Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center


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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Rome is a central hub with easy access to Italy, all of Europe, North Africa and the Near Middle East.  JFRC students can take advantage of this convenient location with extended travel for a fully immersive study-abroad experience.‌

‌Getting to the Rome Center

Explore Italy, Europe and the World

When not in class or participating in student life activities students spend their time exploring the Eternal City of Rome and traveling throughout Italy, Europe, North Africa, and the near Middle East.

  • Travel around Rome using ATAC buses and trains...find schedules and plan your route on the ATAC ROMA website.
  • Use Lazio regional train system - Ferrovie Regionali del Lazio to get to local towns for just €1.  Find Schedule on TrenItalia website.
  • Participate in the Rome Center's study trips.
  • Take advantage of Rome's excellent rail connections to Italy and to the rest of Europe.  Use TrenItalia or EuRail to travel in and outside of Italy. 
  • TIP: (Many of these tickets can be purchased at the train station or a local travel agency in Rome with no added fees.  Some US credit cards will not work when trying to purchase tickets on the web)
  • Book discounted flights from Rome's airports, at Fiumicino and Ciampino, to London, Barcelona, Berlin, Budapest, Dublin, Prague and even to other continents!
  • Check out the main Roma Turismo Website.
  • Get Travel Advice from Rome Center staff.

Travel Book Recommendations

Tip: Buy books beforehand and read them! Get familiar with where you are studying abroad and make sure to bring a map. The Loyola OIP Lounge in the Sullivan Center (room 216) has a number of excellent travel books that you many browse through prior to going abroad.  Visiting students should also check with their study abroad office for travel resources.

Travel Tips

  • Directions: When asking for or offering directions, describe the location by the nearest landmark--don't say north, south, east, or west.
  • Currency: Small retailers often won't accept credit cards, so have a few Euros on hand.
  • IDs: Always bring your JFRC identification card with you.
  • Passport:  When in Rome only keep a copy of your passport and study visa with you, leave your passport back on campus (it's too easy to lose and too hard to get back).  When traveling outside of Rome keep your passport in a safe place and keep a copy with you in a separate place.
  • Dining:Keep it classy with these dos and don'ts:
  • Real Italians don't drink cappuccino after noon.
  • It's common practice to arrive at least 15 minutes "fashionably late" for dinner reservations.
  • Don't expect butter or olive oil served with bread.
  • Students typically aren't expected to tip. Still, go the extra mile and leave one Euro per person at your table.
  • Cover-ups: Men and women are required to cover their knees and shoulders when entering many Catholic churches. Leave short shorts and tank tops at the hotel, or bring a shawl or jacket for a quick fix.
  • Cultural Understanding:  Become familiar with the culture of each country you visit prior to going.  You will find each country varies throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.