Italy, Salerno Guide (B): The Sea Side of Salerno

The Sea Side of Salerno
I will remember Salerno as the place with one of the most beautiful cathedrals I have ever seen and where I ate one of the best pizzas I have ever tasted. I only stayed there for one night on my way from Sorrento to Matera but as my bus did not leave until the afternoon I had to for a walk around the town and I set off from my lodgings on the beach early the next morning.

As I made my way towards the town centre I spotted a local market and diverted to the small piazza where it was being held to have a look around. The stalls were stacked with fresh fruit and vegetables and I was nearly knocked over by a scooter laden with supplies for a local hotel- but I was trying to take a photo at the time and had to skip out of the way.

It was easy to find the medieval heart of this modern city and I was soon strolling along its most famous street, Via de Mercanti, lined with interesting shops on either side and already bustling with locals.

Narrow alleyways lead off this street like tributaries from a river and as I wandered along one of these I looked up and could see above me the Romanesque bell tower of the Cathedral, Duomo di San Matteo.

Next to the tower is one of the entrances into the beautiful courtyard of the cathedral. There were two large groups of school children inside being kept in good order by their teachers as they learnt its history – built by the Normans in the 11th century, remodelled during the 18th century then severely damaged in the 1980 earthquake ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: The Sea Side of Salerno
Guide Location: Italy » Salerno
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Via de Mercanti   Duomo di San Matteo   Gardens of Minerva   Saint Annunziata church   Villa Comunale gardens   Ristorante La Conchiglia   Castello di Arechi   Piazza Montpelier  
Author: Valery Collins
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