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Karin

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  • Born in:
    Prague
  • Nationality:
    Czech
  • My Studies:
    Art History, History, Law
  • Languages I speak:
    Italian, English, Spanish, Czech
  • My Tours are:

    However you want them to be- easy touring or deep immersion, slow or fast…it’s up to you! My tours are no school lesson but I like to give a good historical background. I am eager to find out people’s hobbies or passions, so tell me what you’d like on your tour and I will make it happen! You can also leave it to me and be pleasantly surprised.

If I was a phrase I would be:
"Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one."
Marcus Aurelius
For your Italian holiday I recommend you read:

Gladiators: Violence and Spectacle in Ancient Rome
Roger Dunkle

Rome
HBO (TV Series)

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About me:

Ever since I was a little girl, I have always read stories about the Roman emperors. Their lives, secrets, and mistakes were fascinating to me. When sleeping, I dreamt of walking in the Colosseum or down the narrow streets of the Ancient Rome over and over again. There was no place I wanted to see more. I grew up in magical Prague surrounded by beautiful art in my father's art gallery. So a deep understanding of art was always a must in our family. During my studies of history and law at university I made an Italian friend. She invited me to see for myself the most special city in the world- Rome!
There is an atmosphere here like nowhere else, as if the city had a soul of its own. I fell in love not only with Rome, Italians, and gelato, but also with my Italian friend’s brother. I know now, he was no Casanova or Don Giovanni, but he is my Roman. He took me to the Colosseum for the first time and even without any explanation, I cried. My dream was coming true in so many ways and I had no idea yet. Since then I keep discovering and studying the past and present Roman life and culture. There is not only history and art, but fashion, cars, food & drink… studying It will take my entire lifetime and that won't even be enough. Rome became my adopted city and I can now advise you to be careful how much money you throw into the Trevi fountain. You may not be able to leave the Eternal city- I couldn’t!

Karin on tour
Being a tourguide is...

...a challenge! The expectations of each person are different, so every tour must be unique. I strive to perfectly to tailor my tour according to my clients needs and interests. My passion is everyday life in ancient Rome: the food, medicine, clothing, even make up! For example, would you like to taste the meal prepared by famous ancient Roman cook Apicius, oyster-filled pork breasts?! Trust me pizza is much more enjoyable.

Speaking of art history, I find the real lives of artists like Raphael or Bernini intriguing. The life of a genius can be a clue that lets you see their masterpieces in the proper light. My English is excellent. I am a geek ;-) and I also have had many American professors. I tour with many pictures, and even reconstructions in 3D. I find the visual additions make the tour richer. One of my favorite moments is when I ‘click’ with the people on my tour and it feels as if we are old friends. I can never get enough of the energy it gives me- it’s like a spark!

My favorite Italian Gestures

Yummy! / Buono!

Karin gesture

You don't have to speak Italian to compliment the chef for the great meal you've tasted.


Here we go. Put your hand in position like you are pointing at something. Point to your cheek in and rotate your wrist back and forward a few times. That’s it! 

 

The best way to practice this gesture is obviously at a pizzeria or with a gelato in your hand! Che buono!

Help Center Activity:

The Supplì - the Emperor of Roman antipasti

February 07, 2018 13:02

"Tre supplì, per favore!"   One typical and famous Roman snack you wont't want to miss is the supplì. We could call it street food actually, even If the Romans like to have them at restaurants and my husband's mom even fries them at home!   Basically we are talking about a riceball, in which the rice is first mixed with tomato sauce and at...

Clients with Limited Mobility and other Disabilities

Ciao Hui, my name is Karin and I am one of the guides at Eyes of Rome. It is a pleasure to answer your questions, confirming that the Early Bird Prime tour is absolutely wheelchair friendly! As you have specified, the Vatican Museums provide an alternative route for people in wheelchairs. Even if your mother could walk with a cane, completing the...

Metal Detectors & Storage Units

If you're touring the Vatican on rainy day, do not bring the classic long umbrella- they won't let you take it in. A great option is to take a mini folding umbrella which are allowed in. Keep in mind that you can bring water into the Vatican in plastic bottles only- no glass is allowed in the Vatican

The Colosseum & Ancient Rome

Ciao Denny! Thank you so much, I enjoyed your company too! I look forward to have another great pizza with you when you come back to Rome!  

Rome in a Day

I agree that you should never miss the Pantheon. Recent studies have given us some new facts regarding this amazing structure. It was designed as a huge sundial. The structure was precisely oriented to allow the oculus, which provides the only light source in the building, to cast a single sunbeam that marked the daily arrival of noon and...

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