ICE was born originally as ESN Italy's national event on November 2008. It aimed at welcoming Erasmus and other exchange students, turning the start of the academic year into a cultural event. For this reason, it is usually held in Rome, which is able to mingle the charm of our Italian millenarian culture together with the institutional importance of being the capital of Italy.


ICE has become, year after year, a regular appointment for every Erasmus student and ESN volunteer staff; adhesions have raised starting from a few hundred in 2008 to more than 3000 participants last November. ESN Perugia has been one of the first sections to participate in, supporting the event and bringing about 100 erasmus students every year. ICE is usually spread over the weekend: Thursday and Friday are dedicated to welcoming all the ESN sections coming from all over Italy.

On Thursday the event is officially launched with an opening conference aiming at underlining every year news as well as reuniting all the ESN Italy institutional and commercial partners, and the press too. The intention is to illustrate the main projects the association has developed through the year and wants to carry on. This year conference title is “what is the future of volunteering?” and will be on Thursday November 12th at Sala Zuccari, Palazzo Giustiniani, one of the office of our Senate in presence of the president of the Senate Pietro Grasso. Here you can read the press release and the guests.

On Friday and Saturday guided tours are planned, made by professionals around the most famous and evocative monuments of the city. It usually lasts a couple of hours and aims at illustrate the most important moments of the history of Rome.

Apart from guided tours, Erasmus students can benefit from the convention made with Musei in Comune di Roma capitale, paying for discounted tickets. This is a relevant added value regarding the event’s aim, that is making them familiarise with the huge artistic and cultural heritage in Rome. 

The Erasmus students will have then the chance to go to some of the most important Museums of the world and experience in first person what Rome can offer.