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ROME & MILAN FOR 2015 EXPO

ROME & MILAN FOR 2015 EXPO

From May 1 to October 31, 2015, Milan will be the world capital of food in the name of the Universal Exposition which will take place there on the theme of nutrition: Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. The 6-month event will actually turn whole Italy into a giant window where food from 140 countries of the world will be not just on sale or offered for tasting, but will be also looked at from the educational point of view. Rome will be offering to Milan any support in terms of services and communication: tickets for any event at Expo will be on sale in Rome as well; foreigner embassies having their seat in Rome will set up exhibitions and cultural events to promote their respective countries; several information points and stands for tasting will be located in the key spots of the Eternal City, such as inside her two airports.
Hotelrome.net is at your disposal for any information and ticket reservations for Expo Milano 2015!

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

 

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

 

 

Sidetrips from Rome: Cerveteri

cerveteri[1]Needless to say,Rome is an exciting city, but if you are spending here many days or if you have been here previously, you’ll feel the need to see something different to know more about Italy or just for the sake of variety.

Rome is surrounded by little towns that allow you to get a feel of the life outside a big hectic city like Rome and where you can even learn more about other great civilizations besides the Romans. One of such places is Cerveteri, located a one hour bus ride away from the city, whose pride is an Etruscan cemetery (Necropoli della Banditaccia) that was recently nominated World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.

To get to Cerveteri take the red subway line and get off at Anagnina. Only a few meters away you will find a Cotral bus stop. The buses depart regularly during the day (you can check thes schedule here) and you can buy the tickets for them in the Tabacchi shops around the subway station (by the way, it’s advisable to buy your return ticket beforehand, since Cerveteri is not that big of a town and if the Tabacchi shop over there is closed you might find difficult to get tickets).

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The ride is a very pleasant one. Once you leave the bus you will find yourself in the main square of the town, facing and impressive castle. From there just follow the signals to get to the Etruscan Cementery. You can buy a ticket that includes both the cementery and the Etuscan museum; this is the best option, since most of the tombs don’t have any objects inside them anymore.

It will take you more or less two hours to see everything. You will be waling in an open field and you will be visiting the tombs aided by a map provided at the entrance ofg the site.The experience is certainly exciting but as I mentioned above, all the objects originally placed inside the tombs have been removed, which substracts some interest to the visit. You can stop at the lunch area located inside the site to grab a bite. I did it myself, and even though the food wasn’t anything extraordinary the kindness of the staff and the view made up for it.

All in all, an interesting visit and a refresing option for those looking from something different while in Rome.

As always, send us an e-mail if you need help with accomodation, or drop me a line to tell me about your experiences in and around Rome.

Rome Celebrates Machiavelli’s “The Prince”


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Machiavelli is an Italian icon. His shrewdness, pragmatism and fascination with power are all trademarks of the Italian temperament. With his elucidations about power and the means to preserve it he created almost single-handedly what we know as political science, securing himself a place in history and beside the beds of many leaders (Napolean among them)  who have turned to him for guidance.

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Even though Machiavelli’s name is almost universally associated with coldness and power-for.the-sake-of-power, there is much more to him than that and he has been object of an operation of rehabilitation in Italy. As a part of said operation an exhibition has just been opened at the Complesso del Vittoriano to celebrate the 500th anniversay of The Prince, Macchiaveli’s most famous work.

Visitors will be able to see on display one of the 19 known original manuscripts of the book and learn more about the Machiavelli’s relationshipo with both classic culture and contemporary popular culture. The Complesso del Vittoriano is located at Via San Pietro in Carcere, right beside Piazza Venezia. The exhibition is open everyday from 9.30 to 19.30 (until Jully 16, 2013) and the entrance is free.

Rome: Conclave to Elect New Pope Starts Today


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Today, cardinals from all around the world will meet in Rome to elect a new leader for the catholic church.

According to the Italian media there are a couple of strong names, namely cardinal Scola from Milano and cardinal Scherer from Sao Paolo but none of them seems to be able to get the 77 votes that are necessary to reach the majority of the preferences. Specialists do not expect a quick decision but it’s almost certain that the new pope will be elected before the week ends, probably on Sunday, a possibility that the city council has already contemplated, making arrangements to move the annual city marathonf from the morning to the evening in case Sunday turns out to be the big day.

