Salerno has a historic center mostly pedestrian area full of shops, bars, restaurants and handicraft shops that make it an ideal place for walking and window-shopping. Before arriving at the most historical part of a small breakthrough because Velia leads to Piazza Flavio Gioia, small round gem with a central fountain. Back on the course, when the road narrows to one lane, you enter in the oldest part of Salerno: Via dei Mercanti. At most 5 meters wide, Via dei Mercanti has been the main commercial street of Salerno since the time of the Lombards. During the Christmas season, as the whole Salerno, Via dei Mercanti also is adorned with Luci d'Artista.