The Best Thing About Salerno
Placed in the middle of the popular tourist triangle – Pompei, Paestum and Positano – the provincial capital Salerno tends to disappear. This is a great pity, because Napoli’s small brother has so much more to offer. And I’m not just talking about the gilded Duomo, the stunning views from Castello di Arechi or the Museo Didattico della Scuola Medica Salernitana that has been described in a previous blog entry.
Hold Your Breath
The best thing about Salerno, if you ask me, is the world passing by on Lungomare Trieste with neverending fishing rods and dreams and dogs on leash. Along with the impossibly crowded and colourful centro storico and main shopping area, where the streets are so narrow you have to hold your breath to avoid getting stuck. We tried driving through – guided by a local co-driver – to reach an underground garage, and I still find it incredible that the car emerged unscratched.
From November to January, Salerno hosts a Luci d’Artista festival and light sculptures of various artists float over the town in imitation of ‘Stelle cadenti, lanterne magiche e l’arcobaleno’. And among all the shooting stars, magic lanterns and rainbows everyone is free to make a wish.