Tonight rains in Rome and there is in the air a feel of anticipation while the eyes and cameras of the world turn to the Sistine chapel waiting for the white smoke signal that will open the next chapter in the history of catholicism.
Want to witness history? check our availability on-line or send us an e-mail to book your accommodation for this memorable day.

A word about Ferragosto

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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.

Eataly: The Delicious Side Of Italy Open Its Doors

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One of the main attractions for those who visit Italy is not a place or a monument. People from all around the world visit the country in the hopes to experience themselves the extraordinary Italian cuisine.

You would believe is a tad difficult to turn a culinary tradition into a physical place, but the Eternal City is about to prove you wrong next June 21 when Eataly will open its doors.

What is Eataly? Is a celebration of good taste and great food. The motto of the company (with other “culinary malls” in the United States and Japan) is “Beauty will save Italy”. Inside the spacious premises, located near the train station Ostiense, you will find everything from hand-made pasta to beer brewed right there for you.

An experience not to be missed for those eager to discover the delicious side of Italy.

Eataly will be inaugurated June 21, 2012. You can get to the station Ostiense with the bus 75 from the Station Termini, o taking a train from the station as well.

And don’t hesitate to contact us or check our websites to get the best and most convenient accomodation in Rome!

Bimbinfiera Roma 31/03/2012 and 01/04/2012

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This is one of the largest exhibition halls, dedicated to mothers, fathers and children. It is where to find all the news articles and markets for pregnancy, infancy and growth. The latest models of wheelchairs and strollers, beds and rooms, games, food, hygene, clothing and tourism. You will recieve information on the quality and characteristics of products, as well as discount coupons, information materials and giveaways.

To make your visit even more enjoyable there are lots of games and activities for children of all ages. (animation, crawling competitions, cooking for kids and contests for moms diaper change for dads.

The nursery facilities, baby dining with tasty meals, snacks and drinks for kids, a cozy room for breastfeeding are all free of charge.

There is also an area entirely devoted to tourism and leisure, where tour operators, hotels, spas, theme parks and resorts will be fully available to parents to help them choose the best offers and find special family packages.

In this event there are so many distinguished guests, specialists and experts ready to respond to the questions of visitors so don’t miss out on this opportunity. The opening hours are from 10:00 to 19:00 wih the last entry allowed at 18:30. the admission is 10 euro but you can download the discount coupon, good for 3 euro per person, here! And remember to contact us here at Hotel Des Artistes for any information.

Thank you for reading, Vanda.

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Museo Carlo Bilotti

17/03/2012 – 06/05/2012, Roma.

The title Omar, Roma,love plays on anagram and combines the artist’s name, Omar or Omar Galliani and the city which he celebrates in this particular show and this is Roma explaining the sentiment that binds it with wit to Amor. One big table a design even exagerated (315cm – 400cm) made entirely of pencils and poplar board. Sa_OFpSqQ0sgMJAXyKu7-Tl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJ

On display at the Bilotti museum, in addition to the large table, Galliani has 25 preparatory drawings for the work.

Preparatory drawings especially the magical books of travel in which the artist has pinned his iconographic ideas, motives and emotions, as demonstrated by the different territories visited.

If you love art, don’t miss this opportunity!

Our hotel is a very short distance to the museum and you can coctact us at

Hotel Des Artistes, for more information and great room rates.

Enjoy, Vanda.

Culture Week Rome 14 – 22 April

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Every year in the eternal city of Rome the “Culture Week” or “Settimana della Cultura” is held in the month of April. This means that for one full week all state-run museums, galleries and acheological sites will be free to enter. And thats not all, museums and galleries that are normally closed to the general public will open their doors for a rare opportunity to see art works that are normally kept under lock and key. There will also be a variety of confrences, workshops, guided tours and concerts.

Among the list of sites and museums that are included are “The Colloseum”, Roman Forum” and “Palatine“, The Baths of Caracalla, Villa dei Quintili and the mausoleum of Cecilia Metella. Also included are the “Meuseo Nazionale Romano”, “The National Gallery of Modern Art“, “The National Museum of the Middle Ages”, “The Galleria Borghese“, “The Pallazo Venezia Museum” and “Castel Sant’Angelo“.

 

Make sure you don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to experience the rich artistic heritage of Rome and remember for more information and to find a place to stay, you can visit us at Hotel Des Artistes. Hope you enjoy.

Liam.

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