In Rome, the past is very much still present. Everywhere we went, we could see how layers of antiquity, medieval times, the Renaissance, and modern history are all interwoven in the physical city as a living heritage. We would literally see ancient column capitals just lying in the roads like debris. The Centro brought to life what I had considered to be old and dead.
Which site, museum, or artwork sticks with you?
I loved getting to go into the Sibyl’s cave in Cumae! After reading all about her in Vergil’s Aeneid, it was awesome to actually stand in her sandals in the creepy, haunting, beautiful entrance to the Underworld…
What’s your favorite memory from your semester?
I will always think fondly of my after-dinner strolls from our home on the Monteverde down the winding narrow streets into Trastevere and then across the Tiber toward the Campo De’ Fiori. I loved exploring and getting lost in Rome’s little streets, especially in the evening when I could just soak up its beauty and charm, and of course stop for a gelato on the way back home.
What advice do you have for prospective Centristi?
If there is any doubt in your mind about spending your semester at the Centro, cast it out! Those five months were absolutely magical and transformative in my life (and career) and I hope they will be for you, too!