MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

Rome will disclose some of her secret treasures this weekend: on May 23rd and 24th the “Open Courtyards Rome” event will allow anyone to visit courtyards which are normally closed to public as being part of private properties, although historical.
The event is organized once a year by the Italian Association of Historical Houses (ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and is free of charge for visitors, who will benefit also from the explanations by the ADSI’s guides and the owners of the buildings.
These private historical properties, mostly located in the heart of the city, will be open from 10am to 7pm.
To sum up, those in Rome this Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th will have the chance to visit the following locations:

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12
Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62
Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza Campitelli 3
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via Monserrato 34
Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163
Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10
Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102
Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70
Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6
Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114
Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8
Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza Santi Apostoli
Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda, Piazza Cairoli 6
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56
Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66
Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano 36
Palazzo Pamphilj, Ambasciata del Brasile, Piazza Navona 14

Do not hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for suggestions and directions!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

A 2,000 years old tradition will occurr in few days in Rome: on Sunday 24th May, 2015, red rose petals will be let fall down from the oculus of the Pantheon as part of the religious celebrations of the Pentecoste feast. The thousands of fluttering petals thrown from the ouside into the world-renowned top hole of the Pantheon’s ceiling symbolise the Holy Spirit descending on Earth. This is precisely what on Pentecoste is celebrated, that is to say the spread of the Holy Spirit bestowed by Christ’s resurrection, and the foundation of the Christian Church. Red roses symbolise indeed also Jesus Christ’s blood. Pentecoste falls on the 50th day after Easter, that is why it is a mobile feast as well.
This rite, which is part of the mass that will be performed from 10.30 am, has its root in the times of the early Christian community, when the Pantheon – originally a pagan temple – was converted into the present Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri.
The Pantheon can be easily reached by bus from Termini Station: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for more details!

BAROQUE: THE AGE OF ART BLOOMING IN ROME

BAROQUE: THE AGE OF ART BLOOMING IN ROME

Until July 26th Rome hosts a gigantic and “multi-venue” exhibition entirely focused on Baroque, the artistic style which still chracterizes most of the architectural features of the Eternal City.
The exhibition shows the evolution of Baroque art from its birth (first two decades of the Seventeenth century) to its highest peak, which gave the city a new shape.
More than an exhibit, Baroque in Rome is a huge cultural project including, beyond painting masterpieces collected from several museums in the world, also conferences, concerts, workshops for both kids and adults, thematic tours and many more satellite events around the city center. The following locations are involved:

  • Museum of Rome (Palazzo Braschi): exhibition; “baroque parties”
  • St. Yves at the Sapienza: thematic tour; exhibition
  • Oratorio dei Filippini: thematic tour
  • Palazzo Colonna: guided tour
  • Palazzo di Propaganda Fide: thematic tour
  • Vatican Museums, Apostolic Palace and St. Peter’s basilica: a special itinerary about Bernini & the Vatican
  • Doria Pamphilj Gallery: thematic tour
  • Capitoline Museums: itinerary across the baroque masterpieces in the
  • National Gallery of Ancient Art (Palazzo Barberini): itinerary
  • Academy of Fine Arts: conference
  • Castel Sant’Angelo: thematic exhibition on the baroque fireworks
  • Fondazione Roma Museo – Palazzo Sciarra: conferences

Each of these place is located in the heart of Rome: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes about directions!

THE BEST OF ROME & LAZIO FOOD AT EXPO MILANO 2015!

THE BEST OF ROME & LAZIO FOOD AT EXPO MILANO 2015!

Over 130 foreign countries will be participating in the Expo Milano 2015. Right space however will be given to the 20 regions of Italy as well. Each and every Italian region has indeed its own cooking tradition, strong of food products which are rooted in that specific area as nowhere else.
Lombardia (headed by Milan) and Lazio (headed by Rome) regions will benefit from particular attention during this 6-month event.
Lazio made a selection of foods that best represent its cultural identity: 26 wines; 14 types of meat and sausages; 8 bakery and confectionery; 10 types of cheese and dairy products; 26 including vegetables, fruits and legumes; 4 oils and 12 among fish products, mineral waters and other categories. Here you go a list of “must-taste” ones you shouldn’t miss while in Rome (but you’ll equally have the chance to try at Expo Milano 2015).
In other words, when at the restaurant, ask for any of them and you won’t be disappointed!

