Three Unexpected Day Trips From Salerno, Italy

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Located in Campania, Italy, the port city of Salerno acts as a popular hub for tourists making their way to Positano and Amalfi. While enchanting towns along the Amalfi coast are numerous, they’re often overcrowded and commercialized.

Guest contributor, Lauren Palumbo from Lauren Relocated, shows us how to travel like a local on your next vacation with 3 unexpected day trips from Salerno, Italy.

Day Trips From Salerno #1: Explore ancient Greek temples in Paestum

A greek temple surrounded by cypress trees in Paestum on a day trip from Salerno, Italy.
Walk in the ancient footsteps in Paestum.

When talking about ancient ruins in Italy, historians tend to focus on Roman ruins. Yet, forty-five minutes south of Salerno along the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea lies a much different and much older set of ruins. Taking the train from Salerno to Paestum is an easy way to get there.

Settled by the Greeks in 600 BC, Poseidonia (later renamed Paestum by the Romans) was a major city in Magna Grecia. Abandoned in the middle ages and untouched until the 18th century, today Paestum houses some of the most well-preserved Doric temples in the world.

Greek temple with columns
Every corner hides years of history.

Walk among ruins of the ancient agora and amphitheaters and visit the National Archeological Museum across the street (paid admission gets you access to both the museum and the ruins). Inside the museum find the famous fresco The Tomb of the Diver (discovered on accident by an artichoke farmer in 1969!) Preserved as if it were just painted yesterday, it’s the only large-scale Greek fresco from this era to survive in entirety.

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Salerno Day Trip #2: Visit Capaccio for buffalo milk ice cream

The ivy covered awll at Caseificio ice cream near Salerno, Italy.
Not your ordinary ice cream…

People in Campania are serious about their mozzarella di bufala. This special mozzarella is made from the milk of the Mediterranean water buffalo and is so prized that it even comes with a special certification.

The orange daily building at Tenuta Vannulo.

As a result, hundreds of cheese farms or Caseificio populate this region. After a recent Salerno day trip to the Caseificio Tenuta Vannulo in the small town of Capaccio, it became clear this was no ordinary Italian cheese producer.

Unofficially, Tenuta Vannulo is only the chicest day spa in Campania for water buffalo. Officially, it’s a certified organic farm and cheese producer. Take a tour and you’ll find a true utopia for its animal inhabitants.

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The concept is simple: a stress-free environment that improves the animal’s well-being produces a better product. Open air, sunshine, music, washing stations and massagers on demand—is this a buffalo spa?

The best part? They choose when to be milked by walking into an automatic milking station when they feel like it.

A buffalo eats feed.
These special animals enjoy quite a bit of luxury.

Take a tour of their cheese production area to see how mozzarella is made by hand. They even have a tannery with small leather goods for sale and an extensive collection of farming equipment from the old days. Reserve a spot for lunch in the tasting room for a private meal where you’ll enjoy organic products from their farm.

Hazelnut spread on brioche

However, the highlight of the trip (if we’re being honest) is their Yogurteria. The selection of artisanal yogurts, gelato, whipped cream, and jarred spreads (all made from buffalo milk) are enough to satisfy the most discerning sweet tooth.

Come hungry and enjoy a homemade brioche with a nutty hazelnut spread for breakfast, you won’t regret it. Next head over to their Caseificio to buy your mozzarella and ricotta (but go early before they sell out!)

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