Home on a Hill
The John Felice Rome Center sits atop Monte Mario in the upper Balduina district. The campus spans five acres and is located near the site of a former Olympic village.
The nearest bus stop is only two blocks away, providing a short, 15-minute ride to Vatican City or an easy, 30-minute trip to downtown.
Within walking distance are grocery stores, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, a salon, a convenience store, a post office, banks and ATMs, and other small businesses. Click here for Google Interactive Map.
Some tips for getting around the Balduina District:
Just within walking from the JFRC there are two bus stops. Students can take the 990, 913, 991, bus to Vatican City and the historical center, or the 907 to Cipro Metro Line A station. Students can purchase bus tickets for one euro each at the JFRC's Porter's Desk. They can also purchase bus tickets at "Tabacchi" shops found on many street corners. Bus tickets are €1 for a 75-minute ride with transfers.
Students will find a bank within just 10 minutes walking from the JFRC on Via della Balduina and another one in Piazza Balduina. There they will find the ATM or Bancomat. There are many places throughout Rome where other ATMs or Bancomats can be found. More information about finances in Rome can be found here.
Food and drink
Have a taste for an Italian pastry and cappucino? Perhaps you are looking for pizza or a scoop of gelato instead? Or maybe you want some fresh fruits and vegetables from an open air market? You will find all of that and more within just a few minutes from your new home at the JFRC.
Forgot your towels? Need shampoo? What about a new outfit or a gift for someone's birthday? In Piazza Balduina there are open air markets in the morning and a local convenience store. If you need to purchase a cell phone, there is a telephone store that allows you to do this. There are also electronic stores if you need to buy an alarm clock or an extra fan for your dorm. The JFRC supplies sheets, blankets, and a pillow.
If you need to see a physician, the JFRC offers on-campus consultation with an English-speaking Italian physician twice a week during the fall and spring semesters. The physician may examine students, write prescriptions, or recommend follow-up attention at private or state facilities in the area. The infirmary does not provide medication. That can be obtained easily at a local pharmacy. Students with chronic medical problems for which they routinely take an antibiotic should know the name of the antibiotic when they arrive in Rome. The physician can generally call in the prescription as long as the student knows the name of the antibiotic. Students who take regular prescriptions should talk with their doctor before traveling to Rome and, if possible, pack enough medication to last the whole time while abroad. See Medication Abroad in our pre-departure handbook.
The neighborhood of Monte Mario is filled with lush trees and greenery. Just by stepping out of the JFRC doors, students will see local Italians going about their days. And the excitement of downtown Rome is just a bus ride away. After exploring and sightseeing, students will return to this wonderful little oasis above the city on Via Massimi. View neighborhood map.