Short Guide for Students Studying Abroad in Rome

Whether you are studying at John Cabot University, CIEE Institute, American University of Rome, or elsewhere, it is important to make the most of your time in Rome by immersing yourself in the culture of the city and exploring what it has to offer. To help you do this, I have developed a list of several must-dos while in the city in order to make your semester abroad the best that it can be!

Historical Monuments and Sightseeing

Being the city that it is, Rome has endless historical monuments and site-seeing that distinguishes it from many other cities. In order to make the most of your time in Rome, it is essential that you visit a variety of these places in order to fully absorb the rich history and culture of the city. Listed below are some of the most popular attractions that I guarantee you will love to see!

  • The Colosseum: This one is a given! Take a tour to experience all aspects of the ancient stadium and learn about the fascinating traditions that occurred there.
  • Trevi Fountain: Enjoy the breathtaking architecture and intricate sculptures in combination with the bright blue, eye-catching water.
  • The Vatican: Stop by and attend a speech given by the Pope for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
  • Pantheon: Learn about the religious history in Rome while touring the inside of this magnificent Catholic church.
  • Spanish Steps: Take a photo standing on the famous steps while also enjoying the lively atmosphere of the area!

Though these are just some of the most famous attractions, there are endless others within close proximity to each other that will take your breath away!

Short Trips Close to Rome

Day trips are another great way to spend your time studying abroad, especially on weekends. Being a student who is studying abroad myself, I have a few great trip recommendations that have helped to enhance my time in Italy!

  • Amalfi Coast: Take a two hour train from Rome Termini to Salerno and explore the beautiful blue waters of the Amalfi Coast.
  • Pompeii: Travel a few hours South of Rome to tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii.
  • Tuscany: Do a wine tour and taste various delicious wines while seeing the beautiful rolling hills of Tuscany.
  • Santa Severa: Take a short bus or train (under one hour) to this sandy beach in close proximity to Rome!

Food and Drink

Looking for a fun place to eat yummy food or grab a drink with friends? Head over to Campo de’ Fiori to enjoy open-air markets, restaurants, and bars all within one plaza! A few of my favorites include:

  • Gelateria del Campo: Perfect for those with a sweet tooth, Gelateria has many delicious gelato flavors for an affordable price! One of my personal favorites is the chocolate hazelnut.
  • Shawarma Express: If you like Mediterranean food, you will love Shawarma Express! Walk in and grab a bite to eat that is made quickly and reasonably priced.
  • Magnolia Roma: Grab a glass of wine and a classic Italian meal at this restaurant with both outdoor and indoor seating!

The possibilities of things to do and places to see in Rome are endless, but these are some of the locations that I have enjoyed the most as a student studying abroad here. Take advantage of what the city has to offer and check them out in order to make the best of your time studying abroad here!


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