I loved the fact that by the end of my time in Rome, I knew the city better than anyone else in my program! It was awesome to feel so comfortable in a European city.
During my visit to Café Friends in Trastevere, one of the super-nice bartenders offered to make me a free drink. It was so good that I decided to take my whole apartment (eight American girls) back there later that night. The bartender remembered me, and he and one of the other bartenders made us two rounds of free shooters – and took both rounds with us! We all agreed that it was the perfect Roman welcome, and definitely set a good tone for the rest of the semester!
Go to the Campo de’ Fiori market in the morning, then browse through the street vendors and artists in Piazza Navona (my favorite piazza). Grab some food and picnic by one of the lakes in Villa Borghese, and then head down through Piazza di Spagna and the Trevi fountain area for some sightseeing. Gelato at San Crispino is a must! At night, aperitivo at Freni e Frizioni before hitting the clubs in Testaccio.