Rome at a glance

All roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes. The truth is, they all depart from Rome. Such a rich complexity, stemming from almost 3000 years of haphazard superposition, is bewildering and then progressively fascinating, as the visitor discovers this unique city’s unexpected charm. Students will find out that, despite all its grandeur, Rome carries its years lightly and that a visit to this easygoing, friendly, lively, often chaotic city is an enriching experience.

Rome is not a cheap city, but it is much cheaper than many other European cities and there are plenty of reasonably priced and low-cost alternatives for students. Food is great and generally inexpensive, especially if you shop at a supermarket or local market stalls. Eating out, movies and other leisure activities are, again, less expensive than many other European capitals. A meal at a restaurant will vary depending on where and what you wish to have, unless of course you are in the heart of the tourist city center! Students should expect to spend an average of € 800 a month, including housing and a margin for general expenses.

Rome is a big city and getting around can sometimes be difficult. There are many ways to move around the city, especially by public transport. Rome has three subway lines (A, B and C) several tram lines and lot of buses. Ticket prices are low, and if you get a seasonal pass they are ever lower. Additional, lots of people travel around the capital riding their bikes.

As a student you should buy all the necessary equipment you need to study. For books, its best way to buy them at university bookshops, which have more reasonable prices, or go to the second –hand markets in Viale Oberdan and Colli Albani, where it’s easy to find every kind of book. In the end, Rome has a wide range of libraries that allow you to enter and benefit from their collections for free.

The weather in Rome is generally mild and pleasant. Winters are usually moderate except for January and February when it can be very cold and wet (average temperature respectively, 0 / – 6°C and 1 / – 7°C.) It can also be very hot in July-August with temperatures rising over 35°C, but evenings are usually extremely pleasant.

Since 2013, Rome has been divided into 15 municipi (boroughs), each of which has its individual charm and varying rental costs.

 

The iconic monuments, museums, and historical sites that make Rome an unforgettable destination.


– Colosseo e Foro Romano
– Pantheon,
– Città del Vaticano,
– Castel Sant’Angelo,
– Musei Capitolini,
– Galleria Borghese,
– Fontana di Trevi,
– Piazza Navona,
– Piazza di Spagna

 

The Colosseum: Witness to Ancient Grandeur
Our exploration begins with the Colosseum, a symbol of Rome’s grandeur during the days of the Roman Empire. This colossal amphitheater, once hosting gladiatorial contests and public spectacles, stands as a testament to the architectural marvels of antiquity. Step into the arena and imagine the roars of the crowd as you traverse the labyrinthine corridors where history was etched into stone.

The Roman Forum: Where Politics and Culture Converged
Adjacent to the Colosseum lies the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome’s political and social life. Stroll along the cobblestone paths that once echoed with the voices of senators, citizens, and philosophers. Admire the ruins of temples, arches, and basilicas that reflect the city’s rich past, including the Temple of Saturn and the Arch of Titus.

The Pantheon: A Marvel of Engineering and Spirituality
A short walk from the Forum brings you to the Pantheon, an architectural masterpiece that has stood the test of time. With its massive dome and oculus, this former temple now serves as a church, embodying the fusion of ancient engineering prowess and spiritual devotion. Experience the captivating interplay of light and shadow as it dances across the centuries-old marble floors.

Vatican City: Art, Religion, and the Sistine Chapel
No trip to Rome is complete without a visit to Vatican City, the world’s smallest independent state and the spiritual heart of the Catholic Church. Marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica, an epitome of Renaissance architecture, and ascend the dome for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. Inside the Vatican Museums, be prepared to be enthralled by an unparalleled collection of art and artifacts. The Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo’s iconic frescoes, including the renowned “Creation of Adam,” is an awe-inspiring sight to behold.

Castel Sant’Angelo: A Fortress of History and Intrigue
Castel Sant’Angelo, once a mausoleum for Emperor Hadrian, has transformed over the centuries into a castle steeped in stories. Its thick walls and impressive architecture have witnessed the ebb and flow of Rome’s history, from a papal residence to a military fortress. Perched along the Tiber River, it offers panoramic views of the city. As you traverse its hidden passages and explore its chambers, you’ll unravel tales of emperors, popes, and secret escape routes, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts.

Capitoline Museums: Showcasing Rome’s Artistic Legacy
The Capitoline Museums, nestled atop the Capitoline Hill, stand as a treasure trove of Roman art and history. This exquisite collection features sculptures, paintings, and artifacts that reflect the city’s rich past. From the iconic statue of Marcus Aurelius to the captivating Capitoline She-Wolf, visitors are immersed in a journey through millennia of artistic expression. The museums themselves, designed by Michelangelo, add an extra layer of historical significance to this cultural haven.

Galleria Borghese: A Haven of Art and Beauty
For art enthusiasts, a visit to the Galleria Borghese is a must. This intimate museum houses an exceptional collection of sculptures and paintings by renowned artists such as Bernini, Caravaggio, and Raphael. The Villa Borghese gardens surrounding the gallery provide a serene escape, where you can unwind and reflect on the artistic wonders you’ve encountered.

Trevi Fountain: Make a Wish and Immerse in Beauty
Indulge your senses with a visit to the Trevi Fountain, a masterpiece of Baroque artistry. As you stand before the cascading waters and sculpted figures, tradition dictates that you toss a coin over your shoulder into the fountain. Legend has it that this ensures your return to Rome and guarantees good fortune. Let the magic of this enchanting site captivate you as it has done for generations.

The Spanish Steps and Piazza di Spagna: Urban Elegance
Stroll along the elegant streets of Rome and you’ll find the Spanish Steps, a meeting point of culture and style. Ascend the 135 steps to reach the Trinità dei Monti church at the top, and relish the stunning views of the city below. Nearby, Piazza di Spagna offers a charming atmosphere, often bustling with artists, tourists, and locals. It’s a perfect spot for people-watching and soaking in the vibrant spirit of Rome.

Piazza Navona: A Triumph of Baroque Urban Planning
As the day winds down, explore Piazza Navona, a lively square adorned with fountains, sculptures, and charming cafes. The centerpiece is Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers), a stunning example of Baroque artistry. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere, where street performers and artisans create a delightful ambiance.

In Rome, every cobblestone tells a story, every monument whispers of the past, and every corner holds the promise of a new discovery. As international university students, your journey through this timeless city will not only enrich your academic pursuits but also leave you with a profound appreciation for the legacy of human achievement that thrives within its ancient walls. So, embrace the history, art, and culture that Rome offers, and let its eternal charm shape your own personal journey.

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