So, there is that moment when you are walking around the Colosseum and someone comes up and offers you a tour (in English, because as hard as you try to blend in you still don't look Italian). And they take your money and make you wait in a group and it seems a little sketchy (or as Alex said, "dodgey"), but then you get your narrated tour of the Colosseum. I had done this once before. However, this tour also came with a later tour of the Palantine hill (which I almost skipped because there was a two two hour break between the two and I had other plans for my day in Rome!)
However, I decided to hang around, and enter Alex, probably the coolest tour guide in Rome. He knows his history, carries around a bag of goodies and pictures on an ipad to show you what he's talking about, and really gave me a new appreciation for many things Roman. So when he mentioned at the end of the tour that he offers a small, night time tour around churches and catacombs - which sounds probably even more sketchy because 1) you need to pay a small deposit upfront and 2) I was a 26 year old American female in Rome by myself - I decided to go for it!
We had a very fun and informational night wandering around old Italian churches and hearing their histories and mysteries. I would definitely recommend it, and the next time I return to Italy I will definitely be looking Alex up. It was a wonderful way to spend my evening, and since it was an English tour, I also managed to run into some lovely Brits that let me tag along with them for the rest of the evening. Good times in Roma!
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