Rome—Art and the City
- Excursions and Day Trips
- Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk
- About Rome
- Weather and Climate
- Research your destination
Students will stay in doubles in a hotel in central Rome. Each room is provided with air conditioning, private bath/shower, Sat-tv, internet access, hairdryer, and safe.
The hotel provides breakfast, and your group will enjoy a couple of meals together in Rome (included in your fee for the program). Otherwise you are on your own for meals.
(Subject to change based on availability.)
- Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Colosseum
- Vatican Museums—Sistine Chapel and 15th century Palace; St Peter’s
- Capitoline Hill and Museums
- Piazza Navona
- Villa Borghese
Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible. However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.
History, human genius and the hot midday sun have conspired to make Rome one of the world’s most seductive and thrilling cities.
A trip to Rome is as much about lapping up the lifestyle as it is gorging on art and historic sights. And there’s no better way of getting into the local spirit of things than by eating well. Dining is central to Roman social life and the hundreds of pizzerias, trattorias, restaurants and gelaterie that crowd the city centre do as much business catering to locals as to tourists and out-of-towners. Do as the Romans do, says the proverb, and there’s nothing more Roman than enjoying a tasty wood-fired pizza in a packed pizzeria or dining al fresco on a glorious city-centre piazza.
But there’s more to Rome than history, fine art and great food. Rome is Italy’s capital and largest city, and while history reverberates all around, modern life is lived to the full. Rome is Italy’s political and religious heartbeat and the twin presence of government and Church dominates the city.
With an artistic heritage dating back to Etruscan times, Rome is one of the world’s great art cities. Throughout history, it has played a starring role in the major upheavals of Western art and the results are there for all to see – amazing classical statues, stunning Renaissance frescoes, breathtaking baroque churches. Walk around the centre and even without trying you’ll come across masterpieces by the greats of the artistic pantheon – sculptures by Michelangelo, paintings by Caravaggio, frescoes by Raphael, fountains by Bernini. In Rome, art is not locked away from view, it’s quite literally all around you. Lonely Planet.
Language Spoken: Italian
Rome in December and January can chill the bones but temperatures will rarely be below freezing. Snow is extremely rare but rain is common and weather forecasts unpredictable at best. But, winter can be fun, especially in the periods before Christmas and into the middle of January. Children (and adults) love the nativity scenes "Presepi", and the lights, music and toys that fill most Piazzas. Learn more.