Top things to do in Salerno & the Cilento

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Paestum

Paestum's Temples

Very different to Pompeii, Paestum’s ruins are smaller, older, more Greek and – crucially – a lot less overrun. Consequently, it is possible to steal some reflective moments here as the sun slants across the giant D…
Top Choice Cathedral in Salerno

Duomo

One of Campania's strangely under-the-radar sights, Salerno’s impressive cathedral is considered by aficionados to be the most beautiful medieval church in Italy. Built by the Normans in the 11th century and later a…
Top Choice Cave in Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Grotte di Castelcivita

The grottoes are fascinating otherworldly caves that date from prehistoric times: excavations have revealed that they were inhabited 42,000 years ago, making them the oldest known settlement in Europe. Don’t forget …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Salerno

Mariterraneo

Hard to find, this new purveyor of Slow Food shines brightly amid the grubby graffiti, drying washing and overflowing bins of the centro storico (historic centre). The artistically presented food will have you unash…
Top Choice Old Town in Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Teggiano

The ancient coil of streets that makes up Teggiano (population 8,100) comprise what is arguably the most dashing of park’s 80 villages. Grafted onto a rise with nary a modern edifice to blemish its beauty, the settl…
Top Choice Bar in Agropoli

Nero Café

The best place for an afternoon pausa (break) in Agropoli is the leather-seated, art deco-tinged Nero Café, although the intended ‘pause’ could turn into a longer-term intermission should your attention be diverted …
Top Choice Campanian in Acciaroli to Pisciotta

Osteria del Borgo

From your perch on the stone terrace, you’ll hear your order loudly repeated to the chef (ie Mamma), followed by the requisite banging of pots and pans. In a land of simple food, this osteria is an expert in making …
Top Choice Pizza in Agropoli

Pecora Nera

Agropoli’s self-proclaimed ‘black sheep’, Pecora Nera has emerged as a new challenger for the title of the town’s ‘best pizza’ and they might just be on to something. The small but slickly furnished pizzeria in a pi…
Monastery in Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Certosa di San Lorenzo

A giant among monasteries, even by Italian standards, the Certosa di San Lorenzo dates from 1306 and covers 250,000 sq metres. Numerologists can get a kick out of ticking off the supposed 320 rooms and halls, 2500m …
Museum in Paestum

Museo di Paestum

Facing the east side of the ruins, the Museo di Paestum houses a collection of much-weathered metopes (bas-relief friezes). Among these are originals from the Tempio di Argiva Hera (Temple of Argive Hera), 9km north…