Vatican tours? We quit.

Posted on May 2, 2023 in Planning Support, On your own, Time out to reflect

When I began as a tour guide – 15 years ago – I wouldn’t say the Vatican Museums were ever empty, they were definitely busy, yet bearable and occasionally even pleasant. There are unique masterpieces in the collections, and I’m not just talking about the Sistine chapel: we also have Raphael, Botticelli, Perugino, Caravaggio, all […]

Free museums? No, thanks!

Posted on Mar 10, 2023 in Planning Support, On your own

[revised December 2023] You might have heard that in Italy we have the so called “domeniche gratuite” which means one Sunday each month (the first Sunday) most museums (all national museums and many city museums) are open for free. “Wow, that’s great news!” should be the reaction. While the real comment is “Bugger!”. Yes, it […]

7 ideas to be romantic in Rome

Posted on Aug 15, 2022 in On your own

Forget Paris! Rome is the city for romance: the pink sky over the ruins, the rooftop terraces, the Vespa rides, padlocks everywhere…. If you plan a romantic journey, maybe your honeymoon or an anniversary, well… Rome has a lot to offer. Here is a non exhaustive list that we are happy to improve with your […]

When in Rome… tour as Goethe did!

Posted on Aug 8, 2022 in On your own

[revised January 2024] Ah, the bygone days! Those old times when people traveled for months… even years! It was the Grand Tour and the German writer Goethe not only experienced it between 1786 and 1788, but he also documented it with a lot of details in his famous journal “The Italian Journey”. If you are […]

7 reasons to book a bike tour

Posted on May 7, 2022 in On your own, Outdoors, Sport, Music...

[revised January 2024] Why should you visit Rome riding a bike? I’m sure you heard about awful traffic, scary potholes, bumpy cobblestones, seven hills…. So, again…. why should you rent a bike to visit Rome? Here we go: First, it’s fun! Yes, biking is fun, and probably on your standard life you do not have a […]

Rome’s attractions and official websites: what a mess!

Posted on Jul 30, 2021 in On your own

[revised November 2023] When we travel, we experience the confusion of someone looking for the most direct and official platform to book tickets for attractions and finding tons of options. The “real one” is usually several lines under the fake ones. The reason is easy to get: these alternative platforms pay to be on top […]

Travelling for faith to Rome

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Arts and History, On your own

[revised February 2024] Rome is the capital of Christendom, but I rarely sense the spirituality of this city of martyrs and saints in the most celebrated basilicas. Nevertheless, a lot of travellers come here in reason of their faith, maybe it’s not the only push, but an important one. Therefore we ought to provide a […]

Contemporary Rome

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Arts and History, On your own

[revised February 2024] “Eternal Rome” means that the jewel box of antiquity also has a very modern soul that will surprise you. Here is a list of areas, museums and venues we recommend, if you are looking for the contemporary aspect of Rome: EUR district was the rationalist project that should have been hosting the […]

Aperitivo on the roof

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Foodies & Shopaholics, On your own

[revised February 2024] The skyline of Rome has undoubtedly something special and the joy of the sunset with a drink from the rooftop of a smart terrace should be part of your Roman holiday!  Thanks to the suggestions of some friends who are actively “researching” and testing, we have here now a list of cool places for […]

Children in Rome: on own

Posted on Jul 13, 2020 in On your own, Children

[revised December 2023] Following our post about how to best arrange a family trip in Rome when young travellers are involved, here we collected several suggestions on how to spend your spare time with kids in Rome, divided by age groups: Up to 6 year old. Casina di Raffaello (indoor): it is a game room […]