I'm spending the semester in Rome. Where should I go?

  • HypnotizeNLP

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    Sep 20, 2015 3:43 PM GMT
    I'm studying abroad in Rome this semester. Where in Rome should I go? Where in Italy should I travel? Where in Europe should I go? Thanks!
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    Sep 20, 2015 6:33 PM GMT
    Go to 'Gay Paris', then Venice, then go to the 'Swart-woud' 'Black Forest' in Germany, then go see the MatterHorn. A real expedition.
  • tj85016

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    Sep 20, 2015 11:52 PM GMT
    take the train to Sienna, then Florence, then Reggio Emiiia

    another good trip is to Interlaken, Switzerland and take the cog wheel train up and through the Eiger to the glacier at he top
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    Sep 21, 2015 2:26 PM GMT
    Rome: You'll do all the tourist sites, of course. In addition, go to EUR and see the monuments, and visit the Museo della Civiltá Romana with the giant model of Ancient Rome.

    Spend time in Villa Borghese and make sure you visit the museum there.

    Visit Ostia and the ruins there, and then go to the gay beach in Capocotta.

    In the spring, visit Tivoli and Hadrian's villa there.

    Italy: Assuming you don't have a car, because why would you, the train gets you to some of the most beautiful places.

    Florence is a must and just 2 hours from Rome on the train.

    Bologna is very beautiful and just on the other side of the Apennines. The ride across the mountain chain is worth the trip alone.

    Milan is great. I'd visit the Cathedral and the Sforza Castle, for sure.

    Naples is stunning. Not a lot of people visit, probably because it's chaotic and tourist robberies sadly common, but it's an old and beautiful city. The Archaeological Museum with its fine collection of Greek vases is inspiring and highly pornographic.

    You must see the Alps. The easiest way is to take the train through Milan into Zurich.

    Europe: Again, what you'll want to see will depend on your mode of transportation. Also, you don't specify what semester you'll be there, and destinations would depend on the time of the year.

    In the winter, I'd certainly visit either Munich or Vienna. Both are easily reached by train or plane and offer an amazing wealth of sites.

    Paris is a must, as well. I'd probably rather do Paris than London, but I absolutely love patisserie, and can't get that in Piccadilly Circus...

    Prague or Budapest. One of the cities in the East. They are both amazing, and still relatively cheap.

    Berlin. It's a crazy place these days. I lived in Cologne and loved it, but today's Germany revolves around Berlin.

    If you have a car, or are going in the summer, things would change. With a car, you'd probably skip some of the cities and spend more time in the countryside. I'd do Assisi in Italy instead of Florence, and Ravenna instead of (or in conjunction with) Bologna.

    In the summer, I would probably fly out to Ibiza or Barcelona, because that's where everybody is, anyway. ;-)

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    Sep 21, 2015 5:07 PM GMT
    I just got back from Rome this past Thursday and loved it:

    Not sure where you are studying in Rome, but here are my tips:

    (1) Via del Corso - runs through out much of the city and all the main site(s) and then connects with Via del Fori Imperiali. So, pretty much it will take you to: Piazza Venezia, Imperial Forum, & Colosseum. Also, do not forget to stop by the numerous ice cream or gelato places along the way. Some delicious combinations and amazing culinary tastes. Also, numerous small cafes and restaurants as well to enjoy some real authentic Italian food. Enjoy a real macchiato, cafe or cappuccino.

    (2) The Pantheon and Piazza Navonna can easily be located as well since there are signs from Via del Corso to side streets to get there.

    (3) Via del Babuino well take you to Piazza di Spagna where the Spanish Embassy is and the famous Spanish Steps, and if you continue along that main road you will find Piazza Barberini, with incredible fountains and a main plaza.

    (4) The famous Fountain of Trevi - now considered a UNESCO site is being restored, you can still go an see it, it is currently encircled in a plexiglass as they restore it and clean it up, so no running water in the fountains at the moment. It is scheduled to be completed restored in a year (but in Italian time) I would see a year and a half or two, everything in Italy runs at a different pace.

    All these are easily accessible via walking you really do not need a car and I discourage it, most of the roads are now for pedestrians, you do see some taxis, and buses along the way and also Carabinieri (Police) they are trying to curtail pollution in the city. You will notice this also when you walk to the Imperail Forum most traffic curtailed to save the Colosseum from carbon monoxide pollution.

    Another way to see the city if you are tired of walking which I did is via Skegway Rome Tours, this was a lot of fun riding a skegway through the city.

    A word of caution keep your money in a secure place and also ID, although I saw a lot of presence of Carabinieri (Police) there are still pick pockets dying to get at your Euros, etc. Therefore, when I walked in the city I left my passport in the hotel safe and just walked with some Euros/one credit card and never put my wallet behind my pockets, etc. I carried a hidden money wallet. Also, not sure if you speak another language but you get treated better if you do. I found if I spoke Spanish which I am native rather than English. I got better service when I tried a bit of Italian or if I spoke Spanish.

    I did not get a chance to go to Florence, Venice or Milan and those will be my next cities next time to go.

    And one last thing Italian men are incredible hot and handsome, enjoyicon_biggrin.gif

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    Sep 22, 2015 12:32 PM GMT
    I echo those who discouraged driving. Driving in the cities, especially Rome and Naples, was nuts. When we were in Naples we spent a lot of time on the hotel balcony just watching the traffic.

    I loved Assisi the best, and this past trip we spent a few days in Le Marche, north and east of Rome. So beautiful.
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    Sep 22, 2015 9:05 PM GMT
    For amazing beaches, food and people, go to Sicily icon_smile.gif lot's of amazing things to see in Palermo and great restaurants!
  • Falconcc_24

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    Sep 23, 2015 6:09 AM GMT
    If it was me, one thing I would try to do is go on Dan Brown's Path of the Illuminati that he describes in Angels & Demons.
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    Sep 28, 2015 5:59 PM GMT
    It's getting late in the year, so summer might be over there, but worth checking out is the gay beach south of the Lido di Ostia -clothing optional. But in winter, like colosseo92 said, head to Sicily, where it may still be warm.