Welcome to Understanding Rome


The eternal city is made up of layer upon layer of human endeavour; the city’s history is written in its very fabric. Let me help you delve beneath the surface, and discover over two millennia of war, struggle, and triumph. I offer tailor-made guided visits of Rome, and by understanding your requirements, and those of any children in your group, i will be delighted to help you understand Rome.

Vatican City

Ancient Rome

Other walks

Out of town


My name is Agnes Crawford. Originally from London, I graduated from Edinburgh University with a Master of Arts degree in Architectural History in 1999. I moved to Rome in 2000, married a Roman, and have lived here ever since.
I am a licensed guide with ten years’ experience. I have also contributed to a number of guide books, including several editions of the Time Out Guide to Rome, the shopping guide Where to Wear, and Frommer’s Italian Islands.
I am passionately enthusiastic about the city, and believe that by Understanding Rome your visit will be both more meaningful, and much more enjoyable. As well as exploring ruins and churches, Understanding Rome is also about where to take your coffee, the best places for gelato, and where to shop. I will be delighted to help you feel as at home in Rome as I do.
Understanding Rome is recommended by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Rough Guide to Rome, Condé Nast Traveller’s Rome App, and the Sydney Sun Herald.