Top things to do around Salerno, Italy with Kids

Calvin Hanson

Calvin Hanson

We spent a month in Salerno, Italy and any spare moment we had we were exploring around the area. We have compiled our top things to do around Salerno, Italy!

#1 Stroll the Lungomare—the long promenade on the coastline of Salerno—and eat a gelato sandwich (yes, seriously)

We visited the Lungomare almost daily with kids! It was great for sunsets, strolls, and our kids enjoyed the small beach area. You’ll find a nice cafe next to the beach to grab a cappuccino or Spritz and enjoy the view or watch your kids as they play in the sand.  Caution: The beach can be a bit dirty. We were there in the later winter time and so there may be more crowds when you visit in the summer.

Don’t forget to try the gelato brioche at Nettuno just across the street from the lungomare. Yes, gelato. In a sandwich. So we had to try it! @bar_gelaterianettuno_sa features amazing gelato you can get in a cone, cup or SANDWICH It is actually a sort of fluffy sweet roll. I wouldn’t pick the bread but it was fun to try! Our kids had it twice now so I guess they like it!

Check out our reel about the Lungomare

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#2 Picnic up at Salerno’s Arechi Castle (Castello di Arechi) — The castle up on the hill

Just a 10-15 minute ride up the mountain behind Salerno and almost always visible from the city, you’ll find Il Castelo Arechi. A humble castle with an epic view! There isn’t much to do besides take in the view so it’s great to bring a picnic or snacks and enjoy it! You do have to pay a little bit (4 euro each) to access the castello (ie better views) and museum. A round trip taxi cost ~30 euros. You can also take the bus. Just buy a ticket in any Tabacchi (just look for a big T outside buildings)

Check out our reel about Castello di Arechi

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#3 Explore Greek ruins that rival in Paestum, Italy

In just 45 min from Salerno by train and for only 8-10 euro for all of us to enter, you’ll be able to enjoy Paestum (pronounced PESTUM). The ruins of this ancient Greek city Paestum is just 1 mile off the coast making for a stunning site to explore the ruins. It was a major greek city in its day around 550-450 BC. After the Greeks, the Romans also used it. For years the temples were used for livestock storage. Nothing like priceless architecture being used for practical things 🙂 it also was the site of a WWII battle between Germans and Allied forces. Our kids loved the ruins because they were perfect for hide and seek. They are strict about climbing on the ruins so be aware.

The area is also known for buffalo mozzarella cheese (mozzarella di buffalo) and you can find farms and restaurants that you can try it in.

Check out our reel about Paestum

#5 Visit Amalfi, Italy — by car in the off season ($25/day) or by ferry in the summer.

We visited many of the towns along the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), but Amalfi stayed our favorite (even over the more popular Positano or Sorrento). It has a few nice beach areas and is less steep to get around in (I’m looking at you Positano!).

Traveling with kids, you realize restaurants are not always kid-compatible. If you need a cheap spot that has amazing picnic worthy food, we LOVED La Rua Pizze e Delizie. We grabbed the panini (sandwiches) to go and ate them on the beach. The kids ran around, splashed in the water and ate their food! If you are in the mood for pasta (ie you are not burnt out on pasta) visit Lo Spuntino!

#6 Hike to the cross by Monastero di San Liberatore Salerno

At night you’ll see a lit up cross on the hill outside of Salerno. You can actually hike to it from Salerno! I would recommend this for 8 year olds and above since it is a longer hike. From Salerno, it is a gradual incline through the hills on a road/path called Via della Valle. You’ll pass some ancient ruins and some bunkers. The final section starts at the little village on the hill and is a little steeper to get to the cross, but the trail is easy to follow.

The views are epic! You’ll see the monastery (usually closed) and another smaller cross before you get to the final peak with the huge cross. Make sure to pack water and snacks to enjoy along the way and at the top!

Check out our reel about our hike!

Read my Guide to hiking to San Liberatore

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#7 Visit the crypt of St. Matthew — Yes the disciple of Jesus!

You never really know if the bones of saints are housed where they say, but this crypt is worth a visit! You’ll enter the Cattedrale San Matteo e San Gregorio VII and pay a donation to walk down some steps. When you enter the crypt, you’ll need to pick up your jaw off the floor. The crypt is visually stunning. The ceiling is full of stories featuring Jesus and Matthew and the style of architecture although somewhat contemporary is beautiful all the same. This is a short activity that can be done in less than an hour, so you could combine it with going to the Lungomare and getting gelato 😉

I hope I provided you with some fun activities during your stay in the Salerno area. Did you find a good activity not listed here? Let me know below.


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