Returning to Italian Roots

By Marly Stasi

Stasi-1Before arriving in Italy for my semester abroad I knew that at one point my travels would lead me to the small town of Durazzano. Located in the Campania region, this town of roughly two thousand inhabitants is where my grandparents immigrated from over fifty years ago. A huge part of my desire to study in Italy was based on the idea that I would be able to visit family and make connections with relatives I had never met. Taking two friends with me we headed down south for the Easter break and were greeted by friendly faces, the countryside, and lots of goats.

Overall my “Vacanza di Pasqua” was an extremely positive one, I was able to see a completely different side of Italy as well as meet some of the surviving siblings of my grandparents. Granted the dialect is a completely different language, we were able to understand a lot and it was a true test in our Italian communication skills. Studying in Padova is an amazing experience but I would strongly suggest to future students to travel and see all the diverse regions that exist just within the Italian peninsula. During my time here I had many opportunities to travel and I am happy that I took that time to get to know Italy a little better. It is true, what they say in the travel books, the south of Italy is very different from the north in everything from climate and landscape to hospitality and the number of courses served at meals. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience studying in Padova but I would highly recommend taking a train south. If you don’t make it to the touristy sites of Pompeii or Sicily, at least meet some friendly locals and try the Mozzarella!!

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