SUMMER IN SALERNO: homesick in paradise

As I’m sitting on my balcony overlooking this gorgeous city, with a breeze in my hair and the sound of the waves crashing down below me, I can’t help but to feel homesick. I’ve been here in Salerno for almost a full 3 weeks now, and it’s finally hit me: I miss home. Homesickness is…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: lions, tigers… buffaloes?? oh my!

Did you know that here in Italy, the best mozzarella you can get is made from buffalo milk? Yesterday we got the opportunity to tour Taverna Penta, a dairy farm located about 30 minutes outside of Salerno that is home to 600 buffaloes! Because these parts of southern Italy were once swamp land, water buffalo…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: Vietri, a hidden gem on the Amalfi Coast

It’s a double post kinda day! After having a super long day today, I’ve really enjoyed just sitting down and reflecting on the beauty that is constantly surrounding me. I’ve found that the time I get to spend writing about my travels has helped me to gain a greater appreciation for the opportunities this study…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: let’s talk gelato

Gelato: it’s the elephant in the room. In Italy, you can’t walk 100 feet without passing at least one gelato shop, or as the locals so eloquently call it, “la gelateria”. As somewhat of an ice cream connoisseur myself, I thought it would be fun to put together the ultimate gelato showdown in hopes of…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: the “study” in study abroad

We all know that studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity where you get to experience different food, cultures, and overall just gain a greater sense of the world around us. But, among the glitz and glamour that surrounds the idea of traveling to a new country comes the part that you’re really there for: studying….

SUMMER IN SALERNO: a Sunday in the vertical city

7/18 It’s Sunday, which means another free day of doing whatever we want! Today my roommate and I decided that we would brave the looming rainy forecast and take a trip to Positano and Sorrento. Sadly, the latter half just didn’t end up working out, but we spent a lovely day in one of the…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: 9 hours in Naples!

7/17 It’s Saturday y’all! Which means another full day excursion, and this time we got to spend the day in Naples! I’ll tell you that 23,000 steps later I. AM. POOPED. Naples is the capital of the Campania region, famous for having the largest historic city center in the entirety of Europe. This city definitely…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: a typical day in Minori + limoncello!!!

7/15 Hey y’all! Another day, another excursion! This time we got to spend the day in Minori, a charming little town only a quick 30 minute boat ride away. Technically a province of Salerno located in the Campania region, our trip took us to Liquorificio Carlo Mansi, where we got to see firsthand how authentic…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: a day in Paestum

Toga party anyone? Last Tuesday I got to visit Paestum, a famous ancient Greek city located in the Campania region of Italy. After a quick 30 minute train ride we were able to step foot into the real ruins of this once booming civilization dating back to about 500 BC (I mean c’mon that’s pretty…

SUMMER IN SALERNO: week 1 recap (part 2)

Welcome all to the part 2 of my week 1 recap! I finally feel like I have a footing in this beautiful city. Here time runs a little differently, and everywhere I go is on foot. Every time I go out it seems as if I find another new restaurant or shop that I just…