Towson in Italy: Your Housing in Rome & Florence

A summary of your accommodation information is below, with links to each hotel’s website.

Rome (January 3-9 & 16-17, 2016)

Hotel BB Roma Trastevere – Trastevere
Viale di Trastevere, 249/D
00153 Roma

Florence (January 9-16, 2016)

Hotel Orto de’ Medici – Florence City Center
Via San Gallo, n. 30
Florence, Italy

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your stay!

  • We will make every effort to have the hostel assign rooms based on the preferred roommates list sent over by your college. Female and male students will be housed in separate rooms.
  • All hotels offer free wifi, although sometimes the signal is spotty (this is common in all budget hotels in Italy!), and breakfast is included.

Room breakdown:
Housing  will be in shared occupancy rooms, either double, triple, or quad rooms. All students will have their own separate bed! Your faculty and CISabroad On-Site staff will also be lodging at the same accommodations.


  • You should lock your room door at all times. Also, when leaving , make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the university/study abroad company nor the hotel will be responsible for any stolen items.
  • You are responsible for any room keys you are given. If a locksmith has to open your door or you incur any lost key charages, you will have to pay for these fees.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts or anything else big or small.

Alcohol and Drug Policies:

  • Please observe Towson University’s Drug and Alcohol policy during the duration of the program.
  • In Italy, the legal drinking age is 18.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the hotel.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing them, is absolutely prohibited and punishable by Italian law.
  • The Italian law defines “narcotic drugs” as including cannabis, coca leaves, opium, their derivatives, synthetic opiates, and certain psycho-tropic substances. For the illegal use, possession, manufacture, importation, exportation, or trafficking of any of the listed drugs, the penalty is three to eight years in prison and a large fine.

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the room (doors, walls, floors, furniture, etc.).