POPE FRANCIS SWITCHES ON A GUINNESS’ CHRISTMAS TREE

POPE FRANCIS SWITCHES ON A GUINNESS’ CHRISTMAS TREE

Italy hosts the biggest Christmas tree in the world: it is located in Umbria and it was personally switched on by the Pope just few days ago. The event was greatly welcomed in the little town of Gubbio, where it took place. The tree stretches on the ridge of Mount Ingino and is made of more than 500 lights and 8500 electric cables, it’s 650 m high and it’s topped by a 1000 m² wide comet. It will enlighten the valley until approximately 10 January 2015.
Thanks to technology, Francis I could power the tree on from His office in the Vatican simply by using a tablet which launched a signal to the electric system in Gubbio; here in turns locals could virtually meet the Pope via teleconference.
Gubbio is the ideal destination for a lovely daily trip close to Rome: it’s just 200 km far and it can be confortably reach by train. Contact Hotelrome.net for bookings!

HORROR BEFORE CHRISTMAS: ONE WEEK RETROSPECTIVE ON DARIO ARGENTO

HORROR BEFORE CHRISTMAS: ONE WEEK RETROSPECTIVE ON DARIO ARGENTO

This week Rome offers her visitors and dwellers a horror movie festival entirely focused on the work of one of the greatest artists in the field, the director Dario Argento. Considered to be the most direct successor of Alfred Hitchcock, he started his career in the Sixities, and by the Seventies he had already conquered his prominent position in the horror world both in Italy and abroad.
The one week event dedicated to him celebrates his recently gained Lifetime Achievement Award. From tomorrow 16 December until Sunday 21, you can watch “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage”, “The Cat o’ Nine Tails”, “Deep Red” and all the other masterpieces by Argento.
Cinema Trevi – the festival venue – is located at stroll distance from the Trevi Fountain.
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LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGO MUNDI

LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGO MUNDI

An off the tracks exhibition is hosted until 11 January 2015 in Rome. “Imago Mundi”, conceived and sponsored by Luciano Benetton, the world renowned dress designer.
The visitor is actually offered more than traditional art works on display, as “Imago Mundi” is a full developed concept, a vision. Being an art lover, Benetton commissioned and collected a great number of works of art during his travells around the world, all respondent to a couple of requirements: being 10×12 cm in size and being made with non-profit intents. The aim of such a collection is to create a visual map of humanity, based on the different artistic ways it can be expressed through. Besides, the project is thought to provide the emerging artists with a platform for visibility.
Rome’s hosts at present the works from Africa: 2000 young artists from 16 countries involved.
“Imago Mundi” is at Carlo Bilotti Museum, inside Villa Borghese (metro line A: Flaminio stop). No admission fee is requested.
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“THE NUTCRACKER”: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONAL FAIRY TALE ON STAGE

“THE NUTCRACKER”: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONAL FAIRY TALE ON STAGE

If you are looking for a traditional and still impressive entertainment during Christmas holidays both for you and your kids, then “The Nutcracker” (“Lo Schiaccianoci”) staged by Mario Piazza at Auditorium Conciliazione of Rome won’t leave you disappointed. This one-hundred-years old ballet offers indeed fairy tale characters & atmospheres (toys getting alive, dreams, etc.) combined to topics & moods which deal with the passage from childhood to adulthood, to which any adults will be certainly sensitive. It was scored by Tchaikovsky and firstly brought on stage in Russia in 1892.
When & when: from 30 December 2014 to 6 january 2015, at Auditorium Conciliazione (from Termini station: metro line A, stop at Ottaviano San Pietro or alternatively several bus lines).
Tickets: from €13 to €45.
Contact Hotelrome.net for your reservations and accommodations!

ITALY AND FASHION DESIGN: FROM SHOPS TO MUSEUMS!

ITALY AND FASHION DESIGN: FROM SHOPS TO MUSEUMS!

