Top 5 Sites in Rome for International Affairs and Political Science Majors

Rome is a hub for travelers around the world. Whether they are young tourists simply searching for adventure, or lovers of art, history, and literature, it seems that they always find what they are looking for in the Eternal City. People may not realize, though, that because Rome is a major European capital, and because of its centuries of history in the world’s political arena, there are many spots to visit of particular interest for students studying International Affairs or Political Science. Plus, all the embassies, Italian governmental institutions, and international organizations provide a variety of internship opportunities for students majoring in those fields!

Here are 5 sites in Rome that every International Affairs major and Political Science major should visit:

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(Piazza del Quirinale)

The Palazzo del Quirinale, or the Quirinal Palace, is one of the Italian president’s three official residences. It is located on one of the seven hills in Rome and is twenty times bigger than the White House in the United States. This beautiful palace has housed thirty popes, four kings, and twelve presidents. Check out their website to book a tour of the beautiful palace and the surrounding gardens.

2. Palazzo Spada (Italian Council of State)
(Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13)

Palazzo Spada was built in 1540, and was home to various cardinals over the years. It was purchased by the Italian State in 1927. Today the beautiful palace not only accommodates a large and important art collection, but it is also home to the Italian Council of State.

3. Palazzo Farnese
(Piazza Farnese, 67)

One of the most important Renaissance palaces in Rome, the Farnese Palace was first designed in 1517. It was home to the Farnese family, and the building’s design and construction involved some of the most famous and important Italian architects of the time. It was given to the French government in 1936 for a “contract” of 99 years, and serves as home to the French embassy to Italy.

4. Via Veneto

Via Veneto is definitely one of the most unique streets in the city. The street and surrounding neighborhood is full of upscale bars, restaurants, and hotels, and has attracted celebrities and artists from elite circles over the years. The street is named after the Battle of Vittorio Veneto—an important battle of World War I. Today, the US Embassy to Italy is located on the famous street.

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(Viale delle Terme di Caracalla)

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (known as FAO) building was originally built in the 1930s under Italy’s Fascist government to be the Ministry of Italian Africa. After the war, however, it was repurposed to become the headquarters of the United Nations agricultural agency. You can complete a form on their website and to plan a visit to the FAO building!


Alexa (Shearer) Vujaklija
Class of 2015
Communications Major
Grew up in The United States, Germany, The Republic of Georgia, Russia, and Bulgaria

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