ROME MARATHON 2015: LAST WEEK FOR REGISTRATION!

ROME MARATHON 2015: LAST WEEK FOR REGISTRATION!

Professional racers from all over the world won’t miss the forthcoming sport event in the Eternal City: Rome Marathon 2015, on Sunday 22nd March.
So less than one month is left to what is considered a major sport happening in Italy given the amount of participants. Registration procedures and many more info are provided on the official website. We have recalled a few details here below:
– Marathon deadline: March 5th
start: 22/03 at 8.50 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali, where the finish line will be as well
bib number and race packet are available at the Marathon Village from March 19th to  March  21st
– the Marathon Village, i.e. the official expo of the event, will be set one week prior to the event at Palazzo dei Congressi (EUR area)
– a non-competitive race open to anyone will take place on the same day of the Marathon: the RomaFun, a 5 km walk from Via dei Fori Imperiali (start at 9:10, with meeting point at 8 am in Via Cavour) to Circo Massimo
– registration deadline for the RomaFun: March 21st (€ 8,00 including official t-shirt)- the RomaFun Village will wait for participants
– the RomaFun Village will be waiting for the participants at the end of the route for offering refreshment and more fun.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on HotelRome.net for more information and accommodations in Rome!

QUIRINAL PALACE… COMING SOON!

QUIRINAL PALACE… COMING SOON!

The largest palace in Rome, former abode of Popes and kings and since 1946 dwelling place of the President of the Italian Republic,will be soon open to public every day. We are referring to the Quirinal Palace, a gem in the heart of Rome which hosts artistic treasures of immense value insiede its 1,200 rooms.
The newly elected President Sergio Mattarella disposed indeed its opening on a daily base to make it the home of all Italians and of those wishing to get deeper into the history of our country. Spreading on a surface of more than 110,000 m², the Quirinal Palace is actually one of the largest building in the world, and the widest residence of a head of state. It stands on the highest hill in Rome (the namasake Quirinal Hill), which ensures a wonderful view on the Eternal City’s center.
Until the new arrangement becomes effective, it is currently open on Sundays only from 8:30 am to 12 pm. For the remaining part of 2015, it will be closed on 5 April – 31 May – 1 November – 20, 27 December and during summer time (28 June – 6 September).
Ask HotelRome.net for more details!

WHY NOT A MUSEUMS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY?

WHY NOT A MUSEUMS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY?

Rome has no rivals with regard to the variety of museums available to her visitors. On the occasion of St. Valentine’s day don’t miss the chance to visit some of them, where you might happen to find special discounts on the entrance ticket.
We prepared a selection of those you might be interested in:
Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Contact HotelRome.net for opening times and ticket reservations!

ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS: WORKS IN PROGRESS

ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS: WORKS IN PROGRESS

Internazionali d’Italia, one of the greatest tennis event in the world, will be taking place in Rome from May 9 to 17, 2015. Backdrop to this International event will traditonally be the Foro Italico, not far from the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite three months are still left to the start, a sort of preparation is already on since some days all over Italy: we are referring to the qualification tournaments which are taking place to select those “common” tennis players who will have the chance to compete on the red grounds shoulder to shoulder with the worldwide renowned champions. The finalists for the major event in May will be chosen among any tennis players regularly subscribed to the Italian Federation of Tennis, with no restrictions related to rank position or level: anyone playing and winning these qualification tournaments will be admitted to the Internazionali d’Italia. For all the others there will be anyways a prestigious consolation prize: a seat on the bleachers of Foro Italico in May.
Don’t miss Rome in spingtime and join this great event: contact HotelRome.net to buy your tickets!

ITALIAN CARNIVAL(S)!

ITALIAN CARNIVAL(S)!

Carnival has just begun, and from now on, for the next couple of weeks, every Italian city will celebrate it in its particular way: from Venice to Acireale, from Ivrea to Viareggio, visitors will have the chance to assist to something unusual… masks, chart parades and even fierce battles with oranges, which have their roots in a certain type of pre-Christian annual festivities. Rome is goig to have her share of fun of course, and HotelRome.net will be glad to provide you with the events full programme, including parties and street performances.
Meanwhile we would like to offer you a shortlist of dates, so that you can more easily plan your stay in Italy for the next days:
12 February: Fat Thursday (major celebrations)
17 February: Shrove Tuesday (major celebrations and end of Carnival)
18 February: Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
5 April: Easter
Carnival is indeed strictly related on Easter Sunday: the end of Carnival marks the beginning of Lent time, the foruty days of abstinence preceeding Easter day.
But as long as it is Carnival everything is allowed more than ever, either in terms of unconventional behaviours and of food of course! So don’t miss the typical Carnival sweets: the ‘angel wings’ (called in many different ways in Italy: crostoli, chiacchiere, frappe etc.) and Carnival fritter or dough balls (so called castagnole) will be basically ever-present!

THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

The Swiss Guard of the Pope turned 509 years last week.
On 22 January fell indeed the anniversary of their hiring at the Holy Seat: it was 1506 when Pope Julius II recruited a guarnison of soldiers from today’s Switzerland for his own safeguard in the Vatican. Since then they kept serving him with loyalty until today, linked to him by an oath which includes life sacrifice and which they didn’t hesitate to respect many times: in 1527, for instance, on occasion of the so called “Sack of Rome”, when out of 189 soldiers, only 42 survived to protect the then Pope. Coming closer to our times, the Swiss Guard mantained its loyalty to the Holy Seat even when the Papal State was deprived of its political and territorial powers by the new born Italian State, in 1861.
A little folkloric note: the Swiss Guard’s old fashioned uniform is not as ancient as we might think, being the fruit of a design which dates back to 1914, when the corp underwent major reforms. The new outfit was inspired to Raffaello’s drawings though, from which thing it derives its clear Renaissance looking.
HotelRome.net can provide with more info on sites and events in Rome to better enjoy your stay in the Eternal City!

AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

Among the several exhibitions currently in Rome, we strongly suggest not to skip a couple of events focused on Augustus, the first of Roman Emperors, who died not too far from Neaples in 14 AD after a long life rich of those achievements which make of him one of the greatest Roman personalities ever.
The two exhibitions were set up in 2014 to commemorate 2000 years after his death, and will still be running until May/June 2015:
“KEYS TO ROME – THE CITY OF AUGUSTUS”, at Trajan’s Markets, 9 am- 7 pm (Mon closed);
“AUGUSTUS REVOLUTION”, Roman National Museum at Palazzo Massimo, 9 am – 7.45 pm (Mon closed).
The two observe Augustus’ age under different perspectives. “Keys to Rome” is part of a European joint project involving the cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Alexandria (Egypt) as well: four different museums in fours different spots of the former Roman Empire to highlight four different aspects of the Roman world.
The latter analyzes one of the most significant reforms by August in Roman society: the introduction of new festivities and anniversaries in the calendar, showing us like time calculation could be used as a tool for propaganda.
Both the exhibits make use of highly refined technologies to guarantee visitors’ immersion into Augustus’ 2000 years old world.
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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MAGIC

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF MAGIC

Which place could be better than the Eternal City to host a Festival of Magic? If you want to take a break from the real world, come to Rome and enjoy “Supermagic – Meraviglioso“, one-week shows by the most skilful magicians, illusionists, conjurers and manipulators of our time from all over the world. French, American, Taiwanese artists will enchant public with their breath-taking sleights of hand leaving no room at for any rational understanding of what’s going on!
“Supermagic” will be at Teatro Olimpico in Rome from January 29 to February 8: for tickets and information just contact Hotelrome.net!

TRAMJAZZ: COZY DINING & CONCERT HALL ON A VINTAGE CABLE CAR

TRAMJAZZ: COZY DINING & CONCERT HALL ON A VINTAGE CABLE CAR

Among the several options Rome offers for romantic dinners and live concerts, TramJazz is definitely one of the most original: a vintage cable car converted into a cozy travelling restaurant and jazz concert hall. While getting on a tour of the Eternal City on this restored cable car (which commences its 3-hour journey from Porta Maggiore at 9 pm), guests will enjoy the best of Lazio local food and wines on the sound of a live jazz performance by high level musicians. Each event turn around a specific mood: Dolce Vita, Brazilian Jazz, Italian ’60 and many more that you can explore on TramJazz official website.
To take part to a night on TramJazz a reservation is requested, which we suggest to make reasonably in advance to be sure you will get your spots.
Hotelrome.net is at your disposal to help you out with news, information and reservations while you are in Rome!

ROME MARATHON & STRACITTADINA

ROME MARATHON & STRACITTADINA

Sunday March 22 will be a great day for sport & Rome lovers: it’s the day of Rome Marathon, the 42 km 195 m long race in lenght and beadth of the Eternal City. It will start at 8.50 am from via dei Fori Imperiali. Last year winners, Ethiopian runners in both the males’ and females’ races, took approximately 2 hours to complete the itinerary, which end is fixed once again at via dei Fori Imperiali. Latest day for registration is March 5.
A parallel event open to anyone wishing to spend a day in the open air at the very beginnning of springtime in Rome is the Romafun “Stracittadina”, a 5 km walk from via dei Fori Imperiali to Circo Massimo: an occasion for families, youngsters and elderly. Its registration deadline is March 22, where a €8 fee will be paid which gives right to the official t-shirt.
Hotelrome.net will help you out to set your weekend in Rome to enjoy this great event!