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…

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: my first post!

Hey y’all! It’s my first post here all the way from Salerno, Italy. From the 8 hour layover in Atlanta, Georgia, to carrying my 50 pound suitcase up 6 endless flights of stairs, I can now say that it was all well worth it! I’ll tell you first hand that the view from my bedroom…

Italy: Living Large in Small Ways

Pop culture has ingrained in us, and young women especially, that Italy has a magical transformative qualityćƒ¼ ever heard of Roman Holiday or Lizzie McGuire the Movie? I have to admit that I fell for that allure when I signed up to take Italian freshman year, but despite not becoming an Italian popstar, I found…