General Information

IES Abroad: Diversity in Italy

"Your unique identity goes where you go - including Italy! Browse a collection of IES Abroad and other website's resources specific to diversity in Italy on topics such as dietary concerns; race, ethnicity, and national identity; gender and sexuality; religion and spirituality; disability and mental health; and more!" View the resource.

Living in Rome

In this video, vlogger Kenya covers the basics of what it's like to live in Rome, Italy. Not from a tourist perspective or from being here only a few days, but when you actually move to the city for an extended period of time to observe how the city operates. View the resource.

Study Abroad in Italy Series

Tia Taylor's videos can be useful for anyone wanting to study abroad in Italy or know her journey. View the resource.

Race & Ethnicity

Anti-Racism Resources

This page contains information on how to build an anti-racist society. Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership (IDEAL) continues to provide resources to the Temple University campus community on dismantling systems of oppression. This page features various articles, books, videos, etc. that focus on building an anti-racist society. This list is updated frequently. View the resource.

Temple Education Abroad

No two students studying abroad ever have quite the same experience, even in the same program and country. This same variety is true for students of color and those from U.S. minority ethnic or racial backgrounds. Temple's Education Abroad Office provides questions to ask, resources, and past student perspectives. View the resource.

Studying Abroad as a Black Student Webinar

Watch this engaging conversation with recent Black study abroad alumni and international students, who discussed their experiences, their accomplishments, and the importance of engaging in global education. Panelists reflected on their expectations and preparations for living in a different culture, as well as how their time abroad affected their understanding of identity within a global context and prepared them for future success. View the resource.

Diversity & Democracy Periodical

The Association of American Colleges & Universities releases frequent issues of its periodical Diversity & Democracy, which explores conversations regarding the representation of students across many disciplines. View the resource.

Student Blogs

  • Difference | Navigating Rome as a Student of Color: Read about the study abroad experience of Temple University Rome alumnus, Cahleb Derry. Cahleb provides a realistic perspective and some encouraging words of wisdom. View the resource.
  • On Being an Asian Living in Italy: "Outward appearance is something that can’t be changed, and stereotyping is inevitable." Judy Lee from NYU shares her study abroad perspective in Florence. View the resource.

Haircare in Rome

The following locations specialize in curly and kinky hair:

  • DJ Barbershop: Via Della Pelliccia, 45/B, 00153 Roma RM
  • Lookmaker: Piazza Barberini, 47/1°PIANO, 00187 Roma RM
  • Wandy GIL Barbershop: Largo Leopardi, 20, 00185 Roma RM, Phone: 345-119-1177

In addition, you can get cosmetic items from the following shops:

Afro-Italian Resources

Griot Magazine

Johanne Affricot is the Owner + Founder + Creative Director of this great platform that features artists of the African Diaspora. View the resource.

Afropean Journal

The Afropean is an online multimedia, multidisciplinary journal exploring the social, cultural and aesthetic interplay of black and European cultures, and the synergy of styles and ideas brought about because of this union. View the resource.

Afroitalian Power Initiative

Cecile Kyenge is the first Afroitalian Minister who launched a new movement in Modena called the Afroitalian Power Initiative. View the resource.

Work by Camilla Hawthorne

Camilla Hawthorne is an Afroitalian professor at UC Santa Cruz. Her current research "explores the politics of Blackness and citizenship in Italy." In this project, Hawthorne "examines the ways in which the Italian-born children of African immigrants have mobilized for a reform of Italian citizenship law in the context of the Eurozone economic crisis and the southern European refugee emergency."

Hawthorne contributed also to the 2009 Africa is a Country project. View her work.

View her article Italians with veils and Afros: gender, beauty, and the everyday anti-racism of the daughters of immigrants in Italy (note: you must log in with your Temple credentials)

Work by Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego is an Afroitalian author and professor. The following resources are translated in English:

Future. Il domani narrato dalle voci di oggi is available only in Italian.

