Province of Salerno

Campania, Italy

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Province of Salerno
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About Province of Salerno

The Province of Salerno (Italian: province of Salerno; Campanian: pruvincia 'e Salierno) is a province in the Campania region of Italy.

Geography

The largest cities in the province are: Salerno, the capital, which has a population of 131,950; Cava de 'Tirreni, Battipaglia and Nocera Inferiore, all with around 50,000 inhabitants. The province has an area of 4,923 km2 (1,901 square miles) and a total population of approximately 1.1 million. There are 158 municipalities, the one with the largest area is Eboli.

Tourism

The Amalfi Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, is located within the province, attracting tens of thousands of tourists from all over the world every year. The province also includes the Cilento coast, whose sea quality is considered among the best in Italy.

Formerly an important center of Magna Grecia, Paestum houses a large complex of well-preserved ancient Greek temples.

One of the characteristics of the harsh countryside is Gole del Calore di Felitto, an area of gorges between Felitto and Magliano Vetere formed by the Calore Lucano river. This area is of great geological interest and is rich in flora and fauna.

One of the many historic buildings in the province is the chapter house belonging to the Certosa di Padula (or Certosa di Padula or San Lorenzo in Padula), a Carthusian monastery in the city of Padula. The building has evolved over the centuries; the first parts were built in the early 14th century. A Mannerist cloister leads to the church, and a later 17th-century cloister has loggias supported by rusticated columns. These features add to the general baroque character of the building.

The chapter house has been adapted for the Archaeological Museum of Western Lucania, which preserves numerous ancient finds from the Roman era.

The Monti Picentini area is home to the regional park of the same name, which houses numerous nature reserves.

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