Alberto Sordi, a famous Italian actor, once said: “Rome is not like any other city. It’s a big museum, a living room that shall be crossed on one’s toes.” So, was he right? Certo (a.k.a absolutely)! The “Eternal City” leaves its love prints on each person who dares to visit, filling the soul with gratitude and appreciation for its surroundings. With the remains of the Roman empire, 280 fountains and more than 900 churches, the city is the epithet of real “wanderlust”. Still not convinced and en-route to Rome? Then let me tell you a story.
One of the biggest Erasmus communities in Italy
What is the first thought running through your mind once you decide on living abroad? Maybe getting the chance of meeting new people from all over the world? Well, here you are – Rome is well-known for hosting one of the biggest Erasmus communities in Italy and, with no doubt, it welcomes thousands of Erasmus students every year. Convinced yet? Give me a minute.
History and culture
On every corner in Rome there is something exciting to be discovered. With so many museums, churches and fountains, the city is a 24/7 open gallery. How about walking by the ruins of the Ancient Rome while eating delicious gelato and enjoying the sunny weather on a Saturday afternoon? Sounds like a dream? Take the right step and make it a reality. Rome is always there for you. And don’t forget: every first Sunday of the month you get to visit museums for free!
A city that never sleeps & a walk down memory lane
Have you heard of the Big Apple? Rome is the equivalent of the American dream – you literally stay awake for hours since there is so much you can do that you don’t want to miss a minute of enjoying. There are thousands of cute bars and cafes where you can refresh yourself with a nice cocktail and free food (yes, free food!) during Apero hours (a.k.a fav time of the day). Erasmus students get discounts in many bars, especially around the area of Trastevere, and there are special Erasmus parties organised near the Metro Station “Pyramide” – every day, all day.
And having a night stroll in Rome is something else, it is truly out of this planet. In case you do, go in groups… and walk by Di Trevi Fountain – seeing it at night, with zero tourists around, makes you feel like you live in a fairy-tale. Seriously though – takes your breath away.
Amazing weather with proximity to the beach
Not only Rome has quite the mild weather all year round, but it is within proximity to the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea. Fancy a Roman mix of the big city lights and a nice, pleasant beach? So, what are you waiting for? Erasmus students usually meet at the beach and prepare barbecues, exchange stories and have it the Italian way – a.k.a la dolce vita (no worries, just fun).
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
Even if you are not a football fan, attending the derby between Roma and Lazio is a must! And as the saying goes – When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Romans are crazy about their local football teams and visiting Stadio Olimpico (with a cheap ticket for Erasmus students) is ecstatic! How about having a one of a kind experience with your Erasmus buddies while in town? Rome is the supreme spot for your Erasmus shenanigans!
Sweet Roman treats anyone?
Rome, with its romantic nature, won’t stop surprising you, even with its out of space desserts. Renowned gelato shops, open almost 24/7, are found on each corner. And in case you would like to try Rome`s famous tiramisu, pay a quick visit to Pompi. The family-run pasticceria first opened its doors in 1960s and a master ice-cream maker, with personal interpretation of the recipe of the most famous Italian dessert in the world, turned Pompi into a well-known quality brand.
Among other Italian desserts, give a try to Pastiera Napoletana, Sweet Salami with Hazelnut Cream, Ricotta Cannoli, Torta Caprese and Cornetto stuffed with nutella, pastry cream or marmalade. Getting hungry? Signing up for Erasmus in Rome is one step away.
See you in Rome!
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Written by Natali Popova
Born and raised in Bulgaria, leaving home at the age of 19, she created her own nomad lifestyle. 5 countries, 10 homes, 4 languages, and hundreds of international friends later, she is still as passionate about travelling and exploring as ever. Natali has “…atlas in her hands, adventure in her eyes and wanderlust in her blood.”