Work by Angelica Pesarini

Angelica Pesarini is an Afroitalian professor at NYU Florence and she teaches a course called Black Italia. She co-published a handbook entitled 2020, The Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification. This chapter Mixed Identities in Italy: A Country in Denial. "critically considers to what extent ‘race’ is at the core of the legislative and discursive foundation of Italian national identity and citizenship. It underlines some country-specific reasons why the use of ‘mixed race’ in today’s Italy appears to be particularly problematic and why any actual debate on race has been foreclosed from the current Italian public and political spheres." View the Citizenship, Racism And Belonging in Contemporary Italian Political Discourse: A lecture by sociologist Angelica Pesarini, NYU Florence.

My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness

“My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness” is an ongoing digital project in exploration of the multiple existing facets of black queer identity. It is a protest , a celebration that frames blackness as a polyphony, a genre or melody with a vast variety of notes & textures, denouncing both white queer racism and black queer antagonism by way art , film and literature through fundraising, journal entries & films screenings. View the resource.

Articles, Podcasts, and Books

History of Alessandro De Medici

"Despite the many portraits of this 16th century Italian Renaissance figure, his African heritage is rarely, if ever, mentioned." (PBS)

Gender & Sexuality

Temple Education Abroad

Temple's Education Abroad office has organized a list of resources as well as some questions to ask when thinking about gender identity abroad. View the resource.

Women Going Abroad

"Being a woman abroad can be an eye-opening experience, because every culture has a different attitude towards women. Before and during your trip, find out about your host country’s cultural values and behaviors regarding women." View the resource.

Gay Center in Rome

The Gay Center is a resource in Rome for those who identify as LGBTQIA+. View their website for news, events, or to get involved in the community. View the resource.

Gay Helpline, Italy

The Gay Helpline, partnered with the Gay Center, is available for any support one may need regarding finding the LGBTQIA+ community in Rome, medical testing, mental health, and more. View the resource.

My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness

“My Queer Blackness, My Black Queerness” is an ongoing digital project in exploration of the multiple existing facets of black queer identity. It is a protest , a celebration that frames blackness as a polyphony, a genre or melody with a vast variety of notes & textures, denouncing both white queer racism and black queer antagonism by way art , film and literature through fundraising, journal entries & films screenings. View the resource.

 

Faith & Spirituality

Inter-Religious Dialogue in Rome

"Rome features some interesting and relevant organizations and institutes which regularly host activities and lectures on interfaith and religion." View this helpful guide to religious opportunities by John Cabot University. Please note that some resources are only available to JCU students. View the resource.

Sikh Temple in Rome

Sikh Temple Sri Guru Nanak Darbar, Rome,
Circonvallazione Orientale, 4530/A, 00173
Roma RM

View in maps.

Inside the Great Mosque of Rome

This article by Romeing gives an inside look on the Great Mosque of Rome, the "only Islamic temple in Rome and the largest Mosque in Europe as well." View the resource.

Synagogues and Jewish Communities in Rome

This resource by John Cabot University features opportunities and locations to get involved with the Jewish community in Rome. View the resource.

Buddhism in Rome

This resource by John Cabot University features opportunities and locations to get involved with the Buddhist community in Rome. View the resource.

Church Services in English

View this guide by In Rome Now for a list of various church services in English, in Rome. View the resource.

International Christian Fellowship of Rome

"Our mission is to reach people of all nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the city of Rome, in the nation of Italy and to all the world, to encourage spiritual growth in a truly international fellowship and to equip believers to fulfill their God-given purposes and to reach their world with the love of Christ." View the resource.

Disabilities & Accessibility

Temple Education Abroad

Temple Education Abroad has compiled questions to ask and resources for living with disabilities abroad. View the resource.

First Time Abroad

How to Survive Your First Week Abroad

This article has many helpful tips of things to think about when preparing to study abroad for the first time. View the resource.

International Food in Rome

Mercato Esquilino

This page features all of the stands at the Esquilino Market and where to find it. View the resource.

Castroni Shops

Find products from all over the world at any Castroni Shop throughout Rome. View the resource.

African, Eritrean & Ethiopian Food

Asian Food

Chinese:

Filipino:

Indian:

Japanese:

Korean:

South-East Asian:

  • Bali Bar: Dimly-lit, Balinese-themed restaurant & cocktail bar serving Indonesian, Thai & Vietnamese dishes.

Vietnamese:

Bubble Tea:

Kosher Food

Mexican Food

Middle Eastern Food

Lebanese:

Spanish Food

Vegan Food