Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Salerno, the city of lights

Salerno on the western coast of Italy, just south of Naples, is famous for its artistic Christmas lights. Recently I had a couple of hours in Salerno, waiting for my train. I used that time for a brief visit to the city and to admire its beautiful lights. This post presents some images from this visit.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Just outside the Salerno railway station is a small square with a monument to the soldiers who had died in the first world war (image below). It was a rainy day but fortunately for me, while I was there, it did not rain!

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014
From the railway station I took Corso Vittorio Emmanuele, the central street of Salerno with all the shops and restaurants. No vehicles are allowed on this road, so it was a pleasure to take a leisurely walk and look around. Here I had a first glimpse of the famous lights of Salerno. I had seen beautiful pictures of these lights at night and could imagine that they would be wonderful. I regretted that my visit was in the day.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

From Corso, I walked to the 11th century Duomo (Cathedral). The cathedral is quite simple and unadorned. The entrance leads to an open courtyard with some old tombs along the walls. The arcades in Romanic style are in polychromatic stones giving a wonderful look to this place.


Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

The bell-tower of the cathedral in Arabic-Norman style is especially beautiful because of the polychromatic designs made by stones of different colours.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

In the old city, there were several small shrines to Madonna and the saints like this beautiful small shrine to St. Rita, not far from the cathedral.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

After walking in the old part of Salerno, I came down to the seaside, where there is the municipal building with the clock-tower and behind on the top of a hill, you can see the Arechi castle.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

The seaside has rows of square boulders to create a barrier for protecting the city from high waves. On these boulders, a series of statues of grey-yellow coloured penguins have been put that gives the place a funny-happy kind of look.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

While walking along the seaside, I met Michela, a woman who owns a bar in the city and brings the old unused bread for distributing to the seagulls. It was absolutely marvellous to see her surrounded by the birds and it gave me an opportunity to take some beautiful pictures!

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Artistic lights of Salerno

The most beautiful part of this short visit was to see the beautiful city lights that are set up each year around mid-December and continue till the beginning of February. Unfortunately I could not be there to admire those lights at night, still it was wonderful to see them brightening up the narrow streets of the old city.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

The lights were in different styles. For example, two squares were decorated in Chinese style with lacquered boxes, colourful lanterns and a brightly shining dragon that must have looked spectacular at night.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

I especially loved the lights with some colourful flowers in translucent plastic. Take a look at the images below for some close-ups of these flowers.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

My couple of hours in Salerno passed so quickly. There were so many more streets with other kinds of lights that I could not see. In the end, my only regret was that I could not see those lights at night.

Salerno, Italy - images by Sunil Deepak, 2014

The last image of this post is from a hill near Salerno that shows the bay with the tourist port. So even without the lights, Salerno seems to be a beautiful place to live in with the wonderful walkway along the sea. It was a short visit but very enjoyable!

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2 comments:

  1. Beautiful post,loved it.Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks MaverickBird for your appreciation. I am glad that you liked it :)

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