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Destination 8: This is Rome!

Our second to last city spotlight is upon us and our trip to Europe is weeks away! Still haven’t locked down plans for this summer? There are a handful of spots left on the Forum Europe Summer 2017 program… 9 European cities, transferable college credits, friends from all over the world, professional networking opportunities, and memories to last a lifetime; why not take the leap? Apply for FREE here.


Once our time exploring Northern Italy wraps up, Forum-Nexus will catch a high speed train to one of the world’s most beloved and ancient cities, the glorious Rome, Italy.

Known for its deep history, iconic landmarks, and proud culture, Rome is everything great you’ve heard it to be and so much more. The capital of Italy is often known as home to the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, neighbor to Vatican City, film location to The Lizzie McGuire Movie, and as the former Roman Empire.


Watch all the magic that Rome holds in this recap of our week spent there last summer!


Why do Forum-Nexus students love Rome so much? Because there is so much to do! Rome is brimming with awesome sites, people to meet, and food to eat. Seriously, there is a monument and eatery on every corner. Five days will go by in a flash! Students can look forward to spending their time exploring the city( on their own and on group walking tours), attending classes, participating in a professional visit to the FAO, and having nonstop fun. On the weekends, students are invited to take an optional FN day trip the incredible Pompeii ruins, the Vesuvius Volcano, and Naples.


Sound too good to be true? Allora, come along and see for yourself this summer. The Eternal City is waiting to win you over; this is Rome, Italy!

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A weekend in Pompeii

After my week in Rome,  I went on to visit the city of Pompeii, Italy. Like Rome, this ancient city was built around the B.C. era, and was once a great trade center for Europe due to its location on the water. In 79 A.D., Volcano Vesuvius and an earthquake, devastated Pompeii;  killing a great amount of people and damaging parts of the city. Little did the Pompeians know there was more danger on the way. The next day, many were suffocated from the gas and explosions of the volcano. Vesuvius covered the entire city; allowing for other people to uncover the ruins decades later.

I was amazed by the size of the city, as well as the beautiful detail in the Pompeian architecture. I learned a great amount of information about the city of Pompeii and its people during my two-hour tour. For instance, during this ancient time there were over 400 shops that covered the streets of Pompeii. The owners lived above their shops while rich people had big houses- one for the summer and another for the winter. This city had once contained spas, swimming pools, and  brothels.

The city of Pompeii was very educational and well worth the visit. Uncovering this city has allowed visitors to understand the way of life during the A.D. era and expand European International IQ as a whole.

Abigail Morris

By: Abigail Morris, 2014 Forum-Nexus Alumnae