. I read your post and decided to book us in Salerno so we could do both Pompeii and paestum as well as see the famed amalfi coast.

    What worries me now is what happens if it rains, do the ferries still run? As we have our 1 year old baby w us, I sure hope we don’t get stuck in the rain.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Preeti,
      The ferries only stop running if it’s stormy enough to be unsafe. However, remember that the ferry isn’t the only way to get to and from Salerno; the fact that both the SITA bus and train run there, too, is one of the reasons why we like it as a hub.

      We hope that helps! Let us know how it goes!

  • Ann says:

    Nice post about Salerno, however, I didn’t care for it. Too big and dirty and the beach did not impress me. I’m in the Amalfi Coast now. I also wanted to avoid a loud, touristy place and opted for Maori. Have taken bus trips to Minori, Ravello, Amalfi, Positano and Salerno. Have not been to Sorrento yet. We took the bus to Ravello and walked down to Minori (1000+ steps!). All towns are quaint — which is what we were looking for. So glad we did not choose Salerno. Amalfi was too crowded with tourists so we moved on to Positano. Although there are lots of tourists there, it is more laid back and quiet and the views are excellent!
    Will be leaving for Rome next — the obligatory Roman holiday then on to Spain.
    Ciao.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ann,
      We’re sorry to hear you didn’t fall in love with Salerno! It’s definitely more of a “city” than the tiny towns of Minori, Ravello, Amalfi, and so on (though still a fairly small city—it’s no Naples or Rome), but if you were looking for small towns, then we can see why you’d prefer those spots :-). As for dirty, though, we certainly have never found that in our visits there! Anyway, thank you for sharing your experience!

  • [email protected] says:

    The last post scared me. How dirty is it? We like to be able to pop out of a nice,old world hotel and walk the cobble stoned streets, go for dinner, and return. Is there any district like this? What hotel can you recommend?
    Is there a central piazza area like other towns?
    We just returned from Lake Como and loved that feel. We don’t really need to lie on beaches. We are Californian natives.

    We don’t like the big city feel of Rome, La Spezia, Milan…

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ruth,

      No need to be scared! We’ve never found Salerno dirty ourselves. You can certainly pop out of a hotel (although remember that part of the whole draw of Salerno is that it has so many fewer tourists than Amalfi or Sorrento—so there are fewer hotels, too), take a walk on the cobblestoned streets, have a great meal, and return home with no worries. The district for that would be the historic center (where there are piazzas and so on), such as the streets around Vicolo degli Amalfitani.

      Also keep in mind that any city or large town in southern Italy, particularly one that’s relatively off the beaten path, like Salerno, or Naples, or Palermo, has a different feel than cities in central and northern Italy. Some people prefer them, some don’t, but you have to try to know for yourself! :-)

      Do keep in mind, though, that Salerno is a city—albeit a pretty small one (the population, which includes much more than the historic center, is about 130,000), and the historic center feels more like a small town than a city, in our opinion. So although it doesn’t feel like a big city, it also doesn’t feel like a super-tiny, super-quiet seaside town, either. (Then again, neither do Sorrento, Amalfi or Positano, with all the tourists!).

      We hope that helps clarify. Please let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Lucy says:

    We decided to base our stay in Salerno after reading your article. Now I need to figure out how to get from Salerno to the Naples airport for a noon flight back to the US. This is our first trip to Europe and we are a bit nervous about taking the trains and buses with 2 bags of luggage. We are travelling in April. Can you recommend a safe and reliable way to get from Salerno to Naples airport? How much time should we allow? I’d prefer stay in Salerno our last night versus Naples to get the most our of our visit.
    Thanks for any help!

  • RGTraveler says:

    I’m starting to plan my next trip to Italy (which includes Rome-Amalfi Coast-hill towns-Florence) and I’m surprised no one has mentioned the small town of Atrani on this post. Why not?

    It sounds like it’s the best of both worlds: quaint, charming and very non-touristy yet also within a 10 minute walk to the more lively (and touristy) town of Amalfi and a 20 minute walk (or 10 minute bus ride) up to lovely Ravello.

    Atrani was on my very short list of where I’d like to stay on the Amalfi coast. Any comments or thoughts?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi there Randy,
      Our post was about Salerno as an alternative to Sorrento, not alternatives in general, so we didn’t mention Atrani; we’re guessing commenters didn’t, either, because many people aren’t aware of the town! Because it’s so close to Amalfi, it also tends to be “lumped in” with its more famous neighbor. But you’re right, it’s also a good alternative as a place to stay, even if it’s so close to Amalfi it can feel like the same town sometimes :-). Let us know if we can help with anything, and let us know how your stay in Atrani goes!

  • hughie says:

    In July and August, do not forget to take the MM6 aliscafo (high speed Hydrofoil) one hour south to discover the marvels of the Cilento Coast, home of Palinuro, the pearl of Cilento, the top bandiera blu award for the most number of pristine clean beaches. bring your bathing suit and extra battery and sim card for your camera because your will be spellbound by the beautiful views of the tyrennian coastline.

  • cathycatterson says:

    planning a february trip to vietri sul mare…having been previously in the summer, im not quite sure of the weather in feb and what to pack…please advise!

  • Gail White says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for your information, just what I wanted and have been searching the net for all day!
    Hoping to finish my July holiday in Salerno and visit the wonderful attractions nearby.
    Regards
    Gail White

  • Antonette says:

    I love Salerno…was born in a small town outside of Salerno…immigrated with my parents at the age of 5 to New York and have always gone back to my “roots” every summer….there is a beautiful beach area, Marina Di Camerota in the Salerno region near Palinuro which is breathtaking! So agree about Salerno being the better of the stops…Sorrento has been hyped up too much and Salerno has so much more to offer for traveling to the nearby areas of Amalfi, Capri, Positano, Paestum and more!! Thanks for the great post for travelers who have never been to Salerno..take advantage its a beautiful place!

  • mike k says:

    Greetings,

    I just noticed that my original post to this article was in July of 2011. It was my intention to post on our stay in Salerno when we returned last May (2012). Time seems to have gotten away from me.
    We enjoyed Salerno so much that we are returning this year (if the airfare gods cooperate). Some highlights; the passeggiata, with what seemed like thousands of people, in the pedestrian zone and along the ocean front. Discovering Agropoli, south of Salerno. Paestum, of course. Hiking the Sentiero Degli Dei. Ravello and the walk down to Minori. We attempted to get to Capri twice but the boats weren’t running because of the weather conditions. We have been on previous occasions so weren’t too disappointed. Our one big disappointment was our failed attempt to reach the Certosa di San Lorenzo, at Padula. After a 2 hour bus ride, we were dropped about a mile from Padula, which was ok but the only return bus was 90 minutes later. We ended up having lunch and getting back on the bus.
    We had intended to a stay 6 nights at a B & B in the old center but had some issues after 2 nights and ended up at The Grand Hotel Salerno for the remainder of our stay. I’m guessing that the hotel had lots of room as they gave us what must have been a suite. The room had a huge balcony with views of the ocean (surfers too) and the city and the mountains, whith the clouds hanging ominously over the peaks. We had post card views morning and night. The staff was very friendly and helpful. All in all, a great trip.

    Thanks for the article which I found through a link that someone had posted on the Slow Travel website.

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you so very much for letting us know that you enjoyed Salerno! We’re so happy to hear it. And thank you for sharing the other tips with us and our readers—definitely worth keeping in mind.
      We hope to see you back in Italy again soon!

  • Sue says:

    Hi, I am planning to visit the almalfi coast with my daughter during the second weekend in march. My daughter is currently studying in Rome. Is it a problem to stay in Salerno if the spring season has not yet begun? Are the trains and buses all running at that time?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Sue,
      The trains to Salerno will be running as usual; buses might be a little less frequent, but they’ll still be running, and fortunately much less crowded than they would be in the summer. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Gagan says:

    I will be travelling to Italy with my 14 months son in the first week of May. Do you suggest the Amalfi tour on the SITA bus or by ferry. I am planning to be stationed at salerno for 2 days.I would be moving to pompeii on day 1 and plan to do a amalfi tour on day 2. Please suggest.
    Thanks

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Gagan,
      Thanks for your comment! Whether you do the SITA bus or ferry just depends on your preference. The SITA bus accesses a few more spots along the coast and gives you more flexibility, but can be very crowded, including in May, and of course gives your son less “wiggle room” than a ferry would. If there are only a couple of towns you’d like to see, like Positano and Amalfi, we might suggest the ferry, as it will allow you and your son to be out in the fresh air and not stuck inside on a bus with lots of other passengers. But it’s up to you! You might want to check out our blog post on how to get the most out of the Amalfi coast, which has more information about the bus vs. ferry. Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Cherryann says:

    Thanks so much for all the information. I will be travelling to the Amalfi Coast with my in-laws who are in there 80’s around the 19th of April. We first thought of staying Sorrento, but read all the information and was hoping for something less touristy with spectaular views. You mentioned Vietri sul Mare which we are considering. We are interested in visiting Pompei, driving the Amalfi Coast and visitng a couple towns like Ravello, Amalfi and Positano. Can you tell me how difficult it will be to visit Pompei and do our other side trips from Vietri sul Mare. And any recommendations of hotel or B&Bs?

