A New Beginning

Well, it has officially ended. Or has it? My Italian teacher in Rome assured my class that going back home is not the end, but a new beginning. And I have to agree with that. Instead of crying over leaving the beautiful city I was blessed to live in for three and a half months,…

Long-Term Living in Rome

Hypothetical situation: you could live in any neighborhood in Rome and have any job you want there. What would you do? What more would you explore? If I could live in Rome long term, I think I would enjoy living in the Monti neighborhood. Rome is huge and very spread out, so there are really…

The Art of Healing FOMO

As soon as I arrived in Rome, I felt a massive wave of FOMO (fear of missing out) approaching. Thoughts filtered mind, like “Which countries will I travel to on the weekends?” “Who will I travel with?” “Everyone already seems to have all their trips booked…” “I need to do this, this, and this…” “So…

Places in Rome Besides the Colosseum

After living in Rome for two months I don’t feel like a local, but I also don’t feel like a tourist. I think that the touristy feel will never wash away since Rome is one of the most touristy cities in the world. The pace will always be fast, and it will always seem hectic….

Change, Belief, Connection

It’s hard for me to describe in words what it has been like to live in Rome for two months. So many thoughts, emotions, and reactions have occurred that it’s really hard to sum up an experience like this into a couple of words. But I will venture to try my best to explain what…

Expectation vs Reality: Rome Edition

It’s hard not to have any presumptions about what a semester abroad in Rome could be like before you actually go. For me, a lot of my presumptions centered around the proximity of my apartment to the Vatican: how close would I be?! I thought that I would see the Vatican and Pope Francis all…

Strolling to School, Trying to Learn Italian

School: the ‘study’ part of ‘study abroad.’ I walk to school every day. The walk is enjoyable and takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on whether or not the crosswalks are in my favor. To get to the IES center where I take all of my classes, I walk down a busy shopping street for about…

Modern Living in Ancient Rome

I thought that I had city living down after five semesters in Oakland, but I was in for a whole new adventure when I got to Rome. My beautiful apartment in the Prati neighborhood of Rome is located off a very busy street, Via Cola di Rienzo, which has a lot of good shopping. The…

Liv(ing) Far From Home

Ciao ragazzi! My name is Livia Molinaro (Liv is my nickname), and I am a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying finance. Outside of finance, my interests include writing, photography, film, history, language, traveling, swimming, amateur baking and cooking, and spending time with my family and friends. I have a lot of academic pursuits,…