ABOUT ME

My name is Flavia. I was born and raised in Rome and I have lived here all my life (the little girl at the Colosseum on the home page is me at 2 years old!) .

After my University studies as an Interpreter and Translator, I started working as a Tour Manager in 1990, and travelled Italy and Greece with North American and British groups for 10 years.

In 2001 I passed the qualifying exam to practise Tourist Guiding in Rome and its Province; I have been happily working as such since then.

I have always loved Archaeology so, while working and raising a family, I decided to go back to University to finally graduate in Archaeology in 2002.

In 2003 I taught Early Christian Archaeology and Architecture as adjunct professor at St. John’s Seminary, Boston (USA), for their European Spring term.

In 2010 I specialized (post-graduate) in Early Christian and Medieval Archaeology.

In July 2013 I earned qualification (post-graduate) to teach Art History, and in February 2015  I started teaching Art History in public highschools.

I taught a 3-week course on Art and Culture in Rome through the centuries in June 2015 and a 4-week course on Roman History and Archaeology in July 2016 at Richmond University in Rome.

I believe in sustainable tourism, and love off-the-beaten-track treasures, and any underground site!

I am a member of ANGT-Associazione Nazionale Guide Turistiche (National Association of Tourist Guides), of FEDERAGIT ROMA- CONFESERCENTI (Federation of Rome Guides), and of AGTAR-Associazione Guide Turistiche Abilitate Roma (Association of Qualified Tourist Guides of Rome).

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I am on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/archaeowalks

The logo is my interpretation of so called “Gradiva”, literally “she who walks”. Could not think of a better choice for ArchaeoWalks! It is actually part of an ancient marble relief, an ancient Roman replica from a Greek original of the IV BC, today at the Vatican Museums, Rome. It probably portrayed three women moving from the right associated to other three women mirroring them: the Horae (goddesses of the seasons and the natural portions of time) and the Aglaurids (deities of the nightly dew). This elegant walking woman inspired German writer W. Jensen: he called her Gradiva (after Mars Gradivus, the Roman god of war walking through battle), and wrote the novel “Gradiva. A Pompeian Fantasy” (1903). Jensen’s novel later inspired S. Freud’s essay “Delusion and Dream in Jensen’s Gradiva” (1906). Art historian A. Warburg also wrote a paper on her. Both Jensen and Freud owned a cast of this relief (in Freud’s office it was on the wall by the famous couch!).