  • MEAT & COLD CUTS
    abbacchio romano; corallina romanamortadella from Amatrice; porchetta from Ariccia; ham cooked in wine; coriander sausage from Monte San Biagio; black pig cold cuts from Rieti; Roman spianata
  • CHEESE & DIARY
    cacio cheese (varieties Fiore, Magno, Romano); caciottafiordilatte from Agro Pontino; pecorino cheesericotta cheese
  • WINE
    Cannellino wine from Frascati; Cerveteri wine; Est! Est !! East !!! from Montefiascone; Marino wine
  • BREAD
    homemade bread from Genzano; bread from Lariano; bread from Veroli; pizza bianca

Ask Hotel Des Artistes for the best traditional Roman restaurants downtown!

THE POWER OF IMAGES… BEYOND THE GAZE: STEVE MCCURRY

THE POWER OF IMAGES… BEYOND THE GAZE: STEVE MCCURRY

His name says it all: Steve McCurry. Until September 20th, one-hundred-fifty of his breathtaking photographs will be exposed in Rome at Teatro 1 in Cinecittà, the famous film studios which were backdrops to epic movies such as Ben Hur.
Steve McCurry, the National Geographic’s photographer par excellence, doesn’t need any extensive introduction: his work speaks for him. Who can deny to remember Sharbat Gula’s iconic protrait, the thirteen years old afghan girl whom McCurry captured in a refugee camp in Peshawar?
Born in Philadelphia (USA) in 1950, he is in the field since the ‘80s, when he went to India together with his camera and started capturing the country far and wide with powerful images. After crossing the border with Pakistan and reaching Afghanistan, he happened to be one of the first Western witnesses of the war which had been breaking out meanwhile.
50 of his classical, worldy renowned masterpieces will be side by side to some of his most recent works, several not published anywhere else before. McCurry’s ultimate approach goes towards “an unusual search, moving beyond the gaze, through doors and windows to describe space and light, to overcome pain and fear”, says the exhbition curator Biba Giacchetti.
Architect Peter Bottazzi’s contribution guarantess the most proper set-up to McCurry’s works of art.
“Steve McCurry. Beyond the Gaze” is open every day but Tuesdays from 9.30am to 7pm.
To go to Cinecittà studios just get off at the namesake stop on metro line A. Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide you with more info!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

The old, charming lady is turning 2768 next week: following the tradition, indeed, April 21st marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Eternal City by Romulus in 753 BC. After Roman age, when the city foundation was regularly celebrated with a ceremony called Palilia, its occurring in modern time dates back to 1870. The choice fell on this day on the ground of Marcus Terentius Varro’s studies, an historian of the 1st century BC.
Celebrations this year will take place far beyond the birth day itself, and will include a number of public events. All for free. Major performances will be offered by the great Gruppo Storico Romano, an association which for 20 years has been accurately looking after historical reenactments in the shape of plays, battles, dance.
Everything will start on April 19th, when a parade of 2,000 costumed Romans will reach Circo Massimo (namesake stop on metro line B) at 11am, after the previous fire-lighting ceremony fixed still there at 10.00am.
The peak of celebrations will be on April 21st, though, against Circo Massimo’s backdrop once again: at 4pm the Tracciato del solco will be performed, i.e. the trench-digging ritual by which Romulus founded the city according to legend.
But that’s not all. Mayor Ignazio Marino promised a couple of surprises, such as the brand new lighting design of some parts of the Forum by Oscar winning director of photography Vittorio Storaro and, last but not least, an event to be enjoyed with augmented reality glasses
Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide with more info on venues and events on the occasion of Rome’s birthday!

