Green Rome

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Outdoors, Sport, Music..., Children

[revised December 2021] There are so many  parks in Rome, it would be a pity not to enjoy one, at least! Buy a ball, rent a bike and “live” the cheerful atmosphere of the gardens next to the Roman families. Why not to buy some freshly baked bread or “white pizza” (we do not say focaccia in Rome, […]

4 ways to reach Rome from Fiumicino airport

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Planning Support

[revised November 2023] Many visitors reach Rome by plane and Fiumicino airport is the first approach to a new country, a new currency and a new language… After an intercontinental flight this might result into an exhausting experience and all you really want is a safe, easy way to reach the city centre and a comfortable bed […]

Calessino: the modern rickshaw

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 in Outdoors, Sport, Music..., Children

What’s a “calessino”? The Piaggio commercial states: “the folding top and the four seats make the calessino ideal for a leisurely drive, perhaps with a picnic hamper in the back”. Yes, why not? All the tours we can offer you by bike, by Vespa or on foot can be much more relaxing with a driver and a […]

Meeting points

Posted on Feb 12, 2013 in Planning Support

[revised December 2023] Your Friend in Rome always prefers to meet you directly at your place in Rome, especially on the first day of tours. But sometimes this is not practical: maybe you are staying far away from the centre or we meet in the afternoon and you’ll be sightseeing already. Or simply you wish to find […]

Longing for a pool?

Posted on Jul 1, 2012 in On your own, Outdoors, Sport, Music..., Children

(revised November 2021) In summer we can hit 40°Celsius on some days, so we post this “survival kit” to travellers  who plan a trip in the warmest months of the year. If your hotel or B&B has no private pool (which is more likely, as this is not a common feature in Rome), you can enjoy some public […]

Summer in Rome

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in On your own, Outdoors, Sport, Music...

“ROME is a city made for the summer. The sun shines, the classical, medieval and Baroque settings are sublime and the balmy evenings offer a long, languorous round of warm cobbled streets, candlelit trattorias and fountain-splashed piazzas“… this is how an interesting article by Tim Jepson starts…and we totally agree! Many visitors are worried about […]

Feeling home in a “palazzo”

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 in Arts and History

[revised November 2021] Do you know a large number of Roman masterpieces remain tentalizingly behind the gates of private palaces? Of all European cities, Rome has most of historical palaces and villas still in private hands, due to the papacy tradition. Every time a new Pope was elected, another family came to power and was […]

“Family travel grows up”

Posted on Jan 25, 2012 in Time out to reflect, Children

“It’s no longer automatic that a vacation with the kids means a week in Waikiki or four days at Disney. Increasingly, parents are figuring out how to bring the family along on trips to explore the world in all its complex glory”… this is  the incipit of  an article from Conde Nast Traveller published in March […]

To be or not to be (a tour guide)

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 in Time out to reflect

[revised November 2021] We have to admit it: our job is wonderful! BUT…. it is not so easy as it might seem… From the list of 7 qualities you can read in this article, we especially believe in empathy and organisation skills… a tour guide is not a teacher, but someone who helps you to navigate and […]

Shopping streets in Rome

Posted on Nov 14, 2011 in Foodies & Shopaholics, On your own

[revised December 2021] The best souvenir you can take back home with you is a good “made in Italy” article: a dress for your parties, an elegant bag or a pair of shoes, a silk tie, a little piece of art (a water-painting, for instance), a design furniture for your house… Good shops selling nice […]