How hot is Rome in the summer?

Posted on Aug 30, 2023 in Time out to reflect

[This article has been written in September 2023] Summer 2023 is almost at its end and I decided to recollect some thoughts about the “heat waves”: last July I received some calls and mails from the other side of the ocean (friends, former or future guests, journalists) asking how I was coping with the heat […]

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 […]

How can you trust A Friend in Rome?

Posted on Mar 23, 2023 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024] Let’s admit it: the problem with tourist services is that you rarely need them more than once, or surely not very often. Booking a tour is not like buying milk everyday and making your choice based on your own daily experience. You have to make an investment without really seeing nor testing […]

Lesser known Rome waits for you outside its walls!

[revised January 2024] With the worst timing ever, in 2019 – just before a pandemic that would have blocked world tourism for almost two years – I launched a new website connected to this one and dedicated to day trips around Rome. Before starting this new proposal, I asked myself : “do we really need […]

Shopping for tours in ateliers instead of malls

Posted on Nov 22, 2022 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024] Do you know when supermarkets started to exist in the commercial world? In 1830 the so-called “Magazines de Nouveautés” opened in France. Soon later, Macy’s opened in New York. Food stores opened in the US during WW1 and the traditional habit of single shops for different items waned after millennia. It’s easy […]

Why we do not sell underground Colosseum tours

Posted on Apr 29, 2022 in Time out to reflect

[written in April 2022] We already tried to explain in another blogpost why it is so difficult to visit the underground sector of the Colosseum. Annually I make an attempt, to verify if the situation is still the same, sadly it’s getting always worse.  Today (April 29, 2022) I decided to help some Italian friends to […]

FAQ: how do you remember all this “stuff” about Rome?

Posted on Jan 20, 2022 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024] We are often asked how can we remember all the infos we provide during a tour. The game of jigsaw explains well our system of memorising information and concepts connected to the history of Rome. At the beginning you are… puzzled! You do not know where to start from, too many pieces, […]

Food weirdos

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Foodies & Shopaholics, Time out to reflect

[revised February 2024] Food can be a divisive subject, something so personal and “ancestral” that we immediately notice when somebody has different eating habits from us. So, it was fun to collect some of the aspects that make us, Italians, seem weird to the eyes of people coming from another continent: we usually eat lunch […]

How do we create a new tour?

Posted on May 7, 2020 in Time out to reflect

[revised December 2023] Preparing new tours is one of the most exciting moments in our tour guide job! How do we proceed when we decide to introduce a new itinerary in our portfolio? (BTW, current portfolio already includes more than 80 tours/activities, but we love diversity, even when it comes to tours!) first of all, […]

Virtual tours? No, thanks

Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Time out to reflect

  [editor’s note: this post was written during the pandemic, in April 2020] Sometimes what better defines you, is what you are NOT. For instance: we do not lead big groups, we do not put strangers in the same tour, we do not offer segway tours, we quit the Vatican Museums. And now we do […]