All posts by Katie Gorman

Not Enough Time

It feels like just last week that I had nearly 4 months to spend in Italy and do everything I wanted to do. The time went by so quickly. I now have less than 40 days left here and there is so much that I still want to do. I have more trips planned that ...

Weekend in Venice

I remember hearing about how Venice was sinking due to rising sea levels when I was about 11 and I said to my friends that I wanted to go to Venice before it was impossible to visit, but I didn’t know when that would be. A lot of times we make big plans for things ...

Tips for Visiting Rome’s Major Sights

Whether you plan on studying abroad in Italy in the future or are planning a vacation at some point, I wanted to share some tips on visiting some of Rome’s major tourist sights that you will likely visit. 1. Colosseum Tickets to get into the Colosseum are about $18. You can book them there but ...

Day Trip to Assisi

This Saturday, two of my roommates (Erin and Lydia) and I took a day trip to Assisi. The trip was organized by my host university the American University of Rome. Assisi is in the Umbria region of Italy and is a hill town. It was the birthplace of St. Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints. ...

How Much Italian do you Need to Know?

Something that I thought a lot about before coming here is how much Italian I should know to study abroad in Italy, specifically Rome. I tried to study some Italian with the little time I had but my knowledge was limited. In this post, I’m going to go over what Italian I think you should ...

Annoyances of Life in Italy

Most times when I share stories about my time abroad with family and friends, I only share the parts that I enjoyed. While life here in Italy is amazing overall, there are a few things that I’ve had a hard time adjusting to and I wanted to write about them just so future study abroad ...

Roaming Around Rome

This weekend my friends and I decided to stay in Rome and do some things around here. On Friday, we went to see the new Dune movie that recently came out in theaters. It hasn’t come out in the US yet so it almost feels like we had early access. The movie theater was pretty ...

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Visit to Vatican City

This Friday, we went to the Vatican Museums. Our tickets were scheduled for 1pm so we had some time in the morning before we had to be there. We all ended up sleeping in a bit after a busy week at school (I had 3 tests on Thursday). I quickly ate a yogurt shortly before ...

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The “Study” in Study Abroad

Something I haven’t written about since coming here is my classes and what it is like to actually study in another country. I am attending an American university where classes are taught in English and most of the students are from the US so my experiences learning here probably differ much less than other study ...

Sunset in Sorrento

I went on a trip run by the American University of Rome to Southern Italy this weekend. We went to Naples, Sorrento, Capri, and Pompeii. They coordinated our accommodations which also included breakfast and dinner at the hotel we stayed along with an open itinerary of where we were going to be when. Visiting four ...