Arechi Castle

Salerno, Italy

Arechi Castle is a castle in southern Italy located on top of a mountain, at the foot of which lies the city of Salerno.

The construction of the castle began in the 6th century under the Byzantine rule (the construction of the oldest part of the ramparts made of sandstone blocks is characteristic of this period).

Salerno was part of the Duchy of Benevento, which was the southernmost part of the Kingdom of the Lombards. When Charlemagne attacked the Lombards in the year 774, the Duchy of Benevento was ruled by Arechi II. He moved the main centre of power from Benevento to Salerno in order to strengthen his control over strategic areas such as the coastline and to secure communications within the province of Campania. During this period the castle was heavily fortified and its ramparts took the shape that have survived to our times.

Over the centuries, the castle had many owners. Archaeological work has identified, among other things, traces of the Norman presence. A watchtower was built north of the castle, allowing to conduct observations of the Gulf of Salerno.

Currently, the castle has been bought from the commune by a private company that arranged a restaurant inside. The defensive walls, however, are open to visitors free of charge, there is also a museum in the castle (large collections of coins and medieval ceramics were found during the renovation). At night, perfectly lit, it is visible from almost anywhere in Salerno.


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Founded: 8th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Italy

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Brett Radford (7 months ago)
We walked from the city to the castle. There is a good track all the way complete with steps where needed. The castle ruins have not been restored and are in poor condition. It was disappointing that there was no signage or commentary available to explain the various points around the site. The museum wasn’t really worth paying to see other than us the toilet. The walk to the site and the view were the best bits for me. It would be great if the caretakers put a bit of effort into restoring the site and explain the historic points around the ruins.
A C (10 months ago)
Beautiful to your however it is destroyed! The view when you get to the top is breathtaking! Yes you can see Mount Vesuvius! The bus drops you off there and also picks you up! You can go through on your own and explore, there is an elevator.
Laura Gillespie (15 months ago)
The only reason to go is the view. Not really a museum, but there was a small art exhibit. Not one part of the castle is restored, and is actually just ruins. The cafe was not open in Sept. 2022. I recommend you take the bus from Salerno, as you can use your pass to get back down the mountain after you leave. You cannot pay for a bus ride if you try to get on when you leave, and no way to call a taxi. DO NOT walk the road up or down. There is no shoulder. And it's treacherous.
pietro paris (16 months ago)
What a must in Salerno. Beautiful, peaceful castle, with a lovely woodland surrounding it. The views are absolutely fantastic, the ticket is about 4€ and it's definitely worth it. On top of that at the end of the visit you can enjoy a drink or a snack in the bar, right inside the main castle, just delightful.
Ali Altaf Salemwala (20 months ago)
Great views, very serene vibe. Walk up, it’s easy and the path is relaxing. Don’t use the car road, there is a walkway for pedestrians that is better and safer. Ask around for it since you can’t find it on Google Maps
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