Apr
19
2014
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Michelangelo, the Universal Artist at the Capitoline Museums in Rome

250px-Michelangelo-Buonarroti1On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti the Capitoline Museums will organize an exhibition that, through some crucial themes of his poetry, offers an overview the life and work of this titan of art of all time. The exhibition is marked by a series of opposing themes which intend to highlight the complexity of the design and execution of the works of this “universal artist.” In addition to the comparison of drawings, paintings, sculptures, architectural models, the project therefore provides an in-depth selection of autograph writings, including letters and rhymes.


Where: Capitoline Museums
When: Capitoline hill (Campidoglio), Rome.
How to get there: Subway station Colosseo (can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes using the B subway line.
Mar
26
2014
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Roma Ti Amo- I Love You AS Roma


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Roma Ti Amo - The exhibition”, a journey of more than 1300 square meters designed to portray all the most important stages of the life of the Club
No fan can resist the first major exhibition of Official AS Roma has an extraordinary array of objects on display, with hundreds of new items between documents, historical shirts, cards, trophies arriving by the Company and major collectors of memorabilia Giallorossa.

The exhibion will be open at Factory Pelanda (Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4) from February 18 to July 20, 2014.

Mar
12
2014
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Unfit to lead: a history of the worst leaders in ancient Rome


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The history of Rome has its share of legendary condottieri like Julius Caesar, by example, but on the other hand is also filled with people who put themselves in a position of leadership through cunning and deception even though they were obviously unfit to lead due to their insanity and/or sheer ignorance. Here’s a list for you!

Nero: He famously played the fiddle while Rome burned. Talk about bad government! He is now a symbol for all things decadent and insane.

Caligula: Did you know that his nickname originated from the small military boots crafted for him when he was a child? Obviously such care went to waste, since Caligula has gone down in history as one of the most demented rulers ever. He almost had Incitatus, his favorite horse, named a consul!
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Silvio Berlusconi: Corruption? Check. Deception? Check. Decadence? Check. Silvio is just too happy to keep the old tradition of unfit leaders alive, all while keeping a smile and charming his way through courts.
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If you want to admire the relics of bad leadership, visit Rome and stay in Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel!



Mar
12
2014
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Damon Albarn, The Gorilla King in Rome


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Damon Albarn, frontman of Blur and creator of Gorillaz, is one of the most influential living rock musicians. His artistic output has shaped and sometimes predated some of the most important departures in pop music.

Albarn will be playing in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica next July 14 2014 as a part of July Sounds Good, one of our favorite music festivals in Rome.
Don’t miss Damon’s performance, and don’t miss the most convenient rates in Rome by making a reservation at Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes,



Oct
09
2013
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Our Suggestions for a Roman Halloween I: The Non-catholic Cementery

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This is the first stop in our countdown to Halloween. In this cementery, located just beside the Caio Cestio piramid, lie buried people from non-catholic religions. The atmosphere is more suggestive than scary, but if you were to meet  a ghost you could call yourself fortunate: this is the burial place of many famous artists, like John Keats ( “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water”) and the the beatnick poet Gregory Corso:

“Spirit
is Life
It flows thru
the death of me
endlessly
like a river
unafraid
of becoming
the sea”
Written by NIC81 in: Events in Rome |
Sep
14
2013
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pope Francis.

Francisco_20-03-20131.- As many of our guests have confirmed, wen he was a bishop in Argentina he used the public means of transportation to get around. He hasn’t tried to do the same in Rome but keep your eyes open if you visit the city!

2.- The man seriously challenges John Paul II as the coolest pope ever: To pay for his studies he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires.

3.- He is a rennaisance man: he studied chemistry, but is also a professor of literature and psychology.

4.- He is missing a part of his right lung. When he was young he got really sick and at the time antibiotic treatments weren’t that common so in such cases the tissue was removed to stop the infection from spreading.

5.- The motto he chose to put on his coat of arms when he became a bishop is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede: Miserando atque eligendo ( literally in Latin ‘by having mercy, by choosing him’.). As a pope, he has kept the phrase and the design, with some slight modifications.


Sep
05
2013
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Quick Rome Tip: TrovaRoma


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If your visit to the Eternal City includes a Thursday don’t forget to buy the newspaper La Repubblica (1,20 Eur). Along with it you will get a little weekly magazine called TrovaRoma, where you will be able to find the most interesting things going on in the city (cinema, theatre, restaurants, concerts and then some!). Of course, most of it is written in Italian, but they have also an English summary with the most interesting appointments.


Aug
30
2013
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Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace in Rome

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The Ara Pacis (”Altar of Peace” in Latin) it’s not as popular as other Roman monuments, but deserves a spot in any itinerary.

The altar was a public homage, a monument to celebrate Augustus’ return from Hispania and Gaul (Spain and France) and to thank him for bringing peace with his military victories.

The altar is an outstanding example of Roman sculpture. All the figures are depictions of actual Roman citizens presented with such detail that historians believe they can recognize some of them.

Originally the altar was located near the Tiber, so it didn’t take long for it to be covered in mud. It was unearthed during the thirties and put in a pavillion than became inadecuate over time due to the increase of traffic and smog. A new building designed by American architect Richard Meier opened in 2006. The new structure includes a museum, but the altar itself, surrounded by glass walls through wich you can see the Tiber it’s something you have to experience while in Rome.

The Ara Pacis is located in Lungotevere in Augusta (corner with via Tomacelli) and can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the red subway line from the Station Termini and getting off at Flaminio.

Aug
20
2013
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Around The World In 80 Minutes With The Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio

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As we have said somewhere else, we are unabashed fans of the Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio.

Their story would be worth telling all the same had they disbanded after the release of the remarkable documentary that tells the tale of Mario Tronco, the director who assembled the orchestra recluting foreign musicians who lived in Rome -many of them in the multicultural neighbourhood of Piazza Vittorio- and brought their own sensibilities and personal idiosincracies into the mix.

But the Orchestra was more than a one-off, and it’s ready to perform its most recent project: an 80-minute musical journey through time, space and culture, a feat they are more than well-suited to accomplish.

The Orchestra will be playing at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome from January 21 to 26, 2014.

Aug
12
2013
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Augustus: The Most Cunning Politician Ever On The 2000th Anniversary Of His Death

Augusto-Pontefice_Palazzo-Massimo-PARTMeasure wasn’t Augustus thing: he turned the Roman Republic into an empire with him as its first emperor, rebuilt much of Rome and was so popular that he got a month named after him. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say he is the most cunning politician ever.

This year Rome will be celebrating the 2000th (!) anniversary of Augustus death with an exposition at the Scuderie del Quirinale. The exhibition will be open from October 18 2013 to 9 February 2014. The Scuderie del Quirinale Museum is located at Via XXIV Maggio 16, and can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the bus 40 from the Termini Station (get off at the stop Nazionale/Quirinale).

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