Rome’s Proximity to Tuscia
By Samantha Melamed
I chose to study abroad in Tuscia to immerse myself in the Italian culture and language, as opposed studying in a big, touristic city. Of course, staying in a big city makes traveling a lot easier, which is why Viterbo is the ideal city for an extended stay. Viterbo, Tuscia’s main city, is a short train ride from Rome for under six euro each way. I pass through Rome almost every weekend when I travel either throughout Italy or to other nearby countries.
There are plenty of cities to travel to within Tuscia, as well. Whenever I travel to Rome, I’m tempted to take a spur-of-the-moment detour and stop at another village along the way. The train from Viterbo to Rome passes through the hill towns of central Italy, including Vetralla, Capranica, Bracciano, and Manziana to name a few. These quaint villages are worth seeing as well, each rich with a history of its own. I plan to check out the hot springs in Vetralla or Capranica, and the volcanic lake and medieval castle in Bracciano. The vast expansion of land outside the train window is mostly farmland and green, unspoiled slopes. On the train ride, there is just enough time to take a nap, read a book, or admire the landscape of central Italy that reminds me that I made the right decision to study in Tuscia.0