Salerno

Salerno

mercoledì 6 dicembre 2017

The Enchanting Luci d’Artista Light Exhibition

One of my favorite things about studying Italian at Accademia Italiana is the opportunity to truly immerse myself in the Italian culture. I love being able to take part in many cultural activities like touring historic museums and monuments, enjoying national holidays like a true Italian, and joyfully eating tasty Italian dishes and wines. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to tour the famous Luci d’Artista.


Commenced on November 11, 2017 at Villa Comuale, the Luci d’Artista is an exhibition of dazzling holiday lights. For years around this time of year the parks, piazzas, and streets of Salerno are transformed into an aurora of sparking lights.

I started my Saturday evening touring the Villa Comunale. The park was transferred into an alluring forest filled with numerous illuminated animals including a snake, bear, lion, polar bear, and many others. The beautiful scene was like walking through a zoo full of majestic animals that came to life through radiant holiday lights.



After touring the Villa Comunale I headed to Piazza Sant’Agostino where the lights reflected a motif of the Amalfi Coast’s iconic symbols of lemons and Mediterranean ceramics. Known for its immense and luscious lemons and ceramic arts, beautifully crafted lemons and ceramics resemblance pieces laminated the Piazza and reflected the strong emphasis these elements have on the regions culture.



My favorite portion of the Luci d’Artista was the marine and Neptunian filled Piazza Gioia Flavio. I truly felt like I was wandering through the aquatic kingdom of the Roman God Neptune ruling with his golden and powerful trident. Neptune’s court featured many nautical sea creatures including dolphins, jellyfish, mermaids, and seahorses. The spirit of the Mediterranean was splendidly mirrored in this enchanting scene.


The Luci d’Artista holiday light exhibition will run until January 21, 2018, so if you find yourself in Italy I highly recommend taking a trip to Salerno to see the stunning light display for yourself. I promise it will leave you mesmerized and full of holiday spirit.

I also recommend seeing the enormous Christmas tree in the Piazza Sedile di Portanova and the Ferris wheel at Piazza della Concordia that allows locals and tourist to take in a breathtaking view of Salerno and the Amalfi and Cilento Coasts.

This Article was written by Danielle Randall

Photos By: Danielle Randall 

lunedì 6 novembre 2017

Discover the City that Disappeared with Accademia Italiana

Accademia Italiana Salerno prides itself on being able to provide a cultural experience to its students. Each month the leisure department creates a program rich in history, Italian culture, social exchange, sightseeing, and more. One of the most beloved excursions by our students is a day trip to Pompeii. A few weeks ago, our international students from Finland along with a few of our Canadian students set off to discover the remnants of the “the city that disappeared”.
Located only 45 minutes by train, Pompeii is famously known for being destroyed and buried by the explosion of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption destroyed the city, killed its inhabitants, and was buried under layers and layers of volcanic ash. The city was lost for over 1,500 years until it was rediscovered in 1599. Artifacts buried underneath Pompeii were well preserved with little to no deterioration due to the lack of air and moisture beneath the surface.









When touring through the city you can see the excavated Pompeians and animals in their exact position as the disaster struck. Over time as the ash hardened it created hollows all over the site. When Pompeii was discovered, archeologist injected the hollows with liquid plaster in order to let it harden so they could be dug up. The level of detail still seen from the excavated bodies is amazing. You can still see the clothes and expressions of the victims during their last few moments.  

The excavated site truly provides a look into the lives of the Pompeians. When touring the ruins one learns of the daily life of its inhabitants. The stunning Roman architecture allows you to easily imagine the towns estates, gymnasium, basilica, and amphitheater during their glory days. Seeing the huge amphitheater and the theater is another highlight of touring Pompeii. The grand amphitheater is a little ways from the main city but was an exciting place for the people of Pompeii to enjoy the gladiatorial events that we read so much about. The theater, home to public theatrical performances was also built for leisure. A few seats are still graced with original marble coverings.

