My wife and I stayed at Bed & Breakfast Salerno Centro for two weeks in September. Like almost everyone who has had the pleasure of visiting here, I have nothing but praise for the warmth and hospitality shown to us by the Manzo family, Lina, Pasquale, and Francesco, and by their devoted and very helpful assistant Kaoru.
I want to say a few things about Salerno Centro and the city of Salerno itself that seem to have been mentioned very infrequently if at all in TripAdvisor. When you step outside the medieval building (palazzo) where the B&B is located, you enter Piazza Portanova. This wonderful wide pedestrian plaza, only a couple of blocks long, is a microcosm of the entire city. Here you will find inexpensive yet excellent restaurants; takeout delis and groceries (salumerias) with a rich offering of local foods; caffe and wine bars; gelaterias (which seem to appear everywhere in the city every few yards you walk), and stores selling everything from souvenirs to handmade leather goods. All this on the very street where Salerno Centro is situated.
Walking at the western end of Piazza Portanova, if you make a right turn you are on Corso Vittorio Emanuele. This enormous pedestrian-only boulevard must be one of the largest shopping districts in all of Campania and perhaps all of Italy. Its multitude of department stores, shops and places to eat and drink, interspersed with street vendors and, late at night, singers and musicians of all kinds, seems to stretch on forever. And if this weren't enough, if you had made a left turn rather than a right off of Piazza Portanova, you would have entered Via dei Mercanti, a street much narrower than Corso Vittorio Emanuele but almost as long with a continuous stream of smaller shops, restaurants and street vendors both on the main thoroughfare and on the many side streets.
Salerno Centro's website notes that the bus and train station providing transport to many of the main Amalfi Coast towns and attractions is a 15 minute walk from the B&B. But at the eastern end of Piazza Portanova, only a couple of short blocks from the B&B just before you run into the breathtaking, tree-lined Lungomare Trieste stretching for several miles along the sea with people, dogs and bicycles flowing in both directions, there is a bus stop that will take you to Pompeii or to the small, lovely commune of Vietri sul Mare, much less touristy than the better known coastal cities to its north.
Like Vietri, the city of Salerno itself, the southernmost point along the Amalfi Coast, is very often unjustly bypassed in favor of the more popular northern destinations such as Positano, Sorrento and Capri. But besides being a much less expensive place to stay, eat and shop, I found Salerno, for some of the reasons already mentioned, to be no less beautiful than these tourist-oriented cities and in some ways even more enticing. Perhaps most prominently, precisely because it attracts far fewer tourists Salerno offers visitors an excellent opportunity to get to know some of the warm, friendly residents of this midsize Campania city--including of course the Manzo family and Kaoru at Salerno Centro--and how they go about their daily lives.
All in all, then, a memorable two weeks with Lina, Pasquale, Francesco, Kaoru and the wonderful people and places of the city of Salerno.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Salerno Centro" Bed and Breakfast is housed in a former convent of 15th century. We are located in the main square of salerno, about 800 meters from Salerno train station: a simple and pleasant 10-minute walk along the pedestrianized Corso vittorio emanuele, the most important shopping area of Salerno. You can choose between three very comfortable rooms with private or en-suite bathroom with free wi-fi connection and air conditioning. The free wi-fi connection is also provided in the wide common spaces. A limited made-to-order breakfast is served on a beautiful terrace which you relax yourself after the trips around Salerno. The intercity buses and the ferries to Amalfi, Positano and Capri are all 10 minutes away. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants and shops in the immediate vicinity, and the local bus lines are just a few steps away. Salerno deserves a full day or more just by itself, and can be used as a citybase for daytrips to the Amalfi coast, Cilento coast, Capri, Paestum, the Royal Palace of Caserta, Pompei, Ercolanum and Naples itself."Salerno centro" will be your home away from home. ... more less