ha studiato a salerno e ha visitato l’Italia!
I have been interested in Italy my entire life. My grandfather was born in Naples, before the family moved here when he was about 5 and Italian culture has always been part of my family. In 2004 my dream came true with a tour of Italy – Rome, Florence and Venice. On our second trip to Italy in 2006 we took a side trip to Tivoli, just east of Rome, on a local bus filled with high school students, talking, laughing and just being kids, and for the first time I felt like I was in Italy. At that moment I very much wanted to learn to speak Italian.
After I retired I began to study the Roman empire and Italian. I tried several computer based Italian courses with little success, but Italia in Ohio has made speaking Italian possible for me. The classes are great, with people like me who have about the same expertise in Italian. I have made many new friends, making learning easy and fun.
I have returned to Italy an additional 5 times (so far). Knowing more and more Italian makes each trip more interesting and unique, allowing me to see not only the tourist spots, but see real Italy. While many people in Italy speak some English, not all do, and speaking Italian is helpful and fun. During my trip in 2014, we stopped by a restaurant in Rome named D’Olimpio’s – my name. I asked to speak with the owner, but found he spoke no English. I was very proud of myself when I was able to introduce myself and ask about his family and speak about my family, all in Italian!
In 2015, I joined Italia in Ohio on a trip to Salerno, Italy. There, we attended classes at Academia Italiana to learn Italian in Italy and tour the Amalfi coast. The class I was in was made up of Russians, Japanese, Irish and Swiss students, making the adventure even better. The Amalfi coast was stunning and the tours were great. I plan on going again next year, and may even eat the mussels and squid – well maybe.