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,…

Meet the Pitt Business Student Bloggers for Spring 2019!

Panther Program Blog Overview The University of Pittsburgh’s Panther Programs are offered for all students covering almost every academic major. Each Panther Program scholarship recipient participated in a program long blogging initiative to share their experiences with friends, family, and prospective students. Meet the Spring 2019 Pitt Business Student Bloggers: Spring Bloggers Meet the GBI…