Tuesday, May 26, 2009

ROMA SUGGESTIONS

BEFORE LEAVING

PREPARATIONS
Make sure all electronics you plan on using have a 100-250 Voltage range

PERSONAL SUPPLIES
Sunscreen
Aloe
Extra deodorant – they don’t sell this in very many places in Rome & it’s expensive
Watch
Tylonol, Advil
Rolaids
Money clip
Small packs of Kleenex
Peanut butter – way too expensive in Rome
Rome Books
Water bottle
Wash clothes – you get one towel
Two European plug adapters
Laptop
INSTALL: Photoshop, Google Earth, Skype
Headset – for using Skype
Digital camera

ARCH & STUDIO SUPPLIES **DO NOT Put any of this on your carry on
Highlighters
Pencils & lead – 2H, HB, 2B
Small sharpener
Waterproof pens – for doing watercolor
Soft eraser & white eraser
Watercolor pencils
Small triangle
Compass – all aluminum
Small calculater
Xacto knife & blades
Scissors


SUGGESTIONS
Get a postcard wherever you go – just to remember the place, possibly a gift for someone
Take a lot of pictures – they’re great to look back onto after the trip
Whenever’s there’s free time just hang out in navona – not in the room
? Go Out OR Work in the Studio?.....GO OUT
Buy beer/ wine at the grocery store and pregame at the apartment – much cheaper than buying drinks at the bars
Good Wines – anything between 5-8 euro – anything below 5 is cheap wine…I tried it and threw it away…it’s worth it to pay for the good wine
MAPS
Local
Bus Routes
Subways System
Classes


ITALIAN PHRASES
Per favoray - Please
Grazia – Thank you
Prego – Your welcome
Miscuzi – Excuse me
Piacherri – Pleased to meet you
Trimisso - Sandwich
Panino – Panini
Quanto costa? – How much?
Vorai – I would like


CLASSES

PENN STATE OFFICE
In Piazza Del Collegio Romano

STUDIO
Door Code: 147*
Wi-fi
Network: Gatta_STUDENT
Password: student1

COMMENTS
Really nice rooms
Stays pretty cool even when it’s hot

LIBRARY/COMPUTER FACILITY
Secretary: Linda Usai
Just ask to borrow keys to use whenever you may need it

RESOURCES
Black & white printer & xeroxer
Color printer
Most Mac computers
One PC computer

SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Poggi’s
Studio supplies, chipboard, tape, Fisativo(Spray to prevent smudging in sketchbooks), construction paper
OPEN: 9am-1:30pm, 4pm-7:30pm
www.poggi1825.it
Cartoleria – cheaper than Poggi’s for this simple stuff
Notebooks, binders, paper, pencils, highlighters, clear paper protectors


CONTACTING HOME

SKYPE
Don’t buy skpe credit
Buy a skype plan: Unlimited calls to cell phones and landlines for $2.95/month
If you have an iPod Touch – get iPhone headphones…you can use your iPod Touch as a cell phone basically whenever you are connected to a wi-fi network

MAIL
Send Mail
Postcards/Letters
Stamps
Buy at any Tabachi store
0.85 euro
Need one to send to the US
Go to a Postitaliene
Hours Open
Drop the letter in a red box – one side says “Out of Country” – one side says “Within Italy
Packages
Buy a padded envelope or package at Cartelli – school supply store
Go to a Postitaliene
Chose the E ticket line
Receive Mail
Mailing Address:
PSU
Piazza Coleggio Romano 1B
00186
Rome, Italia


ENTERTAINMENT
BARS
Booticello’s – Penn State bar
Drunken Ship – American bar
Scholars Lounge – Irish Pub
Sloppy Sams – American bar
Abbey Theater – Irish Pub
Trinity College – Irish Pub
Teammate – in Trestavere

SUGGESTIONS
Say you are a student – most of the time, they’ll give you a discount
Casually drink in Navona & watch the performers
Trastevere – great night life, people outside everywhere

CLUBS
If you’re interested in going to a lot of clubs – facebook “Fredo” – he is a club promoter in the area and will get you into clubs with a free cover charge and tell you where the best clubs are each night
Gilda
Ice Club

PIAZZA NAVONA
Just sit around and sketch – sketch
Casually sit around & drink & watch the performers
Sketch something other than what you’re looking at for fun – the tourists make some weird faces

PLACES NOT SEEN IN CLASS
Colosseum
Vatican

SOCCER
Buy Tickets
Kappa Store
Tobacco Store
15-20 euro


FOOD

BAKERYS
Forno – great bread
Roscioli’s
Il Fornaio – close to del Corso on way to Campo

CAFES
Sant Eustachio – best coffee & cappucino
Romoli bar – free wi-fi
CafĂ© & CaffĂ© – good paninos, close to studio
Camilloni a S. Eustachio – sit down for paninos

ENOTECA – wine tasting – learn about wines
___ - close to studio (where Ramallo & friends go)

GELATO
Giolitti’s – the best
Gelateria del Corso

GROCERY
Punto SMA – largest grocery store
Despar – close to Studio
Despar – Close to Pantheon
Depardi – close to apartment
Depardi – close to studio – huge

PIZZA
By the Slice
Florida Pizza – thicker pizza, cheap
De Remo’s – thin pizza, very cheap, great calzones too, closest place to studio
Roscoli’s
Sit Down
Baffeto’s *Don’t drink the house wine
Le Montecarlo

RESTAURANTS
Da Francesco
Mimmo Cocco
Insalata Ricca
Antica Taverna
Costanza – nice but expensive

SMOOTHIES
Benvenuti da Quinto – huge smoothies, any type


HOUSING

LAUNDRY
Tokens (1 euro) from Jesse Smeal

VISITING FRIENDS
Nearby hotels recommended by the Pantheon Institute
WI-FI NETWORKS
NavonaAPT_wifi
NETGEAR – 0
*No passwords needed


TRANSPORTATION

AIRPORT TO APARTMENT IN ROME
Leonardo Express
Train station downstairs in Airport
Take to last stop – Roma Termini
11 euro
Take Taxi (9 euro) or Bus (1 euro) to Piazza Navona

BUS
Roma Map: atac.roma.com
Tickets
Buy at any Tabachi store
1 euro per ticket
Always stamp whenever you get on the bus

SUBWAY (Metro)
Route Map
Tickets
Always stamp before you get on the metro

FLIGHTS
Cheap Flights To & From US
Kayak.com
Studentuniverse.com
OneTravel.com
Orbitz.com
Cheap Flights throughout Europe
Edreams.com
Skyjet.com
Ryanair.com

RAILWAY
Train Italia
Tickets
Always stamp the ticket before you get on the train – otherwise fine

TRAVELING ON THE WEEKENDS
Florence
Get the steak
Sorrento & Capri Island
Rock beaches
Cliffs of Capri just jet out of the sea
Ischia Island in Naples
Cliff Jumping
No jellyfish
Sand beaches
Nettuno Beach

TRAVELING AFTER CLASSES
Roma Termini offers Luggage Storage
Details
Hours
Rules
Regulations
Eurail will take you to all major cities throughout Europe