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Salerno and Napoli

Salerno, is in the middle between the Sorrento peninsula and the plain of the Sele. Like all the cities of Campania, Salerno also offers a lot of monuments and interesting cultural sites. One of the best places that characterize Salerno is the Salernitana Medical School, recognised as the oldest University of Medicine in the World. Its Botanical Garden (or Garden of Minerva) is still rich of medicinal herbs and is a real treat for tourists and local people.

Santa Sophia’s monumental complex, which is still almost unknown, hosts temporary exhibitions and conferences and is very “active” especially during the Salerno Luci d’Artista’s event, where you can see he facade completely lit. The Cathedral of St. Matthew is in the center of the city and was built on the relics of a Roman temple. It is decorated with sculptures and mosaics, and in the Chapel of the Treasury you can admire Gothic relics including the arms of St. Matthew.

 

The Arechi Castle, located on Mount Bonadies, was built in the 7th century by the Longobard Arechi II, and still seems dominate the city. The panoramic view over the Gulf of Salerno is truly unmissable, and you can also visit the interior museum of the Castle that contains pottery and old coins.

During the Christmas season, Salerno turns into a mix of lights and colors. This Event is called “Luci d’Artista” and is the most spectacular and impressive exhibition of light artworks, installed along the streets, squares and parks.

Napoli, with its 2700 years of history, will be very hard to be described in a few lines. Naples has always been defined the “City of the Sun” and proudly embeds its craft, theatrical, musical and gastronomic traditions. The tour of the city could start from the districts of San Ferdinando, Santa Lucia, Chiaja and then proceed to Toledo and the visit of the Zavallos Stigliano palace, where is possible to admire the Martyrdom of Saint Ursula, painted by the Italian artist Caravaggio.

The Umberto I Gallery and the San Carlo Theater are easily accessible from this part of the city and, during your walk, you need to stop and taste at least one of the most famous dessert of the Neapolitan tradition: the “babà”!

The tour of the city can now proceed to Plebiscito’s Square and the New Castle, or the Angioino Castle, charachterised by its massive Aragonese arch. Here you can relax a bit and then walk through via Partenope and via Caracciolo, in one of the most beautiful known walks of the world and, in the end, stop in front of the great beauty of Castel dell’Ovo. The castle’s name comes from the roman poet Virgil who, as for the legend, put an egg where now is the Castle and if the egg breaks, the Castle, and Naples also, will fall.

Enjoying this magnificent view, you can dine in one of the many typical restaurants and taste fish-based delicacies or, why not, an unmistakable pizza!