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…

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…