Christmas in Salerno means the Artists’ Lights, but with restaurants overlooking the sea and forays to the Amalfi Coast, there are many alternatives for spending the Holidays here.

Framed by the mountains and views of the Amalfi Coast, Salerno is a popular destination in summer, but no less captivating in winter. Christmas in Salerno is filled with excitement, thanks to the Luci d’Artista event that lights up the city during the festive season.

This regular event that is renewed every year in November, December and January, drawing admirers by the thousands: an unmissable event that adds to the many wonders of Campania’s, seascapes included. From beaches to culinary delights, here’s what to see in Salerno in December and what to do in the winter months.

Artist Lights for a magical Christmas in Salerno

As the wintwer chills set in, the city turns to Salerno’s famous lights: The Luci d’Artista is one of the most famous displays of illuminated artwork in Italy, as well as the perfect occasion to visit its historic center. Scattered throughout the city’s focal points, the legendary luminaries increase every year!

The tour route is free, but it is worth strolling along the Lungomare Trieste, the setting for the traditional Christmas markets: an original setting for Holiday shopping that rivals the charm of Trento’s Christmas marketsRovereto and Bolzano. Following the call of the Christmas Lights in Salerno, you can also come across beautiful nativity scenes and masterpieces of typical crafts, such as the famous decorated ceramics. A great tribute to Campania’s tradition and local gastronomy: there is no shortage of typical goodness at Salerno’s Christmas markets!

Luci d'Artista a Salerno

What’s new at Luci d’Artista in Salerno

The luminaries in Salerno amaze every year with special effects: new for 2022-2023 is the fairy tale and mythological theme for a full immersion in the world of adventures and fantasy.

The Luci d’Artista event is organized by the City of Salerno with the support of the Campania Region. It is one of the most eagerly awaited events in Campania during the Christmas season, attracting thousands of visitors and tourists. The lights, which are positioned from Largo Campo and in the Villa Comunale to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, covering the station area and the eastern squares, invoke new themes and project you into a magical atmosphere of animals, stars, nature, references to the fairy-tale world and myth. In addition, the unicorn, the mammoth, the Arabian phoenix, and the flight of butterflies are just some of the luminous wonders you can admire.

Don’t miss the striking Tree of Life with a sky of blue lights and the majestic Christmas tree, with new decorations, in Portanova Square, over twenty meters tall and embellished with flowers and stars, and the tree erected in Vittorio Veneto Square.

The winter sea in Salerno

The landscapes of the Amalfi Coast, as is well known, enrapture the heart even in winter: the sea and beaches of Salerno enchant visitors all year round, and we certainly recommend that you go as far as Vietri sul Mare to admire the beginning of the Divine Coast!

Natale a Salerno cosa vedere cosa fare credits Giuseppe Campana via Flickr

© Giuseppe Campana via Flickr

Christmas in Salerno – great food and wine

From Cetara anchovies to pizza and sfogliatelle, Salerno’s typical Campanian dishes make the city a top foodie destination. So if you’re looking for sea-view restaurants in Salerno for a romantic dinner for two, we simply must recommend Re Maurì and its Michelin-starred experience.

Ristoranti vista mare a Salerno: una cena romantica per due - riso Re Maurì

© Re Maurì

If, on the other hand, you’re in the mood for great pizza, you should definitely try La Smorfia, a renowned eatery located in front of the Cathedral in the heart of downtown Salerno. Are you in a hurry and wondering where to get the best burgers and sandwiches in Salerno? Those of Ingordo, located on Via Roma in the nightlife district, have a reputation for being simply superb!

To Salerno with Italo

The sea, the food and the Salerno lights are wonders to behold! If you’re excited about the prospect, book your train ticket to Salerno with Italo: did you know that thanks to High Speed, it takes you only 5 hours and 40 minutes to reach Luci d’Artista from Milan?


Cover photo: © Francesco Borriello via Flickr