Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


The John Felice Rome Center sits atop Monte Mario in the upper Balduina district. The campus spans five acres and is located near the site of a former Olympic village.

The neighborhood of Monte Mario is filled with lush trees and greenery. Just by stepping out of the JFRC doors, students will see local Italians going about their days. And the excitement of downtown Rome is just a bus ride away. After exploring and sightseeing, students will return to this wonderful little oasis above the city on Via Massimi. View neighborhood map.

The nearest bus stop is only two blocks away, providing a short, 15-minute ride to Vatican City or an easy, 30-minute trip to downtown.

Within walking distance are grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, a salon, a convenience store, a post office, banks and ATMs, and other small businesses. 

Bus Transportation

Just within walking from the JFRC there are two bus stops. Students can take the 990, 913, 991, bus to Vatican City and the historical center, or the 907 to Cipro Metro Line A station. Students can purchase bus tickets for one euro each at the JFRC's Porter's Desk. They can also purchase bus tickets at "Tabacchi" shops found on many street corners. Bus tickets are €1.50 for a 75-minute ride with transfers.  Detailed Rome bus routes and rail services can be found on the ATAC website.


Students will find a bank within just 10 minutes walking from the JFRC on Via della Balduina and another one in Piazza Balduina. There they will find the ATM or Bancomat. There are many places throughout Rome where other ATMs or Bancomats can be found. More information about finances in Rome can be found here.

Food and drink

Have a taste for an Italian pastry and cappuccino? Perhaps you are looking for pizza or a scoop of gelato instead? Or maybe you want some fresh fruits and vegetables from an open air market? You will find all of that and more within just a few minutes from your new home at the JFRC.


Forgot your towels? Need shampoo? What about a new outfit or a gift for someone's birthday? In Piazza Balduina there are open air markets in the morning and a local convenience store. If you need to purchase a cell phone, there is a telephone store that allows you to do this. There are also electronic stores if you need to buy an alarm clock or an extra fan for your dorm. The JFRC supplies sheets, blankets, and a pillow.

Accommodations in Rome

Near the Rome Center

Alla Balduina Bed & Breakfast
Via A. Serranti, 12
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/35346442 or +39 338/8611658
E-mail: abalduina@fastwebnet.it or abalduina@tiscali.it 2 double rooms and one single room available

Residence Balduina
Via della Balduina, 224
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/355771
Fax +39 06/35577219
E-mail: residence.balduina@tin.it 90 fully furnished studio and one-bedroom apartments, minimum stay 3 days

The Zone (formerly Class Hotel Roma)
Via A. Fusco, 118
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/35404111 or +39 06/35420322
54 guest rooms

Aparthotel Adagio
Via Damiano Chiesa, 8
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/30198
Single and double rooms, studio and two-room apartments  

Villa Monte Mario
Via Trionfale 6157
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/3540641 
E-mail: info@villamontemario.com

Residence Bel Sito Home
Piazza Ennio, 1
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/35491417
21 mini-apartments of different sizes, minimum stay 3 days

Quality Park Hotel Dei Massimi
Largo V. Ambrosio, 9
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/35347200 or +39 06/35452855
88 guest rooms                                       


Between Campus & Vatican (easy access to public transportation to campus)

B&B San Pietro Resort Roma
Via Tommaso Campanella 41/D
00195 Rome
Tel. +39 3493353972
E-mail: info@bbsanpietroresort.it

B&B Vatican Holiday
Largo V. Ambrosio, 9
00136 Rome
Tel. +39 06/39736126
E-mail: info@vaticanholiday.org                                      

B&B The Flower
Via Mocenigo, 16
00192 Rome
Tel. +39 3384488539 or +39 3332553758
E-mail: filippo_fiorelli@alice.it or laura.marciani@libero.it                                     

Pensione Ottaviano
Via Ottaviano 6 
00192 Rome
Tel.Num. ++39  0639738138
Youth Hostel, Shared and private rooms


City Center

Hotel Mimosa
Via di Santa Chiara, 61
00186 Rome
Tel. +39 06/68801753
E-mail: info@hotelmimosa.net

Residenza Navona First
Piazza della Cancelleria, 77
00186 Rome
Tel. +39 06/68804809
E-mail: info@residenzanavonafirst.com                                    

Ascanio Twenty-Six
Via d'Ascanio, 26
00187 Rome
Tel. +39 347 1722322
E-mail: ascanio_26@libero.it                                 

Vacanza in Roma
Stay either near the Pantheon or Campo de Fiori
00186 Rome
Tel. +39 3334391560 
E-mail: pantheonbb@msn.com or giubbonarbb@msn.com

Hotel Tritone
Via del Trione 210
00187 Rome
Tel. +39 06/69922575
E-mail: tritone@travelroma.com