Monuments in Rome

THE FRINGE COMES TO THE CENTER: ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL 2015

THE FRINGE COMES TO THE CENTER: ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL 2015

Non-stop shows, art exhbits, day & night markets, refreshment areas, wine & food tasting, workshops and kids activities: this and much more at Roma Fringe Festival 2015, taking place this year against the charming backdrop of Castel Sant’Angelo’s gardens.
Every day from 9 am to 2 am this yearly independent theatre & performative arts festival will refresh hot summer nights in Rome by offering a wide range of shows and performances to both adults and kids.
A number of foreign companies & artists will entartain public with musical, comedy, drama, social theatre, dance, stand up, street art, clowning, puppet, poetry and literature following a daily schedule as follows:

  • from 9am to 4.30pm: market, summer camp for children by Arteficine, free events and gastronomy
  • from 6pm to 8.30pm: aperitif, concerts, food tasting and market.
  • from 8.30pm onwards nine shows of any sort described above

No entry fee to the “festival carousel” is requested, but a 5 euro ticket will be paid to each company for attending their shows.
Rome Fringe Festival has just begun and will last until July 5th.
Contact HotelRome.net for more news about Summer events in Rome!

A RED ROSE PETALS SHOWER IN THE PANTHEON ON MAY 24TH!

A RED ROSE PETALS SHOWER IN THE PANTHEON ON MAY 24TH!

An impressive two-thousand years old celebration will take place on Sunday May 24th inside the Pantheon, one of the most important monuments located in the heart of Rome.
Born as a pagan temple, the Pantheon was converted into the catholic Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri several centuries ago, and from the time of the earliest Christian communities it hosts once a year a special liturgy on Pentecost Sunday: a rain of red rose petals will be poured from the top hole in the ceiling, the architectural wonder that made the Pantheon so famous all over the world.
Pentecost, which occurs on the 50th day after Easter Sunday, celebrates the descend of the Holy Spirit on earth after the sacrifice of Jesus, whose blood is precisely represented by the red rose petals.
A mass starting at 10:30 am will be part of the liturgy of course.
For any further information about this and other events in the Eternal City don not hesitate to contact us at HotelRome.net!

AURELIAN WALLS: 80 “NEW” METERS JUST UNCOVERED!

AURELIAN WALLS: 80 “NEW” METERS JUST UNCOVERED!

A brand new section of the Museum of the Walls might been open in Rome, following the few days ago discovery of no less than 80 meters Aurelian Walls (3rd cent. AD) in St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica area.
The event was totally unexpected as scholars assumed this section of the Walls was lost as a consequence of the radical rearrangements which took place in the area in the middle of the 18th century to renovate St. John Lateran’s facade: the Walls were supposedly torn down or collapsed on that occasion – an idea reinforced by the lack of references in the scientific literature.
The extent of the discovery is invaluable: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder.
Contact us at HotelRome.net to get all the information you need on the Museums of the Walls and other must-see sites in the Eternal City!

QUIRINAL PALACE… COMING SOON!

QUIRINAL PALACE… COMING SOON!

The largest palace in Rome, former abode of Popes and kings and since 1946 dwelling place of the President of the Italian Republic,will be soon open to public every day. We are referring to the Quirinal Palace, a gem in the heart of Rome which hosts artistic treasures of immense value insiede its 1,200 rooms.
The newly elected President Sergio Mattarella disposed indeed its opening on a daily base to make it the home of all Italians and of those wishing to get deeper into the history of our country. Spreading on a surface of more than 110,000 m², the Quirinal Palace is actually one of the largest building in the world, and the widest residence of a head of state. It stands on the highest hill in Rome (the namasake Quirinal Hill), which ensures a wonderful view on the Eternal City’s center.
Until the new arrangement becomes effective, it is currently open on Sundays only from 8:30 am to 12 pm. For the remaining part of 2015, it will be closed on 5 April – 31 May – 1 November – 20, 27 December and during summer time (28 June – 6 September).
Ask HotelRome.net for more details!

WHY NOT A MUSEUMS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY?

WHY NOT A MUSEUMS ON ST. VALENTINE’S DAY?