To the art of dress design is dedicated the exhibition just launched at MAXXI Museum of Rome: until 3 May 2015, 80 high fashion garments belonging to the the period 1945-1968, coupled with Bulgari pieces of jewelry, will be on display.
Issued by the genius of Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Capucci, Jole Veneziani and many more, these items of clothing guide the visitors through the early stages of what is still known today as the Italian excellence in fashion design.
Venue: MAXXI Museum, via Guido Reni 4a.
Timing: Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11am-7pm. Sat 11am-10pm. Mon closed.
MAXXI is part of the Roma Pass network: contact Hotelrome.net for more info on tickets and accommodations in Rome!

NIGHT OPENINGS & CONCERTS AT ROME’S MUSEUMS ON THE WEEKEND

NIGHT OPENINGS & CONCERTS AT ROME’S MUSEUMS ON THE WEEKEND

On 6-7-8 December 2014 Rome’s museums will ensure special surprises even to those who are less keen to visit them. For three days all city museums will be protagonists of exciting events, which we have shortlisted for you just below:
Saturday 6 December: “Music at the Museums”. Dance & music performances all night long (from8pm to 2am) at Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, MACRO, MACRO Testaccio, Mercati di Traiano, Castel Sant’Angelo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Scuderie del Quirinale and many more. Admission will be free (to both the event & the museum collection), or alternatively €1 will be requested as symbolic donation.
Sunday 7 December: “National Archaeology Day”. Depositories & other sections normally closed will be open and shown through guided tours.
This day no admssion fee at State Museums (while free entrance at City Museums will be riserved to residents only).
Monday 8 December: special opening of all City Museums which are normally closed on Mondays.
For more info on programmes and locations, contact Hotelrome.net!

200 NATIVITY SCENES ON EXHIBIT IN ROME

200 NATIVITY SCENES ON EXHIBIT IN ROME

If you are looking for traditional Italian handicraft during Christmas time and want to take a break from usual museums, go to Piazza del Popolo and visit the exhibit “100 Presepi” (“One-hundred Nativity scenes”): on display more than 200 samples of nativity scenes from several regions of Italy and abroad, all made out of different materials. Dating back to the Middle Age, nativity scenes building art leaves much room to creativity either in techniques and materials employed.
“100 Presepi” will be the perfect choice for your kids as well, since special workshops are set for them.
Where: Piazza del Popolo, Sale del Bramante (next to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo).
When: daily until 6 January 2015, 9:30am-8pm.
Contact Hotelrome.net for more info on Christmas events in Rome!

THE CAR & THE CITY OF YOUR DREAMS IN ONE TRIP

THE CAR & THE CITY OF YOUR DREAMS IN ONE TRIP

Motor lovers and professionals, mind the dates: from 6 to 14 December 2014 Bologna’s Motor Show is back. The 39° edition of this world-renowned automobile exhibition aims at being unforgettable and points at total innovation in style & contents. Visitors will enjoy 9 days of test drives, track races, music&fun, new technologies, interactive routes, and even outlets where to buy cars directly there on the spot.
Bologna Motor Show can be the occasion you were looking for to come to Italy: don’t forget to include a gateway to Rome as well! Hotelrome.net will help you out to book the best accommodation and to make any reservations you need.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME

THE BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME

Christmas atmosphere has conquered Rome since some weeks, only Christmas stands and markets were still missing: according to tradition, they are set up between the last week of November and the first of December.
Below you can find a short list of the main spots in the city which you can take into consideration for your gifts or just for fun:
– “Christmas market” at PIAZZA NAVONA: the biggest & most traditional one. From 1 Dec to 6 Jan, 10am-1am. Here on January 6th (Epiphany day) a Befana (old witch) in flesh and bones will distribute sweets & candies to all kids.
– “Christmas at Auditorium Parco della Musica“: market, ice-skating, play area, open daily from 6 Dec to 6 Jan.
– “Magic Christmas” at Parco Rainbow Magicland: Christmas market in the amusement park until 6 Jan.
– “Le Vie del Natale” at Ippodromo delle Capannelle: 2000 m² market, on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 8 Dec to 6 Jan, 10:30am-midnight.
If you are looking for an unconventional Christmas market:
Japanese Christmas market at via Casilina 713: with old & new stuff, on 14 and 21 Dec only, 10am-8pm.
Ask our staff for more hints on Christmas markets in Rome and how to reach them!