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    Art History
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    Italian, English
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    Professional and fun! I love the challenge of educating first-time visitors to Italy as well as entertaining returning art, architecture and history experts alike. The hidden secrets of Rome come alive through my stories, and I look forward to sharing a tale or two with you soon!

If I was a phrase I would be:
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination."
John Keats
For your Italian holiday I recommend you read:

ROME. A cultural, visual, and personal history
Robert Hughes

ISOLE. Guida vagabonda di Roma
Marco Lodoli

Marcus Aurelius, translation by Maxwell Staniforth

Roman Baroque Sculpture: The Industry of Art
Jennifer Montagu

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About me:

When I was a child my father told me many stories and anecdotes about the Colosseum and Ancient Rome and we used to stroll through our Eternal City and play in the Roman Forum. With my mom, I used to visit all the churches, looking for the most fascinating painters and going shopping in the jewish district or in the big market at Piazza Vittorio.
This is how I fell in love with Rome - because it’s home and much more.

Later, I studied Art History at University, focusing on the conservation of our cultural heritage. I believe it’s an honor and a responsibility to take care of it and to preserve it for future generations. I received my Master’s degree in Industrial Archaeology and then another one in Didactics of pictorial disciplines. I could have worked as a teacher or a professor, but I feel working as a guide is a special privilege and I hope to see you soon!

Stefania in her "office"
Being a tourguide is...

…the most amazing job I could have asked for. I am lucky for the opportunity of being part of my guests’ memories during their trips to Rome. Sometimes I feel a bit like I’m on vacation, too!

Rome is a never-ending process of discovery- the more I look around, the more I find! With so many perspectives and details to see, I don’t think I will ever know it all. Actually I don’t want to know it all; I’d love to spend my entire life investigating and noticing all of the different nuances of Rome’s beauty.

Every day is different when I give my tours, even walking on the same paths; every question my guests ask, and their endless curiosity, become the most stimulating inspiration for my stories. You can see Rome always with different eyes. My aim is to introduce you to the aspects of my city that might make your visit even better, and thus give you the keys to make your own experience something unforgettable.

My favorite Italian Gestures

Aumma, Aumma (Ah-oo-ma, Ah-oo-ma) / Just between us

Stefania Aumma

Have you ever done something "aumma aumma"? Can you imagine what it might mean?

If you want to keep something between you and another person or you don't want anyone to discover a smart idea you've had, you can say "aumma, aumma," or make the gesture. It means "keep it a secret" or "keep it hush-hush". 


Open your right hand, turn your palm down, as if you are about to pick something up; do not close your hand, but keep it loose, about half way open. Then start rotating your wrist clockwise, as if you are stirring water in a bowl with your fingers. In order to give more intensity to this gesture, you should also tighten your lips and wink- this will emphasize the real meaning! To be sure the secret will be preserved, you may also need trustworthy friends...good luck with that! :)

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The Roman Rioni

My favorite one is Monti! Even if it is the first in the list, many people miss it, because it is more residential than touristic. A few steps behind the Forum, in between Saint Mary the Major Basilica and the Trajan's Markets, it is a well stratified, built on the slopes of the Quirinal Hill. If you walk on Via del Boschetto, Via dei Serpenti or...

Ciao everybody, for my experience and after talking with some of my guests, I think traveling by train and fast trains all over Italy is convenient and comfortable for the most part of the people. It seems our train service is appreciated by the visitors and I think it can be a more relaxing way to go from place to place. The convenience is also...

When you book a shore excursion in Rome, I think the best you can do is to schedule your itinerary trying to avoid the large crowds. Choosing a private tour instead of a group excursion is already a good starting point. Having a van at your disposal will make the difference and the skip the line tickets will allow you to save a lot of time. The...

Hi everybody, if I were a first time visitor to Rome and I should concentrate the best of Rome in one day, I would never miss a walk through the ancient Rome, including the Forum, Colosseum and the Pantheon. Then I would get lost in the city center, between the Trevi fountain and Piazza Navona, to reach the Vatican and possibly visit St....