Salerno will always hold a special place in my heart. First and foremost, I still have cousins that live there. It was from this part of Italy that my great-grandfather immigrated to Boston, where he met my great-grandmother from Friuli. Ever since my first visit to Campania, my relatives have always been the most hospitable, wonderful family. But aside from my personal attachment to Salerno, this is a beautiful part of Italy. Salerno is a sizable city not far south of Naples. That means lots of good pizza as well as a rich culture. It's close enough to the pretty yet touristy towns of Positano and Amalfi, and far enough away that you can return in the evening and walk among Italians dressed in their finest, tasting an ice cream cone, and lingering about during their passeggiata.
Ancient botanical gardens
Gulf of Salerno
My favorite part of the trip is every night when we sit down for dinner where we partake in simple food at its best. They make their tomato sauce once a year and bottle it up to use for the next twelve months. We enjoy vegetables like green beans, roasted peppers, zucchini, and a simple lettuce salad-everything tastes like it was picked from the garden a few minutes ago. We'll finish with different cheeses- buffalo mozzarella of course, some parmigiano, and another type perhaps. And finally, melon, gelato, and cake for whoever still has room.