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The Norman Balcony


Excellent 5/5 Score from 2 reviews

Water-colour of the Norman biforae by the art-historian Hans Belting, who was a guest in 2004

Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed

The apartment is in a historical building, Castel Terracena, the former Norman residential Palace of Salerno, dating to the end of the 11th century. It was erected by Robert the Guiscard, Norman adventurer who conquered Southern Italy, after having defeated the last Longobard prince of Salerno. Castel Terracena is the original name of the building, of which two towers are still discernible among the later structures added on to its original planning. The two towers are linked by the balcony of apartment, where three original mullioned window of the late 11th century are still to be admired. One if these was discovered in January 1999 thanks to the present owner's passion for Archaeology, as she was born in the vicinity of the Greek temples of Paestum and is fascinated by the Medieval past of Salerno.

The apartment is petite, but perfect for two/three people: it was completely renovated a few years ago, and furnished with the exquisite taste by the present owner. In every room there are pieces in terracotta from Vietri sul Mare, a coastal village near Salerno, famous for its production of ceramics with naive patterns inspired by the Mediterranean landscape. The tiles in the kitchen were specially designed by the Liguori brothers, earthenware artists of Raito (Vietri).

There is a small entrance, a living room with a large and comfortable sofa-bed for two and a beautiful wardrobe (used as cupboard) of the late 18th century, a kitchen with an antique round table, a bathroom with shower and a small bedroom with a French bed. The apartment is about 50 m. square.

The balcony is the most precious corner of the apartment: there you can spend relaxing hours dining at candlelight or drinking a fresh Limoncello.

There is no wi-fi in the apartment, byt you can easily buy a usb device in TIM/VODAFONE/etc. shops that helps you connecting from home, or better visit the many bars that offer free wi-fi in the surroundings.

The apartment is in the historic centre of Salerno, two minute walk from the Romanesque Church of s. Benedict and the Archaeological Museum and one minute walk from the Cathedral, also built by Robert Guiscard. The Diocesan Museum, where the most spectacular cycle of Medieval carved ivory plates is hosted, is round the corner. The apartment is embedded in the oldest street of Salerno, via dei Mercanti, where there are many jewellers and old shops. Within five minutes, you may walk the waterfront, i.e. the promenade along the sea, where there are lots of bars and pizzerias that animate the night life.

From Salerno there are trains (, buses (, ferry-boats (metrò, to reach the Amalfi coast, Naples, Pompeii, Cilento regional park, the fabulous archaeological sites of Paestum and Velia. The airport of Naples (Capodichino) is only a 45 min. drive away. If you prefer to use public transports, from the airport you can also take the very frequent Alibus to Naples train station, and from there reach Salerno with a 30-40 journey.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms
Nearest beach Vietri sul Mare 5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Napoli Capodichino 58 km, Nearest railway: Salerno Centrale
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, TV
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace

The Campania region

Salerno is the main town close to the "Amalfi Coast", with its famous sites of Vietri, Cetara, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Sorrento. It was a small-sized Roman town that became more important in the eighth century AD, as it was chosen as capital city by the Longobard prince Arichis II, who stopped Charlemagne's conquest of Italy. The remains of Arechi II's palace (San Pietro a Corte) and castle (Castello di Arechi) are open to the public. Salerno became widely known in the Middle Ages for its Schola Medica Salernitana, the earliest School of Medicine in the world, where medical doctors from all over the Mediterranean convened. No traces remain of the Medical School, but its memory is well investigated. The Botanical garden associated to the School (Giardino della Minerva), that is also the earliest botanical garden known in Europe, is still exant and open to the public: We recommend you contact the cultural association Erchemperto who can provide you professional guides (archaeologists, art-historians, historians) for cultural tours in Salerno and in the Campania region (the archaeolgical sites of Paestum, Velia, Pompei, the chartreuse of Padula, Naples, the isle of Capri, etc.):

Amalfi Coast

The Norman Balcony is located in the former residential palace of the Norman Duke of Salerno, Robert Guiscard (late eleventh century), in the heart of the Medieval Salerno, behind the apse of the cathedral built under the patronage of the same Robert with the archbishop Alphanus around 1080, and consecrated by pope Gregory VII in 1084. The small alleys, the balconies with their flowers and hanging laundry, the many old-fashioned food shops, the bars, pubs, fish restaurants and pizzerias will contribute to make your holiday unforgettable.

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16 Aug 2014


"Felt more like a home away from home"

What a great place to stay. The apartment was just as we were hoping it was. So different to staying in hotels and so nice to have tat homely feel. Very clean well furnished with everything you need a… More

27 Jul 2014


"Wonderfully positioned apartment"

This was exactly how it was described. A wonderfull apartment set in an old castle with old buildings, two museums around it. There is a local market every day, where you can buy fresh veg and fruit.… More

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