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Welcome to the world’s largest outdoor museum. My focus is on introducing guests to the unique aspects of a city where Renaissance and Baroque history are part of everyday life, and on discovering the hidden treasures that in any other city would be required viewing.
As an American with Italian citizenship who has spent more than two decades in Rome, I am able to navigate around the quirks of the city while understanding the English speaking visitors’ context for their view of Rome and of Italians.
Here are some other key aspects of my approach:
Group size: The Insider’s Rome groups are always very small. The maximum number of guests in any one party is 9. This allows us to move easily about the city and to eat in restaurants like any group of friends.
My clients: I have a varied clientele. Among groups I have hosted were three couples traveling together, single couples, three generations of one family, people with teenagers as well as people in their 60’s and 70’s. Some were making their first visit to Rome, while others had been here several times before and wanted to get beneath the surface of the city in a way they were not able to do on their own or with a larger group.
A personalized approach: The length of a tour can range from 1 to 5 days and I always customize the itinerary to address the special interests and needs of any particular set of guests. I prepare a draft itinerary for them to review before we complete our arrangements prior to their trip and then adapt it during the tour as we get to know each other.
The sights: I’m allergic to mass tourism and tourist sites. We view the Roman Forum from the overlook behind the Campidoglio followed by a “walk around” of the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine. When required, tours inside the Forum and/or Colosseum are arranged via the hotel concierge. Visits to the Vatican Museum are limited to the Picture Gallery, the Raphael and Borgia rooms, and the Sistine Chapel. I want to be clear that I am not a