When we visited the Amalfi coast, we stayed in Salerno.
I am so happy with that choice.
Salerno has a new high speed train station, so it is easy to get there from Rome in 2 hours.
Staying in the historic center of the city at the cusp of summer was intoxicating.
Everyone was out in the squares at night, beers in hand. During the day, the promenade was packed with joggers and ambling couples.
The promise of long days and warm nights was tantalizing.
This is coming from a girl who did not have high hopes for Salerno.
It was merely a jumping off point to explore the Amalfi coast.
In that sense? It was also perfect.
The best thing about staying in Salerno when visiting the Amalfi coast is the ferry.
Forget having to sit in traffic on cliffside streets. You can be on the water.
The ferry is basically a cruise of the coastline.
If you would prefer to go to visit Positano, tickets from Salerno are a whopping €12. Once you have docked in Amalfi and admired the town from the boat, you continue on.
From the sea, the towns are even more enchanting.
What you give up in terms of an exhilarating drive (or terrifying bus ride), you more than gain from your watery vantage.
Each curve of the coast brings a new village, or stone outpost, and tiled church steeple.
Whitewashed building and brilliant bougainvillea dot the terraced hillsides.
And the approach is unbeatable.
We left Salerno at 9:40 am from the marina at Piazza della Concordia – a few minutes on foot from the train station. Just walk past the security booth and head for the end of the marina, where you will find the ticket booth.
Returning from Positano at 6:30 pm meant that the 70-minute ferry ride slowly faded into the sunset.
For the ferry schedule from Salerno to Amalfi and Positano check here.
Taking the ferry is a fantastic experience, but also saves the trouble of finding (and paying) for parking. We can’t wait to go back.
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