The snack bar and lounge with TV and DVD are popular places for relaxation. Meals are taken in the dining hall, where the emphasis is on Italian cuisine. Students can use the library, sports, and music facilities in their free time or spend time in the cortile. Weekends offer a variety of activities, from unique cultural diversions to rich culinary experiences. Many students choose to spend time with friends, rest or study. Boarders are often invited to spend a night or a weekend with a day student’s family and are encouraged to do so, subject to parental permission and the approval of the Boarding Head. Boarding students may take advantage of Rome’s cultural wonders; they can savor the pleasures of Roman cuisine and explore the city’s other offerings, such as excursions to nearby beaches, rock climbing, or a soccer match at Stadio Olimpico. Students also venture outside of Rome on trips organized by the boarding faculty.