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Cherry,
      Vietri sul Mare is lovely. It’s also connected by SITA bus (so you’re fine to visit Ravello, Amalfi and Positano). To get to Pompeii, you would want to take the SITA bus from there to Salerno, which is very close, and then take the regional train to “Pompei.” Easy!

      In Vietri sul Mare, we’ve heard good things about the B&B Donna Amelia.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Gagan says:

    thanks for your reply… I didnt mention earlier the blog is wonderful. I intend to use the ferry. But to ask again
    1. will the buses from salerno would also be crowded and
    2. Which towns would u suggest covering if i go by ferry .

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Gagan,
      Which towns you cover is very much up to your interests. We recommend checking out this blog post for some suggestions. Because most people tend to take the SITA bus east in the mornings, and west in the evenings (most people are originating on the eastern end of the coast, from Sorrento or Amalfi), buses going in the opposite direction, and starting in Salerno in the morning, should be less crowded, although almost all of the buses are somewhat crowded in peak season.

      Let us know if you have any other questions!

  • rochelle says:

    I will be in Naples from 5/28 to 5/30. Since check-in for the hotel is not until 2pm, I assume that day will be shot so the plan is to take an afternoon guided coach tour. The next day is in Pompeii and Ercolano, also on a guided coach tour for 8 hrs. Several questions: 1) Does it really take 8 hrs to see both these places well? 2) how long to see paestum? 3) Do you think it’s possible and/or advisable to try doing all 3 at the same time, (maybe even the egg castle) & still be able to get back to our hotel in Naples…would the trains run that late? Believe it or not I wanted to stop in Salerno for lunch as well. I know I’m trying to fit it all in but I am sure I will never be in Italy again & only 2 nights in Naples so I have to pick and choose. Thanks

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Rochelle,
      We’re not big fans of guided coach tours, in no small part because the tour groups tend to be very big and the guides sometimes iffy. The day you’re mentioning also strikes us as possibly not the best option, as we’d recommend seeing either Pompeii *or* Herculaneum, not both (they’re both ancient towns that were preserved in the Mt. Vesuvius eruption of 79 AD, so most people tend to pick one or the other, especially if you don’t have much time). Furthermore, it’s quite easy to access either of these sites from Pompeii on your own—just take the Circumvesuviana from Naples. Paestum is a little trickier to get to, although, as we point out, easy by direct bus from Salerno.

      No, it wouldn’t be possible to do Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Paestum in the same day, at least without your own car (and without getting lost on the way)!

      If you’re adamant about seeing two of the sights, then from Naples, we would recommend taking the Circumvesuviana to Pompeii first thing in the morning. Visit the site (we recommend considering a tour: Pompeii is a huge site and not well signposted, which means you can waste a lot of time trying to do it on your own), then take the *normal* train (not Circumvesuviana) to Salerno. Have a quick lunch there, then take a bus directly from there to Paestum. (Check out the link in the post for bus information). You’d have to be careful, of course, to make sure that you’d get back on the bus to Salerno on time from there, and then be able to catch a train to Naples (luckily, trains run quite late). That itself would be quite a full day, but rewarding!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Ruth Perram says:

    Hi,

    I’m getting conflicting info about my visit to the Amalfi coast. Initially I was going to stay in Praiano but was told that the harbour is too shallow to allow ferries in. Then decided on Amalfi Town which I really have no idea about but photos looked good. The plan was to catch a ferry from here back to Naples but the hotel owner tells me that there is no ferry that goes back to Naples from Amalfi Town. He has offered a taxi service for Euro 90-so unsure if I’m getting the full story here. Reading your rave about Salerno is making this seem an increasingly attractive place to visit. Thanks for taking the time to provide this info.
    Ruth

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Ruth,
      Yes, unfortunately it looks like the Amalfi-Napoli ferry line has been stopped, at least for now. However, a taxi service is certainly not your only option! You can easily take the SITA bus from Amalfi to Sorrento, and then take the Circumvesuviana train line from there to Naples, which would cost about 10 euros total and take about 1 hr 15 minutes.

      Salerno is, we think, wonderful, but make sure to read the rest of the comments here to hear some of our readers’ feedback, as everyone has different opinions of what they want in a destination. We do think that as far as authenticity and convenience go, it wins over Amalfi, which is quite touristy—but Amalfi is in some ways more stereotypically “picturesque” in the sense that people tend to imagine when they think of the Amalfi coast.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Susanna says:

    Buongiorno,

    I just discovered your website, and realized that it is an amazing source of knowledge about the best ways to discover Naples and the Amalfi coast – mille grazie, siete veramente bravissimi!

    We are a Swedish family of 6 (my parents, brother, sister, my boyfriend and me) aged 27-60, who are planning a trip to this region on April 17-22 to celebrate my father who is turning 60 and my brother who is turning 30.

    We’re flying into Rome, and are planning to take the train down, and we have booked at the “Hotel Olimpico” outside Salerno (http://www.hotelolimpico.it/). There was an offer, so we got double rooms for under 60 euro per night, which seemed like a good price for this hotel.

    However, I have some doubts regarding the fact that the hotel is outside of the city… they have a shuttle-service, but I’m worried that it will not work as well as they promise. Have you heard about this hotel? Would you recommend us to stay there or should we cancel it (possible without fee up to two weeks in advance) and try to find something in central Salerno?

    We were also thinking about staying in Naples instead, but my parents are worried that it will be noisy and unsafe… what to you think?

    Which city is better if we want to take ferries to visit places along the coast such as Sorrento, Capri and Positano?

    Once again, mille grazie for a great webpage!

    Best regards,
    Susanna

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Susanna,
      What a lovely trip! We’re happy to help as much as we can.

      We haven’t stayed at the hotel you mention ourselves, but as all of the clients will be dependent on the shuttle service, we’d expect it would work fine. Regarding staying in Naples, that would certainly be an option; not all of the city is noisy, and actually, on the whole, Naples is quite safe (much safer than most other major cities in the world!). Still, Salerno is slightly smaller and therefore might be slightly more comfortable for your parents. For ferries, it depends—Salerno is better for Positano, Naples better for Capri, and either city is fine for Sorrento.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Dominic says:

    Hi,
    May I first say that your blog has been such a big help to my wife and I as we plan our honeymoon trip to Europe!
    We will be arriving at Salerno on April 11 after lunch from Rome and will be leaving April 13, 9am by train. Given the short time frame, any suggestions on itinerary and what not to miss? Hopefully there will already be ferry trips from Salerno to amalfi town by those dates that we can take.
    Thank you so much for your help!
    Dominic

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Dominic,
      In Salerno, the places we mention in this post are definitely things to add to your itinerary! On the Amalfi coast, there’s a lot, of course, but this blog post might help you get started.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Bill says:

    Thanks for the suggestion of Salerno. Is there one train station there, at Piazza Vittorie Veneto? We’ll be coming down from Firenze and there seem to be 4 Salerno stations listed on the Bahn.de website ?

    We plan day trips to Paestum, Pompeii, & ? later in April.

    – Bill

    • walksofitaly says:

      Hi Bill,
      Yes, there’s one station, at Piazza Veneto. In the future, you might consider using the site trenitalia.it, which is the dedicated site for Italy’s national rail service.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Camille says:

    We are traveling again to our ancestral family home (in Andretta, Italy) in July. This is just over 2 hours from Sorrento, 1 hr 35 min to Castellammare di Stabia, 1 hr 30 min to Naples, and 1 hr 15 min to Salerno. We want to stay over one night in a location convenient to a ferry to Capri. Last year we stayed in a hotel above Sorrento, and getting into and out of Sorrento was a bit of a challenge (though the ferry options were numerous and convenient). Salerno would be the most convenient drive, but we can’t find detailed information about the Salerno-Capri ferries online. It seems as though the Salerno ferry stops in both Amalfi and Positano before getting to Capri, and takes more than 2 hours. Is there a faster, direct ferry in July?

