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Final week at JFRC

The final four days in Rome came way too quickly. Monday night we went out for dinner. We had hoped to eat at a rooftop bar, but it turns out the rooftop bar is really just a bar. We got a picture and left for a restaurant below. It was another great laidback dinner with… Continue reading Final week at JFRC

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JFRC Week 3: Orvieto, football, midterms, and not mono 

Since we had to make up class on Friday, most JFRC students stayed in the area for most of the weekend. I ventured to Orvieto for the day. It's a small town on a hill that's an hour by train north of Rome. Even though I missed my train by 5 minutes and had to… Continue reading JFRC Week 3: Orvieto, football, midterms, and not mono 

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Sophisticated Sala da tè

The lack of gelato pageantry does not mean the restaurant is simply designed at all. Ciampini is a professional pit stop in every way. The sign is in an elegant script, clearly listed above both entrances. The simple stone walls look elegant in Piazza, and the black awnings denote a sense of class. Under the… Continue reading Sophisticated Sala da tè

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Week 2 at JFRC: The Pope, some clubs, and lots of gelato

Another week has passed in Roma, and I have no idea where the time has gone. Let me try to remember what I did this week so that I can believe it has actually been another week.  I think I must have spent Monday doing homework, because I can't recall anything exciting other than stopping… Continue reading Week 2 at JFRC: The Pope, some clubs, and lots of gelato

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Ciampini: Gelato for the Italian Professional

Gelaterias are all over Rome. One might argue that there are more gelaterias in Rome than there are Starbucks in an American city. However, there is no monopoly over gelato brands in Rome. So how does one decide which gelateria to try? Some basic advice I've heard is to not eat the gelato that looks… Continue reading Ciampini: Gelato for the Italian Professional

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Amalfi Adventures: Underwater ruins, sulfur mines, thermal baths, and too much Limoncello

It's wonderful that classes are typically Monday-Thursday so that we have a long weekend to travel. My weekend began with a study-based day trip to Baia on the Amalfi Coast. After a long morning drive, we loaded a boat for a tour of the underwater city ruins. Little did we know we would experience a… Continue reading Amalfi Adventures: Underwater ruins, sulfur mines, thermal baths, and too much Limoncello