Sophomore Patrick Malone responds to Matthias Andrews and Sean Mooney’s article, “When to Rome, fall or spring?”:
In response to “When to Rome, fall or spring?” a third viewpoint needs to be presented. I have family members who have gone in both fall and spring. As such, I know both sides of the story: the magic of the “vendemmia” (grape harvest) in the fall, the glory of St. Peter’s for the Easter Triduum.
In response to Matthias Andrews, the large amount of tourists in the fall is not necessarily a bad thing. Seeing so many people travel from all around the world to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and the other pilgrimage sites strengthens our sense of catholicity.
Additionally, traveling after the fall semester is possible (I know people who did), just as traveling after the spring semester is an option.
Sean Mooney places too much emphasis on the weather. Even though the weather can dampen experiences, the decision of “fall or spring?” should not be based on such an uncontrollable factor.
The weather may be better in the fall, but it is still cold and rainy at times.
It’s true: Fall or spring, you will have a blast. At the beginning of freshman year, I was sure that I would go in the spring, but as the application date got closer, I realized that most of my best friends were going in the fall and that the most important thing is to experience Europe in all its glory with friends.
Friends are what truly matter when deciding fall or spring, not weather or other tourists. So do what will make your Rome semester one you will cherish for the rest of your life: Go to Rome with your best friends.