Situated near Castel Sant’Angelo and St. Peter’s Church, LUMSA is located in the Prati district, one of the most attractive parts of Rome and easily accessible by public transportation.

The University buildings are separated by the Vatican walls, by the so called "Passetto".

The Passetto, (which may be translated as a small passage) is a corridor that connects the Vatican City, more specifically St. Peter’s Basilica with the Castel Sant’Angelo. This passageway is on top of the old Vatican wall, and was used by the popes as a secret escape route in times of trouble. In 1494 the first Pope Alexander VI, Borgia, who was to flee across it to hide inside when Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome was invaded by the troops of Charles VIII of France. Passetto di Borgo was also the inspiration for the famous American author, Dan Brown, for his latest novel "Hell". 

The University was established on 26 October 1939 and unusually for that time, it was established by a woman, Luigia Tincani.

It was initially granted the status and title of Istituto Superiore Pareggiato di Magistero Maria Ss. Assunta (LUMSA) as a state-recognised higher education institute, and was essentially a university with a single faculty, offering a selection of degree programs. 

There are centuries of history inside the walls. The building in Piazza delle Vaschette dates back to 1859 when it was built as a school for girls by order of Pope Pius IX, and was acquired by LUMSA in 1939. The building in Borgo S. Angelowas constructed as part of an urban redevelopment plan that began in 1936 and was completed after World War II. The via di Porta Castello complex, on the other hand, was inaugurated in 2000.

The university developed in the 1960s and 70s and in 1989 it grew into a multi-faculty institution, being one of the first Italian Universities to offer programs in Communication Science and Journalism. Law, politics, economics, and psychology were also added gradually to the portfolio. Particular focus was maintained on education and pedagogical study.

Particular attention was devoted to the Erasmus Project and LUMSA was recognized by the European Union as being one of the best universities in Italy for developing European programs.

With approximately 6.000 students, LUMSA is a high profile recognized internationally academic institution. Professionalism, growth and development are the university’s fundamental principles, along with teaching, employment, research and student experience.

Venue facilities

The academic scenario of the LUMSA University offers an ideal platform to promote the exchange of ideas and host high level events and conferences. The meeting rooms are well-equipped with up to date technology, very latest facilities and free wireless connection to provide a highly professional welcome to their guests.