Studio TRA_20 specializes in designing educational and engaging walks and extended cultural programs in Rome and elsewhere in Italy.


Tom Rankin founded the original semi-private walking tour company, Scala Reale, in the 1990s and is now the brains behind Studio Rome Architectural Itineraries. Our focus is on Rome’s architectural riches but in our explorations we occasionally stop for a coffee or culinary tasting, step into an artisan’s shop or a cloister or descend to visit underground ruins. Check out the Studio Rome Neighborhood Workshops.

With over 20 years’ experience teaching in Italy, Tom Rankin is available to give lectures on subjects from architectural history to urban sustainability, either at the podium or out in the city. To request a speaking engagement contact us.


TRA_20 arranges private tours for families, institutions or individuals, designed to unveil the urban backstreets, archaeological treasures, grand palaces and churches, and contemporary hot-spots of Rome. Through walking tours and special visits to hard-to-access sites, we excel at educating professionals and laypeople in architecture, art and urban history.

Just let us know your anticipated dates and interests and we will respond with our availability and rates. Email us or fill out the form below.

We take bookings months in advance but occasionally have last minute openings.

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