Since its discovery, Pompeii has been a tourist attraction for over 250 years with around 2.5 million tourists visiting the site each year. Although the archeological site can be bustling with eager tourist, one can easily find sirene in a secluded area of the massive site.


Spoken in Italian, students enjoy our 2-hour guided tours of Pompeii as it allows them to enhance and practice their Italian language skills outside of the classroom.This experience allows students to embrace the Italian culture as the tour gives them a chance to gain a historical view of Southern Italy.
Danielle Randall
Italian student of Accademia Italiana Salerno 

mercoledì 11 ottobre 2017

Why I Decided to Return for 6 Months

After being here for 3 months now, I can say that returning to the beautiful city of Salerno and studying at Accademia Italiana was definitely the right choice. My university has a study abroad program with Accademia Italiana, allowing students to take their intermediate level courses abroad. I signed up for this program in 2016 and instantly fell in love with ALL of Italy. When the program concluded, I knew I had to go back! When I returned to school my next level courses were not grammar and vocabulary based courses. Instead, they were based on the Italian culture and history. Which was great because I learned the history of Italy and the importance of art and cinema in the Italian culture. However, after a few months of not learning and perfecting my grammar and speech I decided that once I graduated I would go back to Accademia Italiana and take another language course.




My original plan was to move to Italy and study at Accademia Italiana for 4-6 weeks and then start graduate school at an Italian university in September/October/November (depending on which program I would be accepted into). However, days before I was scheduled to take the GRE (a standardized test required for students to take when applying for graduate programs),  I decided it wasn’t my time. Those days I had been feeling very unsteady and uncertain. Something just kept telling me that this plan wasn’t right. Once I finally decided to forgo going to graduate school I felt better, and that’s when I truly knew I was making the right decision for myself. I still knew…somehow and someway I wanted to move to Italy. Since I was already enrolled in Accademia Italiana I just requested to extend my study to 6 months.




I have been here for three months now and have been loving every part of this experience. The staff is kind and eager to help the students, the teachers are supportive and patient and the lessons are very high quality. The instructors are very patient and work with you on your efforts to learn Italian. The are classes very fun and interactive with games, songs, movies, and lessons on a nearby pier. Even though I have been to almost all of the excursions and seminars prior to my return, I still find myself attending them again and learning even more about the Italian culture.

Living in Salerno is great! The cost of living is pretty inexpensive with low outside expenses like lunch and dinner being reasonably priced. The city’s close proximity to other beautiful and charming cities allows students to visit other historically rich towns and learn more about the Italian culture. I have been on several weekend getaways with my classmates, we have been to Ischia, Procida, Amalfi, Positano, Palinura, Capri and many more.

I am halfway through my time here and I’m excited to see what the next 3 months bring...Stay Tuned!

Danielle Randall

venerdì 8 settembre 2017

Accademia Italiana, per la sesta volta, tra le TOP 5 scuole di italiano del mondo

Si è tenuto sabato 2017, a Londra presso l’Hilton Hotel on Park Lane il concorso internazionale, “Stm Star Awards 2017” che premia le migliori scuole, agenzie, tour operator e organizzazioni educative nel mondo. Protagonista della serata, per la sesta volta tra i colossi del turismo didattico, l’Accademia Italiana di Salerno che, grazie alle numerose preferenze espresse dagli operatori ed esperti del settore, si è guadagnata, per il sesto anno, una nomination tra le 5 scuole di italiano top nel mondo, unica del Sud Italia. La serata degli Awards si è aperta proprio con un caldo applauso alla scuola salernitana per il suo ventesimo anniversario da poco festeggiato.

