Placed in the heart of the homonymous  gulf, Salerno represents the combination between a fascinating history and a huge sphere of artistic, urban and architectural beauties.

 Its provenances are very old and, the first statements of the town are about 194 a.c. when, at the feet of the Castrum Salerni (now the hill of the Arechi castle) born a roman settlement.

In the 16th century, under the Sanseverino family, among the most powerful feudal lords in southern Italy, the city became a great center of learning, culture and the arts, and the family hired several of the greatest intellectuals of the time.

During this time, it became the site of the first medical school in the world.

In recent history the city hosted the King of Italy, who moved from Rome in 1943 after Italy had negotiated a peace with the Allies in World War II.

A brief so-called “government of the South” was then established in the town, which became the “capital” of Italy for some months.

Today Salerno is an important cultural center in Campania and has had a long and eventful history.

The city has a rich and varied culture, and the city is divided into three distinct zones: the medieval sector, the 19th century sector and the more densely populated post-war area, with its several apartment blocks.

The city recently invested in various urban-regeneration programs centered on this historic neighborhood, which features a dramatic new ferry terminal designed by Zaha Hadid and a tree-lined seafront promenade widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Europe.


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