    Basically we are trying to optimize our convenience and are willing to take a ferry from anywhere to get to Capri, but are having trouble figuring out what makes the most sense. Any suggestions, or information about the ferry from Salerno that might help us make this decision? Thanks!

    • Hi Camille,
      Thanks for stopping by! You’re right; for access to Capri, Sorrento is much more convenient; even for July, it looks like the only ferry option is the one you mention, with Gescab. So if your #1 priority is getting to Capri, then Sorrento, or even Amalfi or Positano, might be the better choice. We’re sorry we don’t have more positive information for you, but let us know what you decide!

  • Crystal says:

    Hello,
    love your blog it has been so helpful in planning my upcoming trip to Italy in May. We will be staying in Salerno as per your suggestion from May 14-17 and would like to visit Capri on one of the days. Can you suggest the best way to get there without taking the boat from Salerno. Would you suggest taking the bus from Salerno to Amalfi and then hop on the ferry? The only reason I am curious is becuas I get motion sick when I am on a boat for long periods. Any suggestions would be very helpfull.
    Thanks in advance….

    Crystal.

    • Hi Crystal,
      We’re glad to hear you’ve decided to visit Salerno! You absolutely could take the bus to Amalfi and then the ferry, but be warned that if you have motion sickness, the bus might be *worse* than the ferry. The streets are very, very curvy and narrow, and the buses tend to drive very fast, so we don’t recommend them for motion sickness. The ferries, on the other hand, tend to be relatively big and stable (if the seas are smooth that day!), plus you’re out in the fresh air… so it might not be as bad of an option as you think! Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Az says:

    Hi there,

    Thanks so much for your blog, it has made my life a bit easier planning my trip to Salerno. One question though. We will be getting into salerno about noon and was interested in visiting Pompei that afternoon. I am getting conflicting info as to how to get there by train. Can you suggest the easiest way to Pompei from Salerno Station and back from Pompei.

    Do you think an afternoon in Pompeii would be enough time?

    Thanks,
    Az.

    • Hi Az.,
      The easiest way to Pompei from Salerno is very easy indeed: take the train from Salerno to Pompei :-) The Pompei stop is for the town, not the excavations, so it’s then about a 15-minute walk to the archaeological site.

      Pompeii is an enormous site, so you’ll want to give yourself at least 3-4 hours to properly explore it. However, an afternoon should be doable.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Crystal says:

    Thanks so much for the info..I will sure have to take that into account! One more question though… is Positano, Amalfi and Ravello doable in one day from Salerno. I guess to get to Positano and Ravello we still need to transfer at Amalfi, is that correct ? Any suggestions to make it easier?

    • Hi Crystal,
      It’s a long day, but it’s doable. And yes, you have to switch buses in Amalfi for Ravello, but from there it’s only about 10 minutes :-) Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Susan says:

    Your blog is amazing, thank you so much. Our son has been studying abroad for the past year. My husband, other grown son, and I will be visiting him in Barcelona, then headind to Venice and Amalfi. We will only have 3 notes in Amalfi, we will fly to Naples from BCN. Is it possible to see Naples, Pompei, Salerno, Vesuvius in 2 1/2 days? Would you recommend home basing in Naples or Salerno? Thank you so much.

    • Hi Susan,
      Thanks for the kind words, and for reaching out! Seeing all of those sites in 2.5 days would be quite a push (Naples alone really deserves at least two days to experience fully), but if you organize carefully, you might manage to get a taste of all the different spots. Since you’re limited by time, you might also want to check out some of our Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius tours here, which can be much more time-efficient than figuring everything out on your own.

      Whether you stay in Naples or Salerno doesn’t really matter, as they’re equally close to the sites you want to visit; we’d just recommend staying in the place you’d prefer to experience more of (there’s definitely more to see, do and eat in Naples, but not everyone loves the city, although we do, so it’s very much your call!).

      We hope that helps; please let us know if we can do anything else!

  • Sergio says:

    the best blog covering my hometown so far

  • Johan 10 says:

    Hi!
    So much information on this blog :)
    This article even made me switch from the initial choice of Sorrento to Salerno, at least for half of it !
    My girlfriend and I booked 10 days in Campania, starting on May the 1st :
    4 nights in Salerno (arriving there for dinner, 3 nights in Sorrento and finally 3 nights in Napoli.

    I’m still wondering what would be the best option to visit the Amalfi Coast, between starting from Salerno for some villages, and from Sorrento for others.
    I’d especially like to walk the “Sentiero degli dei” but I’m not sure from where to take it !

    Lastly, we’re moving from Salerno to Sorrento on a Sunday. The easiest way is Sita bus from Salerno to Amalfi, then Amalfi to Sorrento ? Or maybe ferry from Salerno to Amalfi, then bus (to see “the best part of the road” by bus ?)

    Thanks again for all your useful advices.

    Cheers

    Johan

    • Hi Johan,
      We’re so glad to hear you’re giving Salerno a try! You’ll have to let us know how you think it compares to Sorrento.

      Most of the Amalfi coast towns are easier to visit by bus from Salerno. That’s because Sorrento actually isn’t on the Amalfi coast, but on the other side of the peninsula, so to get from Sorrento to Amalfi Town and so on, you have to pass through the interior. Still, we’d recommend you look at the specific towns you want to visit on Google maps to see if they are closer to Sorrento or to Salerno by road :-).

      To get from Salerno to Sorrento, it really depends on your preference and whether you’d like to try the ferry or not! Either way, you’ll have to switch from one bus to another, or from the bus to ferry.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Nicole says:

    Hi,
    This blog is great! We were initially thinking of staying in Naples/ Sorrento. But after reading this blog we would love to stay in Salerno. I will be visiting Salerno in August this year. I have been looking for accommodation and finding it difficult to find a safe, affordable and central hotel or hostel. Would you have suggestions for accommodation?
    Thanks,
    Nicole

    • Hi Nicole,
      Thanks for your kind words! Yes, we love Salerno because it’s not touristy—but because it’s not touristy, there aren’t a ton of hotels and B&Bs! (A catch-22, right?). Some very affordable spots we recommend are the following: Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; Casa Minerva, another lovely B&B in the centro storico; the Ava Gratia Plena, also in the heart of the historic center; and the Villa Avenia, which has a beautiful terrace and a swimming pool.

      Please let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • ROBIN says:

    How is Salerno for someone who has compromised walking ability?

    • Hi Robin,
      Keeping in mind that very few towns in Italy are particularly handicapped-accessible, we think Salerno is one of the better options. The streets in the historic center are cobblestoned and not smooth (just like in the historic centers in any other Italian town), but the good news is that the town is much flatter than others along the Amalfi, most notably Positano and Amalfi Town… so, no stairs to worry about. We hope that helps! Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

  • Valerie says:

    Hi there! Thanks for your helpful blog. We are planning to do a day trip from Salerno in September this year. I was wondering if you thought we’d be missing out on anything if we took the bus to Positano, stopping off at Amalfi and Ravello on the way, and then taking the ferry back to Salerno? Or is it worth pushing through and taking the bus all the way to Sorrento?

    • Hi Valerie,
      Don’t think of it as what you’re missing out on… think of it as what you’re choosing to do instead! :-) We think Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, and Salerno give you a great, varied taste of the Amalfi coast. And with four towns as lovely and interesting as those, squeezing in Sorrento might just be too much! Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Richard says:

    We are active seniors and have “currently” made plans to fly from Tampa FL US to Naples taking a train to Sorrento and staying 4 nights then a train to Assisi for a week and Cortona for a week then Rome for 4 nights then home. I assume there is a train station near the airport in Naples but haven’t searched location as of yet. From your description, Salerno sounds more like our type of destination however most everyone had recommended Sorrento. Is Salerno an easy day trip from Sorrento? How is train service from Naples?

    • Hi Richard,
      Thanks for reaching out! The train station in Naples you’ll want to use for Salerno or Sorrento is the central station, so quite easy to get to from the airport.

      We find that most people recommend Sorrento, too. But we think that’s mostly because that’s the town people know about (and have visited). Meanwhile, few have heard of Salerno—which, for us, is part of Salerno’s draw. It’s still authentic, local, and non-touristy.

      The best way to get from Sorrento to Salerno is either by ferry or by bus. On the SITA bus route, the two are on opposite ends, so you can stop at another town, like Amalfi or Positano, on the way.

