Surrounded by all the big names; Naples, Amalfi Coast, Positano, Sorrento - Salerno is often overlooked as just a travel pitstop onwards to somewhere more exciting. That in itself made it an absolutely charming destination because hey, away from the maddening crowd!
This under-the-radar town is home to a few rather unexpected wine bar gems including Dòmo. A tiny space housed in the old structures facing the Duomo (main cathedral) of Salerno, it is not uncommon to find merry guests with wine glasses on the cobbled street outside the bar or even on the stairs leading up to the cathedral. A late night hot spot in town, obviously, but the best time to visit is just a little after its opening at 6.30pm daily. Grab a seat right at the bar and if the owner Francesco is around - your evening wine conversation/education is complete.
A Tuscan native with experiences working in both Old and New World vineyards, Francesco had interesting insights about wines in general and also an exciting curation of weekly pourings by the glass. Salerno's location offers proximity to both central and southern Italian vineyards - a big plus for Dòmo.
So if you ever find yourself in this little Italian port town - give the cathedral a full-Instagram treatment and then head across the street for some good stuff.
Via Duomo 45