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Rome - With Spanish & Italian Society

• Mon 04 Mar 2019 04:00 - Thu 07 Mar 2019 23:00

Spanish & Italian Society are off to Rome! 

Monday 4th March 2019 – Thursday 7th March 2019

Roam around Rome this March with Give it a Go and Spanish & Italian Society

Check out the details below – We can’t wait to take you! 

Take a dive into the rich history of haunting ruins, awe-inspiring art and vibrant street life in one of the world’s most romantic and inspiring cities.

Give it a Go has worked closely with Spanish & Italian society to bring you to an amazing part of the world filled with iconic beauty and even nicer food (and wine). For just £229, as a member of the Spanish & Italian society, you will receive a 3 night stay in a central location, full travel to and from Rome, a flexible itinerary organised by Spanish & Italian Society and the assurance that you’re travelling with an official department of Cardiff University Students’ Union – So you can rest easy in the Italian afternoon sun knowing you’ll be having a fantastic time.

When are we going?

Monday 4th March 2019 – Thursday 7th March 2019

We will be departing from the Students' Union by coach to London Gatwick in the morning where we then fly over to Rome, arriving at approximately 6pm. 

Where are we staying?

We will be staying for 3 nights in Alessandro Hostel, one of the most popular destinations for travellers, with outstanding location just 5 minutes walking distance away from Rome’s main transit station and around 30 minutes walking distance from almost all of Rome’s famous sites. From here you will be able to see the Colosseum, Roman Forum, San Pietro, in Vincoli, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, Trevi Fountain and the classy Via Veneto amongst so much more!


  • Free Wifi
  • Free city maps
  • Bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge/Common Room
  • Secure Locker facilities
  • 24 hr reception
  • An  incredible experience all round

What is there to do in Rome?

Vatican Museums

Founded by Pope Julius II in the early 16th century and enlarged by successive pontiffs, the Vatican Museums boast one of the world's greatest art collections. Exhibits, which are displayed along about 7km of halls

St Peter's Basilica

In this city of outstanding churches, none can hold a candle to St Peter's, Italy’s largest, richest and most spectacular basilica.

Roman Forum

An impressive – if rather confusing – sprawl of ruins, the Roman Forum was ancient Rome's showpiece centre, a grandiose district of temples, basilicas and vibrant public spaces.


Sandwiched between the Roman Forum and the Circo Massimo, the Palatino (Palatine Hill) is an atmospheric area of towering pine trees, majestic ruins and memorable views


Rome’s great gladiatorial arena is the most thrilling of the city's ancient sights. If you don’t go to see the colosseum – what are you doing?!

Trevi Fountain

After a Fendi-sponsored restoration finished in 2015, the fountain gleams brighter than it has for years. The tradition is to toss a coin into the water, thus ensuring that you'll return to Rome – on average about €3000 is thrown in every day.


And so SO much more


Sounds amazing! Where do I sign up?

To secure your place on the trip, simply purchase a ticket from this page. The price of the trip is £229 for members of Spanish & Italian society and covers the 3 night stay in central Rome, transport to and from Rome including transfers to and from the airport on both sides and includes an itinerary made by us and led by our amazing team. On top of this, Spanish and Italian society have organised FREE Italian language lessons for anyone who has purchased a ticket!

We have two payment plans for this:

Pay the full amount of £229 straight up - bish. bash. bosh.

Pay a deposit of £99 by the 31st January followed by a second payment of £130 by 16th February, for all of you who like to space out your payments. 

All deposits paid are strictly non-refundable. Please be absolutely sure you can commit to this trip before you pay.

Additional Extras

On top of all this, we have a good old fashioned crawl organised for you. You're in for an incredible night filled with free drinks, friendly faces and a party spirit. You'll also get a special "Spanish and Italian Society in Rome" T-shirt made just for you, for you to treasure alongside the memories of one of the best weekends of your student experience!

Tickets for the bar crawl will be on sale in the new year!

What are you waiting for?!

Frequently Asked Questions

This trip is organised by the Students' Union on behalf of Spanish & Italian Society, equating to very low prices, great value and organisation you can trust!

