Holidays in Rome



Still haven’t planned how to spend your New Year’s Eve once in Rome? Here an outline of the two major events organized this year by Rome City Hall as public celebrations to welcome 2015!
concert at CIRCO MASSIMO. From 9.30pm onwards on the stage:
Spiritual Front (neofolk, swing revival, symphonic rock)
Gemitaiz & Madman (hip-hop)
Mannarino (melodic, folk)
Subsonica (electronic)
Daddy G (djset)
Swing Circus Vintage Party at FORI IMPERIALI. From 8pm onwards dance and concerts of swing, funky, soul, ’60 revivals and electro swing will make Via dei Fori Imperiali a new 52nd Street like the one in New York.
Contact to be always up to date on events and happenings in the Eternal City during Christmas holidays!

4 Tricks To Make Your Life Easier In Rome

Today we bring you 4 tricks to improve your experience in the Eternal City!

roma_pass1.- Roma Pass: You might have already know about this one, but offers good value, so it’s worth mentioning: for 34 euros you get to use the public transportation sysem for 3 days and free entrance to the first 2 museums you visit. Besides, you get discounts on all the museums you visit after the first 2. You can find the Roma Pass in many Tabacchi shops and newsstands in the Termini station, where you will likely arrive from your airport.

2.- Book Vatican Museums in advance: The lenght of the queue to get into the museums is almost legendary among tourists, but you can easily avoid it if you book the entrance in advance.To do it go to this website ; from there you can check availability and book your tickets.

3.-Atac website: Rome is not particularly easy to figure out, when it comes to autobus-romatransportation, but the things are slowly changing thanks to the internet. ATAC, the public transportation agency of the city has o neat website that allows you to check yhe best routes toget from one point of the city to another using the public transportation system. It also shows in real time how long will it take for a bus to arrive to a given stop,so it’s a great resource to check on your mobile.

4.- 060608: This is the Municipality of Rome’s official tourist information service. You can call them at (+39) 060608 to get general information about the city and even book museums. Even if the service has been around for a while, is not very well known but it’s really useful!

Rome gets ready to enjoy a hot latin summer

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Words are funny. Take the word “latino”, by example. The term is used today to denote people of latin american descent, but originally it was the name given to the inhabitants of Latium, the region where Rome is located.

So we can say that the festival Soylatino is a comeback of sorts.From June through September Ostia, the beach located just outside Rome, will turn tropical with latin american music and food.

Wednesday the fee is 8 euros Wednesday and Thursday, 10 Euros Friday and  12 Euros Saturday.The entrance is free on Sundays and every day from 19:00 to 21:00 PM.To reach the festival using the public transportation system from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel, take the blue subway line until Piramide and from there take the train going to Ostia and get off at the station Lidio di Ostia.

Roma Pass Price Increases

roma-passFor some years now Roma Pass has been a good option for tourists visiting Rome. Following the model of similar cards from other European countries, Roma pass allows visitors to use the public transportation system for 3 days and and to enter 2 museums for free (Vatican museum not included).

From May 2013, the price for the Roma Pass will rise from 30,00 to 34,00 Euros, so adjust  your budgets accordingly!

How to see Pope Francis while in Rome

APTOPIX Vatican PopePope Francis has become very popular in just a few days. His austerity and his evident love for those in need have been welcomed as a breath of fresh air by people from all faiths, who are eager to at least get a glimpse of him.

If you are among those looking forward to see him personally we have made this brief guide to help you during your visit.

The easiest and most common way to see the pope is to attend the public blessing he gives every Sunday at noon. People from all around the world gather at Saint Peter’s square, so it’s quite a tale to tell back home!

Those looking to have a closer contact with the pope can attend the audience that takes place every Wednesday. The tickets are free but you have to book them in advance sending an actual letter (no e-mail) to the Prefecture of the Papal Household, 00120 Vatican City State or a fax to the number +39 06 6988 5863. Your message must include date of the General audience or Liturgical celebration you wish to attend, the number of tickets you need, name, mailing address and telephone or fax numbers.

Don’t forget that all the readers of our blog get a 5% discount over any reservation made directly with us (non cumulative with other promotions)!

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

A word about Ferragosto


Tomorrow, August 15, is Ferragosto and unless you live or have lived in Italy I’m sure you’re wondering what that means.

Well, the word “Ferragosto” comes from latin Feriae Augusti, that is “Holydays of Augustus” because on the year 18 BC Augustus created this holyday to officialize another existing celebrations of the end of labour in the fields.

Today not many Italians work the fileds, but everybody loves Ferragosto and all those who stayed home before head in packs to the beach that day to enjoy the climax of summer relaxation.

Talking about relaxation: if you are visiting Italy during Ferragosto expect to see many stores closed! Try to not think too much about it and join la Dolce Vita of Ferragosto instead.

Do you have any Ferragosto experiences you would like to share? Any Ferragosto questions? Then send me a line or check our websites to get the best offers for accomodation in the Eternal City.

Joan Baez

Joan Chandos Baez, born January 9, 1941, is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace and environmental justice. She has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. Her recoeding career began in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, andJoan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts for two years.220px-Joan_baez01

Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music.

She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.

This year, Friday 06 July, she will perform here in the eternal city of Rome in the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. It is sure to be a spectacular performance so make sure you don’t miss out on this great opportunity. And remember to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes for more information and some great deals on accomodation.

Thanks for reading, Liam.

The Cranberries

One of the most famous bands to come out of Ireland, “The Cranberries“. Formed in Limrick, Ireland in 1989, the band consists of singer Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. they shot to internation fame in the 90’s with such hits as (“Linger”, “Dreams”, “Zombie”, “Ode to My Family”, “Ridiculous Thoughts”, “Salvation”, “Free to Decide” and “Promises”).



Now you can experience what made them so sensational as they come to Rome to play live. they will be playing at the Aditorium Paro della Musica, Viale Pietro de Coubertin, 3000196 Roma on Monday 02 July 2012. Make sure you don’t miss this, it will be great, and remember to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes for more information and great hotel deals.

Hope you enjoy, Liam.

Duran Duran visit Rome

One of the biggest bands of the 80’s and a driving force in the MTV fueled “Second British Invasion” of America, Duran Duran have made a rather large splash in the music industry. While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, they later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image that earned them the nickname “the prettiest boys in rock”.imagesCAWVYKGH1

The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. Their controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

This summer Duran Duran come to Rome, to Foro Italico, Piazza Lauro De Bosis. You can catch a concert on the 18th of July at 20:00, make sure to book those tickets soon and remember to contact Hotel Des Artistes to get a great deal on one of our rooms.

 Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading, Liam.