Trevi Fountain, Rome

Italian Culture

Rome (Population 3 million) constantly conjures up vivid reminders of its glorious past as the city that built the greatest Empire the World has ever known. With its sunny climate, and an unparalleled wealth of history around every corner, Rome's beauty quickly overtakes all who enter its ancient walls. 

Many other eras have left their brilliant mark on Rome as well. The city's catacombs, cathedrals, and world-class museums boast an incredible array of Renaissance, Baroque, Medieval, and Paleo-Christian art. Spending a summer or semester with Veritas will give you the opportunity to absorb the city's finest points on a much deeper level than the casual tourist passing through!

 

The Italian Pace

In Italy, patience is truly a virtue. Take a restaurant, for instance. Italian servers may seem to be ignoring you, but in reality, they just like to give customers time and space to talk and socialize. The slower pace and long waits also apply to many public offices and events. Italians do not like to stress over things, but rather tend to relax and enjoy life to the fullest with a slower pace. And since you are a foreigner in Italy, try to make an effort to adapt to this culture.

 

Moderation

One of the most fundamental rules of Italian culture is moderation. At first glance, Italians might seem to drink a lot, but upon a closer look, quite the opposite is true. They do drink - spumante to celebrate, limoncello to digest, aperitivo to taste and vino to mix with food - but with moderation, not in order to get drunk. In fact, the quickest way to lose the respect of your Italian friends and neighbors is to get drunk in public. Drinking on the streets is also considered very disrespectful.

Society

Family has a very important role in Italy and life evolves around family. The majority of young adults move out of the family homes very late (in their thirties), partly because of unbearably high living expenses, and partly due to strong sentimental attachments to the family. Dating rituals are complex and very different from the U.S. Since the majority of Italian young adults live with their parents, the occasions to invite boyfriends or girlfriends to their house are also rare. Living together before marriage is slowly gaining popularity.

 

Cultural Activities

Rome has endless activities for international visitors to enjoy. Listed below are some different cultural activities to do while in Rome . You can do many of these activities on your own, with friends, or they may be sponsored by Veritas. Upon arrival to Rome, different sponsored cultural activities will be announced throughout your program abroad.

  • The Pantheon, ancient Roman temple built in 126 AD
  • The cathedral of Santa Maria del Popolo which houses two famous Caravaggio paintings
  • The street vendors in Piazza Navona
  • Daily markets in Campo dei Fiori
  • Vatican City and the Vatican Museums
  • The Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Trevi Fountain
  • Spanish Steps

 

Cultural Immersion

Language Exchanges

Students will be given the opportunity to meet local students wishing to share their knowledge of Italian and learn English in exchange. This activity, based on student interest, is a great way to get to know other students of Rome, and share your culture and language with others while learning more about your surroundings and Italian culture!

 

Italy is divided into 20 regions, each with its own capital city. Rome is the capital city of the region of Lazio. It is also the political capital of Italy and is home of the Vatican City, the center of the Holy Roman Church.

Rome's population is approximately 3,000,000.

 

Rome has a mild climate; winters are cool and summers tend to be hot.

During the winter months, heat in the apartments generally operates from 6am - 9 am and then again in the evening from 6pm - 10pm. This means that the hours in between heating are what you could call "Roman room temperature", which is slightly warmer than the temperature outside. By Roman ordinance, heating systems are turned on by November 15 and turned off on March 15 every year.

During the summer months, remember that air conditioning is not as prevalent in Italy--while the Veritas office and AUR are air conditioned, most Italian homes and apartments are not! So keep cool the Italian way - during the day Italians traditionally keep their shutters and serande closed against the heat of the sun. In order to cool the apartment you might also consider buying a fan.

Average monthly highs and lows (degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall (inches) in Rome.

Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

June

Jul

Aug

Sept

Oct

Nov

Dec

Highs

56

58

61

66

74

81

87

89

81

73

64

59

Lows

39

40

43

46

53

59

60

65

62

56

47

40

Avg. Rainfall

1.49

1.47

1.27

2.04

1.05

0.69

0.46

0.54

1.62

3.49

2.46

2.19