SUMMER IN SALERNO: wrapping up my time in Italy

Hi y’all! I’ve officially come to the end of my study abroad and I wanted to hop on here for one last hurrah on my time in Italy! While it’s impossible to truly summarize the past 4 weeks into a couple of short paragraphs and pictures, I’m going to try my best to bring some…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: 24 hours in Rome!

My time in Salerno finally came to an end, and thus I began my journey off to Rome, where I spent the next 24 hours attempting to soak up every last drop that this iconic Italian city has to offer. Luckily for me, my hotel was located just around the corner from the Pantheon, making…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: last day in Salerno

So, my time in Italy has finally come to an end. Over the past 4 weeks I’ve seen more things, eaten more pasta, and learned more Italian than I ever have in my life. I am so incredibly thankful for this experience and I could not think of a better day to wrap up my…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: let’s have an aperitivo!

The aperitivo is basically the Italian version of what we would consider happy hour. Normally, this cultural ritual takes place between the hours of 4-6pm as a relaxed drink and/or snack before dinner. (Remember, Italians start eating dinner as late as 10pm!). Stemming from the Latin word ‘aperire’ meaning “to open”, this classic early evening…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: how to pack like a pro

If you learn anything about me on here, it’s that I HATE packing. I know some get a thrill out of the excitement of deciding what to bring on their awaiting vacation, but for me it’s always felt like more a hassle than anything else. Usually I’m the person that waits until 11pm the night…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: eating like an Italian

Italians have a reputation for being able to put away A LOT of food, and I’ve seen first hand the truth to that statement. Typically Italians will have their largest meal of the day for lunch, closing stores and shops to dine at home with their families. Dinner will tend to be on the lighter…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: how to make pizza like a real Italian

The U.S. is known for some crazy pizza combinations (enter Hawaiian pizza here), but the truth is that the vast majority found in America is loaded up with too many ingredients, that do nothing but distract from the natural flavor of this age old classic. It’s no secret that Italians take their pizza seriously, and…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: the little things

It’s officially the start of my 4th and final week here in Italy and I am simultaneously excited and so sad that I’m going to have to leave this place for good in 6 days. I know I’ve said it time and time again, but I have had the most amazing experiences of my life…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: day trip to Capri!

I’m sure you’ve seen this picture plastered all over every travel blogger’s instagram and on any travel pamphlet ever, but did you know that this amazing rock formation is only a quick ferry ride from Salerno located off the island of Capri? Named ‘Faraglioni’, these 3 incredible rocks are truly a sight to see and…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: living like a Roman (aka a day in Pompeii!)

Pompeii. One of the world’s most famously preserved ruins of an actual living and functioning Roman city, covered in over 19 feet of ash and volcanic debris from the 79 A.D. eruption of Mount Vesuvius. This has been one of the excursions I have been most looking forward to and I can tell you that…