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  • My Studies:
    Art History
  • Languages I speak:
    English, Italian
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    Fun and Informative! I try to provide a good balance between historical information and exciting stories of the past. Let me know what you like most, and I'll tailor your tour to match your interests.

If I was a phrase I would be:
“The greatest praise belongs to an architect who knows how to connect the beauty of the building with the conveniences of life.”
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
For your Italian holiday I recommend you read:

The Colosseum
Keith Hopkins and Mary Beard

The Day of the Barbarians: The Battle That Led to the Fall of the Roman Empire
Alessandro Barbero

The Genius in the Design: Bernini, Borromini, and the Rivalry That Transformed Rome
Jake Morrissey

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About me:

Ciao, my name is Rosalba and I am an art historian and a local tour guide. I discovered my passion for art and history at a young age, when my grandmother took me to various museums and art exhibits around Italy. For this reason I decided to study art history in Rome, the Eternal City, and turning my passion into a career seemed like a great idea... and it was! When I got my degree, I started working at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome, until I got my license as tour guide. I feel I am very fortunate to be able to share the beauty of Rome with hundreds of visitors a year in this amazing place. I look forward to sharing stories of the past with you as well!

Rosalba on Tour
Being a tourguide is...

...an amazing career that allows me to share my passion with people eager to learn about Rome and its history. I really enjoy the looks on peoples' faces when they learn something new, something interesting, something scandalous! I also get a lot of pleasure from being able to recommend my favorite restaurants and cafes to my guests, so I know they'll be experiencing the best, authentic food Rome has to offer.

My favorite Italian Gestures

He's crazy! / Lui è fuori di testa!

This gesture is used in many situations to describe something or usually someone who is a little bit crazy. It could be a positive- describing a party that was more than the average ‘festa’, or a friend who faces life from an alternative perspective. In a negative way, you can use this gesture to ask someone ‘Are you crazy!?!’ if they almost hit you as you cross an intersection, or they otherwise seem out of their head.

To make this gesture, with a straight hand, tap the center of your forehead with the thumb/index finger side of your hand twice. Alternatively make the same motion with your hand, but at an angle, as if you are saluting a superior officer.

So, at the end of your tour, when I ask you, ‘Did you enjoy your tour?’ you can make this gesture and say, ‘Are you crazy? We loved it!’

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Pizza in rome: Choosing “Alta” (Deep Pan) or “Bassa” (Thin Crust)?

December 05, 2016 14:35

Visit Pope Julius II’s private apartments, frescoed by Raphael and enjoy masterpieces including Raphael’s most famous work, The School of Athens. You’ll then descend into the lower level apartments last used by the infamous Pope Alexander VI of the notorious Borgia family. Finally, you’ll enjoy modern art including pieces by Van Gogh, Rodin, Dali and many more.