Travel and Study Abroad: Discovering Rome and Its Region

Studying abroad has many perks. From discovering new cultures to learning in a historical environment, Italy has a lot to offer students who decide to spend part of their academic career at a university in Rome.  One of the bonuses of taking part in a study abroad program is the time that students get to spend discovering new cities and regions.

Thinking of Studying Abroad?

If you’ve been thinking about studying abroad yet are unsure about taking the plunge, remember that discovering a new culture is just one of the many benefits. There’s a reason why many students who have studied abroad have raved about the experience!

Here are a few concrete reasons why you should study at a University in Rome:

Personal growth. There is nothing more exhilarating than traveling to a new city or country and discovering a new culture on your own., The adaptability and practical knowledge that you’ll gain will be priceless.  As well, being able to interact and work with students from other cultures will give you the soft skills such as creative problem solving and communication skills to thrive in a global job market.

You’ll learn a new language. Learning a new language provides countless cognitive benefits and study in Italy is the ideal opportunity to learn Italian while putting those skills into practice. The road towards language fluency begins with being able to function in that language. What better way to test it and make sure it quickly improves than to spend some time surrounded by native speakers? Think also of the rewards of including your new language skills on your resume.

Travel to Must-See Sights. If you’ve never travelled around Europe before, there are a range of countries at your doorstep. And with the availability of low-cost airlines combined with the convenience of taking the train, discovering the rest of Europe will never be easier. A short trip to France or even Greece means that you’ll also get to experience other cultures outside of Italy.

With those benefits in mind, we’ve also compiled our recommended short weekend trips outside of Rome if your primary goal during your time abroad is discovering Italy.

3 Must-DoWeekend Getaways Outside of Rome

1. Florence – Although this picturesque city is one of the most obvious places to visit on this list, there’s a reason why Florence attracts millions of tourists per year.  From being enchanted by the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio to the masterpieces on display at the Uffizi gallery, if you’re at all interested in art and architecture, then there’s no reason to leave this UNESCO declared World Heritage Site off of your travel list.

2. Venice – There is nowhere in the world like Venice, where gondoliers still gracefully sail through the city’s web of canals and lovers stroll in and out of museums, churches, galleries and theaters. It is an eminently photographable small city, concentrated with beauty.

3. Naples – With numerous monuments and artistic treasures, this Southern Italian city is known for having the largest historic center in Europe as well as for the striking beauty of its landscape overlooking the Bay of Naples. The  birthplace of pizza, Naples is an often chaotic feast for the senses.  The Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum are also nearby, as are the breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast.

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