      Train service is regular and fast from Naples to Salerno, as it’s the main, regional line. From Naples to Sorrento you take the local, Circumvesuviana line, which is also quite easy.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Adam says:

    Hello there, amazing blog!! I have taken your advice and will be staying at Salerno, only for one day though. My itin looks like this:
    Day 1, flight arrives Roma, train to Napoli for pizza lunch, drop off luggage at Salerno, return to Pompeii, then back to Salerno. (Should I go also to Vesuvius? Pompeii, Hericuleum, Paestum…which one should I pick??)
    Day 2, Salerno to Sorrento, then ferry to Capri. I would like to take bus and ferry for this journey so I can experience the coast from both perspective. Which town should I take the ferry? Amalfi, Ravello, Positano….I don’t think I can cover them all, but how would you rank them in priority?
    Day 3 Capri, Blue Grotto (What else to do in Capri?)
    Thanks so much!!

    • Hi Adam,

      We’re happy to help! As for Day 1, we’d say keep it at pizza in Naples, Salerno luggage drop off, and Pompeii visit. It would be very difficult to fit in Vesuvius along with that! Since Salerno is closest to Pompeii of the sites, we’d say stick with that rather than Paestum or Herculaneum.

      For Day 2, just keep in mind you’re packing a lot in—the SITA bus from Salerno to Sorrento alone can take 1.5 to 2 hours. With that in mind, take the ferry from whatever town is fastest and most convenient for your itinerary!

      For Day 3, top things to do in Capri include the ancient ruins of the Villa Jovis, the Gardens of Augustus, and the Faraglioni (rock formations).

      Let us know what else we can do!

  • Jim says:

    I’m happy to hear you like Salerno so much. I, after having been there quite often, always find it the down-traden, dreary end of the Amalfi Coast while Sorrento is the opposite. I guess….at least in this case… you get what you pay for. And if it’s cheaper too, well that’s great. Right?

    • Hi Jim,
      Salerno isn’t for everyone, as we say in the post! But it’s definitely less touristy and expensive than more famous options on the Amalfi coast, not to mention has some great sights (and a huge beach!).

      We’re glad to hear you’ve visited it so often, and thanks for sharing your perspective!

  • Debbie says:

    Hi,
    Wow this is a great article! I’ve had so many things on, I have left it so late to book accommodation for peak season on the Amalfi Coast from the 3-8th July! Originally, we wanted to spend a couple of days in Sorrento – see Pompeii and Capri from there, and then spend another 1 night in Positano before heading to Salerno. Do you think it would be worth it to be based in Salerno first? I’m not too fussed about missing out on Sorrento, but I definitely want to see Positano! Please help! Thank you, Deb

    • Hi Debbie,
      I’m glad you’ve found our blog helpful! When it comes to Salerno or not, just remember that Capri is much easier to access from Sorrento than Salerno, and that Pompeii is equally easy from either one. So it really depends on how you weigh the convenience factor of your day trips vs. the other things Salerno has to offer. We don’t know why you’d have to miss Positano either way, since it’s located halfway between the two :) Let us know if we can be of any more help!

  • Kelly says:

    Hi,
    Great info, just wondering if ou have any tips on getting from salerno to Sicily and what do to once in Sicily

    Thanks!

    • Hi Kelly,
      The fastest option to get to Messina, the closest, is by train. It’s four hours. Otherwise, you can take the ferry, but it’s slow—from Salerno to Palermo, for example, takes 9 hours. (You can see more Salerno to Sicily ferry schedules at ok-ferry.com). There are other ferry options from Naples to Sicily, and as Naples is a quick train ride from Salerno, that’s worth looking into, as well. Once in Sicily, we’d recommend renting a car, if at all possible, as it’s a much easier way to get around there. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Paul says:

    Just found this blog! I have a real love for Salerno. I spent a year studying there in 1998/99 and try to go back now most years with my wife and kids. It is a real hidden gem! As mentioned, it is a perfect base for exploring the Amalfi coast and south along the Cilento for Paestum and beyond. But, Salerno itself has many, many attractions. Briefly, I would recommend a visit to the Norman catherderal inc. a trip into the catacombs below. Meandering around the Centro Storico, getting slightly lost is a real adventure – wonder onwards and upwards through the warren of alleys and at some point turn around and simply amdire the view, it’s breathtaking, i promise.
    Boat and coach trips are recommended – Of course most people want to see/visit Amalfi/Positano/Ravello etc.. Understandable but, try Cetara and Vietri particularly for quieter beaches. In fact, out of season, these places are mostly deserted and all the better for it.
    Naples and Pompei are both a doddle from Salerno either by train or bus – please don’t overlook the amazing Roman ruins at Ercolano, too!
    Food and drink are easy – too many places to mention. The prices will delight, though…
    Bars, pizzerie, ristoranti – low end, top end, rowdy, quiet… there all here.
    If you are in luck (and a fan) – DO NOT miss an opera at the Teatro Verdi – again, prices are relatively cheap.

    If anyone were to ask me my favourite journey? Well, it’s the slower ‘regionale’ train, at dusk, in summertime, as it ambles lazily around the bend from Vietri into Salerno. Seeing the rays reflecting across the sea and onto the white and pastel facades of the port and beyond…well, it brings a tear to my eye.
    Salerno rocks, but keep it a secret.. ssshhhh :-)

    • Wonderful tips, Paul! Thank you so much for sharing. And yes, the ruins at Herculaneum are fantastic. We’ll try to keep Salerno a secret for you 😉 Thanks for stopping by!

  • David says:

    This is a great blog post and your further tips in the comments section are equally helpful. I think we might have found our next destination in Italy, maybe combined with a week somewhere in Sicily. Thanks so much!

  • Regina says:

    This is a great blog. Looking to head to almalfi coast 1st wk of August for our honeymoon. It sounds like Salerno is a great place to be but i’m having some difficulty finding hotels or B&B with water views…or ones that are clean & have good reviews. We’re looking for something clean & sleek with a view & easy access to the beach and not too touristy. Are the beaches nice in salerno? Is there a hotel or B&B that you can recommend? Thank you for your help!!

    • Hi Regina,
      You’re absolutely right. The drawback of Salerno being non-touristy is fewer amenities (and hotels) for tourists! However, the town beach is indeed large and nice, and a short walk from anywhere in the historic center of Salerno, so you should be fine if you pick central accommodation. We’re big fans of Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; Casa Minerva, another lovely B&B in the centro storico; and the Ava Gratia Plena, in the heart of the historic center. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Nadia says:

    Hey!
    Thanks for the post; very helpful! 😀 I’m going to be traveling a little bit in Italy in a few weeks and ws thinking of visiting Sorrento and Salerno (or just one). I want to go from Naples to Capri and I’m trying to decide if I should take the boat back to Sorrento and take in the bus ride to Salerno; or should I just go straight to Salerno? My next city will be Rome. Since I saw this post though I really want to go see those ruins in Paestum! If you have any advice for me I will greatly appreciate it!!!
    Thanks
    Nadia

    • Hi Nadia,
      It’s totally up to you, of course! The bus ride can be fun, but not if you get carsick, and it can be problematic at the height of summer, too, since the buses are often very crowded (sometimes there aren’t even seats for everyone) and hot. Given that, you might want to go straight to Salerno… but the SITA bus ride is also quite an experience, so it’s up to you!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • ysiggy says:

    Great article and a timely find!

    My husband and I will be travelling to the south of Italy in August (next month – yay!) for 3 nights.

    This is our second trip to the Amalfi Coast – we visited last year and absolutely fell in love with Sorrento (where we stayed), Positano, Praiano, Amalfi and most especially Ravello, Villa Cimbrone is amazing!

    I was going to shorten our trip to 2 nights and venture out to somewhere new. I was actually researching places to visit between Sorrento and Rome when I found this article and I’m so glad I did as I didn’t even consider checking out Salerno and now I am. We will now stay for 3 nights in the south of Italy and maybe even stay in Salerno.

    I’m just wondering whether it’s possible to hire a car in Salerno. During our trip last year (May 2012) we hired a car in Sorrento and we drove up and down the coast freely and stopped whenever and wherever we felt like. We want to do the same next month and we would definitely consider basing ourselves in Salerno if we can hire a car there.

    Any other suggestions or advice you can provide my husband and I – travellers in their early 30’s, who love food and enjoy amazing views!

    Thanks so much for sharing all the information with us. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    • Hi Ysiggy,
      Apologies if we saw this too late to be of much help, but it sounds like you have a good itinerary planned :-) Were you able to rent a car in Salerno? Otherwise, it’s very easy to get around by public transport with Salerno as a base, which is part of why we recommend the city.
      Let us know how it went!

  • Lena says:

    Dear Walk of Italy, Your site has been very useful.
    Just need a quick advice on best itenary as we have very limited time.
    We were looking at bus 7am ( arriving at 12pm) to Amalfi as seems its better than keep changing trains (although it could be possibily slightly shorter time). And thinking to stay in Almafi (although now seeing your Salerno option seems interesting) and use almafi as our base .
    If we only have Weds (note arriving 12pm if we take bus), Thurs and leave on Fri . What could we possibly squeeze in?

