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Language, food, and wine program by Accademia Italiana Salerno is designed for people who want to learn Italian experiencing the local culture, cooking, food and wines of the Campania Region, south of Italy. Language lessons are held in the morning, with a whole range of cultural activities, cooking lessons, special visits with tasting of food and wines and excursions in the afternoons and at weekends.
Staying with a family is an excellent solution for people who want to know and understand the real Italian culture, so practicing the language out of the classroom as well. Our Italian families live in the town centre, just a few minutes walking from the school. Accommodation includes: sleeping facilities, required meals, bed linen and blankets, water, gas and electricity consumption.
Accommodation in Salerno is arranged by a special housing office which assigns each student his/her preferred accommodation. It has the task of constantly controlling the assigned accommodation regarding quality and the fulfilment of student requirements.
The teaching method of the school is based on the most modern techniques of teaching Italian as a second language. The student will develop a practical capacity for understanding, learning and communication. Our method uses linguistic practice aided by modern text books, audio-visual and multimedial material and a direct student-teacher relationship.
The small number of participants in each group means that the necessary conditions exist for a truly direct methodology making it possible for the teacher to keep a constant personal relationship with individual students.
Take two lessons on traditional cooking of Campania, two lessons on traditional wines of Campania, as well as two cultural seminars on gastronomic traditions and Campania wines. Visit a mozzarella factory (buffalos and workshop), wines canteen, or lemoncello factories on half-day excursion. Half day city tour of Salerno and a full day excursion are included as well.
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.
The Accademia Italiana school is situated in one of the most beautiful and most visited streets in Salerno, via Roma, a short distance from the medieval Cathedral Square right in the heart of the historical centre of the town. The school itself is in a charming antique building of noble origin, Palazzo Angrisani, facing the seafront in authentically unique surroundings for those who really wish to immerse themselves in the Italian life and culture. From the windows of the school one can enjoy the wonderful panorama of the sea and in only a few minutes on foot it is possible to reach all the most important artistic attractions of the town.
Salerno is a safe and lively city. It offers a lot of opportunities for fun, cultural activities and shopping. The wonderful Medieval Old Town is dominated by the castle of the Longobardo Prince Arechi (IX Century) and is noted for its imposing Romanesque Cathedral (XI Century) which is situated in the middle of a characteristic medieval area where the ancient atmosphere mingles with the buzz of modern life, creating an astonishing blend of Italian originality. Salerno nightlife takes place in the beautiful old town where it is possible to find many restaurants, pubs, bar enjoyed by people of every age.
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.
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.
The nearest airport is Naples Capodichino which is linked to airports all over the world. It is 50 Km from Salerno.
Rapid connections at all hours of the day permit speedy transfer to Salerno.
Salerno is connected to the national rail network with the fast Eurostar and Intercity lines.