Are you over 50 but want to learn Italian language and experience the local culture? Worry not, because Accademia Italiana has got it all for you. See, learn and experience yourself cooking, ceramics, food and wine of south Italy together with other students of a similar age and interests. Your stay with us will not be boring at all. You'll learn Italian in the morning and go on leisure activities in the afternoon. You'll surely enjoy it.
Staying with a family is an excellent solution for people who want to know and understand the real Italian culture, so practising the language out of the classroom as well. Our Italian families live in the town centre, just a few minutes walking from the school. The students can choose a single or double room with just breakfast or half board (breakfast and an evening meal).
Language lessons are held in the morning with a whole range of cultural activities and excursions in the afternoon. Language classes are held on Mondays to Fridays from 09:00 - 12:30. A typical program includes city tours, excursions, extra classes of cooking or pottery, special cultural lessons and seminars, visits to mozzarella, olive oil, wine or lemoncello factories followed by tasting.
Salerno, in Campania, is situated in the gulf of Salerno which also has as a neighbor the wonderful Amalfi coast, the most famous touristic place in the south of Italy. Thanks to its fortunate geographical position, its healthy mild climate and clear blue sea, Salerno is the ideal place to spend a pleasant holiday.
Salerno has a strategic geographical position that makes it the base of many beautiful itineraries: Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Paestum, Amalfi, Ravello, Positano, Sorrento , Ischia, Caserta, Vesuvio and Naples are some of the main destinations you can easily reach from Salerno by car , bus, train or by ferry-boat. Salerno-Pompeii takes just 20 minutes by train. Salerno-Positano takes 30 minutes by bus or ferry boat. Ferry boats to Capri, Amalfi and Sorrento regularly run from April to September.
Our school offers an interesting leisure program. One of the aims of the school is to give a point of reference for students, providing them with a nice place where to meet in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. Our staff and teachers organize social activities every day: seminars and workshop about the Italian culture, city tour, films, etc. All these cultural and recreational activities are included in the cost of the language course. Students only pay for the entrance to museums, cinemas or theatres, for public transport, guides and for evening meals in restaurants.
On the first day of the course, students receive full information about the city, the activities and the facilities of the school. Furthermore, school regularly organizes excursions to Capri, Pompeii, Paestum, Amalfi, Ravello, Vietri, Sorrento, Positano, Naples and Caserta. All the excursion are with a teacher or with expert guides. These activities have an extra cost.
The Accademia Italiana organizes special guided visits to local lemoncello, mozzarella di bufala, olive oil factories. Visits are followed by final tasting of typical products. These visits take place in the afternoon all year round and they take at least 2 hours each.
Once a week the school organizes special dinners in nice restaurants where, for a special price, students with their teachers and Italian friends can taste typical dishes while practicing Italian.
Salerno is well connected to the national network of motorways.
The nearest airport is Naples International Airport which is linked to airports all over the world with direct connections. Rapid connections at all hours of the day permit speedy transfer to Salerno.
Rome international airports (Fiumicino and Ciampino) are situated at 283 kilometers and it takes 2.30 hours to get to Salerno by direct train connections.
Salerno is connected to the National Rail Network with the fast Eurostar and Intercity lines.
"On last February 2016, I went to the NECTFL Conference in New York. While attending all the teacher's workshops for foreign language teachers, I had the opportunity to apply for a scholarship program in Salerno. Luckily from the bucket they choose my name and I won two weeks scholarship at Accademia Italiana that I just finished. The program, the teachers were exceptional, the apartment was new, clean and modern in the amazing historical center of Salerno. Alessia Zollo prepared me for the ITALS exam that I will attend in February for the Italian Teaching Certificate. I also, bring 2 of my students that attended the intensive Italian Course. Awesome experience for both of us. I will recommend to teachers and students to attend Accademia Italiana of Salerno, unbelievable learning experience. I will give 6 stars in education!"
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"I have attended the Accademia Italiana school both in the early Fall 2015 and now the early Spring 2016. The school is geared to teach Italian at all levels. Being a beginner at the language, I found the school's approach to teaching Italian both relaxed but effective. The staff encourages students to immerse themselves in the town activities in the afternoon, encouraging the use of the language. The school also offers and organizes activities outside school such as trips to nearby sites as well as cooking, art / craft and other opportunities. The instructors and staff are well qualified and eager to embrace their students. Complements to Rachele and Allesia for all their kindness and for Titziana always coordinating things. Because the school draws students from around the world, the experience is broad and multicultural. It is such a great way to make your vacations "molto italiana e divertimento!"
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"On my first day at Accademia Italiana the school had arranged some activities for all new arrivals, including a city tour of Salerno. Before starting the tour we got a brief introduction to the history of Salerno from Alessia, one of the teachers. Afterwards Alessia took us for a walk around mainly the old city center of Salerno where we got to see the narrow streets, the old norman catherdral and San Pietro a Corte just to name a few things. This is something I would recommend to someone who is completely new to Salerno and its surroundings. You will get a first glimpse of what the city has to offer and then you can wonder around on your own and discover both Salerno, the Amalfi Coast and the Cilento Coast.If you are interested in learning Italian I can warmly recommend Salerno and Accademia Italiana. Here you will get a genuine view of how the Italians live their everyday life, get to taste proper Italian food and wine and also have a chance to really use the knowledge which will be given to you at Accademia Italiana."
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"Coming to Accademia Italiana is so much more than learning Italian, we could understand through our senses the passion for art, the pleasure for food, deep thoughts during sightseeing and the best of all...people that smile from their heart! Thank you!"
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"I had a wonderful experience here at l'Accademia Italiana in Salerno. I learned a lot through my teacher and also thoroughly enjoyed my time in the beautiful ciy of Salerno! I recommend this program to anyone who loves the culture, food and language of Italy."
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"I spent 3 weeks in Salerno studying at Accademia Italiana. I chose this school because I love the Amalfi coast, and thought it would be a great base for spending time there. I was not disappointed! I loved everything about my experience in Salerno. The location of the school is ideal, I was very happy with the course, my teacher was fantastic and my Italian improved greatly, the other teachers and administration staff were also excellent.I thoroughly enjoyed the excursions we went on, the optional seminars that the school put on for the students a few times a week, and going out with other students to local restaurants and bars, doing our best to communicate with each other and the locals in Italian. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I highly recommend this school to others."
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"I loved the location. The beach was amazing. The class was also fun but serious enough that we would learn. At first I hated the bungalow because I thought it was small, but I thought it was nice and cozy by the second day."
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