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Rome Experience

There’s never a dull moment when you study in Rome. As you pursue your academics, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with the city’s remarkable history firsthand, exploring archaeological sites, visiting world-renowned museums, and witnessing the intersection of ancient and modern life.

The vibrant energy of the eternal city, with its bustling markets, charming cafes, and lively piazzas will be an extension of your campus experience.

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Academic Excursions

Most Bernardi programs include regular academic excursions, including site visits, weekend trips or cultural events to immerse you in a new culture and broaden your perspective of the world.

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One of the benefits of living at Bernardi Campus is the creation of a small, close-knit community. This sense of community begins the day you arrive and grows as you study, explore, learn and travel with your classmates. Building relationships around shared experiences is a hallmark of Bernardi Campus.

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Weekend Travel

Prior to their arrival in Rome, students will receive a calendar that outlines all their scheduled academic weekends, day excursions and site visits. All other weekends are considered “free time” to explore the city of Rome, or to experience Italy and the surrounding region. Students must inform the director of their travel plans (departure, destination, companions, return to Rome), and the director is available for travel guidance and suggestions.

Getting Around

On Foot

One of the best ways to explore and discover Rome is on foot. Walking around the streets of Rome is easy and pleasant, allowing you to discover churches, museums and quaint streets lined with artisan shops and authentic restaurants.

The Metro

The Metro is Rome’s subway (underground), and the Lepanto stop is just blocks from Bernardi Campus. Students are provided with a monthly Metro pass (valid for the subway and any city bus within Rome), making it easy to see much of the city over the course of a semester.

Train System

Florence, Milan, Venice and more. There’s no better way to see the great cities of Italy than by its extensive rail system. Stazione Termini is the main train station in Rome, providing full access to most cities in Italy and Europe.

Campus Location

View of River Tiber and St. Peter's Basilica

Campus Location

The Bernardi Campus is situated within Rome’s vibrant Prati neighborhood, known for its rich architecture, cafés, restaurants and shops. Within walking distance, students can explore Vatican City and historic landmarks such as Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Spanish Steps and the Colosseum.