Accommodation in Rome

Roma Ti Amo- I Love You AS Roma

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“Roma Ti Amo – The exhibition”, a journey of more than 1300 square meters designed to portray all the most important stages of the life of the Club
No fan can resist the first major exhibition of Official AS Roma has an extraordinary array of objects on display, with hundreds of new items between documents, historical shirts, cards, trophies arriving by the Company and major collectors of memorabilia Giallorossa.

The exhibion will be open at Factory Pelanda (Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4) from February 18 to July 20, 2014.

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.

 

Quick Rome Tip: TrovaRoma

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If your visit to the Eternal City includes a Thursday don’t forget to buy the newspaper La Repubblica (1,20 Eur).

Along with it you will get a little weekly magazine called TrovaRoma, where you will be able to find the most interesting things going on in the city (cinema, theatre, restaurants, concerts and then some!).

Of course, most of it is written in Italian, but they have also an English summary with the most interesting appointments.

Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace in Rome

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The Ara Pacis (“Altar of Peace” in Latin) it’s not as popular as other Roman monuments, but deserves a spot in any itinerary.

The altar was a public homage, a monument to celebrate Augustus’ return from Hispania and Gaul (Spain and France) and to thank him for bringing peace with his military victories.

The altar is an outstanding example of Roman sculpture. All the figures are depictions of actual Roman citizens presented with such detail that historians believe they can recognize some of them.

Originally the altar was located near the Tiber, so it didn’t take long for it to be covered in mud. It was unearthed during the thirties and put in a pavillion than became inadecuate over time due to the increase of traffic and smog. A new building designed by American architect Richard Meier opened in 2006. The new structure includes a museum, but the altar itself, surrounded by glass walls through wich you can see the Tiber it’s something you have to experience while in Rome.

The Ara Pacis is located in Lungotevere in Augusta (corner with via Tomacelli) and can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the red subway line from the Station Termini and getting off at Flaminio.

A Stroll Down Via del Boschetto

5901149111_3a046017da_zWhen it comes to eating in Rome there are many places where the guides and even locals will usually direct you: Trastevere, San Lorenzo and recently Pignetto. But there’s a place ( a couple of streets) not that famous that I would like to introduce you to.

Via del Boschetto and Via Dei Serpenti are located just off Via Nazionale (the big avenue that starts on Repubblica square, just beside Termini). The area is right in the center of the City, but is quiet and the atmosphere is easygoing. During the evenings you can see people sitting beside a fountain, having a beer, just like the more radical crowd do in San Lorenzo.

There are many places to eat and even some pleasant surprises: a takeaway Sushi place, a Japanese restaurant and a couple of Indian restaurants. If what you are after is Italian food you can try Osteria al 16, on Via del Boschetto 16. I have been there with friends a couple of times and I have never been disappointed. If like me, you enjoy a hearty meal, you will appreciate the spaghetti all’amatriciana (spaghetti with tomato sauce and bacon) and the meatballs with tomato sauce.

boschettoThe best is that this area is just a blocks away from the Colosseum, so if you are in the mood you can walk over there to put a perfect ending to your Roman serata.

And don’t forget to send me a line to tell me about your adventure, and to check our websites to get the best deals for accommodation in the best Hotels in Rome!

Atoms for Peace in Rome

Atoms_AMOKAtoms for Peace is a super group formed by Radiohead’s singer Thom Yorke, Red Hot Chilli Pepper’s bassist Flea, Mauro Refosco, percussionist of Red Hot Chilli Peppers,drummer Joey Waronker, famous for his work with Beck and REM and longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Woodrich on keyboards.

As you may expect, the fusion of the minds that shaped alternative rock as we know it is unpredictable, hard to pigeonhole, and above all thoroughly enjoyable. All the attributes of the band are clearly displayed on Ingenue, the single from their first album, Amok.

Atoms For Peace will be playing in Rome July 16 2013 at the Capannelle racecourse.
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Empire State: A Homage From One Empire to Another


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Rome was once the capital of the world: it was to the classic world what New York is to us, so it’s no surprise that the upcoming exhibition at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni is dedicated one of the most lively culture scenes in the world.

The curators, Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld know very well the New Yorker artistic milieu and will bring works from both well-known names like Jeff Koons and up-and-coming fihures like Moyra Davey’s.

The Palazzo delle Esposizioni is located at Via Nazionale 194, just a short walk away from Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel; Empire State will be open to the public until July 2.

Rome Weolcomes Pope Francis

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

So, we finally have a Pope.

The world was surprised to learn the election was so quick, but was even more surprised to learn that the new pope – who will go under the name Francesco, or Francis in English- was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wasn’t included in any of the preliminary lists made by Vatican experts and probability whizzes at the gambling companies around the world. As the  Roman saying  goes, whoever enters the conclave as a pope, leaves as a cardinal.

With hindsight, the election of archbishop Bergoglio, who will become the first pope to arrive from outside Europe, is a smart one. An austere man who chose his papal name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, he is sure to bring warmth and vigour to the church he is called to lead, that without mentioning the immense reserve of devotion and support he will find in Latin America, where the majority of the population is catholic.

Next Sunday, Pope Francis will offer his first Angelus, the public blessing the pope offers every week at noon. It will be a great opportunity to be part of a historical event! If you need help with your accomodation in Rome, don’t hesitate to contact us, or check our website to get the  best rates in the Eternal City!

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.
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Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: “It’s Complicated”

kahlo_tehuanaYou would be hard-pressed to find  works of art that are more poignant than the self-portraits of Frida Kahlo. They reveal an inner life  that’s rich but also terribly painful, and understantandably so: her life was marked by suffering both physical and emotional.

The cause of Kahlo’s physical pain was a congenital conditon (probably spina bifida) and an accident that left her bed-ridden for long periods of time. As for the emotional pain, the  main culprit was Diego Rivera, a towering figure of Mexican art whose complicated relationship with Kahlo included at some point an affair with her sister.

Infidelity not withstanding, the painters were deeply in love and found inspiration in both the affection and the pain they caused each other, a unique phenomenon in the history of art whose intimate workings are explored in a free photographic expostition at the Cervantes Institute at Navona Square 91.

The exhibition is open Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM, until March 10.

If you are planning a visit to Rome and you would like to visit the exhibition, send me a line with the code FRIDA, and we’ll offer you a 10% discount off our list prices for your accommodation in Rome.

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