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Salerno, Italy

40°39.98′N, 14°44.6′E Chart icon.png
Salerno harbour looking SW

The city of Salerno lies at the head of the gulf of the same name on the Tyrrhenian coast of Italy, some 30 miles SE of Naples. Originally an Etruscan settlement, the town developed under the Romans with the construction of a road, the Via Popilia, connecting it with Rome and the settlements further south. By the 9th century AD the city had become the centre of an important principality and was already developing as a renowned centre of learning, its medical school being celebrated all over Europe. The city continued to grow under successive Norman, Hohenstaufen and Angevin rulers and by the unification of Italy in the 19th century had become a major industrial centre. The city suffered considerable damage in September 1943, when it was the focus of major Allied landings, Operation Avalanche, designed to push the Axis forces out of Italy. Today the city is a busy commercial port and, for cruising yachts, a useful spot to berth a vessel for visits to the attractions of Pompeii, Paestum, the Amalfi Coast and even the island of Capri. Yachts berth either in the Porto Nuovo, the commercial harbour, on the pontoons at the NW corner of the Porto Turistico just E of the commercial harbour, or (if there is space) in the cramped harbour of Porto Masuccio Salernitano at the eastern side of the Porto Turistico.


British Admiralty


Winds along the Tyrrhenian Coast of Italy are generally light in the summer months. The most notable feature is a SW seabreeze that kicks in in late morning and blows at little more than Force 2 - 4 until the evening. Thundery conditions are not infrequent during early Spring and Autumn, and associated winds can sometimes reach gale force and kick up a substantial sea. In winter, gales can blow from both NW and S and entry to and exit from some of the harbours along the coast can become hazardous.

Sources for weather information:

  • There is a continuous (computerised voice) weather forecast on VHF 68 - first in Italian and then followed with an English translation
  • The same forecast is given in Italian and English on VHF coastal stations following a notification on channel 16
  • Navtex weather forecasts are broadcast from stations at La Garde (Toulon), Roma and Cagliari (Sardinia)


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The apartment blocks and other buildings of the city are visible from a considerable distance. Closer in, the long breakwater of Molo di Levante will be seen; the Porto Nuovo lies to the W of the mole between it and the shorter Molo di Ponente and is entered from WSW; the Porto Turistico lies to the E of Molo di Levante and is tucked into the top NW corner round the ‘elbow’ of Molo di Levante.


Salerno is a port of entry/exit to Italy.

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Porto Nuovo

Pontoon berths in Porto Nuovo (the pontoons of Porto Turistico are on the other side of the mole)

Porto Nuovo

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World icon.png Porto Nuovo [[Salerno#Porto Nuovo|Porto Nuovo]] 40°39.98′N, 14°44.6′E
Porto Nuovo contains a series of pontoons situated at the NE corner of the commercial harbour. The pontoons are operated by seven separate concessionaires providing a total of over 1,000 berths, of which 117 are supposedly for yachts in transit (though don’t count on it during the season). Depths at the pontoons vary from 2.0 to 5.0 metres. It is basically a question here of approaching the pontoons and trying to negotiate a berth. Shelter is good except in strong southerlies, which send in an uncomfortable swell. No toilets or showers.
Berths in Porto Masuccio Salernitano

Masuccio Salernitano

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World icon.png Masuccio Salernitano [[Salerno#Masuccio Salernitano|Masuccio Salernitano]] 40°40.44′N, 14°45.91′E
Masuccio Salernitano is a small basin located at the SE corner of the Porto Turistico. The basin has a total of 414 berths on nine pontoons operated by the Italian Lega Navale, the Yachting Club Saliternano the concessionaire CVS. Again, there are supposedly 41 berths reserved for yachts in transit. Maximum length 16 metres. Depths in the basin are from 2.0 - 5.0 metres. In practice it is hard to find a berth in here, especially during the peak summer period. Toilets and showers at the Lega Navale clubhouse. Bars and restaurant in the basin.

Porto Turistico

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World icon.png Porto Turistico [[Salerno#Porto Turistico|Porto Turistico]] 40°40.44′N, 14°45.24′E
Porto Turistico has a small enclosed basin at its NW corner with a series of 16 pontoons operate by private concessionaires. As with Porto Nuovo, it is a question of approaching the pontoons and trying to negotiate a berth. The pontoons are usually crammed to capacity with local yachts. Shelter is good here in most conditions, although strong southerlies send in an uncomfortable swell, as in Porto Nuovo. No toilets or showers.

Marinas & Yacht Clubs


The bay is open to the south-east to south-west, but one can get protection from westerlies by tucking up under Vietri Sul Mare (40 39.82 N 014 43.12 E) or just east of the Commercial Harbour (40 40.52 N 014 45 45 E) both good holding on sand in about 5m. The latter is better for access to town, as the dinghy can be tied up alongside the lungomare.

Yacht Repairs and Services

Marine Stores

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Yard in NE corner of Porto Nuovo with hard standing and indoor storage; slipways (up to 150 T); mobile crane (30 T); engine, electrical and electronic repairs; all kinds of hull repairs; sail repairs; divers.

Fuel, Water, & Electricity

Fuel station in the Porto Masuccio Salernitano at the eastern end of the Porto Turistico (0800 - 1900). Water and electricity on some of the pontoons in the Porto Nuovo and Porto [#Masuccio Salernitano|Masuccio Salernitano]]; also on the transit quay in the Porto Turistico.

Things to do Ashore


Salerno itself has few attractions, other than a pretty, if somewhat decrepit mediaeval quarter. However, the city’s good transport links and car rental outlets make it an idea spot to base yourself for exploring the surrounding attractions of Pompeii, Paestum (with its three wonderful Greek temples and fascinating museum) and even the island of Capri, to which there is a ferry and hydrofoil service.

Grocery & Supply Stores

Excellent provisions shops in the town.


Numerous restaurants, pizzerias and bars near the harbour.




Motorbike & Car Rental

Several rental outlets in the town.

Garbage Disposal

Bins around the harbour.


  • Hourly buses and trains to Paestum
  • Trains and buses to Rome and Naples
  • Local Sita Sud buses to Amalfi, Positano and Ravello. Tickets available from inside the Train Station. The bus terminus is at the train station.
  • Ferries to Capri, Ischia, Amalfi and Positano.


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References & Publications

See Italy.


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