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 […]

What is an Underground Rome tour?

Posted on Mar 10, 2023 in Arts and History

[revised January 2024] 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) […]

Free museums? No, thanks!

Posted on Mar 10, 2023 in On your own, Planning Support

[revised December 2023] You might have heard that in Italy we have the so called “domeniche gratuite” 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 […]

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 […]

7 ideas to be romantic in Rome

Posted on Aug 15, 2022 in On your own

Forget Paris! Rome is the city for romance: the pink sky over the ruins, the rooftop terraces, the Vespa rides, 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 your […]

Five sport events not to be missed in Rome

Posted on Aug 9, 2022 in Outdoors, Sport, Music...

[revised December 2023] 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: […]

When in Rome… tour as Goethe did!

Posted on Aug 8, 2022 in On your own

[revised January 2024] 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 […]

7 reasons to book a bike tour

Posted on May 7, 2022 in On your own, Outdoors, Sport, Music...

[revised January 2024] Why should you visit Rome riding a bike? I’m sure you heard about awful traffic, scary potholes, bumpy cobblestones, seven hills…. So, again…. why should you rent a bike to visit Rome? Here we go: First, it’s fun! Yes, biking is fun, and probably on your standard life you do not have a […]

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 […]