Spring 2012 Orientation - Caserta, Salerno, and Sorrento
Over 200 students, staff and faculty started spring orientation in Caserta, near Napoli, surrounded by the Baroque walls and painted ceilings of the Reggia di Caserta. The group took a guided tour of the 18th century palace and its gardens before departing for Salerno. Once in town they checked into their sea-side hotel and relaxed before coming together before dinner for the bi-annual semester welcoming. The SLA team was introduced, and Mike Beazley, Cindy Bomben, Father Al, and Susanna Cavallo each shared their wisdom with the new students.
Saturday morning half of the group went to Paestum, and toured the ancient Greek city with its three temples. The other half went to the Caseificio Tenuta Vannulo. Students toured the stables, learned a bit about the production of mozzarella, and sampled the caseificio’s yoghurt, gelato, ricotta, and of course its mozzarella.
Outside of Agropoli the group was treated not only to a lunch consisting of antipasti, pasta and pizza but also to a performance by a local Napolitano folk group. Students enjoyed the performance and even joined in by dancing along to the melodies. After lunch students had a couple hours to climb to the Byzantine castle that sits on top of the picturesque sea-side town. Later they returned to their hotel for a three course meal, after which many students went out to explore Salerno.
Sunday morning the group set off for Sorrento. After a lovely drive along the Amalfi Coast, they arrived at Limoneto, once a monastery and now an agriturismo that focused on the production of limoncello. Students enjoyed a light lunch of salads, cheeses, salami and bread, as well as some of the farm’s limoncello. Afterwards everyone descended down the mountain into Sorrento, where the group explored and relaxed for a couple hours before heading back to Rome.