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No “must sees” tickets? Try these alternatives.
“Everybody goes to the same handful of sites. If you just go to those sites, you’re going to have a trip that is shaped by crowds. Or you can break free from that and realise that you can study the options and choose sites that are best for you. You can go to alternative places […]
Vatican tours? We quit.
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?
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 what you are […]
What is an Underground Rome tour?
When we offer a tour of “underground Rome” it can mean many different locations, as Rome has always something “below the surface”. It is surely one of the most fascinating aspects of our city. Nevertheless, not all the underground sites are appropriate for such a tour: some have very difficult (or expensive) access some are […]
Free museums? No, thanks!
You might have heard that in Italy we have the so called #domenicalmuseo 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 is a problem in […]
Rome outside the walls, step up to a new level
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 another tour operator?” […]
Shopping for tours in ateliers instead of malls
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 to understand why, […]
7 ideas to be romantic in Rome
Forget Paris! Rome is the city for romance: the pink sky over the ruins, the rooftop terraces, the Vespa rides, the 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 […]
Five sport events not to be missed in Rome
Traveling abroad for sport events is a growing trend and it’s a great way of becoming familiar with a city by returning often. Italy is not just soccer (“calcio”), many sports are practiced and supported in our country and international events are annually organised in Rome. Just a little list of ideas: soccer: matches of […]
When in Rome… tour as Goethe did!
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 looking for inspiration […]