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The Etruscan Greatness at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni

sarc-oFor the first time in an exhibition is presented not in a general manner , but by focusing on a single city – Cerveteri – the greatness and importance of the Etruscans in the context of relations between the peoples of the ancient Mediterranean . This city, in fact, that the Etruscans called Kaisraie , Agylla the Greeks , and the Romans Caere , is emblematic of the magnitude of the Etruscan civilization.

It occupies a central place in Italy and in the Mediterranean throughout the first millennium BC In ancient times , not surprisingly , Caere was considered “the most prosperous and populous city of Etruria ,” according to the greek historian Dionysius of Halicarnassus. Of this metropolis of ancient Italy which is only 50 km from Rome , the exhibition aims to cover almost ten centuries of history

The exhibition is therefore an excellent opportunity to gather around a nucleus of pieces of capital importance in the collections of the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia and the national cerite , the most significant works of other great historical collections of the old continent.

Ponte Milvio: the lovers’ bridge in Rome

Looking for an unexpedcted way to surprise your significant other during your Roman holidays? keep reading to prepare the surprise of a lifetime.

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Rome is also known as a city with many traditions, they often go back many generations, but sometimes you happen to find yourself living neo-traditions without knowing its real origin This is the case of the padlocks at the Milvio bridge, a custom started by young people (and not so young) who attach a lock on the central streetlight of the Milvio bridge and throw the keys into the river below to show their love. Everything comes from the protagonists of the book “I want you” by Roman author Fedrico Moccia. To strengthen their bond,the characters of the novel leave a padlock on the third lamp of the historic bridge. Many young lovers have imitated the ritual and know Ponte Milvio is known as the lovers’ bridge.

If you are in love and want to take part of what has became a tradition here are the instructions for the Roman bridge of love: you should go on the bridge with a lock and two keys. Done? All right. Now write initials on the lock and close the lamp. Done? Ok. Now take a key and throw it in a river, that will guard your covenant of love And for those who do not believe, Federico Moccia writes on his blog: “For you that dream for you then there is a chain of lovers. Maybe one day you go there on that bridge in Rome, Ponte Milvio, the third streetlight, that overlooks the Tiber, and overlooking the bridge of Corso Francia…And you will find that chain.”

In Short

When: Anytime
Where: Ponte Milvio (Milvio Bridge)
How to get there: From Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line and get off at Flaminio Station, then take the tram number 2 and get off at the station “Pinturicchio”.

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.

Roma Ti Amo- I Love You AS Roma


“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.

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



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!
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.

If you want to admire the relics of bad leadership, visit Rome and stay in Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel!



Damon Albarn, The Gorilla King in Rome



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,



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


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:

is Life
It flows thru
the death of me
like a river
of becoming
the sea”

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.


Quick Rome Tip: TrovaRoma


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.

Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace in Rome


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.