- Photocopies of Important Documents
- Emergency Numbers
- Be Inconspicous
- Organize Your Funds
- Guard Personal Belongings
- Credit Cards
- Leave Your Travel Itinerary With Someone
- Traffic and the Road
- Avoid Demonstrations
- Local Laws and Customs
- Traveling to Other Countries Beyond Italy
- Utilize Rome Center Staff
Before leaving for Rome, make two copies of all your important documents (passport, bank card, credit cards, traveler's checks, and travel itinerary). Keep these in a safe place, leaving one copy at home in the U.S. When you don't need your passport, carry the copy. Get a police report documenting any losses.
Students should carry with them the address and phone number for the Rome Center at all times:
Loyola University Chicago
Via Massimi, 114-A
00136 Rome, Italy
The local phone number for the Rome Center is 06.355.881
It is important for students to try not to speak too loudly or draw unnecessary attention. Students should learn some basic phrases in Italian. To avoid looking like an American tourist, students should try not to wear t-shirts, sweatshirts, or baseball caps with North American logos.
Funds should be organized into separate areas. Always leave some currency and a credit card at the residence hall in a secure place as a back-up. A money belt is helpful to carry money, credit cards, and passport. However, avoid reaching into the money belt in public places.
Pickpockets can be extremely adept. Students should not carry a passport or money in a hip pocket, open purse, or outside pocket on your backpack. Pickpockets mingle widely in tourist crowds. A money belt or neck pouch is a good idea. On crowded subways, always carry your daypack in front of you. One should always have a hand or foot in a loop or strap of luggage when you set it down to avoid having it snatched away when not looking.
Students should make a note of the credit limit on each credit card that you bring. Ask your credit card company how to report a loss of your card from abroad. 800 numbers generally do not work from abroad, but your company should have a number that you can call while you are overseas.
Students should let a Rome Center staff member or a family member at home know that they are traveling.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel(ASIRT), statistics indicate that the single greatest cause of death is accidents. Students should try to avoid car or bus travel at night and always use a seatbelt. The traffic flow in Italy is different than in the United States. Students should be very cautious when crossing.
It is important to avoid any demonstrations even if they may seem peaceful. In some countries protests are illegal and participating can lead to arrest.
When one leaves the United States, he or she is subject to the laws of the country where you are. If you are arrested, Rome Center Staff and even the United States Embassy may not be able to assist you. Try to research as much about Italy and Rome as possible before going. Travel guidebooks, such as Let's Go may have helpful information about local customs in other countries.
It is common for students to travel to other places around Europe and beyond during their semester, year or summer in Rome. It is important for students to check with Rome Center staff before traveling to different places regarding possible travel advisories and to also read about the customs and political situation of the country. The United States Department is an informative website that offers specific information on individual countries, current travel warnings and specific safety information. This can be found at www.travel.state.gov.
If something seems unusual or "not right" it is important for students to immediately contact a Rome Center staff or faculty member. Always follow your insticts.