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Salerno City-Trek (with Amalfi & Pompeii) - SAL1

 
Salerno City-Trek (with Amalfi & Pompeii)
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Comfort level
3 days - based in the hotel of your choice
Starting from: € 125
 


Overview

Salerno, the second city of Campania, is still an underrated gem. Thanks to its unique setting, at the entrance of the Amalfi Coast, with the backdrop of the green Picentini Mountains and the magnificent Greek temples of Paestum and the Cilento National Park at just a few km. away, it is an ideal place to spend a few days. Salerno once was a powerful city, as demonstrated by the fact that it boasted Europe’s first medical university. But many other traces from its glorious past are also visible today.

The historic centre of Salerno dates mostly back to the early Middle Ages. It has a clear, northern, feel about it, perhaps thanks to the Longobards and Normans who were among the founding fathers of the city. Its centre is a unique mix of splendid noble palaces, churches with stunning fresco’s and popular and lively working-class districts – all perfectly blended. Take your time to stroll through the city centre -from the medieval quarters to the sea side boulevard. Salerno boasts one of Italy’s most beautiful churches, the Duomo, where the relics of St. Matthew are conserved in a stunningly beautiful crypt. In several places also its Greek and Roman history come above the ground, and its archaeological museum is one of the most interesting in the area. But above all climb the hills just behind the city centre, to take in some of the best views in the area. From the amazing 8th century Arechi castle, views over the Amalfi Coast, the city and the whole bay are stunning.

Another day walk brings you to some of the most picturesque, yet virtually unknown hamlets of the Amalfi Coast, just above the well-known Vietri sul Mare and to the great abbey of Cava dei Tirreni, once one of the most powerful abbeys in southern Italy. You’ll walk across a variety of landscapes, from the city centre straight into real mountain scenery, through chestnut forests, mountain meadows and bare rocky wilderness, terraced lemon groves and broad sandy beaches.

Salerno is a nice relaxed city – perfect for a short break. This short tour show you in a few days what the city and its immediate surroundings have to offer. A great add-on to your hiking tour along the Amalfi Coast or on the islands of the Bay of Salerno. And then you will want to come back for more!

The premises where you’ll be staying during this tour are all very special, full of historical interest. The standard of the tour is 3-stars – with stays in excellent handpicked hotels or B&B’s.

 This tour is an excellent extension (or pre-tour), for one of our walking tours along the Amalfi Coast or in the Cilento National park. In case you opt for a longer stay in Salerno: from here it’s possible to make daytrips to Paestum, Pompeii, Amalfi, Positano and Capri.

overlooking pompeii ruins and sorrento peninsula

Day-to-Day

Day 1

Arrival in Salerno. From the train station you take a taxi or local bus to the city centre and settle in at your centrally located hotel. Perhaps you have some time for a first stroll already, before going for dinner in one of the great pizzeria’s or restaurants of the city. Hotel *** – Salerno

 Day 2

Directly from your accommodation right in the heart of the city, you start a great and rewarding round walk through the city centre, touching of course – but not only!- the most interesting ‘highlights’, such as the Duomo, the theatre, the narrow alleys of the medieval town centre, with its many noble palaces and churches with IX and X century fresco’s. The literal highlight of today is the amazing Arechi castle, named after the Longobard prince who established his capital at Salerno in the 8th century. Views over the Amalfi Coast and the whole bay are stunning from here. Back down in town you’ll discover the beautiful gardens of Minerva and the roots of the ‘Scuola Medica Salernitana’, Europe’s most important medical ‘university’ in medieval times. The walk also brings you through quiet parks and the ideal end of the day is a stroll along the sea shore boulevard with a drink at the harbour. Hotel *** – Salerno.

 Day 3

Today’s walk takes you from the charming little town of Vietri sul Mare at the beginning of the Amalfi Coast (5 min. by bus) to the little hamlet of Corpo di Cava situated on the mountain slopes high above the valley of Cava dei Tirreni, on the other side of the Lattari Mountains. After strolling through the oldtown centre of Vietri sul Mare, and extensively browsing its many ceramics shops, you will walk down its little alleys to its marina, before heading up towards splendid Raito with its wonderful views of the coast. After a coffee break at Raito you then continue uphill to yet another charming little village –Albori. From here the path takes you inland towards the valley of Cava dei Tirreni. After passing Iaconti and the church of San Vincenzo you will walk through shaded chestnut woods, and pass at one of the hidden marvels of this area, the remains of a Roman aqueduct still standing 20m tall! In the afternoon you arrive at the millennium-old Benedictine Abbey of Corpo di Cava, one of the most impressive of southern Italy. After an extensive visit you walk down to the heart of Cava dei Tirreni  (optional local bus), where you can stroll under the portico’s of this charming city known as the ‘Bologna of the South’. Those who feel like it can opt for a nice dinner here, before travelling back by local bus or train (10 min.) to Salerno. Hotel *** – Salerno

Day 4

End of the tour.

  

EXTRA DAYS

You can travel by local train to Paestum, considered to be the world’s best preserved Greek temples. As ‘Archeology Magazine’ wrote: ancient Paestum is “perhaps one of the most unjustly overlooked sites of the ancient Mediterranean world.” The magnificence of the Greek temples as well as the remains of the Roman city, in combination with the amazing archaeological Museum, a lunch at a buffalo mozzarella farm and a few hours on the beach this makes a great day trip.

