DON’T FORGET TO PACK Bug spray and comfortable shoes
BEST LEFT AT HOME Toiletries and an umbrella—you can buy it there
WHERE TO LIVE Prati
BEST EATS NEAR CAMPUS Bar Amore and Fattoincasa by Hosteria La Danesina
FAVORITE ITALIAN ACTIVITY Having coffee after meals and going to the outdoor markets
WHERE TO STUDY UC Rome center library; the resources you need are at your fingertips,
plus it’s in the middle of the city so there’s tons of great places to go see after you study
MUST-TRY LOCAL DISH Cacio e pepe and Buccatini all’amatriciana
BEST PHOTO OP The bridge leading to Castel Sant’Angelo—you can get both the Vatican and the castle!
BIGGEST FAIL Believing that just because the sun is out it won’t rain (Rome is unpredictable!)
BUY THIS Real gelato—the best gelaterias are hard to find but totally worth it (I recommend Gelateria Vice)
NOT THAT Fake gelato—some gelato shops have super artificial gelato (see bonus tip)
MOST INTERESTING CLASS Medieval Art—the classes take place in churches all over the city!
BEST PART OF THE PROGRAM Experiencing the Christmas markets and the cooking class
UNFORGETTABLE WEEKEND TRIPS Cinque Terre and Sicily
BONUS PRO TIP Traditional gelato has no strong colors and is never piled high, since it needs to stay really cold;
to keep it cold, it has to be stored completely within the metal container. Also, visit Dolce Maniera!
It’s a tiny inexpensive bakery by the Vatican. My favorite was the cornetto al cioccolato bianco (white chocolate croissant)