Expo Milano 2015 is at the doors, the opening day being on May 1, 2015. Then until October 31 this global event (145 countries are taking part to it!) on food & nutrition will offer debates, conferences, exhibitions and many more entertainments 7 days a week from 10am to 11pm.
For what concerns tickets, here you go a few reminders:

WHERE: you have three options to buy your ticket.
1) From the official website of Expo Milano 2015;
2) at the Expo Gate at Piazza Cairoli, downtown Milan;
3) from any Authorised Reseller.

HOW MUCH: ticket prices vary depending on the type of event you intend to attend and on some other variables which may give you right to discounts (such as age; being part of a family group, school; having diabilities etc.). As a general idea, tickets range from a minimum of 5€ for night events to more than 100€ for the seasonal pass. You have several choices in between of course! Now read the next point…!

WHAT: you have the following ticket options:
Open Date –> for the entire day on a date of your choice between May 2 and October 31.
Fixed Date –> for the entire day on a specific date between May 2 and October 31.
Evening ticket –> just for entry starting at 19:00.
May 1 Opening –> for opening day of the Exhibition Site (official cerimony & celebrations to inaugurate the six months of events, debates and experiences)
Multi-day –> for two consecutive days, between May 2 and October 31. (It’s less expensive than purchasing two one-day tickets. Available either as a Fixed or Open option… see above).
2-3 day Carnet –> to visit Expo Milano 2015 whenever you want. These are available for two or three open dates between May 2 and October 31.

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Michelangelo, the Universal Artist at the Capitoline Museums in Rome

250px-Michelangelo-Buonarroti1On the occasion of the 450th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Buonarroti the Capitoline Museums will organize an exhibition that, through some crucial themes of his poetry, offers an overview the life and work of this titan of art of all time. The exhibition is marked by a series of ‘opposing’ themes which intend to highlight the complexity of the design and execution of the works of this “universal artist.” In addition to the comparison of drawings, paintings, sculptures, architectural models, the project therefore provides an in-depth selection of autograph writings, including letters and rhymes.


Where: Capitoline Museums
When: Capitoline hill (Campidoglio), Rome.
How to get there: Subway station Colosseo (can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes using the B subway line.

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.


Ara Pacis, the Altar of Peace in Rome


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.

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!


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!

Waiting fo the New Pope


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!

Rome Wine Festival

If you consider yourself to be something of a wine connoisseur,

or you simply enjoy a glass or two every weekend,

 then you should visit the beautiful city of Rome this May.
This is because the city is to play host to a two-day wine extravaganza,
known as the Roma Wine Festival.
The Roma Wine Festival 2012 is held at Citta’s del Gusto, (Citta’ del Gusto, 161 Via Enrico Fermi 00146, Rome, Italy) and promises two days of workshops, meetings, presentations and talks, as well as plenty of wine-tasting, of course. The list of professional attendees lined up to speak at the event is impressive, meaning that visitors can find out everything they need to know about the science of making, tasting and appreciating a good bottle of wine.

Whilst the line-up for this year’s wine festival is not yet known, previous year’s attendees have included:
  • Bernard Burtschy – wine journalist
  • Ian D’Agata – director of the International Wine Academy of Rome
  • Massimo Claudio Comparini – vice director of the International Wine Academy of Rome
  • Charles Metcalfe – wine critic and co-chairman of the London International Wine Challenge

For more information you can visit the website

or contact us at Hotel Des Artistes.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this wonderful event. Hope you enjoy,


Greet the new year with a marathon in Rome!


Talk about an exciting (and heatlhy) way to get ready for a new year…

Next December 31 Nike will organize a marathon in the historic center of Rome. The runners will pass by some of the most famous sights of the Eternal City (see map at the bottom of this post). The marathon is open both for competitive and non-competitive runners. All the information can be found on the official website of the race where you can sign in as well (alternatively you can sign in too in some stores scattered around the city, or by-mail to After doing the inscription you will be required to collect a pack with everything you will need to be allowed to take part of the race.

If you are looking for a fun and memorable way to finish the year, look no more, sign in, run and have fun. And dont’ forget to contact us to get the best rates for the best accomodation in the city!

Happy running and happy New Year to everyone!