Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy

Amalfi Coast (Salerno), Italy

Salerno is a city in Campania, south west Italy, and is the capital of the province of the same name. It is located on the Gulf of Salerno on the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Salerno is a lively town, it’s promenade offers elegant shops and trendy cafés.

The historical Old Town is full of tiny passageways and hidden corners. Attractions include the 11th century Duomo (cathedral), the 12th century bell tower and the medieval aqueduct.

Perched on a hilltop 300m above town is Arechi Castle (Castello di Arechi). Spectacular views of Salerno, the Amalfi Coast and the Gulf of Salerno can be seen from the castle.

Museums include Archeologico Provinciale, Didattico della Scuola Medica Salernitana and Diocesano di Salerno.

The Giardino della Minerva (Botanical Gardens) and the Parco del Mercatello are popular places to relax and enjoy nature.

There is a small ferry terminal at the bottom of the Marina, for ferry trips along the coast of Amalfi.

Perhaps you have seen photographs of the famed Amalfi Coast, where colorful terraced homes nestled into cliff-side hills climb from the deep blue Mediterranean Sea. These port towns, south of the Sorrentine Peninsula in Italy, were not highly accessible via roads until the past 100 years. 

Fresh produce is abundant, which combined with fresh seafood, makes dining along the Amalfi Coast a feast for the senses. Trees bearing olives, lemons, limes, oranges scent the air with a perfume that mixes with the salty sea air.

There are a number of sandy beaches located in and around Salerno, including one a few kilometres along the Amalfi coast road.

Seafood, pizza and pasta are widely available in local restaurants.

The disabled cruiser visiting the Amalfi Coast will encounter steep hills, many steps, and cobblestone. All of which is not wheelchair friendly. There are tons of steps and steep hills in Positano. Amalfi is flatter but a lot of walking is required unless you just want to stay down by the water which is nice for a meal and the views but you wont get to really explore the towns. 

Where You’re Docked

Cruise ships dock at the Port of Salerno, where it is a 15 minute shuttle ride into the center of town. Some cruise lines offer transportation. Most cruise lines provide a shuttle service to the Piazza della Concordia, which is about 2.5 miles away.

The City of Salerno also offers free shuttles to the port gates as walking is not permitted inside the port area.Disability Cruising-Salerno-7

Good to Know

The towns on the Amalfi Coast climb steeply into the hills. Many destinations might require climbing many steps. They are not stroller or wheelchair-friendly, and those needing assistance might only be able to visit the lower areas of the towns.

Currency 

Italy, as part of the European Union, uses euros. ATMs will dispense euros using your debit card and are the cheapest way to acquire the currency. Credit cards are accepted in shops and restaurants in the busier areas of town, but you may find you’ll need cash in smaller shops and eateries on side streets or off the beaten path. Local exchange shops are available, but will charge higher fees than your bank.

Language

Italian is the official language. Most people you will encounter will speak and understand some English but probably will have a heavy Italian accent. You might need to use a little charades to help communicate. Remember grazie, which means “thank you,” and you’ll receive smiles for the effort.

Shopping

Ceramics decorated in sea blues and lemon yellows are popular items found in Amalfi Coast stores. From serving ware to drink ware to dinnerware, shops carry plenty of options to take home and decorate your kitchen or dining room.

Follow the main street of Amalfi, past the cathedral and the gelato stations, choose any restaurant with its doors open to the outside breeze, and you won’t go wrong. Seafood is a mainstay there, with squid, shellfish, clams and sardines often used in pastas, entrees and sauces. Pizza got its start just a few miles down the coast in Naples, and pies with tangy local tomatoes and fresh cheese, buffalo mozzarella is a specialty, are offered everywhere. For dessert, look for sfogliatelle, a stuffed shell pastry that defines Italian baking. Lunch is the main meal of the day, and many restaurants serve fixed-price menus. Locals generally don’t eat before 8:30 p.m.