1. Can people who are not CU students come on this trip?

Yes, but priority will be given to Spanish and Italian Society members. If tickets remain unsold and with the permission of Spanish and Italian Society non-CU students can come on this trip if accompanied by a Cardiff University Student. They will have to create a guest account on this website to book.

2. Is this trip suitable for children/families? Is there a reduced rate for children?

No - children are not permitted on this trip. Although the Students' Union are planning future trips with a set number of family rooms and exploring other options that would make our trips more inclusive for families and young children, this trip isn't suitable for them. Large numbers of mature students frequently sign up to Society trips, but the majority make up of the trip are students aged 18 - 25.

3. I'm having trouble signing up online. What do I do?

One possible reason for this is that the Students' Union finance system becomes much stricter for products exceeding £100. If your address, or any given details, don't exactly match the ones originally given when you signed up for the card/account... the system will become very sassy with you. If you're having difficulties making payment through cardiffstudents.com please email SUFinance@cardiff.ac.uk and CC Giveitago@cardiff.ac.uk into the email. Ultimately it is possible to pay in person at the finance office of the Students' Union and there are no such difficulties with that payment method!

4. I don't know if I need a visa. Help!

If you are a UK/EU citizen, you do not require a visa to travel to Rome, but you do need a passport to prove that you are, in fact, a UK/EU citizen. If you are not a UK/EU citizen it is likely that you will require a visa and we advise you to read the advice in the next few titles down and engage with thorough independent research to make yourself aware of the process of applying.

5. What is the deadline for this trip?

For students who do not require a visa, there is no deadline for this trip. There are 40 places and when the tickets are gone, they're gone. Email giveitago@cardiff.ac.uk for an up-to-date figure of how many tickets are left. For international students who require a visa, the safe deadline to sign up to the trips allowing time to apply to the visa is NOW. Any sign ups made closer to the time, we will happily provide visa evidence for, but the risk of your visa not arriving in time becomes ever more real (it has happened in the past and students have lost money).

If you have any other enquiries please email Giveitago@cardiff.ac.uk and we'll get back to you within 1-2 working days!

Important Terms and Conditions


You should be aware of the following details:


- This trip requires you to undertake an international trip. You are required to have a valid and in-date passport for this trip. British citizens do not require a visa, but require a passport to prove that they are in fact a British citizen. Please ensure your passport is valid and in-date before you book onto this trip.

- It is certain that your passport will be checked on both departure and return from the UK.

Baggage Restrictions

- All passengers are restricted to one cabin bag per person. This bag must not exceed the maximum size of 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels. There is no weight restriction on the bag but you must be able to lift it into the overhead compartment. There are very strict restrictions on what can be taken onboard the aircraft.

Please look at the Easyjet guidelines for more information: http://www.easyjet.com/en/help/preparing-to-fly/baggage


- This general trip ticket and all added extras are strictly non-refundable, so please be absolutely certain that you're free for the dates of the trip.


- It is not possible to transfer tickets once purchased because we will have passed your details onto the airline.

Travel insurance and European Health Insurance Cards

- We would strongly advise you to take out personal travel insurance for this trip to cover your personal property, money, passports, medical expenses and repatriation if necessary. The Students' Union itself has public liability insurance, but that won't help you in the least unless your loss is directly attributable to our negligence. Applying for an EHIC if you don't already have one will be a good idea as well, but this will only cover the most basic of medical treatment.

Travel Insurance Policy +£5 - £20 (depending on circumstances)

We advise you to take out our in house recommended low cost travel insurance policy. This will protect you against the possibility that something goes wrong and you miss the coach home or lose or damage something valuable. You can look at and apply for that travel insurance here. It is your responsibilty to sort this out , and it is not provided in the price of the trip.

EasyJet Terms and Conditions

- Both we and you are bound by the terms and conditions of our flights carrier Easyjet. You can find those terms and conditions here.

