Attractions in Rome and official websites: what a mess!

Posted on Jul 30, 2021 in On your own

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 of the list […]

Travelling for faith to Rome

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

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 list of activities […]

Contemporary Rome

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

“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 EXPO of 1942, […]

Food weirdos

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

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 and dinner preferably […]

Aperitivo on the roof

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in On your own

In a time in which traveling is restricted, everybody is looking for alternatives, from staycations to any town activity that makes you feel “on holiday”. For instance enjoying the sunset with a drink from the rooftop of a smart terrace. And, let’s admit it, when the view is the skyline of Rome, the trick is […]

Children in Rome: with us

Posted on Jul 13, 2020 in Children

Following our post dedicated to families travelling to Rome, and our tips to enjoy your spare time with your children on own, here is the final section dedicated to what we can do for you: we offer tours and activities especially planned for family. Up to 6 year old. Very young travellers manage following short […]

Children in Rome: on own

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

Following our post about how to best arrange a family trip in Rome when young travellers are involved, here we collected several suggestion 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 located in the […]

Children in Rome

Posted on Jul 13, 2020 in Children

Rome offers a lot to families with children: many open air attractions, the food every child loves, curiosities for any interest or age, and professional guides with a special attitude with kids (yes, thats us!) At A FRIEND IN ROME we do not offer standard kids tours, but a selection of itineraries and well prepared […]

10 things you might ignore about St. Peter’s basilica

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Arts and History

St. Peter’s basilica re-opend recently to guided visits (July 2020) and it has never been so empty and pleasant to visit. Usually, long lines force us to avoid a dedicated tour and only offer a quick visit after the Vatican Museum, when you are already tired and overwhelmed by beauty and information. Now the shortcut […]

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

Posted on May 14, 2020 in Time out to reflect

Many people in this time of lockdown rediscovered the game of jigsaw… it 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, let’s imagine an image split in 2773 pieces, one for […]