Grande entusiasmo è stato espresso dalla direttrice dell’Accademia Italiana, Francesca Romana Memoli che è intervenuta a Londra in rappresentanza di Salerno e della sua scuola. Al termine dell’evento Francesca Romana Memoli ha dichiarato: 

Partecipare all’Stm Awards 2017 tra le 5 migliori scuole di italiano è un’esperienza straordinaria ed è già una grande vittoria per noi dell’Accademia Italiana che quest’anno festeggiamo i vent'anni di attività. Mi sembra ieri che ho cominciato questa visionaria avventura ed essere qui stasera per la sesta volta dimostra che con la professionalità e la serietà e anche con il tanto lavoro i sogni si possono avverare”.
Questa nomination tra le prime destinazioni del turismo culturale in Italia quali Roma, Firenze, Milano arriva in un momento storico in cui la concorrenza sullo scenario educational si fa sempre più difficile in quanto l’italiano diventa lingua sempre più elitaria e meno studiata rispetto a lingue forti come lo spagnolo, il tedesco, l’arabo e il cinese.

Salerno grazie ad Accademia Italiana e la sua offerta formativa riesce ad offrire un prodotto di alta qualità che risponde pienamente alle esigenze di un cliente sempre più consapevole, informato e anche più esigente
L’italiano si trova, ora, a competere con lingue di tendenza, ma può restare competitivo se si riesce ad offrire un prodotto che oltre la lingua tenga presente delle specificità del territorio quali il turismo, l’enogastronomia, la moda e l’arte. È quello che è riuscita a fare quest’anno Accademia Italiana che arricchisce la sua offerta formativa con nuovi programmi settoriali, avvalendosi di forte partnership di settore quali Gambero Rosso nell’ambito dell’alta Gastronomia e l’Accademia di Costume e Moda di Napoli nell’ambito del fashion design.
Vincitori dell’Award quest’anno, ancora una scuola di Roma, a conferma che la capitale del turismo culturale nel nostro Paese è ancora la città eterna.

Ma sin dall’apertura l’Accademia Italiana di Salerno ha riscosso un alto gradimento, dai presenti, con applausi ed incoraggiamenti a continuare il suo ottimo operato che le ha fatto guadagnare la nomination come unica scuola del Sud Italia.
Ma gli obiettivi dell’Accademia Italiana non finiscono qui, come ci dice la direttrice Memoli: “Dobbiamo mantenere sempre vivo questo primato e far in modo che venga mantenuto alto l’interesse verso la città di Salerno per viaggiatori, turisti e studenti”. Interesse che grazie all'ampia offerta dell’Accademia, viene dimostrato sia in alta stagione che nei mesi invernali, dove normalmente ci si aspetta un calo di presenze, ma che invece con programmi mirati, collegati ad una forte offerta territoriale quale quella delle ‘Luci d’Artista’, si riesce a mantenere vivo con presenze invernali provenienti dai quattro continenti .

Rassegna Stampa:

http://www.ilmattino.it/primopiano/scuola_e_universita/accademia_italiana_a_londra_e_nelle_top_5_scuole_di_italiano_del_mondo-3227446.html

http://www.lacittadisalerno.it/cronaca/l-accademia-tra-le-prime-cinque-migliori-scuole-al-mondo-1.1686548



For the sixth time Accademia Italiana Salerno is one of the top five Italian schools in the world

For the sixth year, Accademia Italiana Salerno has been recognized as one of the top five Italian language institutions in the world by Star Travel Magazine. Each year, Star Travel Magazine hosts its annual “STM Awards,” which awards the best language schools, agencies, tour operators, and educational organizations in the world. STM Awards is held every year in the beautiful city of London at the Hilton on Park Lane.
Great enthusiasm was expressed by Accademia Italiana Salerno’s director and founder, Francesca Romana Memoli, who was in London representing the school.

Participating in the STM Awards 2017 and being among the top 5 Italian schools is an extraordinary experience and great victory for us. This year we celebrated our 20th anniversary. It seems only yesterday that I started this visionary adventure and being here tonight shows that will, perseverance, and hard work…dreams can come true.” said the director.

