Italian traditions

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!

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!

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!

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!