MATISSE’S ARABESQUE ON EXHIBIT UNTIL JUNE!

MATISSE’S ARABESQUE ON EXHIBIT UNTIL JUNE!

Spring in Rome marks the beginning of a few important exhibitions, that at Scuderie del Quirinale being dedicated to the French artist Henri Matisse.
“Matisse. Arabesque” focuses on a particular aspect of the painter’s production, that is the so called “arabesque” motif, a type of decorative pattern either geometric or undulating which eriches a great number of Matisse’s works. The inspiration to include this kind of element derives from Matisse interest in Oriental cultures, with which he came across during some journeys and during his staying in Paris as well, a multicultural centre since long before his time.
The exhibit will be open until June 21st: from Sunday to Thursday 10am – 8pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 10.30pm. Monday closed. Ticktes range from € 6 to € 12.
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THE GOAT, THE FIDDLER AND THE BRIDE: CHAGALL’S “LOVE AND LIFE” ON EXHIBIT

THE GOAT, THE FIDDLER AND THE BRIDE: CHAGALL’S “LOVE AND LIFE” ON EXHIBIT

After Escher, Chiostro del Bramante museum is going to please the public with an outstanding new exhibition: that dedicated to Marc Chagall.
One-hundred-fifty works by the Russian-born Jewish artist will be offered to visitors, including paintings, drawings and prints, all coming from the Israel Museum of Jerusalem.
Much of Chagall’s artistic production faithfully reflects his intimate experiences, as the title of the exhibit clearly points out: “Marc Chagall. Love and life”. His strong relationship with Bella Rosenfeld, hiw wife and muse at one time, as well as the Jewish symbolism are basically ever-present motifs in his works: the goat, an allegory of hope and confidence; the hut, reminiscent of the celebration of the feast after the Exodus; the donkey, tied to the different moments of the Bible; the fiddler figure who uses to attend the major Jewish religious holidays.
The exhibition is open every day with the following schedule: from Monday to Friday 10am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9 pm. Tickets vary up to € 13.
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U.S.A. FOR EXPO MILANO 2015: A PAVILION TO FEED THE PLANET

U.S.A. FOR EXPO MILANO 2015: A PAVILION TO FEED THE PLANET

American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” is the leading theme of U.S.A. pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Designed by the renowned architect James Biber, the American section at the Universal Exposition dedicated to food & nutrition occupies a 35,000 square foot space (the whole event covering a 3.6 million square foot surface). Its structure is meant to recall the traditional American farm, to which agricultural development in the US much owes. The intent goes far beyond a mere historical reconstruction, though: technological innovation, science, business and enterpreneurial attitude will be at the core of the American exposition. Beyond including a vertical farm supposed to be harvested on a daily base, the building will certainly impress visitors with further features such as:
transparent technology wall that shows the inner workings of the pavilion
– wood repurposed from the original Coney Island boardwalk
– installations, events, and exhibits throughout
rooftop terrace and cafe
– gathering space, courtyard, and VIP meeting spaces
retail merchandising space
grove of oak trees, the national tree of the USA
The American pavilion is one of the 145 structures representing each participant country at Expo Milano 2015. For more details, tickets, venues and trasportations between Rome and Milan don’t hesitate to contact HotelRome.net!

 

ROME MARATHON 2015: LAST WEEK FOR REGISTRATION!

ROME MARATHON 2015: LAST WEEK FOR REGISTRATION!

