We are three young guys living in Prague for several years. We met by chance few years ago and we immediately noticed to share the same passion for this beautiful city. Therefore, we decided to establish an agency that organizes guided tours.
If you want to know more about us, please read the interview that we gave to the most followed Italian blog Prague www.italiapragaoneway.it
• Hello, first of all, since you manage a travel agency, why is Tourists in Prague so special?
First of all Tourists in Prague was born from our passion for this city and this aspect, in addition to historical information, is what we want to convey to the tourists. We have a very personalized approach towards the tourists and our aim is to fully meet their needs.
• There must be few tourist agencies in Prague… How have you made off in the midst of so much competition?
We cannot hide that there is a lot of competition in this sector. To carve out a space we tried to introduce original and targeted initiatives such as free promotional tours and special tours (hidden gardens of Prague, Prague area beyond the traditional paths … etc.), and of course the classic tours.
• How did you meet your colleagues?
Good question. We come from three different cities and we met by accident around 2007 in a Prague bar while we watched a football (soccer) game. Since all three fans of the same team (that do not name for political reasons), it was easy to become friends. We later discovered to have in common not only the passion for football (soccer) but also one for Prague. It was during one of these evenings together that we got the idea of the project Tourists in Prague.
• Why Prague? What brought you here?
Luca: “I was in Prague the first time when I was 15, traveling with my family. I got into this city so much to want, several years later, to prepare my thesis on a topic (The Prague Spring) very connected to the city. This was the “excuse” to move to Prague for a period. That period is lasting for more than 8 years … ”
Davide: “There are a lot of similarities with Luca’s story … .My first trip abroad at the age of 18 (without parents) was to Prague. The city has immediately won me over and I started collecting books, articles and any kind of materials regarding the Czech capital. I even moved my university studies from Milan to Udine in order to study the Czech language and then after my degree in Foreign Languages and Literatures, the next step has been to move to Prague. ”
Fabio: “Everything ‘began with a 6-month adventure University (Erasmus), back in 2007 … today after seven years I am m still here. Once you fall in love with this beautiful city to leave becomes impossible ….. ”
• What are your favourite places in Prague?
It’s difficult to choose. If we talk about purely historical places the Mala Strana neighbourhood and Castle are perhaps among those that we like the most because they have retained their original charm and atmosphere. To realize it it’s enough to just take a walk from Novy Svet (New World) to the Charles Bridge through the narrow streets of Mala Strana.
Moreover, we particularly love the Vysehrad area, certainly more appreciated by locals and tourists.
• If you had to choose the three best aspects of living in the Czech R.?
Firstly, the quality and the cost of living in Prague. In addition, the city is very green, built on a human scale and public transport reliability have no match in Europe. From a cultural point of view it is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan European capital. The culture is also not elite and therefore usable by everyone.
Prague is the country jewel, however the whole Czech Republic is beautiful and there are a lot of activities for outdoor sports lovers. The Czech nature is wonderful.
• There are bad aspects instead? You suffer from homesickness?
Well the weather is not the most mild. Winters are usually long and hard.
Another aspect not too positive is the initial approach to the Czechs. Not always easy, as they are very reserved. Break down their initial mistrust is sometimes not easy and requires time and patience. Homesickness every now and then, but it is more connected to the people we left home. As for Italy it is not felt so much because it is relatively close, easily and economically accessible.
• How is your Czech? And how is your relationship with Czech people?
Among us, some more than others, we manage with the Czech language. The language is very difficult and requires a lot of practice. Of course, our Czech has Italian influence but it is definitely effective (at least we hope so ). On the relationship with the Czechs we practically already answered in the previous question, however, we managed to establish excellent relations of friendship with Czech people.
• What do you recommend to those who want to move here? (Both before and after the emigration)
First of all, we would say they are doing the right choice. Prague offers many professional opportunities and a high quality of life. Before moving should perhaps find out about basic aspects of Czech culture in order to prevent a difficult first impact. As of the language, Prague is a cosmopolitan city, therefore English is more than sufficient. The basics of the Czech language can be learned on the spot. Having a good resume in English is fundamental if the job search begins from other countries, or once you have moved to the CZ.
• As for emigration? Do you think it is permanent or occasionally knocks the homesickness?
Never say never. Eventhough, we all three are still convinced of our choice. If our project Tourists in Prague will go better and better, as we hope, Prague will not get rid of us so easily!