Born&Bred in Rome

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faq

How can I book a tour?

It’s easy! Send an email to the address bornandbredinrome@gmail.com and be sure to mention the number of people, dates of choice, how well you know the city, and any other details and requests you may have. Will there be kids? What age? Remember – I will tailor the tour around you, so the more I know, the better.

Does the tour price include tickets to the site/attraction we’ll be visiting?

No. Some landmarks and museums require tickets to enter which are not included in the tour price. Once your booking is finalised, I’ll send you all the info and links to purchase the relevant tickets on the official, no-commission websites.

Can you purchase the entrance tickets for us?

Usually I prefer sending links and instructions to purchase the entrance tickets by yourself, it’s easy and cheaper. Sometimes, for specific sites, I might have to book the tickets on your behalf; in this case, the amount of the tickets will be fully prepaid.
If you want me to purchase the entrance tickets, an extra fee will be applied on top of each ticket. Please, note that tickets are never refundable.

What exactly is the ‘skip the line’ guarantee?

When you’re part of a private tour, you can access museums and other attractions without having to wait in line to purchase tickets. Please note that we may experience waiting times due to other causes, such as security checks at the entrances. We always do our best to keep any of these events as short as possible.

How do I know where to meet up for a tour?

Every tour has a designed meeting point in the vicinity of our first attraction. It will be my responsibility to give you detailed instructions once you’ve booked the tour. If you want to be picked up directly at your hotel/house, this service can be arranged for an extra fee.

Are the museums/attractions fully accessible for wheelchairs or baby strollers?
Museums are usually fully accessible, but some of the archaeological sites and parts of the city may present some difficulties. Be sure to let me know in advance and I’ll make sure your itinerary is as comfortable as possible.

What do I need to know/bring with me on the tour? How should I dress?

You’ll find tour-specific suggestions in each description. As a rule of thumb, Rome can get very hot in the summer – so hats, sunscreen and water are useful items to carry, along with comfortable shoes. 

Do not bring with you: knives or any sharp objects, any kind of spray or glass bottles, big backpacks and luggages as they are not allowed in museums and archaeological sites.
Churches and religious sites (the Vatican Museums and the Pantheon among others) require knees and shoulders to be covered for both men and women. A shawl or scarf is appropriate for the shoulders; trousers or skirts must be BELOW the knee. 

Is it safe to drink water from the drinking fountains?

Absolutely Yes! Rome is full of free drinking fountains, called “nasoni”. Besides being free and fresh, the water running in the nasoni is the same drinkable water that flows into Roman homes, meaning it is totally safe to drink. Bring a water bottle with you and refill it as many times as you want! 

When visiting the Colosseum, can we go underground?

No, unless otherwise specified, Colosseum tours do not include the Underground level. This is because that area has a very limited availability, with only a few slots available each month. If you are eager to visit the Colosseum Underground, I’ll check the availability for you. And what if there is no availability? No worries, Rome is full of underground sites open to the public that I will be happy to show you!

What is the Vatican dress code?

Knees and shoulders must be covered for both men and women. A shawl or scarf is appropriate for the shoulders; trousers or skirts must be BELOW the knee.

I don’t want to visit the Vatican Museums but the Sistine Chapel only, is it possible?

No, I am sorry. The Sistine Chapel is part of the Vatican Museums complex. Besides, it is the farthest area from the Museum entrance. What about a 2-hour Vatican Express tour?

Do you offer any food&tasting tours?

Not at the moment, but it’s something I definitely have on my radar, so stay tuned! In the meantime, you may be interested in this tour organized by some friendly colleagues of mine. It’s a walk around the city center with stops at some of the most representative Roman food places. It is also totally customizable, so you can choose what you’ll be tasting (pizza, supplì, gelato, sweets, wine and more!).
Yes, I can send you a quote for that!

I don’t feel like walking. What about a Vespa tour?

We all know Romans love their Vespas, but I’m all about walking! Try this if you’re interested in driving such an iconic vehicle through the most famous streets of Rome. They’ll even provide a driver for you if you don’t feel like navigating Roman traffic on your own.

And if you’re into biking, they’ll gladly swap the Vespa for a more eco-friendly option and take you around the parks as well. Regular and electric bikes available. Also suitable for children!

Do you know any tour guides in Florence, Naples & Pompei?

Sure! I’ll be happy to put you in contact with trusted colleagues of mine!

Should I get a Roma Pass? What about the Omnia card? Are they worth it?

Like most of the big cities, Rome has combined sightseeing passes to skip lines and use public transport: the Roma Pass, the TurboPass, the Omnia Vatican & Rome card, the Archaeologia Card; but… do you really want any of them? 

Honestly, I think they all are pricier versions of what you can easily get by yourself on the official websites of the different museums. And yes, I can help you by sending links and instructions to purchase on the official platforms skip-the-line entrance tickets to the main museums and archaeological areas in Rome. 

As for public transport, most of our beautiful apartments are located in the historical city centre, which means that you won’t use public transport as much as you may think. Also, did you know that a bus/metro ticket only costs € 1,50 per person, that children under the age of 10 do not pay anything to ride a bus or get the metro, and that kids under 18 years old can get a free ticket to all the museums in Rome? Are you still sure you need a combo pass?

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traveling during Covid-1

In order to stop the increase of the number of Coronavirus-Delta variant cases, which is currently on the rise, and to avoid a third lockdown with curfews and other restrictions, starting from Aug 6th, 2021, to access a number of indoor (and sometimes outdoor) activities, the so-called “Green Pass” will be required. 

What is an Italian Green Pass?

“Green Pass” is a COVID-free certificate which is issued as a digital QR code for those who: 

  • Have been vaccinated (approved vaccines: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Johnson&Johnson; the pass is currently valid for nine months after the 2nd dose of a vaccine and till the date booked for the 2nd dose for those who only got the 1st. Time limits will likely be updated as the situation evolves)
  • Have a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 in the last six months
  • Have a negative test within the last 48 hours

What do I need the Green Pass for?

The Green Pass will be needed to visit:

  • museums and archeological areas
  • theaters and movie
  • theaters
  • indoor seating areas at bars and restaurants
  • stadiums
  • gyms and swimming pools

Please, note that it’s likely that, starting September, the use of the Green Pass will be extended to public transportation (high-speed trains included). 

The Green Pass is required for anyone aged 12 and over.

How to get a Green Pass

Currently, the digital Green Pass is only available for EU citizens and residents who received their vaccinations within the EU. 

Travellers coming from other countries can use the vaccination certificate issued by their own country (for example Americans will use the CDC vaccination card). 

What is important is that the certificate is original (no photo, nor photocopy) and that your full name, date of vaccination and type of vaccine is clearly written on it. 

What if you don’t have a Green Pass?

Without a Green Pass, your stay in Italy may be severely disrupted: if you try to access the culture or leisure venues that require the pass, you will be turned away. I do strongly recommend getting it! 😉 

Other rules to observe to travel to Italy at CoronaVirus time

The Italian government made available an official website to help any traveler plan their upcoming trip. Said website is: https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/returningtoitaly.html

Besides your vaccination passport/certificate, you will be required all the documents mentioned at the end of the online questionnaire. It takes a few minutes and can be taken by any traveler, whether European or from an extra-EU country.

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