What better guide to Rome than the English writers who lived here in the past?
Follow their itineraries through the Eternal City and find out what it was like to live behind the wavy glass windows of a palazzo in the English ghetto area between Via del Corso, Via Babuino and the Spanish Steps.
Some of them stayed in convents and pensioni and enjoyed inexpensive meals cooked with copper pans like these we admired in a convent kitchen in Trastevere.
In the 1980s hundreds of my American students lived there for about $49 a day. They had to share bathrooms and learn how to dress with several layers of wool for it was barely heated. To warm up they sat in the sun filled courtyard and walked for hours exploring Rome and its treasures… storing up memories to last a lifetime.
It is now a 5 star luxury hotel, the pots and pans no longer shine on the walls…and students can no longer afford to stay there. If you are interested, ask me about similar convent residences (with modern heating !) for inexpensive stays in Italy.
For less expensive places to live and study in Italy try the area north of Rome, especially Viterbo .