    Your advice is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks

    • Hi Lena,
      Where are you coming from? If you’re coming from Naples or Rome, we wouldn’t recommend the bus; take the train, and then switch to the SITA bus for Amalfi. (Or if you stay in Salerno, you can take the train directly there, which will save you much more time).

      Of course, what you squeeze in depends on what you want to do. If you want to explore the Amalfi coast and see towns like Positano and Ravello, you’ll need to give yourself a full day for that. The only other thing you might possibly be able to squeeze in is Pompeii, which you can do in a half-day on Wednesday or Friday. Note that Pompeii will be much harder to get to from Amalfi than from Salerno or Sorrento, as you’ll need to take the bus from Amalfi to either of those points and then the train to Pompeii from there.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Sameera says:

    Hello,

    My fiance (husban in a few weeks) and I will be visiting the Amalfi Coast from Venice for 3 nights. Can you suggest where we should go and what we have time for? We want to capture as much as we can before heading to Greece!

    • Hi Sameera,
      We’re happy to help! It very much depends on your interests. In three nights, you might want to spend one or two days exploring the Amalfi coast by SITA bus or ferry (we like the towns of Ravello, Salerno, and Positano), one day taking a day trip to Capri, Ischia or Procida, and/or a day exploring Pompeii.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Marylou says:

    Dear Walk of Italy, thanks for your posts, they are interesting and for sure helpful for us. This is the first time we are travelling to the South of Rome. Can you give some advise? We are going to Venice to Florence to Rome to Naples by train. Reading your post, maybe better Rome to Salerno. We were planning to rent a car in Naples then head to the Amalfi Coast. Would you recommend that ?

    • Hi Marylou,
      We’re happy to help! If you want to get from Naples to the Amalfi coast, we don’t recommend necessarily renting a car, unless you are *very* comfortable driving—the amount of public transport in the area means it’s not necessary, and both the chaos of driving in Naples and the very narrow, windy roads on the Amalfi coast means that driving there is not for the faint of heart! Instead, why not take the train directly from either Naples to Salerno or Rome to Salerno, and see the coast by SITA bus and ferry?

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Lela says:

    Lovely article, thank you so much!
    Three questions – we are staying in Salerno this August – what’s the best way to see the smaller & bigger towns along the coast – from Salerno to Sorrento? We were thinking public transportation, but don’t want to be stranded for hours if we choose to stop off somewhere. Would a private tour of the coast be worth it (one price I got was 300 euro for 9-5 private tour with a driver – a bit pricey for my taste, but not sure what’s the norm).
    Also, thanks for the note on getting to Capri – do you think it’s better to take the train to Sorrento and then ferry from there? And lastly – love your photos with the blue hue – which camera do you use, and is there a certain edit of the photos you used to make them look so beautiful?

    Thank you!!

  • Lee says:

    Hi, amazing website, so much information! Thanks on behalf of everyone for putting so much effort in. We (My wife, 1 year old boy and I) were hoping to spend around a week in early October in the Napoli/Amalfi area. We want a really relaxed time so plan to just do one thing a day and fit in what we can. Our priorities are: Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, Napoli, Positano, Amalfi. We are planning to fly into Rome as its the only direct flight and were then going to rent a car for a week to let us get around easily with the baby. Do you think it’s easier to do these things with a car or without? Would you still recommend Salerno as a base for our travels?
    Thanks!
    Lee

    • Hi Lee,
      We’re happy to help! Seeing that area can definitely be easier with a car, especially with a baby in tow—*as long as* you are very comfortable driving the kinds of extremely curvy, hairpin roads that you’ll find in the Amalfi coast area. We also wouldn’t recommend having a car in Napoli, as you won’t want to drive in the city at all; driving is chaotic and parking very difficult. You might want to fly into Rome, take the train to Napoli, sightsee there, and then rent a car in Napoli, explore the Amalfi coast, and drop the car back off in Napoli on your way back to Rome via train.

      Salerno would still be a great base, but one of its assets is that it’s great for public transport. So if you go by car, without having to think about that, you might want to stay in a quieter, more tranquil town (Salerno is really more of a city), like Ravello or Vietri sul Mare.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Claudia says:

    We are renting an apt in Minori at the end of Sept. and would love to do a day trip to Salerno by ferry any suggestions

    • Hi Claudia,
      That sounds lovely! Yes, we’d recommend visiting Salerno for a day trip. Check out the sights mentioned in the post as suggestions of what to do.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Tom Z says:

    We are going to Bari from the Amalfi coast and it looks like the best solution is a bus from Salerno. Where is the bus stop/depot where one would board the bus for this trip? Likewise, do you have a recommendation for B&Bs near the bus depot?
    Thanks.

    • Hi Tom,
      The bus from Salerno to Bari takes about 4.5 hours, and departs from Via Vinciprova, right near the train station. (We’d recommend asking at the info office in Salerno, which is located right near the train station, if you can’t find it and also to buy tickets). Otherwise, you can take the train, which takes about 5 hours (you have to change). B&Bs in Salerno are limited, but don’t feel too tied to staying right at the depot; Salerno is quite small, so it’s just a 10 or 15 minute walk from the historic center to the depot in any case. We’re like Salerno Centro, a B&B right in the centro storico; Casa Minerva, another lovely B&B in the centro storico; and the Ava Gratia Plena, in the heart of the historic center. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Rosemary says:

    Love all the information and comments. Very useful. What about weather and facilities at the end of October. Sometimes a seaside town can be sad when cafés and restaurants closed off season.
    Thanks Rosemary

    • Hi Rosemary,
      The end of October is actually just the tail end of high season for the Amalfi coast, so most things will still be open. That said, another benefit of staying in a non-touristic town like Salerno is that, since it doesn’t revolve around the tourism season, it has ambience year-round! As for the weather, at the end of October it should be mild and warm, so wear layers; there might be some rain, too, but hopefully not!

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Pepina says:

    Just like you, I think Salerno is totally underrated and it is a good starting point to visit Campania.

    I can’t believe you forgot to mention the fact that near the Duomo you can eat the famous “scazzetta” at Pasticceria Pantaleone.

  • Mauro says:

    Hey, that photograph is wrong (that’s not Salerno)

  • Brenda says:

    We are traveling to Rome in early March and would like to come a few days early. Our plans are to arrive in Rome and potentially take the train and set up “base” in possibly Salerno (per your suggestion); to return to Rome to pick up our tour. Or – since we are coming in the off-season, would Sorrento offer more conveniences? In Salerno, is there a particular hotel or B&B that you would recommend that would be more convenient to the train station? Or – is there someplace online that I might go to help us put an itinerary together? Thank so much.

    • Hi Brenda,
      We’re happy to help, and thrilled that you’re considering spending time in Salerno. First, the fact that early March is the off-season actually makes it better, in our opinion, to stay in Salerno rather than Sorrento. That’s because while the off-season in touristic towns like Sorrento can be great because there are fewer crowds, it can also mean that some hotels and restaurants are closed. A more local, authentic spot like Salerno, on the other hand, the tourist seasons don’t make much of a difference: restaurants and shops cater to locals, so they’ll be open regardless.

      In Salerno, anything in the historic center is pretty convenient (a 10 to 15 minute walk) to the train station. We’re big fans of Salerno Centro, Casa Minerva and Ava Gratia Plena.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • mucas says:

    Very useful article, we were thinking of staying in Sorrento but chose Salerno based on all the good advice in this blog! Thank you so much.
    Salerno is a beautiful town and you would really get the true local Italian experience, whereas Positano, Amalfi and Sorrento are extremely touristy and very expensive!

  • Jenny says:

    Very interesting blog – so much information – thank you! We’re planning a trip to Naples and the Amalfi Coast on 29 Oct. The idea was 2 nights Naples, and 3 or 4 nights Vietri sul Mare or Salerno. We’ll have baggage, and have been thinking that it may be easier to base ourselves in one place, like Salerno or Vietri sul Mare, and do day trips from there, including to Naples and Pompeii. Trying to decide what is the best and most interesting option? After Amalfi we plan to take the train to Sicily. Would appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Jenny,
      Your original plan might actually be best. We say that because there tends to be much more to do in Naples than people think (the archaeological museum… the castles… the underground tour… the catacombs… the Capodimonte art museum… the food!), so you might want to give yourselves 2 days to experience it properly. From Vietru sul Mare or Salenro, you can do day trips to Pompeii and around the Amalfi coast.
      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Corinne says:

    This blog is a wealth of information for someone (me) who has never been to the Amalfi Coast – thank you!
    This is our 3rd time to Italy and we are planning on spending 3 – 4 days in Salerno in the middle of November (chosen because of direct train access from Naples) but are certainly wondering if this coast is worth being at during this time of year? Is everything shut down? Too quiet? Wanting to explore Positano, Ravello, Amalfi, Paestum….should we explore Naples or even Rome or Florence instead?

