Roman Life
William, Rome, Summer 2012
June 11, 2012

Living in Rome I feel that I have gotten to experience what the real life of an Italian has been like, instead of just experiencing the tourist attractions. Walking through the piazzas, alleys and narrow roads that make up the heart of Trastevere at night has exposed me to traditional Italian customs that I would not have seen otherwise. Just across the Tiber River lies the heart of Rome, which still after 3 weeks I feel I’ve just scratched the surface of. Beyond the traditional tourist attractions of the Colloseum, Pantheon, etc., there are ancient Roman ruins, Renaissance sculptures, and other hidden monuments to the cities vast history that I would not have found without having the time to just wander around the city and have certainly enriched my time in Rome so far.

The people that make up the SAI program, staff and students alike, are what have distinguished it from other study abroad programs. Lisa, Amy, and Karen have all been incredibly friendly and helpful in making sure we are aware of everything going on in Rome and addressing our concerns that come along with living in a foreign country. They have also managed to foster a strong sense of community and friendship amongst all of the SAI students, which has lead to strong friendships despite us all knowing each other for such short of a time. Because of this we’ve been able to organize group trips to the Amalfi Coast and Florence, which were both amazing.

The classes I have been taking through John Cabot University have further enriched my experience in Rome by providing information about the history and cites around the city I see everyday. My Renaissance art history class has been essentially to understanding the art and architecture present all across the city, as well as taking me to visit places and museums that I otherwise would probably have missed. My Ancient Roman history class has given me background info that has made me appreciate the fact that Rome has been one of, if not the, most important city in European history for almost 3000 years.

Overall, my time in Rome has been truly incredible, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to be able to experience it.

William – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


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4 responses to “Roman Life”

  1. I’m glad you’re having such a great time! We miss you. Dad

    by Kevin on June 12, 2012 at 7:27 am

  2. I knew that Will would enjoy this program, because he has an inquisitive mind and has always enjoyed a variety of activities and studies, and will take advantqge of all that is offerred.
    As his grandmother I like the idea that travel options, good study program, and guidance if needed are available.
    All of our family enjoy traveling and this will open his mind up to all of the wonderful places that are in the world. And how wonderful to start off with the beautiful City of Rome.
    I am delighted that he is in your program.

    by Beverly Borberg on June 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

  3. Its great that you are having such a good time

    by Aven on June 15, 2012 at 7:03 pm

  4. Hey William,

    I will be in Rome for 5 days in late August before I study abroad in the Fall in Madrid, and I would love any suggestions for my stay in Rome. I intend to do the tourist thing for about 2-3 days, however I really want to explore local towns nearby. If you can recommend any towns that I can explore, I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you!

    by Marissa Beltran on June 22, 2012 at 4:26 pm