Rome has no rivals with regard to the variety of museums available to her visitors. On the occasion of St. Valentine’s day don’t miss the chance to visit some of them, where you might happen to find special discounts on the entrance ticket.
We prepared a selection of those you might be interested in:
Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Contact HotelRome.net for opening times and ticket reservations!

A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN THE HEART OF ROME

A FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IN THE HEART OF ROME

From 3 to 7 January 2015 a historical palace in the heart of Rome will be exceptionally open to public: it’s Palazzo Ferrajoli, facing on Piazza Colonna, where the famous Antonine Column stands since centuries at few steps from the Italian Parliament. This rare chance to access it, enjoying a guided tour of the palace together with a unique perspective on the Column itself, is provided on the occasion of the Festival of Lights in Piazza Colonna. The four-day free event offers to visitors art, music and literature.
To take part to it no particular requirements are needed: just contact Hotelrome.net to get the free voucher to access it!

THE NEW LIGHTS OF ST. PETER’S

THE NEW LIGHTS OF ST. PETER’S

There’s one more reason to take a tour in the center of Rome now: discover its Christmas lights, and particularly those at St. Peter’s Square. Today 19 December at 6 pm Pope Francis will turn on not only the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene which once a year embellish the cradle of Christianity, but also the brand new lighting system of both the dome and the facade of the church.
Over 300 LED spots have been set to guarantee 70% energy saving and to provide architectures with the best possible lighting techonologies currently available: each LED has been placed and its shade has been designed according to the piece of architecture it is meant to light up. St. Peter’s new lights are part of a wider project aiming at improving light effects on 40 domes of the Eternal City.
The traditional Christmas tree comes this year from Calabria region, while the Nativity scene includes more than 20 full-size clay pieces.
Hotelrome.net is always at your disposal to help you with accommodations in Rome during Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME”: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO LATEST EXHIBIT

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME”: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO LATEST EXHIBIT

The current exhibit at Castel Sant’Angelo is entirely dedicated to the Popes who – between ‘500 and ‘600 – made of Rome the capital of Christian world throughout sponsoring works of art: that was the time indeed when art started to be considered as a precious vehicle to spread Christian religion. All major artists gathered in the Eternal City to beautify it with paintings and sculptures which we can admire till today. Many of them are now on display in the Popes’ fortress on the Tiber river: works by Caravaggio, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Pietro da Cortona, just to name a few.
Castel Sant’Angelo Museum is open Tue – Sun from 9am to 7pm. The exhibit has been extended to 11 January 2015. Contact http://www.hotelrome.net/ to get more information on the exhibit and to find the most suitable accommodation to you!

The Splendor of Ancient Roman Houses Comes Alive

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A couple of days ago a client asked me about a visit to Palazzo Valentini. “I’ve read somewhere it’s the best  kept secret in Rome”, she said. “Not for long”, I thought.

In fact, her request surprised me: I thought of palazzo Valentini as the bureaucratic headquarters of the local government. Certainly not the kind of thing you want to see while on vacation!

It turns out that recent archeological excavations have unearthed a group of ancient Roman houses now open for visit. A multimedia installation of light and sound brings back the houses to their luxurious splendor through which we can read a story of the domestic life of the upper classes of ancient Rome.

Palazzo Valentini, located at Via IV Setembre (near Piazza Venezia), is open Wedenesday through Monday from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM and can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the bus 40 from Termini. Reservations are not mandatory but highly encouraged.

An Opera Summer At The Baths Of Caracalla

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Every summer, when heat arrives, the Opera house of Rome moves to the suggesting setting of the Baths of Caracalla. These are the concerts we are looking forward to:

TERRA E CIELO / CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA

Remember the opera at the end of The Godfather III? That’s Cavalleria Rusticana. If it’s good enough for Don Corleone I’m sure is good for you too.

CARMEN – L’ARLESIENNE
Bizet’s masterpiece coupled with one of his less-known efforts.

ENNIO MORRICONE
The career of the composer of the soundtracks of many classic Spaghetti Westerns has been re-evaluated after years of relative neglect.

TOSCA

A tale of love, passion and treasure set in Rome in the year 1800.

For further information visit Rome’s Opera House official website.

To reach the Baths of Caracalla from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the bus 714 from the station Termini and get off at the 7th stop (Palazzo Sport).