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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.

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.

Answers to 4 Random (but useful) Questions About Rome

Working in a hotel you get used to be asked certain questions very often. I guessed that means many people may be wondering the same things while preparing their trip, so I decided to share them with you. Here they are:

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Buses don’t tell the stops
Rome is not completely covered by the subway system, so you’ll find that the only way to get to certain places is by bus. The problem is that the buses almost never show the stops (some models have monitors that show them as you travel, but they are not the rule), and may skip some altogether if nobody is getting in or off. The best way to go about this is to find the bus you need to take and then ask the driver to tell you where to get off.

You don’t need your passport to go to the Vatican
Understandably, we get this question very often. Even if the Vatican is a different state you don’t need a passport to visit Saint Peter’s or The Vatican Museums. However, is a good idea to carry a photocopy of it with you at all times while you are abroad.

Tap water is drinkable

In fact, one of the greatest sumer pleasures in Rome is to drink from the Nasoni, the public little fountains that dispense the thirsty with deliciously fresh water all-year long.

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Get your ticket before getting on the bus

Again, buses versus logic. Some buses are equipped with ticket-vending machines, but most of them don’t have them. You can buy the tickets at the Tobacco shops (you recognize them by their typical sign: a big T), news stands and subway stations. In fact, maybe to alleviate the pledge of the foreign bus users, the ticket vending machines are quite easy to use and have a very clear, multilingual interface. You can buy a day pass for 4 Euros, a 3 day ticket for 11 euros and a week ticket for 16 euros, and let’s not forget the good ‘ol Roma Pass: 30 Euros for transportation for 3 days and entrance to 2 museums.

Well, I hope this helps you in you trip. Do you have any other random (but useful) questions to make about Rome? Send me a line and we’ll answer them and share them with everybody!

Conducting Change: Gustavo Dudamel In Rome

26_SCI_Dudamel_0Do you know Gustavo Dudamel? If you don’t, will fill you in.

Gustavo was born in Venezuela where two factors put him early on the track for musical success: the first was his parents who were both musicians, the second was El Sistema, an internationally acclaimed Venezuelan network created to scout and develop young musical talent.

Gustavo took up violin from an early age and then composition and conducting. In 2004 he was awarded the Gustav Mahler conducting prize and soon and began to appear alongside some of the most important conductors, like Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado.

Dudamel has became a symbol of Venezuela, but also of Latin American talent, and is one of the few young faces in a world dominated by mature men who represent older musical traditions.

Gustavo will be conducting a program centered on Schumann with the Orchestra of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia the 15, 17 and 18 June 2013: a great opportunity to check the fresh take Gustavo has on classical music.

The concert will take place at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, that can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel in Rome: take the red subway line from Termini and get off at Flaminio, then take tram number 2 and get off at the stop Apollodoro.

Waiting fo the New Pope

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After Benedict’s XVI resignation Rome and the world get ready to welcome a new pope. The date on which the election (conclave) will take place is March 12. Cardinals from all around the world will gather inside the Sistine chapel to elect a new pastor and will let the world know about their decision with the legendary signals of white smoke coming out of the chimney of the chapel..

According to the international press some of the candidates with more possibilites are the Brazilian Odilo Scherer , the American Timothy Dolan and the Italian Angelo Scola, while the international bookmakers mark Nigeria’s Cardinal Francis Arinze as their favorite. What do you think?

If you are planning to visit Rome to witness this historical event send us a line or check our website to get the best rates for accommodation in the Eternal City!

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns

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Today Benedict XVI took the world by surprise  announcing he will step down  by the end of this month.

The choice has almost no precedent, since the las time a pope abdicated was almost 600 years ago: Gregory XII did it in 1415, but he was forced out of office as a way to end the Great Western schism. The last pope to abdicate voluntarily was Celestine V, in 1294.

There aren’t no official candidates to fill the vacating post, but many speculate the next pope may come from a third-world country, as a way to give new strenght  to a church struggling with scandals and facing the challenges of a fast-changing world.

Who do you think it will be the next pope? Personally, I’m rooting for Mexico (my country!) but I think a young pope from a developing country will be a great option for the church– it may actually be exactly what the catholic church needs right now.

Let us know your thoughts or contact us if you  want to make a booking to be in Rome by Easter ( which falls on March 31) when the name of the new pope will be announced.

Dali in Rome: Melting the Eternal City


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Salvador Dali seemed to have a perverse affection for the classical and stern. He takes a serious-looking clock, a revered Greek statue and then proceeds to twist them, cut hem, melt them.

It was only logical then for Dali to feel a keen interest in the most stern, classical city in the world: Rome. An exhibition at the Complesso del Vittoriano explores the relationship beetwen the Eternal City and the painter and the results are, well… surreal.

Visiting the exhibition you will see on display a Vespa that Dali painted and will learn about his exhilarant antiques in Rome: he gave a press conference in Latin even though he didn’t speak the language, insisted on working on a painting with a rhinocero and visited the biennale of Venice sporting a gun.

No other artist has had such a profound influence in the art as we understand it and, all his irreverence non withstanding, no other artist has shown the same amount of faith and affection for the classical. In a paradoxical way the most blasphemous painter of its time turns out to be the best guide to the most pious city in the world.


The Exhibition Dali, Un Artista, Un Genio will be open at the Complesso Del Vittoriano (Piazza Venezia) until July the 1st, 2012.

Duran Duran visit Rome

One of the biggest bands of the 80’s and a driving force in the MTV fueled “Second British Invasion” of America, Duran Duran have made a rather large splash in the music industry. While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene along with bands such as Spandau Ballet when they first emerged, they later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image that earned them the nickname “the prettiest boys in rock”.imagesCAWVYKGH1

The group was formed by Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Stephen Duffy, with the later addition of Roger Taylor and, after numerous personnel changes, Andy Taylor and Simon Le Bon. Their controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

This summer Duran Duran come to Rome, to Foro Italico, Piazza Lauro De Bosis. You can catch a concert on the 18th of July at 20:00, make sure to book those tickets soon and remember to contact Hotel Des Artistes to get a great deal on one of our rooms.

 Hope you enjoy and thanks for reading, Liam.