Salerno is a town and a province capital in Campania, south-western Italy, located on the gulf of the same name on the Tyrrhenian Sea.
The main town of the "Costiera Amalfitana" (the part of coast on the Tyrrhenian sea which includes famous towns like Amalfi, Positano, etc.), it is mostly known in recent history for having hosted the king of Italy, who escaped from Rome in 1943 after Italy negotiated a peace with the Allies in World War II.
A brief so-called "government of the South" was then established in the town.
Some of the Allied landings during Operation Avalanche (the invasion of Italy) occurred near Salerno.
Area 58 km²
Population 146,324 - December 31, 2005
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Dialling code 089
Postal code 84100
Patron Saint - Saint Matthew - Day September 21
The area of what is now Salerno was settled since pre-historical times, although the first certain news about the human presence date to 9th-6th centuries BC: we know the Samnites-Etruscans city of Irna, situated across the Irno river, in the today's Salernitan quarter of Fratte.
After the unification of Italy a slow urban development continued, many suburban areas were enlarged and large public and private buildings were created.
The city went on developing till the Second World War.
In September 1943, Salerno was the scene of the landing of the allies and from February 12 to July 17, 1944 it gave hospitality to the Government of Marshal Pietro Badoglio.
The post-war period was difficult for all the Italian cities, but Salerno managed to improve little by little and to aim at becoming a modern European city.
In recent years the town administration has taken great strides giving a great impulse to the revaluation of the whole urban territory.
For a more information about Salerno see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salerno) February 2007.
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This information was correct in February 2007. E. & O.E.
I have visited Salerno in 1978, with my daughter, Sarolta and I will scan and upload some of my photos soon as possible.
In 2006 Hui Chin and I visited Palermo again and we enjoyed our stay.
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