    • Hi Corinne,
      Because November is out of the tourist season, it can be a lovely time to visit the area; you really get to see how the locals live! That said, ferries are running less frequently (or not at all) and some restaurants will be shut, so do do some research in advance. It’s also worth keeping in mind that many of the sights are outdoors (like the Villa Rufolo gardens in Ravello, or simply the views from Positano), and if the weather is rainy/cold, as it will be for at least a few days in November, that can make sightseeing a little less fun (although it depends on your attitude, of course!). That might mean staying in a spot like Salerno, which has more real sights (like churches and museums), could make more sense, just in case there is a rainy day or two. Before you make a decision, check out our post on the Amalfi coast in the off season here. Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Ashley Marie says:

    Hello, my name is Ashley and I’m most likely going to be spend a month in Salerno this summer. Is there anything you think I should check out? Be it a restaurant, piazza, museum, or just a bar that you really loved. I haven’t been to Italy since I was twelve, so I am super excited to be going back and would really appreciate any insight on this wonderful little town :)

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Ashley! Since you’ll be visiting in the summer, the weather will be ideal for enjoying the beautiful beaches. Bar Nettuno is a big favorite in Salerno and we’d recommend trying the gelato con brioche (sweet bun). Some of our favorite restaurants are Villa Sethare and L’unico for delicious local dishes – especially fresh seafood! Be sure to check out the Duomo di Salerno church and the Giardino della Minerva garden. Buon viaggio!

  • Elena says:

    We have just decided where to spend our summer holiday in 2014! Thank-you so much!
    We were desperately looking for a small town along the Amalfi Coast, not to far from Napoli. But with me being in love with the beaches and the sea, it was not that easy, until I read this!
    We owe you! :)

  • Laurence says:

    You were so right on so many levels. I stayed in Salerno because of what u said and it worked out great. Only heard one English-speaking person in the 4 days there.
    The same train goes to Herculaneum or Pompeii and is direct and quik and cheap

  • Terri says:

    You’ve already been of more help than ever expected when I started reading your blog.

    Since we’ll be there in early December, not sure what to do or skip. We’re doing our best to see much of the area you’ve spoken about and have already received a lot of help from both the blog and the related comments.

    We visited Venice, Florence, Bologna, Rome and Milan last year and fell in love with Italy and its people. We’re so excited to be able to return,

    We have a very long flight to get to Naples (leave on Friday and arrive on Sunday) and will go directly to Sorrento via bus for 3 nights, then take the bus to Amalfi and spend a night there at the Hotel Residence before going on to Salerno for just another night before taking the train back to Rome for 5 days, then on to Barcelona before heading home.

    Is the bus to Sorrento the best option in your opinion or should we take the train to Naples first (we will have a bag each) to grab a meal first? We want to spend one of the days going back to Naples from Sorrento. What else would you recommend doing from Sorrento. Although we’re seniors, we prefer seeing things and exploring rather than just relaxing.

    I’d wanted very much to see Paestum as I’ve read that although Pompeii is very interesting, most of the artifacts are better seen at the museum in Naples. We also want to see Herculeum as opposed to Pompeii mainly due to the fact that I don’t have great mobility as I’m recovering from a shattered ankle. Because of this, we won’t be doing a lot of exploring in the hill towns.

    Suggestions for things not to be missed out of Sorrento would be greatly appreciated. We can skip a day there and add a day on the other end in Salerno, but since we haven’t been to the area before, not sure if that’s the best thing to do.

    Thanks for all the help you’ve given!

    • Hi Terri,
      Happy to help!

      We very much like Naples (and its food), so yes, you may want to at least have a meal there. (Here is a blog post on why you shouldn’t skip Naples, and another on the best places to eat near the Naples train station). Also, that way you can just get on the Circumvesuviana train at the Naples train station to Sorrento, rather than taking the bus. But it depends on how much stamina you think you’ll have that first day! There is also a left luggage locker at the Naples station.

      From Sorrento, many people like to take the SITA bus to see other towns (we especially like Ravello and Vietru sul Mare), to take a ferry to Capri, to visit PAestum, and to go to Herculaneum or Pompeii. In Sorrento, we don’t find there to be as many must-see sights as there are elsewhere in the region; it’s more just a pleasant, convenient, if touristic, place to stay. You might also want to see our blog post on how to get the most out of the Amalfi coast for more tips and advice to the area.

      Let us know if we can help with anything else!

  • Chelon says:

    Hi, I’m traveling to to the Amalfi Coast the first week in April 2014. My travel agent suggested that I stay in Sorrento and take day trips to Naples, Capri, Amalfi, Pompeii. I explained to her what you suggested in the article about staying in Salerrno and she said the first week of April will not be overly crowed. Do you agree with her suggestion or do think I should still stay in Salerno?

    • Hi Chelon,
      The first week of April won’t be “overly” crowded, but we more recommend experiencing Salerno because, unlike the other towns you mentioned (except Naples), it’s the only one that isn’t primarily (or even at all) touristic. (That’s part of why travel agents still aren’t very familiar with Salerno!). So it’s not about crowds, but what kind of atmosphere you’d like to experience. We hope that helps!

  • Sharon says:

    Thank you for all your info. Before I found this site I had already booked a train ticket from Rome to Salerno to reach the Amalfi Coast. Since motion sickness is an issue for me, I plan right now on driving. I have driven a lot in Europe (Italy, England, France, Portugal) so not easily intimindated on the road, but I know this trip raises the bar on that. Plus there is the parking costs. We are staying 2 nights near Minori, 4 nights in Positano, and 4 nights in Sorrento (mainly for Pompei and Capri). However, I am still considering skipping the car and going with the ferry, along with short bus trips to nearby places. We are going at the end of May through early June. My question is this. If we take a car, is it safe to leave luggage in it when parking in towns like Majiori, Amalfi or Praiano along the way? I know typically that is a no-no in Italy and other Euro countries. Also, will parking be difficult even in the smaller towns like Praiano? I don’t mind paying if that is my only option. My second question is, if we take the ferry instead, are the ferries between the smaller towns like Minori going to be smaller and more motion sickness inducing? Also, how do we get our luggage from the ferry to where we are staying up above? We travel light (1 smaller suitcase each and backpack) but that is still a lot when doing many stairs. Thank you.

    • Hi Sharon,
      Particularly in well-heeled, touristic areas like the Amalfi coast, you don’t have to worry about crime; your car is far more likely to be broken into in Chicago or NY than it is in that part of Italy. You should be able to find parking if you’re willing to pay. As for your ferries question, the ferries might be slightly smaller, but if you are extremely prone to seasickness, you’ll want to be careful no matter what (and perhaps pack some Dramamine!); the seas are very calm, usually, but it depends on how sensitive you are. From the ferry to your accommodation, many hotels can arrange a pick-up, otherwise you may be able to take a bus, but it depends on where your hotel is; we’d recommend reaching out to them to see what they can do. We hope that helps!

  • Lvibrock says:

    I love this site! I’m traveling to Salerno by train from Rome in early September 2014. I’d planned to stay in a monastery Casa Religiosa Di Accoglienza Amici Di San Francesco
    It’s on the coastal road, “Via Giovanni Amendola” in the town of Maiori. It’s not far from Ravello, which is where I want to attend the Ravello Festival concerts. By the way, the Ravello Festival (www.ravelloarts.org) is such a joy, and the locations for the concerts are stunning. You can buy tickets online and they are affordable. I would like to know about either taxi service or bus service. I am traveling alone and I am comfortable doing so as long as I have information about these services before I go. Your help and comments would be greatly appreciated.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao! We think a taxi would your best option, but you may want to check with the monastery you will be staying at to see how far the bus station is from there to the Festival. Buon viaggio and be sure to tell us about your experience!

