May 2, 2022
What’s it like to be a tour guide in Rome? How do you break into the business? And how do you learn all the facts, much less put them together to make a coherent, enjoyable tour that lasts just the right amount of time?
On this episode, Katy grills Tiffany on her over 15 years’ experience as a tour guide in Rome, the challenges, the rewards, and the best part of all: taking our podcast listeners on tour when they are in Rome!
Tiffany shares how tiring it can be to be engaging, entertaining, and "on" for three hours straight (or more), all the while remembering and reciting endless dates, names, facts, and anecdotes. (Hint: there is one tiny thing that can make it much more exhausting than normal!)
She also talks about the specific tours she offers—including a Caravaggio hunt!—and why she refuses to lead tours of the Colosseum and Vatican.
PS Tiffany's vast knowledge of Rome and Katy's brilliant audio editing skills come together in a Virtual Tour of Rome! Taped in the height of lockdown in spring of 2020, and half a world apart—but you'd never know it by listening! Don't miss one of our most popular episodes ever!
PPS We did a different two-part Virtual Tour of Rome with Special Guests, when we "ran into" important former guests on the streets of Rome, such as Mary Beard, Robert MacFarlane, Amy Herman, Mo Rocca, and many others.
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