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Living in Trastevere, Classes in Prati

Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere

Our apartment is on Via Natale Del Grande, a small quiet cobblestone street, which we're thankful for because our neighborhood is lively at night. Via Natale Del Grande has two grocery stores, a BNL ATM on the corner, a bakery, a cheese shop, and a handful of little restaurants. 
If you make a left at the end of our street, you’re about a five-minute walk from Piazza di Santa Maria, a beautiful square we walk through every morning to get to our bus stop. It has a church, a water fountain in the center, a gelato shop, and two cafes overlooking the square. If you make a left, you’ll soon find yourself on Viale di Trastevere, the main street in our neighborhood. It has all of Trastevere’s main shopping and transportation stops. The street has a big, as we like to say "American Style" grocery store and several flee markets. During the week, I walk up about half a mile to the river and run along side the Tiber River. It sure beats my regular running route at home!

When I’m not in Trastevere, I’m spending my time in Prati, a nice residential neighborhood outside the Vatican. The CEA Study Center in Rome is located here, right around the corner from Piazza Cavour. 

Piazza Cavour is one of my favorite squares in Rome, because of its green scenery and tall palm trees! Who would have thought you could find palm trees in Rome?! In the middle of the square is a bronze statue of a statesmen, Camillo Bensimo di Cavour, known as the “Count of Cavour.” 

The square lies behind the Palazzo di Giustizia, the massive and intricate Palace of Justice in Rome. The building is truly breathtaking! 

CEA is also a five minute walk from Via Cola di Rienzo, Prati’s best shopping street! It has some of the best paninis and fresh fruit markets, and of course the best clothing stores. My classmates and I walk on this street in between classes and always find something new.
Trastevere and Prati are very different neighborhoods, and you can immediately tell when you leave one and enter the other. The vibe is different, as are the surroundings and architecture. I have my favorite spot in each neighborhood, and two different coffee shops I’m a “regular” at. They each have their own appeal, and I’m excited to explore more of them this semester. I’ll keep you updated on the new best spots I find!



Haley Bryan is the Fall 2013 CEA MOJO in Rome, Italy. She is currently a junior at Providence College.
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