Links and Resources
Getting to Campus
Below are some Taxi Services that students and parents have used to get to campus.
- Please make sure that when using a taxi that you use an official taxi. Official taxis
have their license number clearly displayed and have a TAXI sign on their roof. Only
take taxis from a taxi stand or by calling RADIOTAXI to make a reservation. If you
want to reserve a taxi ahead of time, you must call at least 3 hours in advance. Reservations
for night services must be made before 5pm.
- Another option is to arrange for private transportation with Franco Petrucci Limousine
Service, which offers favorable rates to University of Dallas Students. For contact
information and a detailed price listing please click here .
- Directions to Campus
Staying Near Campus
Below are recommendations from staff and past Romers for hotels that are near campus
and great for accommodations the night before campus opens or for visitors during
Luggage Storage Options
Luggage Storage Location: Below ground in the Termini Wing, accessible from Forum
Termini via the moving walkway, or from via Giolitti or from platform 24. Rates: 3.80
Euro for the first 5 hours and .60 Euro for each additional hour from the 6th to the
12th. 0.20 Euro for each hour after the 12th hour. These are per bag charges. Open
from 6am to midnight. Phone 39 06 47 82 55 43
Luggage Storage Location: You can leave your luggage at the Aeroporti di Roma "Left
Luggage" facility located at terminal 3 on the ground floor of the international arrivals.
Rates: 6 Euro per item for 24 hours. No advance payment. Open from 6:30am to 11:30pm.
Maximum time luggage may be left in the area is 90 days. Phone 39 06 65 95 35 41
Traveling Around Italy
Below are some sites and resources that will be helpful when planning your excursions
into Rome and when traveling around Italy itself.
- Italian Tourism.com is the National Tourism Board's website for Italy. Every city or town in Italy lists
their individual web site for visitor information here. It is a great resource.
- The Let's Go site and traveler guides are also helpful in planning out your weekend trips to one
of the 20 different Italian regions.
- Places to see and eat in Rome; Msgr. Fucinaro's recommendations for places to see in Rome.
- Lonelyplanet.com is another good site that provides a simple summary of cultural and historical sites
that can be found in and around Rome and Italy.
- Spottedbylocals.com gives local perspective on the best that Rome has to offer. It also features many
other European cities as well.
- Trains in Italy contains info on different types of trains, maps and reservation fees.
- The Eurail Italy Pass is dedicated to train travel in Italy. The pass offers discounts for the Correr Museum,
National Museum of Archaeology, Saint Mark National Library Monumental halls and more.
- Virtualtourist.com can help you plan your trip with help from reviews and photos from real travelers.
Traveling Around Europe
Below are some sites and resources that will be helpful when planning your Fall/Spring
Break trek across Europe.
-> Maps & Guides & General Info
- The Ulmon App: This app offers city maps that can be downloaded onto your smartphone, used offline
and allows five free map downloads. One student recommends, “Over ten day, have each
person in your group download a city so you can all take turns navigating.”
- Free Tours: Neweuropetours.eu is a site for free walking tours offered in numerous cities throughout Europe. Free
walking tours are popular among students because they are a great way to get to learn
about each city and to meet other students also studying abroad.
- Fromer’s Europe: Past students recommend Frommer's Europe from $85 a day travel guide to help plan your trip. For more information, see Frommer's website.
- Rick Steves’ Audio Tour Guide App: listen on your phone while traveling.
- Tripadvisor.com is a great resource to use to get information on local things to see and do in just
about every major European city; includes user reviews and ratings on everything from
restaurants, museums, to beaches.
- Budget Traveling: euro-backpacker.com is an extensive comprehensive guide to traveling on a budget. Backpackers Ultimate Guide (BUG) has tips on how to pick the right Eurail Pass as well as travel necessities.
- Cultural Help: eupedia.com explains cultural differences in each country you plan to visit and how to "blend
in" as an American.
- Currency: xe.com is a currency converter website that is useful when looking for exchange rates.
- MYISIC.com is the official website for the International Student Identity Card.
- Rick Steves: The Low Down on Chip and PIN Cards
- STATravel.com offers information on hostels, Eurail, Bus tours and travel insurance.
- US Department of State International Travel Information
- -> Transportation
- All: Rome2rio.com is an excellent tool that provides route options and prices for any starting point
and destination. Depending on your 10-Day itinerary, using this site may be cheaper
than purchasing a Eurail Pass.
- By Plane: Traveling by plane around Europe is a quick and easy option. Note that there are
strict luggage limitations and most cheap airlines do not fly directly to huge city
centers - you might have to take a bus, taxi or even train from the airport to your
final destination. Ryanair and EasyJet are among airlines most often used by students. Past Romers recommend the travel
search engine Skyscanner.com to find cheap flights, but booking directly on the airline’s website to avoid involving
a third party.
- By Train: Trains are a great way to see the country. Individual tickets are often the way to
go, but if you plan on traveling by train a lot, check out getting a Eurail Pass.
See Eurail.com and raileurope.com to read about the various pass options and prices for railpasses. If you have specific
questions or would like to purchase a railpass, there is more info at statravel.com.
- To the Czech Republic: The Czech Student Agency helps with transportation for going to/from the Czech Republic, though it can be
used to find other train/bus routes. It is inexpensive, gives an ISIC discount, and
provides free drinks and sells snacks at low prices on their buses and trains.
- Backpackers Ultimate Guide (BUG) has tips on how to pick the right Eurail Pass as well as travel necessities.
- StudentUniverse.com specifically offers travel information for students.
- -> Rooms & Sleeping
- One of the most important things to do before you set out on a trip is to make sure
you have some place you can sleep. Past Romers have recommended using such sites as
hostelworld.com, hostelz.com, hihostels.com, hostels.com, and booking.com to research possibilities. A key thing to remember when booking a hostel is its proximity
to the attractions you want to see. Reading reviews of the hotels can also be beneficial.
- Renting an apartment through AirBnB.com can be a very cost-effective option, when divided among a group of people.
Cell Phone Information
Students are not required to carry a cell phone while participating in the Rome Program,
however they can be helpful to have when meeting up with other students, calling home,
or contacting campus in case of an emergency. If you do not want to buy an international
phone or plan past students suggest bringing an iPhone, smartphone, or some electronic
device that can access the internet using Wifi. There are many free applications that
allow you to call, text, video chat, and message by soley using your Wifi connection.
No international cell plan is needed. A few of these free apps are Whatsapp, Voxer,
and Textfree. With apps such as these, it is not necessary to purchase an international
phone or data plan for communication. However, if you wish to do so, we do not suggest
any specific carrier, but we recommend that you do your own research and decide what
option will be best for you. A few such options are listed below.
Remember to file your taxes, leave a signed tax form for your parents to complete,
or file for an extension before you leave for Rome. All tax forms may be found at
http://www.irs.gov/ and should be available to you via the internet. Forms may be completed, signed and
mailed back to the states if you are unable to fill out your paperwork before you
leave. If you are unable to file your income tax return by the due date you may be
able to get a 6 month extension of time to file. To do so, you must file Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File US Income Tax Return by the
due date for filing your calendar year return (April 15th) or fiscal year return.
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