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Salerno Cathedral (Duomo di Salerno)
Salerno Cathedral (Duomo di Salerno)

Salerno Cathedral (Duomo di Salerno)

Piazza Alfano I, Salerno

The Basics

The Salerno Cathedral (Duomo di Salerno or Cattedrale di San Matteo) was built during the Norman period and has a somewhat plain exterior that belies the beauty of its 17th-century crypt inside, with rich marble floors, exquisite frescoes, and elaborate gold mosaics forming a lavish backdrop for the relics of Saint Matthew. The basilica is home to precious artworks—12th-century mosaics, massive bronze doors, and the tomb of Pope Gregory VII, leader of the Holy Roman Empire who died in exile in Salerno in 1085—and is known for its 12th-century bell tower.

Salerno is an ideal excursion from Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano, and Naples; a stop at the Cathedral is a highlight of guided tours through the narrow streets of Salerno's old town. You can also combine a visit to Salerno with day tour of Paestum, about an hour south.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Salerno

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Salerno Walking Tour
Lori V, Sep 2019
Salerno Walking Tour
Adriano was very knowledgeable and kept the walking tour fun. He went above and beyond in giving us a great tour and providing us assistance in travel information.
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Great way to see and learn all about Salerno!
sue_deacon, Aug 2019
Salerno Walking Tour
Our guide, Adriano, was great! He was very easy to chat with and shared so much of the history and details. It was not rushed yet we covered so much! Highly recommend this. (Double check your meeting point - we were at different locations but eventually caught up with him.)
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Time well spent
SASHA_H, Oct 2019
Salerno Walking Tour
So deep is Francesco’s knowledge, it risks going unappreciated by those fortunate enough to even find themselves in Salerno, and on his walking tour. Francesco paces his tour, and speaks at a volume, that commands one’s complete attention and concentration. I eagerly listened to his every word during our brief time together. He has spent his life studying history, religion, and other cultures across the world. By taking his tour one reaps the benefits of his decades of dedication. He generously and humbly shares the understanding he possesses, as a result of his quest. He is proud of his region, and it is evident in the way he unhurriedly details its ancient, rich, vibrant, and meaningful history. The Salerno Cathedral was my favorite part of the tour. The chapel full of frescos depicting the gospel of Matthew was a sight to behold. For anyone who knows his or her Bible stories, this is not to be missed. The frescos themselves are beautiful, and to be enjoyed by all. I take many tours in many places, but this one stood out to me, thanks to Francesco. I consider myself truly fortunate to have been on his tour, and will remember it always. Grazie, Francesco!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Conservative clothing is required in the cathedral; shorts and tank tops are strictly prohibited.

  • Tours of the center of Salerno require some walking, so wear comfortable shoes.

  • The cathedral is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • Photography without flash is allowed inside the cathedral.

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How to Get There

The Salerno Cathedral is located on Piazza Alfano I in the center of Salerno; it’s accessible by bus and train running from a number of locations throughout Campania. To avoid the hassle of public transportation, however, consider joining an organized tour that includes Salerno and Paestum.

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When to Get There

Salerno is significantly less touristy than the nearby Amalfi Coast; in summer, you might consider it a welcome break from the crowds.

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The Chapel of the Treasures of St. Matthew

The Salerno Cathedral’s beautiful 16th-century Chapel of the Treasures of St. Matthew (Cappella del Tesoro di San Matteo), is open to visitors on the 21st day of each month. If you time your visit right, you can view the Gothic relics, silver statues, and other precious artifacts inside.

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