Beyond Trastevere: Testaccio

Testaccio is one of Rome’s most interesting neighborhoods. You probably won’t find it in many guidebooks of the city, and it is definitely not known for its beauty. And that is exactly why I would recommend that JCU students check it out! Head down Viale di Trastevere on foot, by tram, or by bus and…

5 Facts about Rome’s Iconic Water Fountains

Visitors to a new country are often wary of drinking the water, especially if it is their first time abroad. In many places, in fact, it is best to avoid drinking water directly from the tap if you are not a local. Luckily, this will never be a concern for Rome! In fact, one of the…

Top 5 Sites in Rome for Italian Studies Majors

It goes without saying that Rome is the perfect location for any student majoring in Italian Studies. I can’t think of a better backdrop for students who have chosen a major that focuses on Italian society, history, politics, media, and language. Here are five sights in Rome that every Italian Studies major should visit: Alberto…

Celebrating Halloween Safely in Rome

There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Halloween around the JCU campus. Usually, academic departments and student-led clubs host events that students, faculty, and staff can all enjoy. This year, in collaboration with Student Government, the Literature Club, the Theatre Society, the Frohring Library, the Student Services staff, and the Keats Shelley House in Rome,…

JCU Resources: Career Services

It’s never too early to start thinking about your career. One great aspect of pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at John Cabot University is the supportive atmosphere created by professors who truly care about your future. Due to the intimate class sizes and the knowledge and experience of the professors, their interest in your success is…

7 Facts You Should Know About Gianicolo Hill

Gianicolo Hill is one of the sights that every John Cabot University student has heard of, and probably regularly visited. With the Gianicolo Residence directly below the majestic hill, and both the Guarini and Tiber campuses a short walk away, this panoramic landmark is a staple of the Trastevere area and even acts as a…

My First Trip to Rome

I can still remember my first trip to Rome, over ten years ago.  I was an excited middle schooler visiting my grandparents in the United States for Christmas, and on our way back home to Moscow after the holidays, my dad surprised us with a two-day layover in Rome. It was my thirteenth birthday. I…

Beyond Trastevere: Monteverde

Monteverde is a neighborhood you might not have heard much about, even though as a JCU student it is right in your backyard! A residential region of the city, Monteverde truly feels like an escape from the noise and the chaos of Rome. Monteverde begins right where Trastevere ends. Start exploring the neighborhood by climbing…

3 Farmers’ Markets in Rome

I think everyone can agree that food is an important aspect of Italian culture. Ask any local about the food that their country has to offer and they will start explaining to you the varieties of pizza, pasta, meat, fish, risotto, soups, salads – you name it. They will probably explain that each of the…

An International Wedding in Italy

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Italy for a friend’s wedding. Any chance to visit Italy is a treat, but the excitement of going back “home” and taking part in the wedding of my best friend from high school made it all the more special. The celebration took place in the town of…

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