  • Ali says:

    Have enjoyed reading this. But I need some advice please. My daughter and I are visiting the area in early July to explore Popmei, Herculanuum, Vesuivus and Capri. We got into Napels but were planning to go straight to Sorrennto to stay for 5 nights. Now I think we’ll go to Salerno instead. however, can advise me as to the best way to get from naples airport to Salerno. We don’t speak Italian so I’m worried about that too! Thanks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Ali! The best way to get from the Naples Airport to Salerno is by taking the bus from the airport directly to Napoli Centrale (central station). From the train station, you can take a the less expensive option of the regional train (U-5 Unico Campania, 3-4 euro) to reach Salerno. There is a SITA public bus that runs from the airport to Salerno, but service is very limited and does not operate on Sunday. If you’re concerned with communicating with locals, we suggest having a look at our Italian Words and Phrases guide. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Omar says:

    Your website has been an incredible help for a young couple looking to make the trek to the Amalfi Coast. We’re gonna take your advice and “make camp” in Salerno for the 3 days that we’re there. We have a plan to spend our first afternoon touring Salerno (we get there around 3pm), and the second one we’d spend making our way over to Capri… It would be a great help to the both of us if you could suggest how to spend the 3rd day. We have the idea of taking the ferry from Salerno to Positano and then just walking around there and sort of exploring. I’ve tried to look at Day Tours, but many of them are driving and we’d prefer walking. Do you have any suggestions for this?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Omar, we’re glad to hear that you find our website helpful! We think Positano is a great option for your third day on the Amalfi Coast and the best way to get there is by ferry, then exploring the town for the day before heading back to Salerno for the evening. If you’re interested in Pompeii, we offer fascinating group and private day tours here. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  • Peter Chan says:

    Thanks to your blog, I’ve booked 4 nights with SARLERNO B&B in May to visit the Amalfi coast! From there, I shall go on to MATERA and the Apulia Region.
    However, I have found very little information about doing a day trip to Alberbello (Trulli) from Matera. Can you help? Regards.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Peter! We wouldn’t suggest taking day trip to Alberbello from Matera as you would have to transfer many trains and buses both to get there and go back. We think the best option would be to rent a car or do an overnight trip to make the most of your time and avoid a long trip via public transportation. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  • Cam Welch says:

    Hello, Thanks for the information on your blog. It is very helpful as my family of 4 (including 2 children ages (7&9) would like to visit the Amalfi Coast, but was concerned about the complications of switching trains in Naples. Going on to Salerno and staying there sounds like a good alternative. Can you tell me if any of the B&Bs you recommended in your blog have family rooms that would accommodate our family? Or, do you have any suggestions as to where a family of 4 should stay in Salerno. We are coming by train and will not have a car. Our plan is to travel by bus or ferry. Regards, Cam

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Cam! If you’re looking for a B&B, Salerno Centro would be a good fit as they have large rooms and are located in the city center. More of a hotel, the Novotel Salerno also offers rooms fit especially for families. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Jenny says:

    Hi,

    Your article is very interesting & make me want to travel to Salerno now.

    In this coming Easter holiday, I am thinking to take my two girls on 3-4 days holiday.

    Would you mind to work out the itinerary for us including the attractions, accommodations & transport please?

    What is the best time to visit Salerno?

    Manty thanks.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Jenny, you’ll definitely want to visit Salerno in the warmer months (late May to early September) to enjoy the beautiful sea. Buon viaggio and let us know if you have any questions!

  • Ali says:

    Hi again! Thank you so much for your I help in a previous email. We’re really looking forward to our B and B ( Antica ) stay in Salerno . We will study the link for some Italian phrases, it looks useful.

    One more question, we are staying in Salerno for 4 nights, sun till Thursday and need to check out on Thursday as our flight is from Naples at 6 am on Friday. Can you suggest a ‘ must not miss experience ‘ in Naples for the rest of Thursday, and, where would be good to stay so we can do this in Naples, yet not be too far from a hotel and the airport ready for early Friday morning?
    Thanks again
    Ali

  • Kaka Chan says:

    Hi

    Your blog are very informative for me. We hope to have some advices from you. I looked 4 nights hotel in Salerno from direct train from Rome. Since I only reach Salerno around4:00 pm should I goto Amalfi or stay in Salerno instead?

    My 2nd day will be Amalfi , Positano and Ravello.
    My 3rd day will be to Salerno to Pompeii
    My 4th will be to Capri Island. Any direct boat/ ferry from Salerno to Capri? I try to search unfortunately not much company offer this.

    Is this look ok? Any suggestion or should I re-arrange anything?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Kaka, you may want to spend your first afternoon in Salerno so you’re not rushing back to catch the ferry from Amalfi to Salerno. You may be interested in our Pompeii tours and excursions for your 3rd day. Alicost does offer direct ferries from Salerno to Capri. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Victoria Stacey says:

    Hi,
    My boyfriend and I have booked a 5 night stay in May in an apartment in conca dei marini through air bnb I believe it’s in the province of Salerno but still over 50 minutes away? We are flying into Naples and are currently debating to hire a car for ease. We have already been advised about the small windy coastal roads and other drivers but I have struggled understanding the public transport sites and the difficulties of getting their from Naples airport. I wondered if you had any tips for us and easy links to/advice on transport from Naples to conca dei marini and how accessible the buses etc are from there? We are both very excited after being told about the amalfi coast but want to make the best out of the time we have without it working out to time consuming and costly with travel. Any tips towards our trip would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank-you
    Vikki

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Vikki, the best way via public transport to get from the airport to Conca dei Marini is to take the bus from the airport to Sorrento, then a bus to Amalfi and another to Conca dei Marini which usually run on a limited service. You may want to consider hiring a car or taking a taxi, which should cost around 70 euro. Do let us know if you have any questions!

  • Jessica_P says:

    A couple of years ago when we visited Amalfi coast, we stayed in Sorrento! I think is was unbelievably beautiful and lavishing. But yes to some extend I agree that it was also very expensive ( good things coming with price tags blah blah). Good news is that we are again planning to visit Italy and all corresponding places. I have never heard of Salerno but after reading this post would definitely like to give it a chance. Thanks for assistance :)

  • Aster says:

    Hi there, I have a question. You wrote: “To get to Sorrento, meanwhile, you have to take a train from Rome to Naples (fastest: 1 hour 10 minutes, €45; slowest: 2 hours 45 minutes, €12.40)”

    Where can I find the €12.40 train? All the train websites have only €36 fare for the slower Intercity train and the more expensive fare for the High speed. We are going next week and trying to commute straight from Rome to Amalfi, considering both the Sorrento and Salerno routes. If I could find a €12.40 fare, that would probably be best for our budget. Please let me know if it exists somehow. Much appreciated!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Aster, we did a check on the Trenitalia website and there are tickets available starting from 12,30 euro. If the prices are higher for the intercity, it usually means that the specific day and time indicated has already sold a high volume of tickets and only has a bit pricier options available. Do let us know if you have any questions!

  • Lara says:

    Hi! Reading this article definitely set my mind on Salerno :) I was hoping you could help me, I want to buy the Campania Artecard and take advantage of the free entrance and discounts to museums and public transport. I’m beginning in Salerno, does this card cover travels to Naples, Pompeii, and Sorrento?

    Also, I’ve heard that you can only buy this card in Naples. Since I’m taking a direct train from Rome to Salerno, is there somewhere is either of those places where I can buy the artecard?

    Thanks so much!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Lara! You’d have to specify the “tutta la regione” (all the region) option when purchasing the card for public transportation outside of Naples. The website indicates that you can purchase the card at Naples Central Station and at all participating museums, but you can also try calling the hotline to purchase via phone at +39 06 39967650. Let us know if you have any questions :)

  • awidman says:

    hello, I m thinking about visiting italy next year and it will be my first time. My parents would like to visit almafi coast. i was just wondering if it is easy to rent a car at naples and drive to salerno? Any good advices? Tks

    • Walks of Italy says:

      We’d like to suggest taking the train directly to Salerno if you are traveling by train. If you are renting a car, be sure to do so in advance to guarantee the best price. Buon viaggio!

  • Valerie says:

    Hey,

    Thank you for a nice article.

    I am planning to go to study italian in Salerno for 2 weeks this july. I will fly to Napoli. Do you know what is the easiest way to get from the Napoli’s airport to Salerno?
    And also I am planning to swim every day before/after my lesson what beach closer what you recommend me?
    I will stay in a place of an italian family living on Via Indipenza close to the port.

    Thank you

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Ciao Valerie, we suggest taking a bus from the airport to Salerno (you can find more information here). We recommend the beaches of Vietri sul Mare and Cetara. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Valerie says:

    Hi there,
    Just wanted to say thank you! I was planning on spending a week in Amalfi but after reading this article I decided on Salerno instead and absolutely loved it. I spent 6 weeks total in Italy and Salerno was the only place where everyone spoke fluent English, where the locals were the friendliest of anywhere I went and the food was the cheapest. I stayed at the Vicolo Della Neve where I had breakfast served in my room every morning at the time I requested and coffee/tea/hot chocolate available 24 hours a day and complimentary on top of it! At the café across the street that has the same name I had the most delicious Eggplant parmigiana ever! The staff at the tourist information were very helpful and had a plethora of maps, brochures and information and advice. I day tripped to Paestum, Capri, Amalfi, Positano and Sorrento and still had lots of time to explore Salerno.

