It was an idea some five years ago, but for one reason or another, ‘Historical Drinking Tours’ never saw the light of day beyond a somewhat archaic landing page which resembled a custom coat of arms and spilled guinness. Let it be known that Rome is replete with tour guides and tour operator owners from the Emerald Isle. Flame haired and feisty drinkers, they have their say in the ways, whys, and wherefores of Rome tourism. Most are legal guides and / or licensed operators, while wanton others are illegal guides offering illegal tours by abusing the TripAdvisor service. They accept cash only and pay no tax. A few run websites which scream ‘Irish owned!’, but stop short of mentioning how they are official, licensed, and that they contribute to the city which serves them so very well. The fools who pay them for tours are only lining their pockets with beer money, while the ruins which they’ve just been guided through will continue to crumble and collapse into dust because the city of Rome has no money to pay for restorers and archaeologists. Why? Work it out. Said ingrates pay no tax and contribute less than nothing to Rome.
When in Rome, try to avoid handing cash to illegal tour ‘guides’. They invariably meet on street corners or in bars close to the Vatican Museums because they have no office. Play your part and support those who support Rome.