Mansion-turned-gallery full of immaculate works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Raphael, and the like. Each room is about as impressive as the pieces that inhabit it, surrounded by illusionistic ceilings and impressive details. Outside, sprawling gardens full of fountains, sculptures, segways, and dogs roaming freely create an oasis in a city of tourists and selfie-stick sellers. Tips… Read More Villa Borghese Gallery and Gardens: A Guide to Rome’s Version of Central Park
I spent a chilly and exciting weekend in Dublin, made even better with a day trip to the Burren, Cliffs of Moher, and surrounding sites. Friday was spent navigating the Dart train from our Airbnb in the adorable suburb of Donaghmede. Once in the city, we did a bit of shopping on Grafton Street and… Read More Ireland: Land o’ Green Landscapes, Towering Burger Kings, and Guinness Stew
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” –Gustave Flaubert Last week I had the privilege of venturing out into the city 5 days out of the 7, and with each day, my knowledge and appreciation for Rome grew. This post is a long one, but I experienced… Read More Making Rome Home
My two-day trip to Florence began with a speedy stop at the McDonald’s in Termini Station. I had seen a Buzzfeed article a few months back about the newest item to be added to Italian McDonald’s menu: the Nutella burger. Officially called the “Sweety con Nutella,” I felt obligated to try the sweet bun filled… Read More Firenze: Birthplace of the Renaissance, Pinocchio, and Gucci
A few fleeting hours spent touring the historic center of Agropoli in Salerno, Campania. Panoramic views, quiet streets, and an ancient castle just before sunset created a short but sweet afternoon.
Last weekend, all 200 or so John Felice Rome Center students boarded a few coach buses and departed for Campania, a region of Italy about 3 hours from Lazio. After a break at the fanciest rest stop I’ve ever seen (fit with walls of wine, gifts, and Kinder candies), we arrived in Paestum, an ancient… Read More A Whirlwind of a Weekend in Campania
One chilly morning spent in a Castello Romano, one of the cities that protected Rome in ancient times. Viterbo is a now-tranquil town with a rich history of thirteenth-century frescoes, the cathedral in which the first conclave was held, and architecture that has remnants of both Medieval and Renaissance structures on the same buildings.
Or in English, new perspectives – my first few days in Roma have been an emotional roller-coaster, to say the least. If anything, traveling to a new place is a sensory overload (sometimes good, other times not). I can’t say I didn’t think I’d have a lot of adjusting to do, but I was surprised… Read More Prospettive Nuove
As finals week approaches rapidly, a few moments of reflection on the semester that ends so soon are in order. If I had to choose the first word that comes to mind when I think of the fall semester of my junior year, I think “busy.” This semester was filled with weekends spent reading academic… Read More Arrivederci, Chicago
January 11th. Well, I leave on January 10th, arrive on January 11th, lose a day because of the time change, etc. Irregardless, the departure date that begins my four-month escapade throughout the country of my ancestors is fast approaching – it’s just under two months away. As I sit here, avoiding the study guide for… Read More Benvenuti