ROME the insider's guide: travel tips, secret places, day trips, culture, history. Through my eyes.

The purpose of this guide is to help you discover Rome from an original point of view. Mine!

I write with a main goal: providing you with information useful to find the best that my city has to offer, preferably on the more authentic, non-touristy side. Here I share my tips on the street markets, the hidden gems that the mass tourism ignores, the day trips in the surroundings, the neighborhoods to hangout at night. My intent to help you explore the culture and history of Rome as nearly as possible to a local.

"Verba volant, scripta manent." (Words fly, writings remain.)

While my travel guide covers also "classic" attractions, monuments or facts about Rome, I still design it to do it differently from the official guides, or more in depth. This is quite easy for me, since I live the Eternal City from the inside, and I have quite some experience to share. This is a map of the contents:

Day trips. One of the most overlooked things of Rome are its surroundings! That's surprising, because with a short trip you can reach magnificent Roman villas, picturesque medieval towns, renaissance gardens, sanctuaries and monasteries, mountains for hiking...

Hidden gems. The beautiful places that the mass tourism ignores. There are so many secret spots in Rome, just few steps off the beaten track, where you can discover unknown masterpieces of art, intriguing symbols with references to freemasonry and mysticism, myths and legends.

Interesting facts. Do you know what was the original function of the Mouth of Truth in ancient Roman times? Where does the Colosseum's name come from? And who was the emperor who used to dress himself as a woman, sneak out the imperial palace to go to sell himself as a prostitute in the brothels?

Vatican secrets. An inside look at the smallest and yet the most powerful state in the world, embedded in Rome and enclosed by walls. Ruled by the head of Christianity, pope Francis, the Vatican today reaches millions of people with religion.

Rome for kids. Here are some good tips if you're visiting Rome with your kids, family activities that are entertaining, possibly educational, and that don't require too much walking. From the classic Zoo, to ancient Rome for kids, gardens, amusement parks, and gelato!

Shopping guide. From the top fashion stores in via Condotti, to the traditional street markets where you can mix with locals and hunt for bargains, there are a lot of great opportunities for shopping in Rome. Here I'll give you all the tips you need to find the best places.

Roman food. You can eat food of unbelievable quality in Rome: real Italian pizza with fresh ingredients, artisan gelato, fresh pasta like fettuccine and ravioli. The traditional Roman cuisine has a variety of tasty dishes, and there's some great street food, like "caldarroste" chestnuts and porchetta.

Quotes and proverbs from ancient and modern Rome, quotes by roman emperors, intellectuals, philosophers. bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

Gay guide Here I put all the information about the gay life in my city, the best bars, discos, lgbt events, the village, the gay street, news about cultural events and right for equality.
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Rome by foot One of the best characteristics about my city (which I personally enjoy a lot) is that everything is nearby in the center. With a simple walk, you can touch stunning monuments, and glorious traces of the ancient Rome. This is a collection of the best itineraries by foot that I suggest for your vacation.

Romantic places. Here I have some practical information to help you organize your wedding here, your honeymoon, and how to find the not-to-miss places for a couple vacation. Included my advice to find cozy restaurants, movies, and the most vibrant neighborhoods to walk at night.

History. The empire, the emperors, the daily life in ancient Rome. bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla

This is an insider's guide with a personal touch. By giving up the formal style of an encyclopedia I give up a "serious" reputation, but I increase the fun and range of topics that I can treat. And that's exactly what I want.
Welcome, have fun, and see you in Rome!


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