Aperitivo on the roof

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in Foodies & Shopaholics, On your own

[revised August 2022] The skyline of Rome has undoubtedly something special and the joy of the sunset with a drink from the rooftop of a smart terrace should be part of your Roman holiday!  Thanks to the suggestions of some friends who are actively “researching” and testing, we have here now a list of cool places for […]

Children in Rome: with us

Posted on Jul 13, 2020 in Children

[revised November 2021] 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 families. Up to 6 year old. Very young travellers […]

Children in Rome: on own

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

[revised November 2021] Following our post about how to best arrange a family trip in Rome when young travellers are involved, here we collected several suggestions 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 […]

Children in Rome

Posted on Jul 13, 2020 in Children

[revised November 2021] 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, that’s us!) At A FRIEND IN ROME we do not offer standard kids tours, but a selection of itineraries and […]

10 fun facts about St. Peter’s basilica

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Arts and History

[revised November 2021] When  the pandemic started, I got the idea of how serious it was when St. Peter’s basilica shut down (March 2020). It never happened in the history of this church, never. Since the reopening in May 2020, the shortcut from the Sistine Chapel into the basilica is not available, and lines to get […]

How do we create a new tour?

Posted on May 7, 2020 in Time out to reflect

[revised November 2021] Preparing a new tour is now of the most exciting parts of our tour guide job! How do we proceed when we decide to introduce a new itinerary in our portfolio? (BTW, current portfolio already includes more than 80 tours/activities, but we love diversity, even when it comes to tours!) first of […]

Virtual tours? No, thanks

Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Time out to reflect

Sometimes what better defines you, is what you are NOT. For instance: we do not lead big groups, we do not put together strangers in the same tour, we do not offer segway tours. And now we do not offer virtual tours. Nothing against many of my colleagues who are doing it, each one in […]

How to start planning a trip to Rome: 5 tips

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

  [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 […]

Bike tours in Italy

Posted on Mar 24, 2020 in Outdoors, Sport, Music...

[revised November 2021] We are in touch with some energetic colleagues across Italy who also offer bike experiences as we do, so here we are pleased to list them and we are sure the number will increase: biking is a great way to discover a new city or country, it is sustainable and slow enough […]

Lean thinking and tours

Posted on Dec 14, 2019 in Time out to reflect

[revised November 2021] 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 […]