10 fun facts about St. Peter’s basilica

Posted on Jul 7, 2020 in Arts and History

[revised March 2024] When  the pandemic started, I understood how serious it was when St. Peter’s basilica shut down (March 2020). It never happened in the history of this church, never! Many visitors go to St. Peter’s from the Vatican Museums in order to skip lines, which is surely smart. But after the visit of […]

How do we create a new tour?

Posted on May 7, 2020 in Time out to reflect

[revised December 2023] Preparing new tours is one of the most exciting moments in 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 all, […]

Virtual tours? No, thanks

Posted on Apr 24, 2020 in Time out to reflect

  [editor’s note: this post was written during the pandemic, in April 2020] Sometimes what better defines you, is what you are NOT. For instance: we do not lead big groups, we do not put strangers in the same tour, we do not offer segway tours, we quit the Vatican Museums. And now we do […]

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 January 2024] 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 January 2024]  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 […]

Eating in Rome

Posted on Dec 13, 2019 in On your own, Foodies & Shopaholics, Planning Support

[revised February 2024] There is such a wide choice of places and options to eat in Rome: street food? A gelato? A fancy restaurant with a view? A traditional trattoria? A wine-bar for fine tastings? Midnight cornetto?… It’s impossible to list them all… We are “out there” everyday and we constantly ask for feedbacks from […]

Sleeping in Rome

Posted on Dec 12, 2019 in Planning Support, On your own

[revised December 2023] There are thousands of different options for your accommodation in Rome and it is quite impossible to have a full updated list of all the hotels, B&Bs, hostels, religious institutions, campings, apartments… we simply recommend caution in the choice of location, especially if you are visiting Rome for the first time: lodgings’ websites […]

How to visit Colosseum’s underground

Posted on Dec 11, 2019 in Planning Support, On your own

[revised November 2023] In the last years, the visit of the Colosseum has been enriched with new areas, i.e. the underground layer, the arena, the third tier called the “belvedere”. Unfortunately people interested in this kind of visit are more numerous than the available slots and the way these tickets are put on sale is […]

Our “last will” about Vatican tours

Posted on Dec 10, 2019 in Planning Support

[November 2023] A tour at the Vatican is probably the first line in your “to do list” for a trip to Rome (which is ironical, in fact, as the Vatican is not in Rome, neither in Italy… It’s a foreign country! But you already know that, right?) There is a lot to know about Vatican […]