Learn Italian in Salerno for a local vibe and authentic experience

By Go! Go! Italia staff
11 Apr 2024
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Are you planning to study in Italy and aiming for a city with a more local vibe, away from touristic masses? We got you covered.

In this article we will give you plenty of reasons why choosing to learn Italian in Salerno is a great idea if you are thinking to have this learning experience in a traditional city, escape the crowds and discover a more authentic Italian way of life.

Gateway to the Amalfi Coast

Situated at the gateway of the Amalfi Coast, you find Salerno, a small city that offers a less crowded but equally spectacular experience compared to its more famous neighbor.

Salerno distances roughly 1 hour and 10 minutes by bus from the famous Amalfi city. The crowds in Salerno are no way compared with the ones in Amalfi which makes it a great option if you are looking for picturesque landscapes, but also want to escape the hustle and bustle of one of the most touristic places in Italy.

Additionally, within just a 30-min bus ride away you can find a plethora of charming towns like Vietri sul Mare or Cetara, offering equally breathtaking views but without the stress of the crowds.

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Historical town

Salerno has a long history full of interesting heritage that goes back for centuries. The city’s historic center is a treasure trove of architectural marvels, including the majestic Salerno Cathedral, a masterpiece of medieval art and architecture, and vibrant street art paintings that contribute to its artistic atmosphere.

You can take a leisurely stroll through the cobblestone streets, where every corner reveals a piece of history, such as the well-preserved medieval structures or the imposing Arechi Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town.

Another incredible must see spot is the Giardino Minerva, a medieval garden that dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Europe.

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Authentic experience

Salerno provides an immersive environment for learning Italian. In this city we partner with Accademia Italiana Salerno, that offers courses designed to help you grasp not only the grammar and vocabulary but also the nuances of everyday conversation. The school frequently organizes weekly activities and field trips for its students, providing them with opportunities to explore the marvels of destinations such as Naples, Paestum, as well as visit buffalo mozzarella factories.

Salerno is characterized by the warmth and friendliness of its locals. Unlike more bustling tourist destinations, the people of Salerno welcome visitors and international students with open arms, eager to share their culture and traditions.

Whether you’re navigating the narrow streets, chatting with shopkeepers, or sipping coffee in a local cafe, you’ll find the atmosphere to be genuine and heartwarming.

Culinary delights of Campania region

Another of the highlights of having a study abroad experience in Salerno is the opportunity to indulge in authentic dishes from the Campania region. Some examples include:

  • Buffalo mozzarella: Salerno is located in Campania region, which is THE place to go if you want to try the famous and authentic buffalo mozzarella, a creamy and flavorful cheese made from water buffalo milk.
  • Seafood: Thanks to its location on the coast, Salerno naturally displays an abundance of fresh seafood. Look out for dishes like scialatielli allo scoglio (a type of pasta similar to spaghetti and tagliatelle) or frittura di pesce (mixed fried seafood). Try Osteria dei Sapori for delicious seafood dishes.
  • Pizza: One of the most famous pizzerias ever, The Antica pizzeria da Michele, opened their second location in Campania (the first being, of course in Naples). Absolutely divine.
  • Sfogliatella: This traditional pastry is a must-try in Salerno. Sfogliatella can be either riccia (flaky) or frolla (shortcrust), and it’s filled with a sweet and creamy ricotta filling, often flavored with citrus zest or cinnamon.
  • Lemon-based dishes: The Amalfi Coast is known for its lemons, and Salerno is no exception. Try dishes like limoncello (a lemon liqueur), lemon risotto, or a refreshing lemon sorbet for a tangy treat.

Cultural events and festivals: a year-round celebration

Throughout the year, Salerno comes alive with a vibrant calendar of cultural events and festivals. From religious processions and traditional parades to music festivals, art exhibitions, food stalls, and fireworks, there’s always something happening in this lively coastal town.

An example is the annual Luci d’Artista (Artist’s Lights) display, where the city is adorned with enchanting light installations or the Festival of San Matteo that honors the patron saint of Salerno, Saint Matthew. These celebrations showcase the town’s cultural richness and provide visitors with unforgettable experiences that go beyond the usual tourist attractions.

In conclusion, with its welcoming atmosphere, picturesque surroundings, and authentic local vibe, Salerno provides the perfect setting for Italian language learners to thrive and make unforgettable memories.

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