This new nomination of being among the top five institutions comes at a historic moment in which the competition in the educational field is becoming increasingly difficult as Italian is more of an intellectual and cultural language. Although, the Italian language is now competing with trendy languages like Spanish, German, and French, it still remains competitive as the language manages to provide the cultural aspect of Italy including food and wine, fashion, and photography.
 This year again a school in Rome won the Top Italian Language School award, confirming that Rome is still the capital of cultural tourism in Italy. 
We have to remain a premier destination for learning the Italian language. In doing so, the interest in traveling to Salerno will continue to increase” said Memoli.
 Each year, Accademia Italiana Salerno allows students to not only learn the Italian language but experience the Italian culture as well. Salerno, thanks to Accademia Italiana and its training is able to offer a high quality commodity that fully responds to the needs of customers who are increasingly aware and more informed.

With its close proximity to the famous Amalfi and Cilento Coasts, Salerno is attracting more and more travelers each year. Unlike the touristic cities of Amalfi, Positano and Capri, Salerno allows travelers to live the authentic Italian life. With its low cost of living, abundance of restaurants, cafés and bars, Salerno is a prime destination for people interested in learning more about the Italian culture. Although busy in the summer, Salerno bursts with energy and life throughout the whole year. No matter when one visits, one can enjoy an array of festivals and celebrations in Salerno and the surrounding area. 

Next year, the school will be offering three new courses: Italian Photography, Italian Fashion in collaboration with the Accademia della Moda in Naples, and Italian Cooking for professionals in collaboration with Gambero Rosso. These courses will join the other Italian culture specific courses the school already offers in the areas of Italian literature, Italian ceramics and decoration, Italian opera and music, and the history of art, cinema and theatre.
 “It is my belief that people learn Italian because they want to learn more about the culture of Italy. They want to learn about the arts, the history, the cuisine, and the made in Italy aspect of our culture,” said Memoli. “In addition to our other cultural inclusive courses, these new courses allow people to gain a more profound understanding of what makes Italy…ITALY!”
 As Accademia Italiana celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it will continue to promote the learning of the Italian language and the city of Salerno by increasing the number of courses and special programs offered to students. 

lunedì 7 agosto 2017

Benjamin, dopo 3 settimane di corso di italiano all'Accademia Italiana di Salerno, parla della sua esperienza

Benjamin Roncalli, vincitore di una borsa di studio per studenti di italiano in USA offerta da Accademia Italiana Salerno in collaborazione con Eduitalia, parla della sua esperienza a Salerno.


"La mia esperienza con l'Accademia Italiana di Salerno  è stata bellissima. Durante la settimana, la mattina andavo sempre a scuola. Le lezioni  erano divertenti e ho imparato tanto. Dopo le lezioni, c'è sempre qualcosa da fare a Salerno o nella regione. Ci sono traghetti per raggiungere alcune città sul mare, autobus che ti portano al castello Arechi e a Napoli e treni che vanno in posti molto suggestivi, come Paestum, una città con rovine antiche di epoca greca e romana, ancora ben preservate. Inoltre, la spiaggia a Paestum è meravigliosa e, a solo 20 minuti e con soli €2,30, è proprio una destinazione imperdibile. Nell'altra direzione, in traghetto, c'è la famosa isola di Capri che ha spiagge strabilianti ed è come un paradiso nel mare, nonostante sia un po' costosa. Nella regione Campania, dove si trovano Salerno e Napoli, c'è  anche una cucina conosciuta in tutto il mondo, con specialità come sfogliatelle e limoncello. Ma il piatto più famoso della regione è la pizza, che nacque a Napoli. 







Con una varietà impressionante di cibi squisiti, per forza bisogna trovare qualcosa di buono da mangiare ogni giorno. In conclusione, penso che questa esperienza all'Accademia italiana a Salerno è stata indimenticabile per me e spero di tornare il più presto possibile".
BENJAMIN

Guarda la video - intervista di Benjamin qui: https://youtu.be/f8rcrrulTjU




giovedì 3 agosto 2017

DANYA POLES talks about her experience in Salerno

DANYA POLES (Doral Academy High School Miami), who was awarded a scholarship for a 2 week Italian Language Course offered by the Accademia Italiana Salerno in collaboration with AATI - American Association of Teachers of Italian, talks about her experience in Salerno.

