Undiscovered Roma!

My friend and I got up early on Saturday morning to explore the unexplored Rome we had yet to see. We started off in the Vatican looking for a famous café, but for some reason we couldn’t find it—then we headed towards the EUR district, which is known for the fascist buildings from the Mussolini era. It has a completely different feel to it, and one would not believe it was Rome standing in the middle of the district. The Roma Marathon runners were there getting ready for the marathon on Sunday. After that we took the blue line back towards Termini and stopped where we hadn’t been yet. We spent about two hours in Ostiense, a neighborhood of Rome where the Pyramid of Cestius is. However the biggest surprise was the Non-Catholic Cemetery for Foreigners in Testaccio behind it—it’s the most beautiful cemetery I’ve ever seen! It’s called the “Cimitero Acattolico” and was established in 1730. Many famous visitors to the Eternal City are buried there, including the English poets Keats and Shelley, politician Antonio Gramsci, and Goethe’s son August. We then headed for the Spanish Steps and Centro Storico, where we stopped for homemade melon cream at the famous Café Accademica and then went to see the Keats-Shelley house. After strolling down Via del Corso we stayed in Piazza del Popolo and watched the street performers before finishing off our day by going to one of our favorite restaurants—L’archetto. It was wonderful to do a “day trip” within the city! This week there was a film screening of an Italian American immigration documentary and also a discussion on Social Justice. On Thursday evening I went with the other Rome Start girls to dinner at the Micca Club—a burlesque style club across town—to meet up with our beloved Philosophy teacher from last semester whom we all dearly miss. But now, with just about a month left to go to the semester, crunch time is happening: tests, papers, and quizzes. I’m taking

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everything as it comes and trying not to stress out. After all, still have a lot of Rome to see!

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About Jessica Raboin

My name is Jessica Raboin and I am a first-year student in the Rome Start program at Loyola University Chicago. I am interested in studying Environmental Science/Pre-Med with minors in languages (as many as I can learn!). I enjoy running, learning languages, sewing and traveling with my best friend. Although I'm a U.S. citizen, I lived in Germany before I came to the Rome Start program.
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