Loyola University Chicago

John Felice Rome Center

Travel Advice

Money

  • Travel with two credit cards. Keep them in different places in case one gets lost or becomes de-magnetized.
  • Keep a photocopy of the front and back of your credit cards at the Rome Center and/or with your parents. If your credit card is lost or stolen, you can call the company immediately.
  • One of your credit cards should function as an ATM card so that you have ready access to the currency of the country in which you are traveling. ATMs always dispense cash in local currency.
  • Remember that most places do not accept credit cards, always keep some cash on you for emergencies.
  • Make copies of the photo page of your passport.  Leave a copy with your parents or other responsible party, keep one separate from your passport while traveling, and keep one in your room in Rome. 
  • When traveling on weekend trips, bring snacks (e.g., granola bars, fruit) to avoid spending on food.
  • Research the exchange rate of the currency.

Attitude

  • Come with an idea of what you'd like to do, educate yourself about it, but don't expect it to happen exactly the way it does in your head. Be spontaneous and willing to go with the flow when traveling.
  • Optimism and flexibility are key factors in having a fun trip.
  • Research a personal interest (e.g., old maps, cultural music) so you know where to find what you like.

Hostels/Train Rides

  • Lock everything. Travel wariness is okay, and others should not be offended if you lock your bags onto your bed.
  • Call ahead to determine if you need to bring a towel and/or sheets.
  • Give your itinerary to family and friends before you leave so you can be contacted.

Online Travel Resources

Low-Cost Travel Resources

Booking hostels or hotels

Arranging train travel

Scheduling flights

Rome's transportation system

Weekend Travel Packing

Bring a small backpack for clothing and toiletries and an even smaller day-pack for your water bottle, snacks and travel guides.

Wear to Destination

Wear the bulkiest, warmest clothing that you plan to bring on the trip to avoid taking up space in your backpack.

  • Jeans
  • Tank-top & long-sleeve shirt
  • Sweater
  • Very comfortable walking shoes

Clothing

Clothing should be rolled to take up less space.

  • Two long-sleeve shirts
  • Pajamas
  • Two pairs of underwear & socks
  • One or two other personal pieces (e.g., undershirt, skirt)

Toiletries

Put your toiletries in a zip-lock bag to keep your other belongings dry.

  • Small containers of shampoo & conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Other personal items (e.g., lotion, body spray)

Extras

  • Camera
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers for camera & cell phone
  • Journal & pen or pencil
  • Snacks
  • Water

Check out the following Websites for more information on what/how to pack

EuRail Passes

If you plan to travel extensively or to distant locations during major holiday breaks, one option for travel throughout Europe is with a EuRail pass. Several passes with flexible choices are available. The latest information about these passes as well as other kinds of local passes can be provided by Advantage Travel or found at: www.eurailpass.com.

EuRail Passes cannot be purchased in Europe. Keep in mind, though, that nowadays with discounted airlines like Jet Blue and Ryan Air in service, flying between destinations may be even more economical and time-saving. The train is ideal for a traveler wishing to visit some or all of the stops between destinations or one who enjoys a leisurely or scenic journey.

Guidebooks

The Rome Center Library is well stocked with travel guidebooks and maps to aid in preparing trips. A good travel guidebook should be purchased to help prepare trips while traveling. The Let's Go series, Lonely Planet and Street Wise Rome have been favorites of past Rome Center students, but many other useful guidebooks on Italy and Europe, such as Italy - The Rough Guide, can be found in U.S. bookstores or bought in Rome.

World War II Sites in Rome and Italy

A distinguished and dedicated alumnus of the Rome Center, Philip R. O'Connor, Ph.D., Rome Center class of 1968–1969, has compiled a guidebook specifically for Rome Center students about many battle sites and war-time incidents in Rome and Italy. As the author himself notes in his introduction to his guide, "The World War II Guide for Loyola Rome Students has the modest intent to help make the unique Loyola Rome experience more memorable. It can help connect students not merely to the broader past of Italy in world history but also to the experiences of relatives who lived through World War II."