Good to know....
In time of Covid-19 and waiting for phase two to start after a long lockdown, we are clearly aware international travel will not start very soon. We will be more than ready to welcome you in Rome as soon as it will be safe and pleasant to move around again, but in the meantime we have to wait and dream.
Ever heard of the “Grand Tour”? It was a “travel habit” of the bygone days, just reserved to upper classes (and mostly male travellers!), an educational rite of passage before starting the proper adult life, a journey through the main “attractions” of Europe for the sake of curiosity and learning, but especially to touch with hands what have been learnt for years only on books and prints.
In these days we have to go back to this idea of “tourism” (the modern concept of tourism comes in fact from this ancient European custom) when the learning phase comes first, followed by a long planning phase and finally the journey is a crowning achievement! It might be a good exercise to start traveling with more awareness and appreciation, following our deep interests and enjoying the planning moment a lot more.
So here is a series of tips to start preparing your trip to Rome (I know you have no idea when this will happen, but you can start planning any moment. And BTW, here is our post about planning which might be interesting to read on the subject):
- start planning from your couch with videos: not only webcams (here you can jump immediately into Rome’s atmosphere), but also films (here you find a list of great movies set in Rome) and our Youtube channel with playlists of selected videos such as amazing reconstructions of the ancient sites, drone explorations, short reportages about everyday life… Register to our channel and switch on the notifications, so you’ll receive a note when new videos are listed.
- Read a good book: we have an on-going list of novels and essays about Rome here.
- Indulge in a virtual tour: it’s a boom of virtual tours right now. We decided not to offer them, as we believe in the importance of the physical relationship, walking together, exchanging glances, sharing the moment… Our tours are all that mixed together, not a lecture (even if you learn a lot in the end). But with the aim of the preparation of a trip some institutional websites can be interesting: 360° Italian art, for instance. Or the virtual tour of the Vatican Collections, or Capitoline Museums, several archeological sites reconstructed by Progetto Traiano or any other good tip we will find in the next days (and you can suggest some good links too!)
- Food: what about learning a bit of Italian cuisine to prepare for your trip? We recommend these two options: the cooking classes of our friend Chef Andrea and the Instagram videos by The Beehive, from the name of the hostel they run in Rome.
And now our gift to you (or any of your friends you want to recommend us to): from now until July 2020, we are available for a free planning session by video call (or any other practical means you prefer), with no commitment to book a tour with us. We just like our city and wish to see “her” full of people from all over the word again soon, as it has always been!