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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
Salerno is the place where the allies landed in WW2 starting their campaign in Italy. It still is a major industrial harbour and has nothing of the charm of the neighbouring [[Amalfi Coast]]. You will probably end up here changing busses and trains which leave from here to [[Naples]] and [[Rome]], to [[Apulia]] and to the South. From here you can also get to [[Paestum]] and to the local busses to [[Amalfi]] and [[Positano]]
 
Salerno is the place where the allies landed in WW2 starting their campaign in Italy. It still is a major industrial harbour and has nothing of the charm of the neighbouring [[Amalfi Coast]]. You will probably end up here changing busses and trains which leave from here to [[Naples]] and [[Rome]], to [[Apulia]] and to the South. From here you can also get to [[Paestum]] and to the local busses to [[Amalfi]] and [[Positano]]
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==Get in==
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===By plane===
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The Nearest International Airport is Capodichino (code NAP). Once you have arrived, you'll have to take one of the methods listed below to cover the final leg of the journey.
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*[http://www.gesac.it/en/ '''Naples International Airport'''] - official airport site.
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From the airport you can take a bus for 3 Euros (called Alibus) to Stazione Centrale (get off here for connections to Salerno via Train). It also stops on Piazza Municipio near the ferry port, from which you can take a 5 minute walk to catch the Bus (SITA). The route is not obvious, so see the section below.
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You can buy your ticket on the Alibus, and you can get to it by walking right out of the airport terminal to the bus stop which is less than 20 metres from the airport terminal exit.
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===By train===
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The main station is Piazza Garibaldi Station. You will have to walk a short distance to get to the station building. It's best to keep your valuables out of sight and well under supervision, as the area surrounding the train station is one of the most disreputable in all Italy. The city is trying to clear it up, but they are still quite a long way from the target.
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*[http://www.napolipiazzagaribaldi.it/ '''Napoli Central Station'''] - official site.
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Once you arrive at the station there are ticket machines that you can use to buy a ticket, or you can queue up for assistance at any of the ticket counters. A train ticket should cost you around 5 Euros per person.
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If you can speak Italian, you can also book a ticket online, and can collect it from the ticket machine when you arrive.
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*[http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/ '''Italian Train Ticket and Timetable site '''] - official site (in Italian).
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===By rental car===
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Theoretically, you can rent a car to cover the last stretch of the journey, but in all honesty it's probably better to reserve this option for second (or third) visits to the area if you are used to driving in Northern Europe of the US. The reason for this is that driving habits in this area of Italy have developed in a sort of local micro climate - most cars drift around on the motorway hovering between two or three lanes, most drivers talk and gesticulate instead of driving, and if you don't keep up with the traffic flow, you are likely to find someone tailgating you within 30 seconds or so.
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If you need any more convincing, take a look at the cars when you arrive in the area. There is a prize if you can spot one without dents. Dents and rental cars don't mix well. I rest my case.
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===By bus from Naples===
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Be aware that you have to cross the road here, and that traffic in Naples follows unwritten rules that are not accessible to foreigners (or even some Italians). Red traffic lights don't always stop the traffic (the locals know the 'important' traffic lights, and will stop at these). Mopeds regularly leave the road and drive on any other surface they can find. Follow the locals, and you should be OK.
  
 
==Get in==
 
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Revision as of 10:59, 2 June 2007

Salerno is in Campania.

Understand

Salerno is the place where the allies landed in WW2 starting their campaign in Italy. It still is a major industrial harbour and has nothing of the charm of the neighbouring Amalfi Coast. You will probably end up here changing busses and trains which leave from here to Naples and Rome, to Apulia and to the South. From here you can also get to Paestum and to the local busses to Amalfi and Positano

Get in

By plane

The Nearest International Airport is Capodichino (code NAP). Once you have arrived, you'll have to take one of the methods listed below to cover the final leg of the journey.

From the airport you can take a bus for 3 Euros (called Alibus) to Stazione Centrale (get off here for connections to Salerno via Train). It also stops on Piazza Municipio near the ferry port, from which you can take a 5 minute walk to catch the Bus (SITA). The route is not obvious, so see the section below.

You can buy your ticket on the Alibus, and you can get to it by walking right out of the airport terminal to the bus stop which is less than 20 metres from the airport terminal exit.

By train

The main station is Piazza Garibaldi Station. You will have to walk a short distance to get to the station building. It's best to keep your valuables out of sight and well under supervision, as the area surrounding the train station is one of the most disreputable in all Italy. The city is trying to clear it up, but they are still quite a long way from the target.

Once you arrive at the station there are ticket machines that you can use to buy a ticket, or you can queue up for assistance at any of the ticket counters. A train ticket should cost you around 5 Euros per person.

If you can speak Italian, you can also book a ticket online, and can collect it from the ticket machine when you arrive.

By rental car

Theoretically, you can rent a car to cover the last stretch of the journey, but in all honesty it's probably better to reserve this option for second (or third) visits to the area if you are used to driving in Northern Europe of the US. The reason for this is that driving habits in this area of Italy have developed in a sort of local micro climate - most cars drift around on the motorway hovering between two or three lanes, most drivers talk and gesticulate instead of driving, and if you don't keep up with the traffic flow, you are likely to find someone tailgating you within 30 seconds or so.

If you need any more convincing, take a look at the cars when you arrive in the area. There is a prize if you can spot one without dents. Dents and rental cars don't mix well. I rest my case.

By bus from Naples

Be aware that you have to cross the road here, and that traffic in Naples follows unwritten rules that are not accessible to foreigners (or even some Italians). Red traffic lights don't always stop the traffic (the locals know the 'important' traffic lights, and will stop at these). Mopeds regularly leave the road and drive on any other surface they can find. Follow the locals, and you should be OK.

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