Rome, Italy

Italy’s mesmerizing capital city teems with historical ruins, mega-famous art, and bustling street life.

  • CLIMATE: Fall: 60-75 °F
    Winter: 35-55 °F
    Spring: 50-70 °F
  • CURRENCY: 1 Euro = 1.1 USD
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGES: Italian
  • NEXT AVAILABILITY: Fall 2020

Peel back the layers of Rome’s ever-evolving culture to find world-class works of art, tiny street vendors polishing their crafts, and succulent Italian delicacies.

Rome has been bustling and re-building for over 3,000 years. Legend has it that this iconic city was founded by the twin sons of Mars, the god of war: Romulus and Remus. Romulus then killed Remus and named the city after himself.

Storytelling in Latin, and later Italian, has always been an essential part of Roman culture. Test out your Italian by telling stories about your day. Describe the pasta you ate, the internship projects you accomplished, and the works of art that amazed you.

Stroll down the Appian Way. As the first road built in Italy (312 BCE), it’s the inspiration for the phrase “all road lead to Rome.” On a quiet morning, you can have this ancient road almost to yourself.

Meander through the Trastevere. Dine al fresco in the lively streets of the Trastevere neighborhood. Hidden piazzas hold hundreds of tucked away restaurants and cafés.

Live the dolce vita. Do as the Italians do and live the good life—la dolce vita. Taste every flavor of gelato, try out your Italian with street vendors, and determine your favorite pasta shape.

This statue-lined bridge, the Ponte Sant'Angelo, was completed in 134 AD by Roman Emperor Hadrian.

See the Colosseum. Enact your gladiator fantasy at this 50,000 seat arena that was erected in 80 CE.

Make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Toss a coin over your shoulder to ensure you’ll return to Rome one day. Insider tip: avoid the crowds by visiting in the evening when its lit up beautifully.

Take a trip to the world's smallest city. Situated in the center of Rome, Vatican City is home to architectural marvels like St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel.

 

Get to know EF Rome
  • Our Palazzo-style language school campus is as authentic Rome as it gets.
  • Stride past Vespas and Fiats to espresso bars and trattorias just 2 minutes from EF’s campus. Walk another 2 minutes and you’ll arrive at the Pantheon.
  • Be right in the center of one Rome’s most historic areas, a short walk to the Colosseum, Fontana di Trevia, Piazza di Spagna, and Piazza del Popolo.

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