On-Site Delight

On-Site Delight

Typical Art History Class…Dark Classroom, Projector, Dates…elevated risk of falling asleep. On-Site Art History Class…The original work, wide-eyes, and peaked interest. When you’re choosing your study abroad courses, I recommend staying on the lookout for the words “on-site” in class descriptions. This likely means your class will taught somewhere off-campus in your Italian study city […]

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The Lost Art of Italian Train Travel

The Lost Art of Italian Train Travel

There was once a time when a Eurail Passes was the Golden Ticket for any study abroad student in Europe.  Barred some reservation restrictions, you were given the freedom to show up at any train station you like, and catch any train to any city that caught your fancy. You’d stand in the station, watching […]

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Tipping in Italy

Tipping in Italy

Just like home or “When in Rome”? The ritual of tipping (or not tipping) in Italy stems from a long history of proud waiters who were paid a “living wage” and didn’t necessarily depend on tips to round out their salary. They were devoted to their trade and spent a lifetime acquiring food and wine […]

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Panino Perfection

Panino Perfection

I had spent a small fortune on pre-made Panini before discovering the fresh-to-order Alimentari sandwich. An Alimentari itself is a classic Italian business, a small grocery store carrying most food products, meats, cheeses, maybe some produce, fresh pasta, canned goods, etc. If you see a wall of meats and cheeses, look around for some bread […]

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Want the Spotlight?

We’d love to feature a student from the Spring of 2015! Let us know where you are, what you’re doing, and towards the end of the semester we’ll send our Ganzo! Photographer on assignment to showcase your Italian experience!

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Italian Hand-Talkin’

Italians are very animated conversationalists, and they’re famous for their variety of convo-enhancing hand gestures. Entire dialogues can be carried out using gestures, and if you can get a handle on a few, it’ll really boost your Italian a couple notches (or at least make you look like you know what you’re doing from afar). […]

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Spotlight – Sally Woodcock

Spotlight – Sally Woodcock

Sally Woodcock, hailing from Portland, Oregon, is a degree-seeking student at the American University of Rome. She is in her second year and studies Art History. Sally lived in Vietnam from the age of 4-10 and she believes these travels inspired her to seek out an international education later in life. Her interest in art […]

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Pantheon By Night

Pantheon By Night

Sure the Coliseum is amazing, and the Trevi Fountain will drop your jaw, but I’ve always found students to have a personal connection with this more approachable and intimate monument. Many see it by day, but few return at night, and even though you cannot enter it past certain hours, sitting on the piazza fountain […]

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Exercise Classes in Italian – Two Birds, One Stone

An EXCELLENT way to bump up your Italian language skills is to take part in what we call “Passive Practice”. This could be watching a movie, listening to music, or reading the newspaper. This could also be in the form of taking a Yoga or Dance class instructed in Italian. The beauty of taking an […]

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“Like” us to win one of two 25EURO gift cards to Rome’s Organic Gelateria Fior di Luna

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