This was an experience that was more than I expected.
It wasn't just the language that I learned, but I also had the opportunity to get to know  and learn about a place where I've never been before.
Since I got here, the first thing that I noticed and appreciated was the view: I loved that when I was looking at my right I was watching the mountains, but by just turning my head to the other side, I was able to see the sea.

The best thing about the house where I was staying at, was that my room was big and it had a balcony where I was able to see the whole town every time that I wanted to. I noticed that the lessons were different from regular classes: in those three hours it wasn't just taught Italian as a language, with grammar rules, but also as a culture. In fact, even though I'm Italian, and I already know the language, I learned new things. I also enjoyed the class thanks to my classmates and my teacher, Miss Pina, who are very nice and funny. Here I met new people from all over the world and I made new friendships.
In my free time I hanged out with my friends: we went to visit new places, such as Paestum, Amalfi, and Naples, but most of the time we would just stay at the beach here in Salerno.
Something that I really love about the south of Italy is the food, and I can say that it didn't disappoint my expectations, instead I was pleasantly surprised that the prices were pretty fair, compared to what I thought they were going to be.




In conclusion, this was an unforgettable experience because of the people, the food, the beautiful place and the view. A special thanks to Accademia Italiana and to AATI which awarded me with this amazing scholarship. 


ITALIANO:
DANYA POLES (Doral Academy High School Miami), che ha vinto una borsa di studio per un corso di lingua italiana della durata di 2 settimane, offerta da Accademia Italiana in collaboraztione con AATI  (American Association of Teachers of Italian), parla della sua esperienza a Salerno

 Questa è stata un'esperienza che ha superato di gran lunga le mie aspettative. Non ho imparato solo la lingua italiana, che già sapevo, ma ho anche avuto l'opportunità di conoscere e scoprire un luogo nel quale non ero mai stata prima. 
Quando sono arrivata, la prima cosa che ho notato e apprezzato, è stato il panorama: amavo il fatto che guardando alla mia destra potessi vedere le montagne, ma che con il semplice gesto di girare lo sguardo dall'altro lato, potessi scorgere il mare.
Infatti, la cosa che mi è piaciuta di più riguardante la casa nella quale alloggiavo, è che la mia stanza era molto grande e che aveva una terrazza dalla quale potevo vedere tutta la città ogni volta che volevo.
Ho notato che le lezioni erano diverse da quelle "tradizionali": in quelle tre ore non veniva insegnato solo l'italiano come lingua, con regole grammaticali, ma anche come cultura. Infatti, pur essendo italiana e sapendo già la lingua, ho imparato cose nuove. Mi è anche piaciuta la classe grazie ai miei compagni e alla mia insegnante, la Signora Pina, i quali erano molto gentili e divertenti. Qui ho incontrato nuove persone da tutto il mondo e ho fatto nuove amicizie.
Nel tempo libero, uscivo con gli amici: siamo andati a visitare luoghi a noi sconosciuti, come Paestum, Amalfi e Napoli, ma quasi sempre restavamo sulla spiaggia qui a Salerno.
Una delle cose che amo di più del sud Italia è il cibo, e posso dire che le mie aspettative riguardanti questo tema siano state soddisfatte, infatti sono stata piacevolmente sorpresa dal fatto i prezzi fossero più bassi di quello che pensavo.
In conclusione, questa è stata un'esperienza che non dimenticherò mai, e questo è grazie alle persone che ho conosciuto, al cibo, al luogo e al panorama. Un grazie speciale all'Accademia Italia e ad AATI che hanno reso possibile il mio soggiorno concedendomi una borsa di studio.