Students' Union and Hotel Terms and Conditions

- This is a Students' Union trip, organised directly by the Give it a Go Team. In terms of rules and expected conduct, whilst on this trip you are in effect inside the Students' Union Building and subject to University Regulations. By signing up to this trip you are agreeing to both the Students' Union code of conduct and the house rules for the Hotel. Any infringement of which may provoke academic consequences for you.

Students' Union Code of Conduct

Deposit Option

There are only a certain number of tickets available for this trip. You have the option of paying a £99 deposit to secure your place. The remaining £130 being due no later than 16th February 2019.

All deposits paid are strictly non-refundable. Please be absolutely sure you can commit to this trip before you pay.

International Students and Visas

Students should be advised that this trip obviously requires them to be able to travel outside the UK. It is the responsibility of individual students to seek appropriate advice, visas and passport documentation for this purpose.

The Students’ Union and its staff are not insured to advise students with regard to visas or the visa process. The Students’ Union will not check that you have the appropriate documentation and assumes no responsibility for the consequences of failing to make arrangements.

It is the student’s responsibility to ascertain whether they require a visa or passport documentation. In the event that they do, they should be advised that visas can take extended periods of time to process and usually require a not-insignificant charge (a Schengen visa for example is priced at £40 - £60).

In addition, individuals should be made aware that once booked, this trip is strictly non-refundable.

Final Year International Students who are in the UK on a study visa and who have less than 6 months on their study visa at the time of this trip, should be advised that some embassies, e.g. TLS, the French Consulate, will refuse to process a visa application for them.

We have been instructed by the International Student Support Office of Cardiff University to direct students who require visa advice to their online information. The International Student Support Office of Cardiff University may be contacted themselves for general information, but have said that they cannot assist students with the process and like the Students' Union, will not provide specific advice.

Students' Union Visa Guidance

The general approach when applying for a Schengen visa is to to apply to the embassy of the 'main country of destination' which for this trip in isolation will be the Czech Republic Embassy.

As of 1 March 2015 all visa applications can only be made by an 'in-person' appointment at the VF Services in London and Edinburgh. I.e. you will not be able to make a visa application to the consulate in Cardiff, you will have to go to the nearest office (London) in person after making an appointment with the VFS office.

More information is available following this link.

You can make an appointment with VFS following this link.

You can apply for a Schengen visa within three months of the intended date of travel. Assuming there are no problems, the application itself can take up to 15 working days to process - but longer if you supply incomplete documents or the embassy has a query with your application.

The application itself generally has a fee attached to it of between £40 - £60 but this does not include the costs you will incur travelling to London.

Visa Documents the Students' Union can provide

The application will require you to supply a number of documents, some of which the Students' Union can supply for you. You should research this thoroughly yourself before you travel to London to make the application to avoid wasted time and money. Click here for more information on short-stay document requirements.

Documents you will need to supply for VFS:

  1. Valid signed passport, valid for 3 months after intended return from Schengen.
  2. Completed and signed visa application form (two signatures and signature same as in passport)
  3. One photograph (meeting all photo requirements)
  4. Original and copy of valid UK residence permit (valid for 3 months after intended return)
  5. Copy of applicant’s passport (holder page, signature page and copies of all used visas in the last 2 years)
  6. If employed: original and recent (less than 3 months old) employment letter on company letter head/covering letter from company house or accountant on letter head (if self-employed)
  7. If student: original and recent (less than 3 months old) student letter stating attendance and start and finish date of studies
  8. Salary slips (last 3 months)
  9. UK current account bank statements (last 3 months), including name and address of account holder
  10. Valid travel insurance, policy minimum EUR 30,000, with full details of applicant and cover dates.

N.B. You will have to contact your University registry for proof of student status - the Students' Union cannot provide this for you.

Documents we can provide to you if requested:

  1. Confirmed travel ticket, showing names of persons travelling.
  2. Confirmed hostel reservation.
  3. Travel itinerary with all transport and accommodation details, signed by the Trip Leader and the Students' Union President.

If you require the above set of documents please email Connor on Giveitago@Cardiff.ac.uk and allow at least 5 working days for the Students' Union to draft them for you. The documents will have to be picked up in person from the Give it a Go desk on the third floor of the Students' Union.