Moving to Rome

When you are thinking about packing up and moving abroad for your international exchange, there are a lot of things to consider. First, you’ll need to decide which country and city appeal most to you. Next, which university offers courses in your intended field of studies.

Once you’ve made these decisions, there’s still so much to consider. If you’ve officially decided on Rome, you’ll need to know the requirements for relocating and studying in Italy. Different countries will have different processes, so it’s always best to ensure that you follow all of the proper procedures.

Rome is a popular city for students, which means that finding student housing in Rome can be difficult, and rooms and apartments will go fast. But it’s well-worth it. Rome is often called “the Eternal City” or the “Great Beauty.” It’s welcoming to international visitors, and it is home to some of the most fascinating historical places on the planet.

This guide will help to prepare you for what to expect in this ever-popular locale, whether it be learning about how to get around or where to go for drinks on the weekend. Benvenuti a Roma!

About Rome

There’s quite a fantastical story about the founding of Rome, which is thought to have been on April 21 in 753 BC. It all began with the two brothers Romulus and Remus, who were raised by a wolf. But the draw to Rome just begins there. Once the very center of the Roman Empire, if not the world, this city has often been the focal destination for anything related to politics, culture and history. When people say “all roads lead to Rome,” it was not anywhere close to an exaggeration.

Yet for all of its notoriety, history is what really made Rome unforgettable. Plus, its beauty brings visitors back year after year to see its breathtaking wonders, like the Roman Forum, just one of 25,000 locations of archaeological interest in the city. Plus, Rome hosts a foreign state, the Vatican City, or the seat of papal authority, which also houses St. Peter's Basilica and the art of the Vatican Museums.

Rome is basically built upon layers, which begins with the Holy Roman Empire and stretches into the Medieval times and the artistic endeavors of the Renaissance. This is why living in Rome is always an adventure.

Italian language

Of course, Rome’s official language is Italian, and it’s going to also be the most widely spoken. However, tourists flock to Rome at all times of the year, so it’s very common to hear English spoken all throughout the major tourist areas.

It would be good to learn at least a few basic phrases in Italian so that when you are in more suburban areas, you’ll be able to somewhat communicate with the locals. Knowing Italian will definitely help when you find yourself outside of the tourist areas.

Weather in Rome

Rome is definitely known for having all four seasons. In the summer, it’s usually hot and dry. In the winter, it can get pretty cold. However, in the spring and the fall, the weather is temperate and mild.

As with most Mediterranean climates, summer days are sunny and warm and perfect for visiting a beach. The temperatures begin to rise in early May and don’t taper off until late September. It doesn’t begin to get cloudy until October, giving you plenty of time for warm-weather activities.

Public holidays in Italy

When you’re relocating to another city, it’s always a great idea to learn the local holidays, so you’ll know when banks or businesses might be closed. Plus, you’ll probably want to take part in the revelries!

  • New Year's Day - 1 January - This is the start of the new year.
  • Epiphany - 6 January - During this day, the witch Befana delivers sweets and gifts to all of the good children, but coal to those who have been less than cooperative.
  • Maundy Thursday - Various Dates - This day typically involves re-enactments of the Last Supper.
  • Easter Monday - This is the first Monday to come after Easter.
  • Liberation Day - 25 April - This celebration commemorates the end of Mussolini's Social Republic and the fall of the Nazi occupation.
  • Labour Day - 1 May - Most workers get time off from their jobs.
  • Republic Day - 2 June - On this day, the Italians abolished the Monarchy, turning Italy into a republic in 1946.
  • The Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul - 29 June - This celebrates the lives of the two apostles.
  • Ferragosto (Assumption of Mary) - 15 August - This is a time of feasts.
  • All Saints’ Day - 1 November - This celebrates all of the Catholic saints with dinners and gatherings.
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - 8 December - This Catholic holiday celebrates the transformation of Mary.
  • Christmas Day - 25 December - Traditionally, this day is marked with spending time with family and giving gifts.
  • Giorno di Santo Stefano (St. Stephen’s Day) - 26 December - This day after Christmas is celebrated with feasts and relaxation.

Facts about Rome

  • The magic door

La Porta Alchemic in Rome, also known as Villa Palombara at the Esquiline, is a legendary door that offers the gift of transforming any metal into gold. Informed by a former Jesuit, Massimiliano Palombara engraved the symbols on the door that you will see today.

  • Not only three coins

There’s also a custom surrounding the Trevi Fountain, and how you should toss three coins into it. One guarantees you will return to Rome, the second assures romance, and the third will guarantee marriage.

  • The city of ghosts

Rome is also known for its numerous ghost sightings. Some say they are more prevalent in the areas of Piazza Navona and Olimpia Pamphili. Most notably, many see the apparitions of an infamous noblewoman, Costanze de Cupis, who lost her hand after a devastating spell.

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