Cinema in Rome



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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The Auditorium Parco della Musica


One of my favorite venues for Concerts in Rome is the Auditorium Parco della Musica. They present performers who represent the best of different music styles: classical music, jazz, latin music and electronic music as well.

But the Auditorium is an attraction well worth seeing by itself. It was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and is structured in 3 beetle-shaped units that function as independent music halls. The complex includes also a bookshop, a bar and a restaurant, making it the ideal spot for a lovely evening before or after a concert.

To reach the Auditorium from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Flaminio, from there take the tram 2 and get off at the station Apollodoro.
Enjoy the music and don’t fotget to write us to get the best rate for accommodation in Rome– don’t forget to claim your discount as a reader of our blog!

Batman in Rome


The fans of the Dark Knight visiting Rome are in luck: they’ll be able to learn more about their hero and at the same time get away from the Roman heat.

Until August 29 a collection of items used during the filming of The Dark Knight Rises will be on display at Piazza dei Ravennati in Ostia, a  beach town located just outside Rome. The exhibition includes a couple of Bat-vehicles, and the costume worn by the new Catwoman, Anne Hathaway– a pice many will find, well, intriguing.
Also in Ostia but in a different location, at Piazza Anco Marzio, a selection photographs taken during the filming of the Nolan Trilogy  will be on exhibition as well.

To reach Ostia from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel is quite easy and cheap: just take the blue subway line at Castro Pretorio from Des Artistes or at Termini from Yes Hotel and get off at the station Piramide; from there you have trains leaving for Ostia every 20 minutes. Once on the train, get off at the station Lido Centro to reach the exhibitions

American Cinema in Rome


If you like cinema and are visiting Rome this month don’t miss the fil projections the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is organizing as a side event to their American Art exhibition (which you can check here in detail)

You’ll have the chance to watch some of the most important movies ever produced by influential American film-makers like Robert Altman, Sam Peckinpah and Terrence Malick. The films will be shown in English, in the movie theatre located inside the premises of the museum (the entrance is not on through the main gate, but just around the corner, up the steps at Via Milano). The admission is only 4 euros. You can check here the full program.

If you are a cinema aficionado and are looking for a way to relax after a long sight-seeing journey, this is taylor-made for you.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is located on Via Nazionale; you can easily get there from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes. Don’t hesitate to write us if you need more information and to get the best rates for accomodation in Rome!

Rome Independent Film Festival

Rome independent film festival RIFF, the Rome Independent Film Festival, is the annual Film Festival Romemust event for the friends of the independent films! This year’s edition is going to happen in April, 13th-20th, and is going to present more than 80 films from 70 different countries, all premiers of course! In addition, there will be seminars on cinematography and the possibility to view the first films of young Italian directors not nominated for the awards.

The event is organised by the association RIFF, founded by Fabio Ferrari in 2001 with the intention of promoting the independent film production. The first festival took place in February 2001 and this year’s edition is the 7th time the event is organised.

Awards are going to be granted for example for the best long and short film, the best documentary and the best script. The event is sponsored by the city of Rome, the European Commission, the Amnesty International, a number of foreign embassies in Rome and amongst others, the “Coming Soon� and “Roma c’è� magazines, Kodak, and partnered by several same spirited festivals on abroad.

The festival of this year will take place in three different locations: the Hotel Claridge at Viale Liegi 62 and at the Cinema Embassy at Via Stoppani 7, both close to each other. The area can be reached by the bus number 360 leaving from the Termini station. See the location on a Rome city map. You can view the program on the site of the Association RIFF.RIFF Awards

To book your accommodation in Rome during the festival try hotels near the Termini station in order to be well connected with the head quarters of the festival: the hostel and hotel Des Artistes in rome centre offer accommodation for all budgets, and the Nice Hotel and hotel Carlito’s Way are other inexpensive options with good-value.

La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

Italy and Rome in particular are often seen through the Dolce Vita, a way of life but also the very famous film by Federico Fellini released in 1960 that counters in a colorful fashion Rome in the sixties.
Our hero, Marcello Mastroianni plays a roman paparazzo, whose real dream is to become a writer. He is to pick up a famous movie star at the Ciampino airport, Anita Ekberg, and ends up showing her around the Eternal City at night.After a press conference and a wild night out between St Peter’s and the night club Caracalla’s and eventually a bath in the Trevi Fountain, and finally they get back to their central hotel where a furious boyfriend expects Sylvia (Anita Ekberg).

Via Veneto

Marcello has a complicated lovelife himself and, tired of his shallow life he decides to try to find some peace and goes in the countryside near Terni and begins to write. But he is quickly sucked back to where belong the excesses of the high society, and after a night at a party in Fregene, the beach of Rome he seems to realize again he is unhappy. La Dolce Vita shows us the “far niente” of Via Veneto among the rich and famous. For the budget traveler our Via Veneto B&B Jonella is the ideal central hotel to book for your stay.