When in Rome: Primi Giorni

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Connecting Italian Art, History & Culture

Authored By:

Gabrielle Bruestle

Ah, Rome—where history breathes through every cobblestone and gelato is considered a legitimate meal. Your child has just embarked on their three-week Roman adventure, and while you're navigating the peace and quiet at home, they're diving headfirst into la dolce vita. Let's take a whimsical journey through their first few days in the Eternal City.

The Airport Adventure

The trip began with the quintessential American pastime: hanging out in airports. Meeting at various departure points across the country, our intrepid students and their equally intrepid chaperones converged on Fiumicino Airport (FCO) in Rome. Luggage wrangled and passports stamped, they were off to their first Roman rendezvous.

Checking In and Chowing Down

After touching down and navigating customs with bleary eyes, the next stop was the Olympic Hotel. A perfect spot for our jet-lagged explorers to rest their weary heads. But first, sustenance! Their first meal in Italy was a culinary delight: mozzarella and prosciutto and pasta pomodoro enjoyed in an enclosed terrace garden restaurant. It was a picturesque introduction to Italian cuisine, surrounded by greenery and the gentle hum of Italian chatter.

Mastering Roman Transit

With bellies full and spirits high, it was time to conquer the city's public transit system. Buses and metros became their new best friends. Figuring out the routes and stops was a crash course in independence and navigation—skills they’ll use far beyond this summer.

Orientation and Icebreakers

The study center beckoned next. Here, they learned the ropes, expectations, and some fun icebreaker games to melt away any lingering shyness. It's all about forming bonds and making memories, after all. 

Jet Lag and Jam-Packed Schedules

Jet lag is a formidable foe, but with a full schedule of activities, there wasn’t much time to dwell on the time zone difference. Early morning wake-ups and late-night strolls back to the hotel after dinner became the norm as they adjusted to their new rhythm.

Neighborhood Tours and Roman Numerals

A guided tour of the neighborhood offered a treasure trove of local insights. Strolling along Via Cola di Rienzo, they soaked in the vibrant street life and charming shops. They were introduced to the symbols and signs of ancient Roman culture—like Roman numerals on buildings and statues of Romulus and Remus—turning every walk into a history lesson.

Things to Come

The adventure is just beginning! Tomorrow, students will dive into Italian and art lessons, immersing themselves in the language and culture. A scavenger hunt in Rome's city center is on the agenda, sure to spark excitement and a little friendly competition. And let's not forget the upcoming cooking class—because nothing says “I’m embracing Italian culture” like mastering the art of homemade pasta.

Ciao for now, and remember: Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither is the perfect summer abroad experience!