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About Salerno

Hugging the craggy cliff face along the Tyrrhenian Sea is the lively city of Salerno, its white-washed buildings piled higgledy-piggledy on top of each other, looking almost ready to topple into the sea. Yet this preserved Italian city has survived earthquakes, plagues and world war bombings. These knocks bring bags of character to the tiny passageways and hidden corners of the Historic Old Town, where trattorias serving fresh seafood and pasta e fagioli sit happily alongside trendy neon-lit bars.

 

Admire the baroque paintings and frescos painted on the ceiling of the 11th century Duomo of Salerno, resting place of apostle Saint Matthew, then climb the staggering 300 metres up to the medieval Arechi Castle for spectacular views across the bay.

 

Back at sea level feel the gentle breeze and soak up the dappled sunshine as you stroll along the Lungomare, a five-mile palm-lined promenade which skirts the seafront, perfect for Riviera-style people watching.

 

Shore excursions in Salerno

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Easy Amalfi

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Experience Italy's famous coastline by motor launch and visit the village of Amalfi on this leisurely option.

After a short transfer you'll board your motor launch and enjoy a 45 minute cruise towards Amalfi. En route you’ll be able to admire the Dolomite cliffs, which have been sculpted by nature into fantastic shapes and tower perpendicularly out of the sea.

The picturesque seaside resort of Amalfi lies at the mouth of a deep gorge as it is one of the most popular holiday resorts in Italy. Amalfi played an important role in the Middle Ages as it was part of the 4 Maritime Republics that included Venice, Genoa and Pisa.

You’ll have free time to take photos and stroll along the narrow streets to the Piazza del Duomo. From this square, a flight of 60 or more steps leads to the impressive Cathedral of St Andrew. The interior of the church dates as far back as the 13th century with the highlight of the Cathedral being the 11th century bronze doors from Constantinople.

Explore the village and shop for handcrafted majolica, a soft eathernware ceramic which has been a typical Amalfi Coast souvenir since the Middle Ages.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach, motor launch and on foot. Passengers must be able to walk approximately 100 metres over even surfaces with 5 to 10 steps and must to be able to embark and debark the motor launch. The motor launch has both interior and exterior seating. The streets of Amalfi are cobbled and inclined. Flat, comfortable shoes are advisable. Passengers wishing to enter the Cathedral of St Andrew independently must ascend approximately 60 or more very steep steps.

Ruins of Herculaneum

Activity high

Duration: 4 hours

Explore the ruins of Herculaneum, an excavated site that matches Pompeii for its preservation and historical importance.

The city of Herculaneum was founded around the 5th century BC and became a chosen summer resort by the Romans, due to its enviable position overlooking the Bay of Naples. Many villas were built and adorned with magnificent frescoes, mosaics and sculptures.

There is undeniably a feeling that surrounds Herculaneum which is quite different to that of other ancient excavations, including its famous bigger brother Pompeii. The preservation of this small town is far superior. The excavations of Herculaneum are distinctly different from Pompeii, mainly due to the way it was engulfed by a torrent of mud rather than ash and stone. The mud had an incredible preserving effect on the houses, shops, baths, wooden elements, foodstuffs and fabrics, offering a unique vision of private life in antiquity.

Enjoy a guided walk around Herculaneum and discover the fascinating history that surrounds the ruins.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. This tour involves around 2 - 2½ hours of walking over rough and uneven ground which includes some cobblestone surfaces and steps. Flat, closed-toe, non slip shoes must be worn. For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter the excavations with big bags or backpacks and as lockers are not available, it is recommended to leave them the coach.

Ruins of Pompeii

Activity highShopping

Duration: 3½ hours

Two-thirds of the ancient city of Pompeii has been excavated allowing you to explore this once flourishing civilisation.

Take a guided walk through the rocky ruins of the excavated city of Pompeii. The baths and the theatres, the wrestling ground and the luxurious villas stand empty, yet there are many echoes of Pompeii's daily life; the wine jars are still set on the counter of the wine shop, the stepping stones are there to help you cross the street in the rainy season, and the mosaic floors and brilliant frescoes are a wonder to this very day. The plaster casts of the volcano's victims are particularly poignant and one can never forget the horrible events that brought life in Pompeii to an end.

Your guide will recount the fascinating story of Pompeii, its demise and how it has been miraculously excavated and restored over hundreds of years.

During your drive to Pompeii, you’ll have views of Vesuvius, the still-active volcano located about 15 miles south east of Naples.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. A substantial amount of walking is required on this tour and surfaces are uneven and cobbled. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are essential. Pushchairs are not recommended at Pompeii. Toilet facilities are limited. For security reasons, it is forbidden to enter the excavations with big bags or backpacks and as lockers are not available, it is recommended to leave them the coach.

Salerno and Cheese Tasting

Activity highRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit an old Cheese dairy, where you’ll learn the methods of mozzarella production and discover the historical centre of Salerno on a walking tour.

After a short drive, you’ll arrive at an old mozzarella dairy. The dairy uses the milk produced by thier buffalos to make different varieties of cheese. Here you will enjoy a mozzarella cheese making demonstration, followed by a taste of local products.

Afterwards, you'll join your guide on a walking tour of the historical centre of Salerno and visit the St Matthew Cathedral. A covered walkway is supported by 28 plain columns with arches and a series of Roman tombs around the walls. On the southern side of the Cathedral stands the bell tower which dates back to 12th century.

The crypt is situated under the main alter and it is made up of 9 rows of 3 bays with a cross shaped vault which rests on pillars.

After your visit to the Cathedral, enjoy some free time in the town centre to browse for souvenirs or enjoy an Italian ice cream before returning to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking on this tour. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Headsets will be provided to listen to guide’s commentary inside the Cathedral. Please dress appropriately for entering churches. The crypt is closed on Sunday and during Mass (especially on Saturday and Sunday), the guide will give a commentary from the outside and passengers will enter on individual basis.

Sorrento and Amalfi Coast

Activity lowMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8½ hours

Visit the charming towns of Sorrento and Amalfi, enjoy stunning coastal scenery and a relaxed resort atmosphere.

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the Amalfi Coast, the most famous drive in all of Italy, described by John Steinbeck as ‘a dream place that isn’t quite real’.

With lush vegetation and a sun-drenched climate, Sorrento became a favourite retreat of wealthy Romans and has been a popular resort ever since. A cliff-top setting, imposing ‘Duomo’ and charming streets with bustling boutiques, make the little town of Sorrento a delight to discover.

Whilst in Sorrento, you’ll enjoy an Italian style lunch accompanied by wine.

Further along the coast, you’ll find the romantic coastal town of Amalfi. Take a guided walk to learn of the history and architecture of this quaint town. See the exterior of the Cathedral of St Andrea and admire the Moorish and Gothic architecture.

During your stop in Amalfi, you’ll have free time to wander the narrow streets, or perhaps relax with a coffee or ice-cream in the ‘piazza’ and absorb the wonderful atmosphere.

Your return journey will continue along the Amalfi coast to Salerno.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Please note that there are a few steps to negotiate at the lunch venue, and the streets of Amalfi are cobbled and inclined. Flat, comfortable shoes are advisable. In the event that parking in Amalfi town is restricted, a visit to the town of Maiori, Minori or Vietri sul Mare will be made instead. Passengers are advised that the Amalfi drive is along cliff edges and includes hairpin bends. This tour is not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo.

 

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