Salerne

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Gateway to the dramatically beautiful Amalfi Coast, the lively port town of Salerno is a wonderful destination for an Italian language course in southern Italy.

With around 145,000 inhabitants, Salerno’s relaxing Mediterranean atmosphere and historic medieval centre draw visitors from all over the world.

The centro storico is crammed with tiny passageways and hidden corners, medieval churches and monuments, including the Castle affording spectacular views of the city, and the Gulf of Salerno, the Church of San Pietro a Corte and the Duomo di San Matteo, considered to be the most beautiful medieval church in Italy, with an impressive crypt which holds the tomb of Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.

Salerno was the birthplace of the Schola Medica Salernitana in the ninth century.

This was the first university of medicine in the world and the most important source of medical information in Europe at the time. Take a stroll up to the Giardino della Minerva, the first European botanical garden to cultivate plants for therapeutic use. Salerno’s rich history includes periods under Norman and Spanish rule, and for a few months during the liberation after the allied landings in 1944, it was the capital city of Italy.

Modern Salerno is a busy port as well as an important cultural centre in the region of Campania.

Salerno castle

For relaxation, stroll along the promenade or visit the Villa Communale, an oasis of green in the centre of town and favourite place for young couples to take photos for their wedding albums. In summer it is the perfect place to sit and relax in the shadow of the plants.

Salerno is becoming famous for its beautiful fairytale Christmas lights, and the mild climate during this season makes it an equally good time to take an Italian language course.

The towns of the Amalfi Coast can be reached from Salerno via land all year. During summer, regular ferries serve these picturesque cliff towns and the glamorous islands of Ischia and Capri.

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