    I would highly recommend Salerno!

  • Roman says:

    Hello,

    We are traveling to the amalfi coast for 5 nights and then go to capri for 2 nights. So far we are thinking of staying:
    1 night in Salerno
    1 night in Ravello
    1 night in Pasitano
    Can you recommend us the 2 other nights?

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Roman! Are you interested in spending each night in a different town? We would suggest spending more than one night in each town so that you are not frequently changing hotels and you’ll have the chance to get a better understanding of the towns. Plus, it is quite easy to take day trips and explore other towns of the Amalfi Coast from each of these towns. Let us know if you have any questions!

  • Ali says:

    Hi
    Thanks to you my daughter and I have just spent 4 lovely days in Salerno. We stayed at Salerno Antica in the centre of town- http://www.salernoantica.com/perfect for the port, station and shops! It was so much cheaper than we expected and so central- we spent a day exploring Postiano, amalfi Town and Ravello, we went to Pomei and Vesuvius , Herculaneum and Paestum all independently thanks to your wonderful advice.
    The B and B was just what we wanted, and typically Italian. I would definitely recommend staying in Salerno and hope yo go back soon. Thanks Ali

  • Andrea says:

    Hi!!
    So glad I found this blog! I`m going to Salerno for a day trip from Rome with my mom next December…and I would love to walk thru the city and to take a ferry to the almafi coast but I’m finding very difficult to find ferries that leave in December and the excursions thru Almafi coast are REALLY EXPENSIVE!!! What would you recommend? I’d really LOVE to see the coast from the Mediterranean sea.
    Thanks so much in advance!! 😀
    XOXO
    Andy

  • Katherine says:

    I lived in Salerno for 2 years and am going back next year after 7 years gone…..its my favorite city! I love that other people find its charm too!

  • Brenda says:

    Hello:

    Great article! Our original plans included Sorrento but after seeing this, I’m debating switching our home base to Salerno. Can you tell me if this is a smarter decision after viewing the two itineraries below? Or does the second proposed itinerary seem too train intensive.

    Initial itinerary

    1. Travel from Rome to Pompeii – we have two roller bags and planned to leave them at the luggage drop in Pompeii

    2. Take train from Pompeii to Sorrento for a 2 night stay

    3. Next day, take the bus along the Amalfi Coast, stopping off in Positano and Amalfi to relax and enjoy the culture

    4. The next morning, train to Florence

    New itinerary:
    1. Travel directly from Rome to Salerno. Explore Amalfi by bus and/or take a ferry to Positano.

    2. The next morning, take the train to Pompeii for a 3 hour tour. Following this, train to Sorrento to spend some time. Then bus along Amalfi Coast to Salerno

    3. Following morning, train to Florence.

    Thanks much for your help!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Brenda,

      Of course, we’re partial to Pompeii tours :) But you should consider that Pompeii can be rather tiring for most people as it involves a lot of walking and a lot of sun, so touring Sorrento and taking the coast to Salerno after the tour might be a bit tiring. Another thing to keep in mind is that Salerno is further from Florence than Sorrento, meaning your train to Florence will take much longer. We suggest Rome to Salerno, Amalfi Coast from Salerno to Sorrento, Pompeii trip and up to Florence from there. Let us know what you decide! :)

  • Gunjan says:

    Hi,

    We have 4 days – we are thinking 2 days sorrento. 2 days positano.. plan to drive from florence to sorrento – on the way see pompeii. Next day see capri. Then from positano explore maybe ravello. And do the path of gods walk one day.

    Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Gunjan,

      That sounds like a spectacular trip! Our only suggestion is to be careful not to pack too much into each day – you’ll want time to enjoy each site! Pompeii, especially, requires time. You’ll need a solid half day and it can often leave people particularly tired. Check out our Guide to Pompeii to prepare for your trip. A guided Pompeii tour is often the best way to get the most out of your visit in the enormous site.

  • Theano says:

    We are planning to go to salerno from Rome we are family of 4 adult and 4 children (teenagers) for 3 nights ‘can you suggest a program in order to be interesting for the children.

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Theano,

      We think Salerno is so beautiful that any teenager would be interested simply in the great views. To take advantage of the great views, you could try a hike. The Path of Gods is one of the most famous and breathtaking hikes in Italy. If you’re interested you can read our article on the “Sentiero dei Dei” here.

  • Cliff Day says:

    My wife and I will be in Rome Sept. 29-Oct 1, and plan to train to Salerno late in the day on Oct 1 and overnite in Salerno. Due to time constraints, on Oct.2 we want to visit Amalfi, Ravello, and Positano, then return to Salerno to catch a train late in the same day to Florence. Does this makes sense? We need to return to Salerno not only to catch the train but collect our luggage. Is there any alternative plan that makes more sense? As we were going to be using Sita buses, I don’t want to be lugging around luggage!
    Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated. Cliff

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Cliff,

      A visit to the Amalfi Coast can be as relaxed or as busy as you’d like. While it is possible to visit all those towns in one day, it could be rather exhausting. The real draw of the Amalfi Coast for those with little time is the scenic drive. Take the bus from Salerno to Sorrento to marvel at the road, be terrified by the cliff face and get the breathtaking seaside views. In any case, it’s definitely better to have a base to keep your luggage – don’t lug it around!

  • Gergely says:

    Dear All,

    Many thanks for all the valuable information. Could somebody help me out where is exactly the public beach within Salerno? Is it possible to reach it easily from the railway station? Or do we need a taxi? I found couple beaches, but do not know whether they are private one, etc.
    many thanks,
    Gergely

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Gergely, There are many beaches in Salerno, though many are rocky beaches rather than sand, and most are private. We know that there is a public beach near the Port of Acciaroli, but we highly suggest Cilento near Paestum for the most pristine beaches. Or you can consider a private beach. For approximately ten euro per person, you can get a chair, umbrella and more importantly, a bathroom. Try Santa Maria di Castellabate for a private beach. Have a great trip!

      • Marianne says:

        How would you suggest getting to Cilento from Salerno?

        • Walks of Italy says:

          Hi Marianne,

          Probably the simplest way is to go by car, but if you’d like to avoid renting a car, you can go by train to Omignano and then take a bus to Cilento. Read here for more information. Have a great trip!

  • maria says:

    I really need some advise here. I am planning to go to Sorrento so I can visit pompei and the other sites, but I see that you recommend Soreno that is not to touristic and can see the other things like capri and positano and the other sights any place you highly recommend for me to stay, I am traveling solo and I wANT A SAFE PLACE THANKS

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Maria,

      We suggest Salerno to try something different, as Sorrento does tend to be a bit more popular and a bit more crowded, but both options work very nicely as base towns to stay in to visit places like Pompeii. Also, both are perfectly safe places to stay!!

  • Heidi says:

    Hi there,

    I am travelling in a party of 3 here. We will be heading to Sorrento from Rome and will be spending 4 days in the area. I am rather worried about the pickpockets issues after reading some articles off the internet.
    We actually would like to do the following itineraries:
    1) Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi Coast and Ravello
    2) Pompeii and Mt Vesuvius
    3) Capri Island
    Would you advise that we have our base in Salerno instead?

    Thanks heaps!

    • Walks of Italy says:

      Hi Heidi,

      Though in the article we advise Salerno for a variety of reasons, if you weren’t planning on visiting Salerno, then you can absolutely skip it and stay in Sorrento instead. The two cities and all those between them along the coast are easily accessible by frequent busses. If you’re worried about timing with your itinerary, we suggest our Pompeii and Vesuvius Tour with a drive to the crater to get the most out of your time!

  • Ligia says:

    The Amalfi coast is the most wonderful place.

  • Pamela Corke says:

    Your article is still so amazingly pertinent! Because of it we have reserved Salerno Centro B&B the Positano room for 7 nights in October 2015 and will travel from there to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Amalfi and Positano. We are still in the planning stages but I want to thank you for your 2011 article.

  • Siok Hoon says:

    Hi,

    If i were to take “https://www.walksofitaly.com/pompeii-tours/pompeii-vesuvius-tour”,
    where will this tour ends?

    I will be staying in Salerno as per your suggestion. :)

  • Jenny Carter says:

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  • Pooja Saini says:

    This is really awesome and very helpful for me.Thank you so much for sharing such a great blog.

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