How to start planning a trip to Rome: 5 tips

Posted on Apr 21, 2020 in On your own, Time out to reflect, Planning Support

  [revised November 2023] In time of Covid-19 we learnt that sometimes you cannot travel and you just have to wait and dream. But this is not necessarily a lost time. Have you ever heard of the “Grand Tour”?  It was a “travel habit” of the bygone days, just reserved to upper classes (and mostly male […]

Lean thinking and tours

Posted on Dec 14, 2019 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024]  I just finished reading an essay about contracts and negotiations (“Extreme Contracts“). The main reason I read it – honestly – is because it was written by a friend, Jacopo Romei, but I’m always surprised  by the way any source of new knowledge can be applied to any field, including the market […]

Why we are NOT on booking engines?

Posted on Oct 29, 2018 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024] Some of our guests ask which button on our website they have to click on to book a tour. Well, no button, you have to write an email and we will discuss your plan first. Once we agree on a plan, we will give you instructions to send a confirmation deposit (through […]

Tick the box

Posted on Sep 24, 2017 in Time out to reflect

In 2005 I bought a travel magazine (ABTA Travelspirit) while I was waiting for my flight. I found this article by Pat Riddell so enlightening  I decided to keep it and recently I found it again … I tried to find it online to share it, but I couldn’t find it, so I decided to […]

Travelling with a teenager (n°3)

Posted on Sep 12, 2017 in Time out to reflect, Children

[written in 2017] Last “meditation” about travelling (see n° 1 and n° 2)  is coming from my personal experience as a mother of a 14 year old boy and as a tour guide meeting a lot of families with children: when your travel companion is a teenager,  you just have to keep in mind they […]

The guided tour guide (n°2)

Posted on Sep 4, 2017 in Time out to reflect

As I anticipated in  post n°1, I learnt a lot about vacationing just by doing it in the last 30 years (in the picture: a tour I had on Mount Etna, summer 2016).  Of course my critical spirit was sharpened by  working in the travel industry and especially by becoming a tour guide in 2009. […]

What I learnt from travelling about travelling (n°1)

Posted on Aug 24, 2017 in Time out to reflect

My first trip alone was in far 1996, to Paris! It was the first summer I had a salary  and few days of annual leave. I  immediately understood my “holiday time” was precious  and I had to plan the trip well. Now I’ve just returned from a a wonderful trip to Bali, where I had […]

Why we’ll never be N°1 on TripAdvisor

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 in Time out to reflect

[revised January 2024] Every traveller on planet Earth knows about TripAdvisor and how their ranking system works: quality, quantity and “freshness” of the reviews let a business grow its popularity. We  know that too, and we came to terms with the fact we will never compete with the companies who are in Top 20 about […]

Why we do NOT offer segway tours?

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 in Time out to reflect

We decided to offer you authentic local experiences  only and you will never see a Roman on a segway in Rome! We offer bike and Vespa tours as we regularly go on bikes and scooters ourselves. Moreover in Rome there are steps, holes, cobbled stones and crazy traffic jams, therefore a segway can be hard to […]

A city is not a theme park

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 in Time out to reflect

[revised December 2023] On Tripadvisor for each city you have a list of “attractions”. We are now used to these “lists of things to do”, but I recently realised (while travelling to a foreign city) that when it comes to a *city* this approach has no meaning. Is the Pantheon more “important” or  “interesting” than (for example) the […]