 Also Pompeii can be easily reached by local train. A visit to Pompeii gives you an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city; you’ll be captivated by the exceptional frescoes to be found throughout the city or by the opulence of the villas, owned by the rich and influential of the day. In alternative –or in addition– you can visit the excavations of Herculaneum, smaller, but with some very well preserved, magnificent villa’s.

 By local boat you can make a great day trip to the Amalfi Coast, either to Amalfi, Minori/Maiori or Positano. Also the beautiful island of Capri can be reached by boat. Walking options will be provided for all destinations.

Tour details

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

Accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis in very good (3-star) accomodations. All rooms have en-suite facilities.

Dinners are not included, as there is a wide choice of restaurants in the area, ranging from ‘fine dining’ to simple, but delicious pizzeria’s. Your accommodation holder can give you good tips. No picnic lunches are included in the tour price, but these can be purchased in town or the villages where you’ll be passing.

UPGRADE/CHANGES IN ACCOMMODATION

It is possible to book an upgrade in some of the places en route. Details and prices on request.

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY

Moderately easy (2): Mostly easy walks, though some include walking uphill (often a bus or ‘funiculare’ can be used as an alternative uphill). Extensions or shortcuts are also possible on many days.

Fitness: High standard of fitness is not necessary but you should be able to walk for up to 5 hours a day.

FOOTPATHS & WAYMARKING

All walks lead through urban areas, hence there is no waymarking in place. With the route descriptions provided together with the maps you will always be able to find your route. A local guide can be provided.

INCLUDED

  • 3 nights Hotel in Salerno*** – BB
  • Extensive route notes, with description of the route & tourist information
  • Maps at 1 : 10 000 scale (or better)
  • 24/7 assistance

NOT INCLUDED

  • Departure taxes & visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tourist tax
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Optional additional tours or activities

Dates & Prices

Choose the tour & hotel which is right for you !

This tour is a very condensed 3-day tour. An extension of one or more days is highly recommended!

The standard accommodation is a good 3-star hotel in the heart of the old city centre. Prices for this tour start at 110 euro per person (low-season) – see below.

Upgrades can be arranged – in several stunning hotels. Genius Loci Travel, as the leading adventure travel company in Campania, can book your room in any hotel you could dream of! We do not look for luxury for the sake of luxury, so if you’re looking for the right blend of discrete luxury, excellent service, gracious hospitality and a spirit of authenticity, do not hesitate to ask us.

N.B. For this tour tailor-made guided departures (for groups of minimum 4 persons) can be planned on any date. Availability & prices on request. Prices start from 225 euro p.p., depending on the season, the hotel of your choice and number of persons in your private group. Special luxury departures can be planned on request.

Please contact us for the latest prices

 

AVAILABILITY & CONDITIONS
GuaranteedYou can book this tour with a minimum of 1 person.
LimitedThere are a very limited number of available places on these dates. Immediate booking is recommended.
On RequestAvailability and prices on request.
  • Prices are per person and based on the season within which the first night of the tour falls.
  • Prices are based on 2 people sharing double or twin accommodation. Single rooms (double rooms – single) are available on most trips however the supplements listed apply.
  • If you are travelling alone then on some trips (which include taxi transfers) a ‘Solo Traveller Supplement’ will be applied instead of the normal single supplement.
  • Prices are expressed in Euro’s. There will never be a currency surcharge.
  • Actual exchange rates: GB £ - US $ - CAN $ - CHF - DKK - SEK - NOK - Other currencies.

Salerno CITY Tour

Tour variations

Choose the tour & hotel which is right for you !

This tour is a very condensed 3-day tour. An extension of one or more days is highly recommended!

The standard accommodation is a good 3-star hotel in the heart of the old city centre.

Upgrades can be arranged – in several stunning hotels. Genius Loci Travel, as the leading adventure travel company in Campania, can book your room in any hotel you could dream of! We do not look for luxury for the sake of luxury, so if you’re looking for the right blend of discrete luxury, excellent service, gracious hospitality and a spirit of authenticity, do not hesitate to ask us.

N.B. For this tour tailor-made guided departures (for groups of minimum 4 persons) can be planned on any date. Availability & prices on request. Prices start from 225 euro p.p., depending on the season, the hotel of your choice and number of persons in your private group. Special luxury departures can be planned on request.

 

EXTRA DAYS

You can travel by local train to Pompeii, considered to be the world’s most fascinating ruins. A visit to Pompeii gives you an amazing insight into the life of a Roman city, especially when walking along its chariot-marked back streets. You will be captivated by the exceptional frescoes to be found throughout the city or by the opulence of the villas, with their atriums and charming peristyles, owned by the rich and influential of the day. Visit the amphitheatre as well as the Villa of Mysteries with its masterpiece frescoes depicting the secret Dionysus rites, the Roman Forum and basilica, temples, public baths, and the tiny Odeon created for music recitals. In alternative – or in addition – you can also visit the excavations of Herculaneum, smaller, but with some very well preserved, magnificent villa’s.

In case you want to make a great roundwalk as well, we recommend climbing Mount Vesuvius, the volcano that with the fatal eruption of 79 AD completely destroyed the bustling city of Pompeii. With Genius Loci Travel you can make an amazing roundwalk here, completely different from the standard visit to Vesuvius. Explore the impressive volcanic phenomena to be seen around the crater: lava flows, pumice fields and grottos, before hiking the top, with some great views over the whole Bay of Naples. What is less known to many is that also the ‘new’ town of Pompeii is definitely worth the detour, if only for its amazing sanctuary. Go for a stroll here and then have an ‘aperitivo’ to look back on a great day.

 

 

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