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Salerno Italy

Located southeast of Naples, Salerno shines through with its assortment of architectural wonders that hide down charming narrow streets. As well as being a hub for art and culture, it’s also known for being the location of the world’s first medical university.

To appreciate Salerno’s incredible architecture, take a wander through its ancient centro storico (historic centre). Here, you’ll find the towering ninth-century aqueduct which weaves in and around the city’s apartment buildings. You’ll also come across beautiful churches housing treasure troves of art, such as Salerno Cathedral. The 11th-century ‘duomo’ is said to contain the holy relics of Saint Matthew and Pope Gregor VII in a crypt that lies beneath a collection of precious paintings, sculptures and mosaics. Perched high up on a hill, Arechi Castle is an age-old fort that dates back to medieval times. As you explore this historic site, you’ll be able to learn more about its former purpose as a means of defence for the region at the on-site museum.

If you can peel yourself away from the wonderful architecture on display, Salerno has plenty more to offer. At night, you can take a peaceful stroll along the tree-lined promenade of Trieste Lungomare. You can take in a number of pretty piazzas en route, as well as a far-reaching view of the sea and the surrounding hills. It’s also worth exploring the wide selection of museums and landscaped gardens dotted around the city.


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