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

All the best tennis players in the world are taking part to the Internazionali di Tennis di Roma 2015, come to its 72nd edition, that will begin at the Foro Italico in less than one month. We will have the chance to admire Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Raonic, Nishikori and other male top atlete no less than Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Camila Giorgi, Francesca Schiavone and Karin Knapp, as men and females will play simultaneously on the same day. Beginning on Saturday, May 9, the great final is scheduled on Sunday, May 17.
About two thousands seats more have been set this year, split between Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli and Grand Stand Arena.
Tickets are still available: don’t hesitate to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes to get more information on this International sport event!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

The Eternal City keeps on being a treasure trove of discoveries: few days ago 80 meters Aurelian Walls were uncovered during the excavations works which have been taking place around Rome for the construction of her third underground line (so called line C). They were surprisingly unburied in the area of St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica, one of the four major churches in the Eternal City (together with St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter’s).
What makes this discovery so astonishing is that this section of the Walls was thought lost long ago, precisely in the 18th century, when the whole area underwent massive tranformations as a consequence of the works for the new majestic facade of St. John Latern’s Church itself. Being this event traceable in the scientific literature, but lacking in turn any reference to the actual destinity of the Roman Walls, scholars supposed they had collapsed or were torn down.
The conservation status of the structures is nearly perfect: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder were uncovered from earth.
A great project is now under consideration: to set a huge open walkway for visitors which might link this stretch of the Walls with no less than those at the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. In so doing new life would be given to this gigantic difensive system of the Ancient Rome.
Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for information on the sections of the Aurelian Walls already open to public!

WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

Easter traditions in Italy are so full of homemade dishes that they will hardly feel in awe of the widely celebrated Christmas ones. The world of bread is no exception.
Each region has its own. Sometimes they are called directly bread, other times focaccia, pizza, etc. There are recipes both sweet and savory. But the day when you bite into it is always the same: Easter Sunday.
If you are in Rome, make sure you won’t miss the local gigantic Easter breakfast, which includes no less than hard-boiled eggs, cheese, Easter pizza (a type of highly leavened pizza as tall as a panettone), a particular variety of salami called corallina, and wine!
Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes where you can find the best Easter breakfast in Rome!

ROMA ROMICS!

ROMA ROMICS!

Aprile e ottobre: questi i due appuntamenti in programma nel 2015 per uno dei più grandi festival in Italia che riunisce in sè fumetti, cosplays, animazione, games, musica, cinema ed entertainment.
A brevissimo, quindi, il primo dei due: dal 9 al 12 aprile. Quattro giorni intensissimi per gli appassionati, pronti a gremire le diverse aree dell’evento: Officina del Fumetto e della Multimedialità (con grandi autori, incontri, case editrici); ROMICS Movie (grande cinema con i protagonisti più amati); un nuovissimo padiglione ROMICS Games (con videogame, giochi di ruolo e di strategia); ROMICS Castelli Animati (con le eccellenze internazionali e gli studi di cinema di animazione); grandi eventi e contest (gara cosplay; selezione ufficiale per il Campionato Karaoke WKG, in collaborazione con il Giappone; ROMICS Song Contest; K-Pop Kontest; ROMICS Gran Galà del Doppiaggio); e infine ROMICS Kids & Junior, contenitore di proposte per bambini e ragazzi. Visitando i numerosissimi stand all’interno dei padiglioni della Fiera si potranno trovare tutte le novità, le grandi case editrici, le fumetterie, i collezionisti, i videogiochi, i gadget. Grandissimi nomi del settore fra gli ospiti: per il programma compelto vi suggeriamo di consultare il sito ufficiale dell’evento.
Romics 9-12 aprile 2015 si tiene dalle 10:00 alle 20.00 alla Fiera di Roma, raggiungibile dalla stazione Termini con autobus di linea (#808) o treno urbano (FR 1 direzione Fiumicino e scendere alla Fermata Fiera Roma). E per ulteriori informazioni sull’evento… Hotel Des Artistes!