Castello di Arechi

Castle in Salerno

Salerno-Arechi Castle
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Perched atop Mount Bonadies, approximately 300 meters above sea level, the imposing Arechi Castle overlooks the city of Salerno and its Gulf. Its origins date back to the Gothic-Byzantine period, with significant expansions and fortifications carried out during the reign of Lombard Prince Arechi II.

The castle, constructed with blocks of local dark stone, showcases its storied past through its architecture. The central section, flanked by towers and surrounded by a crenelated wall with drawbridges, highlights the medieval defensive ingenuity of its Lombard builders. A notable feature is the Bastille, a watchtower positioned to the northwest, exemplifying the strength of the castle’s defenses, which historically remained unconquered.

Encircled by a verdant park, Arechi Castle offers visitors enchanting nature trails amidst Mediterranean scrub. The castle complex houses the Archaeological Museum, displaying a diverse array of artifacts including ceramics, glass fragments, furnishings, and coins. Additionally, the Multimedia Museum provides an immersive experience with a video itinerary that explores the castle’s rich history through ancient finds, photographs, historical films, and insights into medieval customs.

Accessing Arechi Castle involves ascending steps and following a scenic path through the trees, rewarding visitors with breathtaking panoramic views of Salerno. Alternatively, the castle can be reached by bus or taxi.

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Visiting Castello di Arechi


Daily 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

On Sundays, the ticket office closes at 3.30 p.m.

Closed on Mondays.

Duration: 1 hours
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