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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.

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4 Tricks To Make Your Life Easier In Rome

Today we bring you 4 tricks to improve your experience in the Eternal City!

roma_pass1.- Roma Pass: You might have already know about this one, but offers good value, so it’s worth mentioning: for 34 euros you get to use the public transportation sysem for 3 days and free entrance to the first 2 museums you visit. Besides, you get discounts on all the museums you visit after the first 2. You can find the Roma Pass in many Tabacchi shops and newsstands in the Termini station, where you will likely arrive from your airport.


2.- Book Vatican Museums in advance: The lenght of the queue to get into the museums is almost legendary among tourists, but you can easily avoid it if you book the entrance in advance.To do it go to this website http://biglietteriamusei.vatican.va/musei/tickets/do ; from there you can check availability and book your tickets.


3.-Atac website: Rome is not particularly easy to figure out, when it comes to autobus-romatransportation, but the things are slowly changing thanks to the internet. ATAC, the public transportation agency of the city has o neat website that allows you to check yhe best routes toget from one point of the city to another using the public transportation system. It also shows in real time how long will it take for a bus to arrive to a given stop,so it’s a great resource to check on your mobile.


4.- 060608: This is the Municipality of Rome’s official tourist information service. You can call them at (+39) 060608 to get general information about the city and even book museums. Even if the service has been around for a while, is not very well known but it’s really useful!


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!

Rome Close-Up: The Ace of Cups of the Trevi Fountain


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We’re inaugurating a new section, Roman Close-up. Here’ we’ll try to show you the story behind some details of the city.

The Trevi Fountain is a baroque explosion of stone, muscles and sea-horses. There are enough details on it to write entire books, but there is a specific part of the sculpture around which a little local legend has been created.

The story goes that during the construction of the fountain an overly critical barber who  worked accross the street used to overwhelm Nicola Salvi, the sculptor, with his suggestions and (usually negative) observations about the artist’s work. Understandably annoyed, Salvati proceded then to add to the fountain a vase strategically located to block the view of the fountain from the barbershop to put and end to

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the unrequested artisical feedback.

The story doesn’t mention if a vase was enough to deter the artistically overzealous barber (maybe he was more into classicism– I cannot help but wonder how that reflected in his work), but the tale is popular among Romans, who call the vase “l’asso di coppe”, the ace of cups, after a figure in the Italian deck of cards.

Stayed tune for more Roman close-ups, and don’t forget to check our websites to find the best accomodation in the Eternal City!


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.

The Most Roman of Romans


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It has always puzzled me that many people know about Rome and its greatness but so little is known about Romans. Compared to the Londoner or the Parisian, the Roman remains a mystery, probably because like his food, he is hearty but not sophisticated, shrewd but not always insightful.

Romanity, however, captivates those who get to get to know it. If you want to get a glimpse of it without having to stay a couple of years in the Eternal City then you have to read the sonnets of Gioachino Belli, who is in my book the most Roman of Romans.

Belli was born to a weatlhy family and earned a place in the Italian literary cannon with 2200 sonnets through which the low Roman class of the time its shown as it is, “salacious, sometimes cunning and always self-centerd” as the ruthless Italian Wikipedia article about Belli puts it.

The most striking feature of the sonnets is also the reason why they are not as known as they should: they are written in the Romanesco dialect which gives them a poignantly accurate flavor when read in Italian but also eludes translation. An English version of the sonnets its available at the Anglo-American Bookstore, my bookstore of choice in Rome or online, from this website where you will find gems like this:

PIAZZA NAVONA

Piazza Navona easily stands the comparison
With both St.Peter’s and the Spanish Steps.
This is not a square, it’s like the countryside,
It’s a theatre, it’s a fair, it’s gaiety.
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It runs from Sant’Apollinare 2 to the central pathway,
And from the central pathway to Cuccagna street 3:
Everywhere you see things to eat,
Everywhere you see people who buy them.
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Here three fountains stand in all their might,
Here is a spire 4, as solemn as a judgement,
Here the place is flooded when summertime comes .
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Here the whipping-trestle is raised,
Where those who look for trouble get thirty lashes
On their arse, and five more for charity .

Rome gets ready to enjoy a hot latin summer

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Words are funny. Take the word “latino”, by example. The term is used today to denote people of latin american descent, but originally it was the name given to the inhabitants of Latium, the region where Rome is located.

So we can say that the festival Soylatino is a comeback of sorts.From June through September Ostia, the beach located just outside Rome, will turn tropical with latin american music and food.

Wednesday the fee is 8 euros Wednesday and Thursday, 10 Euros Friday and  12 Euros Saturday.The entrance is free on Sundays and every day from 19:00 to 21:00 PM.To reach the festival using the public transportation system from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel, take the blue subway line until Piramide and from there take the train going to Ostia and get off at the station Lidio di Ostia.

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.

The Auditorium Parco della Musica

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One of my favorite venues for Concerts in Rome is the Auditorium Parco della Musica. They present performers who represent the best of different music styles: classical music, jazz, latin music and electronic music as well.

But the Auditorium is an attraction well worth seeing by itself. It was designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo Piano and is structured in 3 beetle-shaped units that function as independent music halls. The complex includes also a bookshop, a bar and a restaurant, making it the ideal spot for a lovely evening before or after a concert.

To reach the Auditorium from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Flaminio, from there take the tram 2 and get off at the station Apollodoro.
Enjoy the music and don’t fotget to write us to get the best rate for accommodation in Rome– don’t forget to claim your discount as a reader of our blog!

Roma Pass Price Increases

roma-passFor some years now Roma Pass has been a good option for tourists visiting Rome. Following the model of similar cards from other European countries, Roma pass allows visitors to use the public transportation system for 3 days and and to enter 2 museums for free (Vatican museum not included).

From May 2013, the price for the Roma Pass will rise from 30,00 to 34,00 Euros, so adjust  your budgets accordingly!