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Welcome

My name is

Jesper Storgaard Jensen

For nearly two decades, I have called Rome home. I arrived here in 1997 to work at the Danish Embassy. For more than ten years, I dealt with the political, economic and cultural relations between Denmark and Italy. In my spare time, I dabbled in journalism and photography. Soon my hobbies grew into passions that I could no longer abandon from 9 until 5. In 2008, I decided to leave diplomacy behind.
Today I regularly write articles and occasionally take photos about Italian culture for “Weekendavisen”, a Danish weekly. I also contribute articles to newspapers and magazines in 18 different countries. My focus is on the Italian lifestyle which covers food and wine, travel, society and culture as well as personality interviews.
My Secret Rome provides guided tours with a very personal touch. It’s the ideal way for a curious traveler to get an insider’s view of the Eternal City.

Tours

My Secret Rome offers tours that reveal the ancient and modern city and its many hidden charms.

It’s an intimate, profound and enjoyable way to see Rome based upon my personal, in-depth knowledge of the Italian capital gathered during the nearly two decades that I’ve lived in Rome. I've written three guide books about Rome, and I'll soon start number four. Add to this innumerable articles about Rome’s unique aspects – old-time barbershops, gelato shops, food markets, cool restaurants, unusual museums, historic cafes and you name it. I’ve filled reporter’s notebooks and photography memory cards with fascinating characters, history and anecdotes that I now share with visitors who take part in a My Secret Rome tour.

Available tours


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    The Green tour

    Nature lovers and gardeners will be in their element in Villa Borghese Park, nearly 80 acres of plants, trees and flowers. Yet this is not …

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    The Green tour

    Nature lovers and gardeners will be in their element in Villa Borghese Park, nearly 80 acres of plants, trees and flowers. Yet this is not simply a spot for a picnic. Villa Borghese is considered Rome’s green heart; it’s an oasis in the center of the city. It’s also nicknamed "the museum park”, thanks to the many museums that dot the park. The Galleria Borghese is the best known and most prestigious.

    Villa Borghese is also home to a number of other Roman cultural institutions, including Rome's zoo, called the Bioparco, which was founded in 1911, and Il Cinema dei Piccoli (The Children's Cinema), which according to the “Guinness World Records” book is the world's smallest cinema. The cinema has a fascinating history which I’ll share with you.

    Villa Borghese dates back to the 17th century, yet it didn’t become a public park until the beginning of the 20th century. You’ll hear about its private and public past as we walk through the park. We'll visit the awesome Plane Tree Valley, stop at the park's quaint lake, admire the ancient triumphant arch and soak up the gorgeous 18th century Sea Horse Fountain.

    Along the way, we’ll do as the Romans do and stop for a caffè – choose a smooth shot of espresso, a cappuccino, whatever you desire. Our tour will end not far from Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) at a spot that offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Rome.

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      Price

      39,00 €/person
      Feel free to send me a mail to receive information about family and group discounts.
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about three hours
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      Meeting point

      Piazzale del Museo Borghese - the piazza in front of Galleria Borghese in the Villa Borghese-park
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      Meeting time

      Morning 10 - 13 (meeting 9.45)
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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    The Monti tour

    The name Monti has a magical ring to it, even for Romans. While mass tourism has long ago invaded and conquered the Italian capital, the …

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    The Monti tour

    The name Monti has a magical ring to it, even for Romans. While mass tourism has long ago invaded and conquered the Italian capital, the Monti neighborhood is still a well-kept secret, far less known than, for example, Trastevere. Tucked below the main thoroughfares between the Quirinal area and the Coliseum, Monti seems to be a small town nestled within the big, bustling city. The neighborhood's cobblestone, narrow streets are enchanting and romantic. Add to this the tiny shops run by artisans and hip millennials, ancient palazzi with timeworn yet dignified facades, buildings draped in vines and much more. It’s an area that’s well worth a visit.

    This neighborhood dates back more than 2,000 years. Yes, two millennia, making it Rome’s oldest neighborhood. Once upon a time, it was the stomping ground of prostitutes and pickpockets. But its seedy reputation is long past. Today, Monti is a trendy, lively neighborhood renowned for its boutiques, wine bars and diverse eateries, from classic trattorias to ethnic restaurants.

    Our itinerary begins at the spectacular Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica with its classical architecture and magnificent mosaics. Next, we'll stroll through the Monti area's captivating streets and alleys during which I’ll tell you the history of the area and reveal to you those hidden but must-see sites.

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      Price

      39,00 €/person
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about three hours
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      Meeting point

      On the piazza in front of the Santa Maria Maggiore church
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      Meeting time

      Morning 10 - 13
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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    The Fountain tour

    Rome holds the world record for the city with the most fountains. They are grandiose and minimalistic, ancient and modern, baroque and …

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    The Fountain tour

    Rome holds the world record for the city with the most fountains. They are grandiose and minimalistic, ancient and modern, baroque and renaissance, and, above all, fascinating. Many are the focal point of the city’s spectacular piazzas; others are tucked inside secret courtyards; some are the only touch of beauty in desolate, run-down parks in Rome’s outskirts. How many fountains does Rome have? This census is not easy to complete. Personally, I trust the numbers of Rome’s “professor of fountains”, historian Willy Pocino. He has spent a good deal of his life counting and cataloguing fountains in piazzas, courtyards, gardens, parks, monasteries and so on. He claims there are about 1,500 fountains.

