My name is Katia and I was born in Rome. I have worked as a licensed tour guide for many years. My first rule when I tour with families is: “If I make the children happy, the parents will be happy.” I really enjoy children and teenagers. I love telling tales and mythological stories. I use my iPad, Lenticular postcards (they change images when moved that help engage children) and I try to make kids feel included in the tour. I believe in Rome there is much more than the Vatican and the Colosseum; I love to explore “off the beaten path” places including underground Rome and hidden, beautiful districts. Last but not least, my tours always include time for a gelato or a slice of pizza (or for adults, a glass of good Italian wine).
“We told our two children that they each could choose a topic for a tour in Rome. One chose Aqueducts and the other chose Gladiators. Katia is amazing. She responds immediately to questions with ideas that fit the bill. On our tour we had the chance to see sights that many people never see. Because she is full of energy, the kids immediately react to her enthusiasm and became totally involved in the tour. We still talk about those tours and everyone remembers Katia with big smiles.” Christine, Boston, MA.
“Katia is a real gem for tours in and around Rome. Recommended by a close friend, Katia listened closely to our interests and developed tours for our trip with our grandchildren. A trip to the ancient Roman port of Ostia Antica is a good example. A short train ride (which the kids loved) brought us to the village adjacent to the port. Katia scheduled some time for the kids (ages 6 and 8) to run up and down the original paved chariot road with wheel marks! Then she evoked Jack and Annie from “The Magic Tree House” to focus the children’s interest (and excitement) about life in this important seaport of imperial Rome. The kids loved entering the Mithras “cave” temple and we enjoyed Katia’s in-depth knowledge of the obscure history.” Fred, San Francisco, CA.