Since I was a child I loved to show my places to friends and visitors and make them feel completely at ease walking in the narrow streets of my city. Today many things are changed…I remember during the 80s when the area was full of handmade workshops, the kids like me were still playing soccer in the streets and you could feel a strong identity of the neighborhood. Nowadays many restaurants and clubs have been opened and the noise of the trolleys on the "sanpietrini" (the typical kind of pavement in the centre of Rome) can be heard everywhere! Anyway A REAL ROME STILL EXISTS and it is exactly this one I WANT TO SHOW you.
I attended the classical high school, I graduated in "Geography" and then a specialization in "Land Management and Valorization of the Territory" at Sapienza university of Rome. The PASSION OF SHOWING MY CITY and its surroundings became a real work almost more than ten years ago when I started to work with the Richmond University in Rome carrying out outdoor activities for the students. At the moment I collaborate also with other American universities based in Rome organizing all the "not touristic" tours. In the last four years I started to carry out private tours for travelers who want to visit the "OTHER SIDE" of Rome creating PERSONALISED ITINERARIES.
I'm a curious and positive person and my background of studies allows me to show you the city from a geographical point of view focusing on a mix of historical information, anecdotes and curiosities involving as much as possible the participants. SOCIAL ASPECTS, HISTORY, ARCHITECTURE, ANECDOTES about Rome and a bit of culinary make my experiences much more appealing and complete to understand different ASPECTS OF THE ITALIAN CULTURE. I'm also a tireless traveler and I am convinced that having spent so much time in contact with other cultures allows me to enter easily in tune with people. During my tours I like to make you FEEL "ITALIAN" and to stop by my favourite places to have COFFEE, a SUPPLI' (ball of rice with mozzarella inside typical of Rome), a slice of PIZZA or a GELATO.
Most of my itineraries are by bicycle or electric bicycle since I've always loved to ride my bike. In recent years I started promoting cycling in Rome with a bicycle association, for which I'm the president, most of all through elementary school educational projects.
What is important for me is YOUR complete SATISFACTION and I will do my best to match your needs. If there is something specific you want to visit, to eat or know I will be glad to make it possible, just let me know. Write me also to have any suggestion or advice about Rome and its surroundings, it will be a pleasure to help you.
A Recent Review of this guide
What a refreshing tour! After dealing with the crowds of tourists in the central city, it was a pleasure to see a quiet neighborhood where real Romans live. Nicola was a pleasure to spend time with. He was informative and friendly. This is not a tour for the "typical" tourist, but if you want something unique this is your tour!
More that 10 years working for an American university in Rome creating and organizing unique experiences outside the touristic paths for the students such as walking tours, bicycle tours, hiking, SUP (stand up Paddle surf), canoe, etc..
Graduated in Geography and specialised in "Land Management and Valorization of the Territory" at Sapienza university of Rome (2007).
I can costumize any of the tours according to your needs and expectations, just let me know.
I am not a driver but I can arrange transport from the place you are to the meeting point, even for shore excursions. Just let me know.