I was a little apprehensive choosing Salerno and the Amalfi Coast as one of our areas to visit as I kept wondering if it would be as amazing as it was the first time that I visited there and then especially after staying at the most memorable town of Sulmona(view blog post here).
I searched for weeks to try and find the best place to stay at on the Amalfi Coast but just couldn’t find the ideal place. There are a few things to consider such as: how many steps do you need to climb every time you want to leave the apartment as most places are built on steep cliffs; will there be enough public transport nearby to where you are staying; will it be over crowded as most places are on that stretch of coastline? We eventually settled on the nearby town of Salerno and found this place with the most stunning view straight out of the window(kitchen and bathroom). It had to be the toilet with the best view ever. It felt like we were staying more with the local community than with other tourists so we visited the local supermarkets and local coffee shops. We could catch numerous buses into town or take a pleasant walk of just a few kilometers. Most of the town of Salerno is fairly modern but there is still the old part which has the old, cobble stoned streets and old architecture but you just have to search for this part as it is fairly off the beaten track. We also caught one of the many ferries that service the Amalfi Coast and headed off to either Positano or Amalfi. The trip there and back is unbelievable as the sea is so calm and the scenery indescribable, especially coming home in the dark with the warm breeze in your face and the twinkling lights along the coast making you feel like you are caught up in the best dream ever. Positano and Amalfi are tourist magnets so they are extremely crowded and with the narrow streets and alleyways making it feel even more congested they can feel overwhelming at times. Thankfully the views take your mind away from the crowds but I would love to visit there out of season if I had the choice. Staying away from the busy towns ended up being the right choice as we could leave the busyness behind and enjoy the slower pace down town in Salerno.
We spent 6 days exploring this part of Italy and thoroughly enjoyed the place we stayed at; the local supermarkets and coffee shops; the locals who took their dogs for walks every morning and evening; the trips into the actual town centre; the trips to Amalfi, Ravello and Positano; the swims in the sea and then of course the view from our apartment.
Next stop, Roma.