December 11, 2017

Redemptoris Mater and Papal Gardens

Happy Advent! As we prepare for the coming of our Lord I reflect on my time in Rome experiencing this very special season of our Church. Recently, the other interns and I have had the opportunity to have a tour of the Papal Apartments! What kind of place does the Pope live in, one may […]

November 13, 2017

Foggy Fall In Venice

One of my favorite things about Italy (second only to the food) is how rich the country is with different cultures. From Milano in the very north to Sorrento in the very south, each region of Italy is bursting with different customs, traditions, and even dialects. I would spend my whole time studying abroad traveling […]

November 3, 2017

In the Pope’s chair!

A few weeks ago, Maddie and I walked out of Via della Concializione, 5 and went around the corner to the Vatican Radio office where we met up with Mr. Lovett, one of my favorite staff members who comes to the Secretariat each day, and we met up with Kalvary the Villanova computer Science student […]

October 22, 2017

At the Secretariat

Interning at the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication has been such a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Monday through Thursday I jump on the #23 bus, and head to Via della Concialiazione for the morning internship. Each day brings something new, whether that be sharing my ideas about social media with those in the office, taking pictures in St. […]

October 22, 2017

Italian Weekend Travel Options

Italian Weekend Travel Options I have never had been to Italy before this semester, and really wanted to get to know the country. The best way to get to know this country to me has been TRAVELING! With people on the program, I have traveled in Italy every weekend so far (including around Rome of […]

October 22, 2017

The Glory of Garbatella

The Glory of Garbatella! Ciao mi amici di Villanova! This semester I have been very blessed to be living in Garbatella with my amazing roommates in a beautiful apartment! Living in a solely Italian neighborhood, that is not touristy, and being on my own (cooking especially and taking public transportation and attending events and work […]

October 17, 2017

Becoming a Barfly

If you know me, you know that I love coffee. On campus, I can usually be found camped out in the Connelly Holy Grounds or spending my rainy days at the Gryphon in Wanye. As with any college student, affine is the lifeblood of my studies. So, it is no surprise that part of my […]

October 16, 2017

Shakespeare in Love With Villa Borghese

I love Rome.  I love the food, the culture, and the language.  However, I love the never-ending possibilities the absolute most.  I am constantly amazed at all the opportunities, activities and experiences that Rome has to offer.  Besides the fact that I am currently working for one of the three major United Nations organizations dedicated […]

October 9, 2017

The Best Part of Rome: My Amici Italiani

The Best Part of Rome: My Amici Italiani

The best part about studying abroad, especially in Italy, is not the insanely delicious out-of-this-world food we eat/make/buy every day, or the historic landmarks that are so well preserved one need only look left and right to imagine themselves in ancient Rome, or the priceless works of art as in the countless churches and paintings […]

October 2, 2017

Advice from a Gelato Enthusiast

On any given evening, whether it be winter or summer, I can usually be found enjoying a nice cup or cone of ice cream. This could be mint chocolate chip from Hope’s Cookies,  Half Baked from my two good friends Ben and Jerry, or a dipped chocolate cone from Dairy Queen. As you can tell, […]

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