    On the Fountain Tour, we will see about 30 fountains, from the most bizarre to a fountain where wine once flowed instead of water. We'll check out, in my modest opinion, Rome's most charming fountain and also see the world’s most famous and magnificent fountain. Each has its own history, often dotted with surprising anecdotes. I’ll share these stories with you. While traipsing through the city to visit the fountains, I will also fill you in on the history of the various neighborhoods that we pass through.

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      Price

      39,00 €/person
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about three hours
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      Meeting point

      In the middle of Piazza Navona, by the central fountain "The Four Rivers"
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      Meeting time

      Morning 10 - 13
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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    The Gourmet tour

    Foodies, gourmands and culinary connoisseurs unite! Raise your forks and march toward the sweet and savory smells. Happiness and a …

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    The Gourmet tour

    Foodies, gourmands and culinary connoisseurs unite! Raise your forks and march toward the sweet and savory smells. Happiness and a delightfully full belly await you on the Gourmet Tour. The focus is on pleasing your palate – delectable prosciutto and other cold cuts, microbrews, fresh and flavorful gelato, Italy’s world-famous coffee, sweet cupcakes and mouthwatering homemade chocolate await you.

    During our fine food crawl, you'll be able to visit and enjoy samples at some of Italy’s outstanding specialty food and drink establishments. Many are the city’s oldest – and still unsurpassed – producers with more than a century of experience. We'll visit Rome's – and Italy's – first brewery with a record-breaking number of bottles. We'll stop by Rome's oldest food market that dates back to 1869. Next, you’ll swoon over the homemade chocolates at Rome’s oldest chocolate shop, founded in 1886. We'll add to our calorie and pleasure count with a visit to a pastry shop specialized in Sicilian sweets. You'll get the chance to taste the city's best gelato (praised in The New York Times), and you'll meet Francesca and Laura, pastry masters who bake Rome’s tastiest and most colorful cupcakes.

    Since many food connoisseurs also are passionate about an establishment’s atmosphere, I’ll point out to you the cafes that are chic, cool or classic. You’ll be able to dine or drink in true Italian style.

    During the walk, I'll also indicate various restaurants, pizzerias and eateries for every budget. In addition, I will give you a printed list of my top 10 favorite Roman spots.

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      Price

      39,00 €/person
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about 3 hours
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      Meeting point

      By the small fountain in Piazza Carioli, close to the larger Piazza Torre Argentina, in Rome's center.
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      Meeting time

      Morning 10 - 13
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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    The Photo tour

    The photo-sharing website Sightsmap recently conducted a survey to discover which cities are photographed the most. Rome was the runner-up, …

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    The Photo tour

    The photo-sharing website Sightsmap recently conducted a survey to discover which cities are photographed the most. Rome was the runner-up, just behind New York. Not by chance did it score high. Personally, I’d give it the crown as the most photogenic. Even after having lived in Rome for almost two decades, I'm still wowed as I walk through the city. And when you visit some of the most famous piazzas – such as Piazza Navona, Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), Campo dei Fiori or Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere – or take the path less traveled among the maze of cobblestone streets, you’ll find yourself constantly reaching for your camera.

    I am still discovering small photographic surprises that deserve to be immortalized. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor can its beauty be captured in a lifetime. From a photographic point of view, the city is a bottomless jewelry box from which you can keep finding gems.

    This photo tour will make you and your camera very happy. I'll take you along some of the historic center's most picturesque and photogenic streets. We’ll stroll through grandiose piazzas, along the rustic Tiber, into a charming Roman-style back yard and to many other spots that the typical tour would never take you to. We will, of course, also have time to focus on the textures, colors and details of the city that will add a special touch to your work.

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      39,00 €/person
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about three hours
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      Meeting point

      By the statue of Giordano Bruno in the middle of Campo dei Fiori, in the very center of Rome
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      Morning 10 - 13
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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    The History tour

    In a city like Rome, founded more than 2,750 years ago, there’s history and colorful stories around every corner, in every aging palazzo, …

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    The History tour

    In a city like Rome, founded more than 2,750 years ago, there’s history and colorful stories around every corner, in every aging palazzo, truly wherever you look. While a guidebook may provide background, a tour is ideal for transporting and immersing you into these sites where ancient history played out and modern history is being written.

    We'll get a taste visually and literally of Rome's oldest food market that opened in 1869. The square packed with stalls and merchants luring in customers with their sing-songy chants is far from your ordinary supermarket. This is theatre that stimulates all the senses. From here we'll head toward Rome's Jewish ghetto that was established in 1555. That’s when the pope issued a decree requiring that Jews live within the walled quarter and instituted many other discriminatory restrictions. The Jewish ghetto is full of stories of persecution and poverty, family and faith, entrepreneurship and tenacity.

    We'll move on to a neighborhood that is defined as the most quintessential Roman neighborhood, Trastevere. We'll visit one of the city's most famous churches, Santa Cecilia, and its enchanting crypt.

    Next, we’ll wander through the many incredibly narrow, ancient alleys to arrive at another church that is renowned for its fantastic 12th century mosaics.

    This is a tour with abundant opportunities to learn about Rome’s rich, complex history.

     

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      Price

      39,00 €/person
      Feel free to send me a mail to receive information about family and group discounts.
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      Duration

      The tour will last for about three hours
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      Meeting point

      By the statue of Giordano Bruno in the middle of Campo dei Fiori, in the very center of Rome
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      Meeting time

      Morning 10 - 13
      Afternoon 15 - 18
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Books

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    Ta' med til Rom

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    Min by Rom

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    Videverden - Rom

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    Norditalien & Toscana

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Get in touch

My secret rome

Jesper Storgaard Jensen

+39.328.9421873jesper@mysecretrome.eu
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