The Catholic University of America

Cultural and Travel Information

 

Cultural

The City of Rome is filled with religious, artistic, historic and cultural treasures. The staff and faculty of the program are eager to assist students in maximizing their time in Rome by offering guidance and suggestions for sightseeing in and exploration of this great city.  Please check this site frequently for updates about Rome’s major attractions and opportunities.  When you arrive in Rome, please let our on-site staff know what your interests are and they will be happy to assist you.

In addition, we will be arranging group visits to religious, legal, and cultural/historic sites in Rome. As the schedule fills up, the calendar will be posted on our website, so please check back frequently.

 

Travel

Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Rome. If you do not already have a passport, apply for one at your earliest convenience. Be sure to allow sufficient processing time. If you do have a passport, check the expiration date and renew if necessary. Your passport expiration date should be six months beyond the date on which you intend to return home. American passport holders do not need visas to study in Italy for up to 90 days. If your passport is not an American passport, different rules may apply.  Please contact italy@law.edu for additional information.

When you receive final notice of your admission to the program, begin to shop around for your airline ticket.  Keep in mind that some flexibility with respect to your departure city, and a willingness to use non-direct flights might result in significant savings. You may find helpful information at the following sites:

Da Vinci Airport-Rome (FCO)

Alitalia
Trenitalia
British Airways

Cheaptickets
Council Travel
eurorail
Expedia
Fareline
Kayak

Northwest Airlines
Ryanair (within Europe)
Travelocity
United Airlines
TWA

Transportation from the airport
Rome has two airports: Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Fiumicino and a smaller airport in Ciampino. Unless you are traveling in Europe before the program, you will be arriving at Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumicino) (“FCO”).

Taxi
A taxi is the easiest (although more expensive) way to your accommodations with your luggage. Do not accept a taxi ride from people approaching you in or outside the airport saying "taxi." These are unregulated and may charge you an inflated fare. Instead, go outside and look for the official line of white taxis waiting at the taxi stand. The fixed price into Rome for the legal taxis is currently 48 eruo, luggage and tip included.

Shutte
You may book a shuttle in advance to bring you from the airport to your lodging. They will be waiting for you with a little sign with your name on it. There are several companies that offer this service, such as www.airportshuttle.it.

Train and Bus
If your luggage is very manageable, you can take the train from the airport to central Rome’s Termini station. In the airport, look for signs leading to the train station: it will say "FS." You will take one of the raised passageways across the street to the station. Purchase a ticket to Roma Termini (currently 11 euro). Stamp your ticket at the machines on the way to the train. Trains depart every half hour.

Italy Links
As you plan your travel to and stay in Rome, you may find the following websites helpful:

 

Italian Government Tourist Board
Official Guide to Italian Tourism 
Embassy of Italy in Washington
Florence Museums Portal
Vatican Museum
Rome Museums/Transportation Card