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Finding a Home While Studying Abroad in Rome, Italy

April 26, 2024
by Anna Keller

Discovering a New Home while Studying Abroad in Rome, Italy 

This photoset captures the beauty of Rome. From its historic monuments to gorgeous architecture and stunning views, delicious food to local art, Rome is the perfect city. Rome has so much to offer, especially as a CEA CAPA study abroad destination.

A study abroad student standing on a ledge with a city in the background

A must-stop for perfect sunset views is Terrazza del Pincio overlooking the Piazza del Popolo. 

What I Captured

The city’s culture lends itself to being a place one can easily call home after only a few weeks here. While Rome is a large city, there are niche spots to discover, and you can never get bored. The city’s culture blends aspects of art, architecture, fashion, and history.

Two study abroad students standing on a sidewalk

Taking a stroll along the Tiber River as arching trees line the pathway.  

Italian Food

There’s also a huge food culture within Rome that makes every dining experience one to remember.

A plate of pasta and glasses of wine

Discovering Rome and all the amazing food including Pappardelle Bolognese accompanied by the house white wine.  

An Aperitivo, for example, is a time to meet with friends, eat, drink and talk.  

A group of study abroad students holding wine glasses

Enjoying a roommate dinner at a classic Italian restaurant. Saluti! 

When exploring Rome—from new cafés, monuments, and churches to quaint cobblestone streets in neighborhoods like Trastevere and Prati—there’s something for everyone. The culture makes the huge city feel like a home.  

A study abroad student standing on a cobblestone street with a couple of people

Walks on the cobblestone streets of Trastevere while exploring all the city offers.  

A concrete box with graffiti on it

Local street art in the Prati neighborhood, showcasing the art and culture of the wonderful city.

Italian Landmarks

After living in Rome for less than a month, it’s easy for me to call this city home.

A study abroad student standing on a stone wall

On a bridge over the Tiber River with St Peter's Basilica in the background. 

Some favorite spots include walking along the Tiber River into Trastevere, exploring the historic center of Rome where you can discover the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps, and of course finding a gelateria and café on every corner.

A fountain with statues in front of buildings

Located in Piazza Navona, enjoy the beauty of Fontana del Nettuno while eating gelato.

You can never be truly lost here because of the numerous historic landmarks orientating you within the city.  

A large stone building with statues

The iconic Trevi Fountain is a must-see when exploring Rome.  

When studying abroad, it’s important to embrace your host city’s culture and immerse yourself in it. Explore the city as much as possible, try new things every day, learn the local language, try traditional foods, discover a new part of the city every day.

A statue in front of a building

Fontana della Dea Roma in Piazza del Popolo as the sun sets over the Piazza. 

Rome allows you to do all this and more with a never-ending supply of amazing food, landscapes, history, art, and culture abroad.  

Anna Keller is the Content Creator - Photographer in Rome, Italy, and is currently studying at Wake Forest University.
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