Professional racers from all over the world won’t miss the forthcoming sport event in the Eternal City: Rome Marathon 2015, on Sunday 22nd March.
So less than one month is left to what is considered a major sport happening in Italy given the amount of participants. Registration procedures and many more info are provided on the official website. We have recalled a few details here below:
– Marathon deadline: March 5th
start: 22/03 at 8.50 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali, where the finish line will be as well
bib number and race packet are available at the Marathon Village from March 19th to  March  21st
– the Marathon Village, i.e. the official expo of the event, will be set one week prior to the event at Palazzo dei Congressi (EUR area)
– a non-competitive race open to anyone will take place on the same day of the Marathon: the RomaFun, a 5 km walk from Via dei Fori Imperiali (start at 9:10, with meeting point at 8 am in Via Cavour) to Circo Massimo
– registration deadline for the RomaFun: March 21st (€ 8,00 including official t-shirt)- the RomaFun Village will wait for participants
– the RomaFun Village will be waiting for the participants at the end of the route for offering refreshment and more fun.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on HotelRome.net for more information and accommodations in Rome!

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).
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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)
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ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS: WORKS IN PROGRESS

ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS: WORKS IN PROGRESS

Internazionali d’Italia, one of the greatest tennis event in the world, will be taking place in Rome from May 9 to 17, 2015. Backdrop to this International event will traditonally be the Foro Italico, not far from the Stadio Olimpico.
Despite three months are still left to the start, a sort of preparation is already on since some days all over Italy: we are referring to the qualification tournaments which are taking place to select those “common” tennis players who will have the chance to compete on the red grounds shoulder to shoulder with the worldwide renowned champions. The finalists for the major event in May will be chosen among any tennis players regularly subscribed to the Italian Federation of Tennis, with no restrictions related to rank position or level: anyone playing and winning these qualification tournaments will be admitted to the Internazionali d’Italia. For all the others there will be anyways a prestigious consolation prize: a seat on the bleachers of Foro Italico in May.
Don’t miss Rome in spingtime and join this great event: contact HotelRome.net to buy your tickets!

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!

THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

THE SWISS GUARD TURNS 509 YEARS!

The Swiss Guard of the Pope turned 509 years last week.
On 22 January fell indeed the anniversary of their hiring at the Holy Seat: it was 1506 when Pope Julius II recruited a guarnison of soldiers from today’s Switzerland for his own safeguard in the Vatican. Since then they kept serving him with loyalty until today, linked to him by an oath which includes life sacrifice and which they didn’t hesitate to respect many times: in 1527, for instance, on occasion of the so called “Sack of Rome”, when out of 189 soldiers, only 42 survived to protect the then Pope. Coming closer to our times, the Swiss Guard mantained its loyalty to the Holy Seat even when the Papal State was deprived of its political and territorial powers by the new born Italian State, in 1861.
A little folkloric note: the Swiss Guard’s old fashioned uniform is not as ancient as we might think, being the fruit of a design which dates back to 1914, when the corp underwent major reforms. The new outfit was inspired to Raffaello’s drawings though, from which thing it derives its clear Renaissance looking.
HotelRome.net can provide with more info on sites and events in Rome to better enjoy your stay in the Eternal City!

AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

Among the several exhibitions currently in Rome, we strongly suggest not to skip a couple of events focused on Augustus, the first of Roman Emperors, who died not too far from Neaples in 14 AD after a long life rich of those achievements which make of him one of the greatest Roman personalities ever.
The two exhibitions were set up in 2014 to commemorate 2000 years after his death, and will still be running until May/June 2015:
“KEYS TO ROME – THE CITY OF AUGUSTUS”, at Trajan’s Markets, 9 am- 7 pm (Mon closed);
“AUGUSTUS REVOLUTION”, Roman National Museum at Palazzo Massimo, 9 am – 7.45 pm (Mon closed).
The two observe Augustus’ age under different perspectives. “Keys to Rome” is part of a European joint project involving the cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Alexandria (Egypt) as well: four different museums in fours different spots of the former Roman Empire to highlight four different aspects of the Roman world.
The latter analyzes one of the most significant reforms by August in Roman society: the introduction of new festivities and anniversaries in the calendar, showing us like time calculation could be used as a tool for propaganda.
Both the exhibits make use of highly refined technologies to guarantee visitors’ immersion into Augustus’ 2000 years old world.
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