Points of Interest

  • Amalfi Coast – The Amalfi coast and its namesake town offer miles of beautiful scenery-from the fragrant lemon groves dotting the lush landscape to the dramatic cliffs that meet the sea below.
  • Amalfi Coast Village – The Amalfi Coast villages include: Amalfi, Maiori, Minori and Vietri sul Mare. Each village boasts the handcrafted majolica ware, an Amalfi Coast specialty since the Middle Ages.
  • Pompeii – Mt. Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and completely buried the city of Pompeii. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fascinating ruins that hint of a once-thriving city. Accessible Pompeii Tour is a friendly tour for wheelchair users, and mobility scooters. The itinerary is tailored along a special path that finally made Pompeii accessible to everyone. Thanks to ramps and elevators created to overcome architectural barriers, you will be able to experience and explore Pompeii Archaeological Site as everyone else. You will enjoy the visit of amazing buildings with their mosaics and wall paintings. A journey through the Ancient Pompeii to discover how its inhabitants lived before the tremendous eruption of Mt Vesuvius on 79 AD. Start from the Amphitheater to make the best of special ramps designed to access many of the ancient buildings and open areas. To explore the town of Pompeii you will be using the recently renewed sidewalks and paths made out of smooth concrete. On your way out you will use the specific elevator made for travelers with special needs. By the exit are also available wheel-chair accessible restrooms.
  • Sorrento – This picturesque town sits on the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and boasts stunning views and seafood delicacies. It is also known for its Limoncello, a tangy lemon liqueur.
  • Capri – This gorgeous island destination off the Sorrento Peninsula has been a getaway for the rich and famous since Roman times. The city of Capri comprises the eastside and Anacapri lies to the west.
  • Positano – Pastel houses tumble down the cliffs to a beach dotted with fishing boats. Long a draw for sophisticated travelers, Positano boasts elegant boutiques and seaside cafés.
  • Herculaneum – Discovered in 1709, Herculaneum was buried under mud in the 79 A.D. eruption. Excavations revealed its well-preserved Roman villas.
  • Mt. Vesuvius – This volcano destroyed the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Now dormant, it is a bucolic national park with many walking trails and a summit open to visitors.

Amalfi Coast (Salerno) Accessible Excursions

The City of Salerno also offers free shuttles to the port gates as walking is not permitted inside the port area.

Private Accessible Scenic Amalfi Coast

Explore the beloved Amalfi Coast on 5 hour accessible excursion. Your day will begin with a transfer from the Port of Salerno by an accessible van along Amalfi Coast with your English-speaking guide and wheelchair user accessibility.

The Amalfi Coast dazzles with its mysterious grottos, craggy cliffs, and shimmering bays, making it a popular tourist destination for the region and Italy as a whole. 

You will discover 50 km of enchanting coastline, offering scenarios of incomparable beauty. Allow your tour guide take you along the Amalfi Coast to discover the beauties of this amazing area. Learn about the region’s history and culture and enjoy some free time visiting the villas of Ravello, the old village of Amalfi, and the fabled routs and boutiques of Positano.

Remember to enjoy a limoncello in Sorrento before returning to the pier.

Please Note: This tour accommodates groups of up to 3 and 5. Also, each vehicle accommodates one guest with a wheelchair. Walking tour itinerary may vary accordingly to the guide. A disability questionnaire is required from the local representative in order to supply needed information prior to your tour.

Capri Island Tour for the Disabled

The beautiful island of Capri is one of the most popular vacation destinations in southern Italy…and it has been for a long time. In fact, the Roman emperors vacationed here 2000 years ago!

The 8 hour Capri Island Tour for the Disabled shows you several sights in this must-see Mediterranean destination: the Bay of Naples, the Marina Grande, and the town of Capri.

The tour guide for your Capri Disabled Accessible Tour will meet you at the Salerno cruise terminal. After a short accessible walk/roll to the ferry terminal, your tour guide will help you in purchasing your ferry tickets to Capri.

There are multiple ferries (jetfoils) at the ferry dock. Your ferry to Capri will have a wheelchair ramp and a space for wheelchair users onboard.

The Capri Island Tour for the Disabled includes a ride on the cable car from the Marina Grande to the town of Capri. There is a lift and an electric ramp for wheelchair users. It also includes a private driving tour around the island and a visit to the town of Anacapri.

There are numerous hills on the island of Capri. The disabled accessible Capri tour uses a taxi that is easy for wheelchair users to transfer into so that they can visit the town of Anacapri and drive around the island.

When walking and rolling in Capri, this accessible Capri tour takes the most wheelchair friendly routes around the island by avoiding severe cobblestones and steps.

The Capri Island Tour for the Disabled utilizes a step-free routes throughout the tour. Tour participants will encounter some uphill terrain in Capri, but the guide can assist wheelchair users. However, wheelchair users will need to be able to transfer into a car.