Off the beaten track in Rome

ROME, STREET ART CAPITAL FOR 5 WEEKS

ROME, STREET ART CAPITAL FOR 5 WEEKS

Outdoor Urban Art Festival brings street art once again to Rome.
A fresh wave for the Eternal City, which until 22 November will be the capital of street art as well.
15 artists from 6 countries (Japan, France, South Africa, Norway, Greece and Italy) will renew through their skilful work a disused industrial architecture in San Lorenzo quarter (at few minutes walk from Termini station). Names such as Lady Aiko, Faith47, Blaqk, Thomas Canto, Laurina Paperina will transform the ex Dogana at San Lorenzo with mural decorations inspired by “Moving forward” philosophy, which is also the Outdoor Urban Art Festival 2014 title.
Where: ex Dogana, via dello Scalo San Lorenzo 10 – San Lorenzo.
When: daily 12:00-22:00.
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pope Francis.

Francisco_20-03-20131.- As many of our guests have confirmed, wen he was a bishop in Argentina he used the public means of transportation to get around. He hasn’t tried to do the same in Rome but keep your eyes open if you visit the city!

2.- The man seriously challenges John Paul II as the coolest pope ever: To pay for his studies he worked as a nightclub bouncer in Buenos Aires.

3.- He is a rennaisance man: he studied chemistry, but is also a professor of literature and psychology.

4.- He is missing a part of his right lung. When he was young he got really sick and at the time antibiotic treatments weren’t that common so in such cases the tissue was removed to stop the infection from spreading.

5.- The motto he chose to put on his coat of arms when he became a bishop is taken from the homilies of the Venerable Bede: Miserando atque eligendo ( literally in Latin ‘by having mercy, by choosing him’.). As a pope, he has kept the phrase and the design, with some slight modifications.

 

The best coffee in Rome!

santeu1When it comes to coffee it’s difficult to go wrong in Rome: almost avery little Bar (as cafés are known in Italy) has good or even great coffee, but as in everything else there is always one that stands above all the others.

In Rome, the place that is regarded as the best for espresso is Bar Sant’Eustachio. The place was opened in 1938 and it’s almost mythical among the horde of caffeine consumers in the capital. They have their own website where you can buy their celebrated blend to enjoy the best coffee in the eternal city even if you cannot come here personally!

But of course, there is nothing like the real deal: even if the place might seem hardly out of the ordinary from the outside, you cannot help but feel as if you are steping into a sort of temple when you walk into Sant’ Eustachio. The employees have a sacerdotal gravitas to them and clients are advised to let the personel known if they want their espresso without sugar, since you get your coffee with the right amount of sugar already on it- something not many cafes in the city do. Maybe it has to do with the fact that some suspect that the sugar is actually an important part of their secret!

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Sant’Eustachio is located at Piazza Sant’Eustachio 32, near Navona square. If you are staying at Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, or anywhere near the Termini station you can take the bus 40 from the station to get there (get off at the station “Argentina”). Here you have a map showing the bus route and the part you would have to do walking from the bus stop.

Have a great vacation and do not hesitate to contact us for accomodation if you are staying in Rome!



A walk down via Cavour and then some

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The other day I was walking down via Cavour when I saw a flight of stairs that led to an alley. Being curious as I am I decided to climb the stairs and discover what was up there.

I walked past a church with a medieval tower and along the wall of what seemed to be an old Villa to discover the entrance of a garden so spacious that made me think for a moment that I had stumbled into a little known access to Villa Borghese. I was almost alone in the park and the weather was perfect: sunny but not too warm. As I walked past a little soccer field I discerned the top of what could only be the Colosseum.

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Just in front the exit of the park you will find a little caffe called “Caffe dello Studente”. The place had a certain undefinable appeal, so I decided to take a seat. A couple of signs boasted that the place “was reccomended by the Rick Steve’s guide”, which both reassured me  and gave a boost to my faith in my culinary instincts. The women who seemed to be the owner of the place was the embodiment of the Roman character: warm but in a rough, no-nonsense, way.

