Preparation for Your Abroad Experience

Before leaving for your semester or year abroad, it is important that you take some time to think about what types of attractions and activities you would like to do in order to make the most out of your time. Consider different areas of the city that you would like to explore and what your budget is for activities. This will help set the stage for your experience abroad and get you in the right mindset before you leave. This ultimate Rome tour guide for study abroad students will help you to think ahead and plan your trips around the city!

Museums & Attractions

There is no shortage of museums and archeological sites in Rome. Whether you are a history buff or art lover, there is something for everyone. Check out the Colosseum where gladiators once hashed it out or visit the impressive Vatican Museums. A big advantage of studying in the Eternal City is that you have time to check them all out and establish your favorites to visit over and over again!


During your time in Rome you will discover that there are beautiful and impressive churches all around you. Whether it be St. Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria in Trastevere, or San Clemente, they each hold their own historic beauty and are sure to impress you. These churches can be pleasant places to stumble upon during your walk around the city and you are sure to grow to love them.


Are you a fan of pasta and pizza? Well, if you answered yes, you’ve come to the right place! Traditional Italian restaurants line the streets of Rome offering you some of the best pizza and pasta in the world. Try Rome’s famous carbonara, cacio e pepe, or gnocchi. You are sure to love them all. It is easy to find cheap and affordable dishes that are perfect for students on a budget.


Alongside the endless supply of restaurants, are the numerous cafes with everyone’s favorites espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and croissants. Find your favorite spot for a coffee before class or find a cozy place to get some work done. Many of the cafes in Rome also sell traditional Italian pastries and treats that can be a great pick-me-up after a long day of studying.


Rome isn’t just great for its history and food, it also has some great shopping spots with a wide range of prices. Hit Via Dei Condotti right near the spanish steps for some luxury brands or visit Via Cola di Rienzo for some cute and trendy clothing stores. You’ll return to your home country with an upgraded wardrobe!

To make the most out of your time in the Eternal City be sure to check out the Roma Pass, the perfect pass for 48 or 72 hour unlimited access to Rome’s best sites!


Christina Coukos


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