The waterspout looks like a tornado barrelling toward the Italian city, however the spinning column of water "collapses soon after they move onshore", according to The Bureau of Meteorology.
(Twitter) An ominous cloud forms over the Italian city of Salerno as a waterspout moves toward the coast.
Strong winds there nearly created a tornado, said Fabio Carapezza, director of a unit in charge of protecting cultural patrimony in Italy.
Waterspout barrels toward Italian city By Team Pickle7 hours ago An enormous waterspout travelling toward a city in Italy's south-west was so powerful it lifted shipping containers at a local port.
Image copyright Reuters Image caption A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water A huge waterspout has been captured on video moving from the sea and hitting Italy's south-western city of Salerno.
(Twitter) Eye-witnesses posted images and videos to social media as the waterspout barrelled toward Salerno.
Footage of Tuesday's waterspout has been widely shared on social media, with some users describing the vortex as "incredible".
Eyewitnesses said the whirling column of air and water lifted containers in the city's port area.
The city, about 160 miles southeast of Rome, saw the spout close to shore that didn't reach land and didn't cause any damage, other than some broken windows.
Waterspouts generally form in late summer and autumn when "cool, unstable air masses" pass over warm water and cause vigorous updraughts to form, before tightening into a spinning mass.
Caserta was built in the 1700s to house the Bourbon kings that ruled the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, which covered parts of Italy until 1861.
In the coastal town of Cutro, Calabria, 300 miles southeast of Rome, a tornado cause some damage inland, removing roofs from a school and bank, and uprooting trees and harming vehicles, Corriere della Sera reported.
A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex that occurs over a body of water and quickly dissolves over dry land.
In Caserta, a tourist area 110 miles southeast of Rome, saw an intense rainstorm damage the south façade of the Bourbon Royal Palace.