I was suprised to find all the available pasta was frozen. Don’t order that if you are planning to give the place a try. Get a good sandwich and a cold beer, instead. In a warm day, with the sight of the trees on one side and the Colosseum on the other, is an unbeatable combination.

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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).

Il Pincio: Getting Romantic in Rome


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Rome is, well…Romantic. Everyhting from the weather to the food invites to love. That’s why I’m surprised that Il Pincio is not one of the better known sights in the city.

Il Pincio is a terrace from where you can get an amazing view of Rome Visiting it is a great experience no matter what, but to be there with your significant other will reward you with one of the most romantic moments of your trip.

To get to Il Pincio from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes take the red subway line from Termini (direction Battistini) and get off at the Station Flaminio. As you get outside from the subway you will see the gate leading to Piazza del Popolo. Cross the gate, walk past the church and turn left (notice you won’t get to walk into the Piazza; you will turn just before getting to it). Then you will see stairs that will take you up to Villa Borghese. Climb the Stairs and once inside the garden follow the path leading uphill tl get to Il Pincio.

Since the terrace is part of Villa Borghese after your visit you can rent a bike or if you are of the lazy kind (just like me) you can just lie in the grass with your partner– which will of course lead to further romantic exchanges.
You’re welcome!

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.

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Rome Meets The World 2013


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Rome Meets The World is already a summer tradition in the city. The aim of the festival is to bring to Roman audiciences some of the best performers from the most diverse musical scenes. These are our picks for this year’s edition:

June 15, 2013
COCOROSIE
The music they played has been labeled “freak folk”. It’s an accurate description.

June18, 2013
MODENA CITY RAMBLERS
The Ramblers and their folk sound are an institution in Italy.

July 14, 2013
NINA ZILLI & FABRIZIO BOSSO
She has a big bluesy voice and the looks of Zadie Smith; he seems ready to join Enrico Rava and Paolo Fresu in the olympus of great Italian trumpet players.

July 18, 2013
MALIKA AYANE
An Italian singer of Maroccan descent and one of the most interesting figures in the local pop scene.

July 19, 2013
ORCHESTRA DI PIAZZA VITTORIO
A multicultural Roman phenomenon whose story is worth spreading.

July 23, 2013
ELIO E LE STORIE TESE
The revered irreverent of Italy’s music scene.

The concerts take place at Villa Ada (Via Salaria 275) which can be reached from the Termini Station, just a few minutes away from Yes Hotel and Hotel Des Artistes with the bus 92. To read the full program, click here.

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.

Roma se Prepara para Dar la Bienvenida a Papa Francisco

Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

Finalmente Roma tiene un nuevo papa.

El mundo se mostro sorprendido al descubrir que la eleccion habia sido mas rapida de lo esperado, pero la sopresa mayor fue descubrir que el nuevo papa – que tomara el nombre de Francesco, o Francisco en espanol- no era otro que Jorge Mario Bergoglio, arzobispo de Buenos Aires, quien no habia sido incluido en ninguna de las listas preliminares elaboradas por expertos en cuestiones vaticanas y por los genios de las probabilidades de las casas de apuestas de todo el mundo. Como se dice en Roma, quien entra al conclave como papa sale como cardenal.

Vista en retrospectiva, la eleccion del arzobispo Bergoglio- quien sera el primer papa “extra-europeo”-  es una eleccion inteligente. Se trata de un hombre austero, quien eligio su nombre como homenaje a San Francisco de Asis y que sin duda dara a la iglesia catolica calor humano y fuerza, eso sin mencionar las inmensas reservas de apoyo y devocion que lo respaldan en America Latina, donde la mayor parte de la pobacion profesa la fe catolica.

El proximo domingo el papa Francisco ofrecera su primer Angelus, la bendicion publica que los papas ofrecen cada semana a medio dia. Sera sin duda una gran oportunidad para presenciar un evento historico! Si necesita ayuda o informacion para encontrar alojamiento en Roma, no dude en contactarnos por e-mail. o usando nuestro sitio de internet, para que asi obtenga las tarifas mas convenientes en la Ciudad Eterna.