Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


Traveling in Rome, in Italy, or 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 U.S. State Department website offers specific information on individual countries, current travel warnings and specific safety information.

Neither Loyola University Chicago nor the John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) can universally ensure students' safety while living at the JFRC or while traveling off-campus. As indicated on the U.S. Department of State website, the U.S. Government remains deeply concerned about the security of all U.S. citizens overseas. U.S. citizens are advised to maintain a high level of vigilance, to remain alert, and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. JFRC students should display a high degree of socially responsible behavior at all times.

Photocopies of Important Documents

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.

Emergency Numbers

Students should carry their John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) student ID cards with them at all times. The address and phone number for the JFRC is on the card:

Loyola University Chicago
Rome Center
Via Massimi, 114-A
00136 Rome, Italy

The local phone number for the Rome Center is +39 06.355.881

Be Inconspicuous

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.

Organize Your Funds

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.

Guard Personal Belongings

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.

Credit Cards

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.

Leave Your Travel Itinerary With Someone

Each week, JFRC students are asked to leave their weekend plans with the Student Life staff via email. Students are also encouraged to inform a family member or friend at home if they are traveling. This system is in place in order to ensure that students can be reached in cases of need or emergency.

Traffic and the Road

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.

Avoid Demonstrations

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.

Local Laws and Customs

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.

Utilize Rome Center Staff

If something seems unusual or "not right," it is important for students to immediately contact a JFRC staff or faculty member. Always follow your instincts.