UW Rome Center

UW Rome Center Renovation & Renewal Project

Renovations have the potential to equip the historic palazzo with the latest teaching and learning resources, protect its priceless historical legacy, as well as revive and enhance this beautiful space that means so much to the UW Rome Center community.

Staged in three phases, the project includes critical updates to the structure, electrical and mechanical works; important fire safety prevention measures; as well as new lighting, flooring and educational technology.

Investment in this renovation will maximize educational space and ensure transformative global experiences for students and one-of-a-kind teaching and research opportunities for faculty, for generations to come in the heart of Rome.


  • Introducing Our New First Floor

    October 21, 2021

    We’ve moved in! After nearly three years of major renovation work of the first floor, we are thrilled to share that the project is nearly complete. In August, we starting moving in, which required some major dusting off of all our furniture that has been in storage during the course of the renovation work. The…

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  • Wrapping Up First Floor Renovations

    March 30, 2021

    There is really nothing like brand new walls and an uncluttered room to show off the beauty of the ceilings in our newly renovated Exhibit Hall! The first phase of much anticipated renovation project of the UW Rome Center first floor is finally coming to a close after breaking ground in January 2019. While the…

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  • Rome Wasn't Built in a Day

    December 4, 2020

    As the well-known adage goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day. In the last six months, significant progress has been made on the first floor and we’re pleased to report that the project is nearing completion! Since we last updated you, the electrical systems have been completed, beautiful new tile floors have been laid, kitchens have…

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  • UW Magazine recalls the visionary UW architecture professor Astra Zarina

    September 22, 2020

    Highlighting the personality and panache of UW architecture professor Astra Zarina, who launched the first UW Architecture study abroad program in spring 1970 and who later led renovations of the largely abandoned Palazzo Pio, which became the home to the UW Rome Center in 1985, this article walks us through the life and legacy of our…

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  • A (very different) summer in Rome

    July 20, 2020

    Needless to say, life as we knew it has transformed in the last four months since I last provided you with an update on the situation in Italy and at the UW Rome Center as it relates to COVID-19 and the subsequent global pandemic. Back then, the situation was grave in Italy, and, if you’ll…

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  • From a classroom to the city: Alondra's story

    April 24, 2020

    At a time when most of us are sheltering in place because of the pandemic and our worlds can feel rather small, we wanted to connect with some of the wonderful students who have studied at the UW Rome Center. On that note, we're pleased to introduce you to Alondra Rodriguez. She's a UW junior…

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