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About Laurence

Laurence Belgrave is currently in Rome working on ways to survive in the ancient city. His adventures have included writing for the Turkish Daily News in Istanbul, skippering a 35ft sailing boat across the greater part of the Mediterranean, skippering a small speedboat to various wild islands in the Phillippines and trying to drive around Ireland in a week whilst helping out with Fodor's for Ireland. His favourite countries to travel so far are Syria, Turkey and India.

Ode to the London Underground

Smelly, often overcrowded, really uncomfortable in hot summers, London’s Underground is actually quite a fascinating place. Its map is probably one of the most beautiful pieces of graphic design you can get your hands on. Unlike other cities where most lines and trains are all pretty much standard, in London, the various Underground lines each […]

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October 1, 2012 by | 5 Comments

Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

The tour meets up close to the Colosseum, a building that continues to be so emblematic of everything Roman. Our spirited young guide first makes sure that our radios are working and then takes us past long queues of waiting tourists, so the skip the line really is true. You cannot but be overwhelmed by […]

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June 21, 2012 by | Comments Off on Skip the Line: Ancient Rome and Colosseum Half-Day Walking Tour

[VIDEO] Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour

For its price I think the Rome Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour is the best little tour of Rome you can get. Being on the top deck means you get a great perspective of some of the greatest monuments in the city. The audio commentary–despite not being recorded and not from a live guide–comes […]

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March 1, 2012 by | 1 Comment

5 Rome Travel Tips


Headed to Italy? These Rome travel tips will help you come prepared for the crazy traffic, how to buy tickets for public transport, where to find drinking water and more.

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February 27, 2012 by | 2 Comments

[VIDEO] Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

Naples and Pompeii tour

The Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome begins with an early start in Rome where the bus heads south on the autostrada del sole (the motorway of the sun), down past rolling green mountains, and finally arrives in Naples. After a brief informative tour of Naples from the bus, a stop on the seafront […]

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February 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on [VIDEO] Naples and Pompeii Day Trip from Rome

[VIDEO] Capri Day Trip from Rome


If you feel the need for a taste of Mediterranean island life, then maybe the Capri Day Trip from Rome is the tour for you!

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February 10, 2012 by | 1 Comment

Rome Catacombs Tour

I arrive for my Rome catacombs tour early and so sit in the last of the October sun munching on a suppli (a Roman snack containing a deep-fried ball of rice and mozzarella). Aptly our first destination is the catacombs of Saint Calisto – one small part of a huge network of catacombs in Rome.

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November 17, 2009 by | 4 Comments

Rome’s Gladiator School

The Gladiator School (Scuola di Gladiotori) in Rome is nestled very appropriately off the ancient Roman road of the Appia Antica, where cars and buses still roar over the original paving stones that make up this ancient via. The school is like a genuine little fortress, complete with its wooden ramparts constructed from sharpened wooden […]

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October 9, 2009 by | Comments Off on Rome’s Gladiator School

London’s Hyde Park, An Ode

There are times in London when the sun shines and – because it’s been pouring with rain and blowing with wind for what seems like an eternity – the quality of that sun shining is, well, it just makes you head for a park. Just drop everything you had planned, phone in sick, shut down […]

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July 25, 2008 by | 1 Comment