The biggest Christmas tree in the world is in Italy, and Pope Francis I turned its lights on just few days ago. Included every year in the Guinness World Records since 1991, the traditional Christmas tree on Mount Ingino, erecting behind the little town of Gubbio (in Umbria, about 200 km far from Rome), is made of 550 light spots (300 green, 250 colored), 8500 m electric cables, 650 m high, its comet being 1000 m² wide.
Pope Francis turned it on from His studio in the Vatican simply by clicking on the tablet connected to the electric circuit in Gubbio. Citizens of the region could be lively involved in the event thanks to the screen placed in the centre of Gubbio, through which the Pope sent Christmas wishes and blessings to them.
Gubbio and Rome are regularly connected by local trains which you can catch from Termini station: Hotel Des Artistes, few steps away from Termini, is the perfect base for your daily trips outside Rome!
Those in love with horror movies will have fun at the one week retrospective dedicated to the director who was defined “Hitchcock’s successor”: Dario Argento.
From 16 to 21 December Cinema Trevi, in the core of Rome, will host a series of events to tribute honors to Argento, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Rome Film Festival 2014.
Spectators will go through the early stages of his career, after enjoying the movies who made him so appreciated in the field. To begin with on Tuesday 16th “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” and “The Cat o’ Nine Tails” will be shown; “Deep Red” will be finally concluding the inauguration, introduced by Dario Argento himself .
Where: Cinema Trevi, Vicolo del Puttarello (2 minutes walking distance from the Trevi Fountain).
When: 16-21 December 2014, shows from 5pm.
Ask Hotel Des Artistes for more info!
Until 11 January 2015 on exhibit in Rome an original collection of works of art at Museum Carlo Bilotti (just inside Villa Borghese): “Imago Mundi”. The out of average character of this art event lays in the works’ origins and aims at one time. “Imago Mundi” has its roots in Luciano Benetton’s foundation for the arts: it holds works gathered or commisioned by the stylist to emerging artists he happened to meet during his journeys around the world. Multiple ambitions are behind this operation, that is to say to provide emerging artists with an incubator of ideas and with a platform for visibility, and ultimately to create a visual map of humanity throughout the artistic expressions it produces. One basic rule: 10×12 cm sized images accepted only.
Venue: Museum Carlo Bilotti, Aranciera di Villa Borghese – Villa Borghese.
Time: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Mon closed.
From Hotel Des Artistes you just need to catch metro line A up to Flaminio.
“The Nutcrucker” (“Lo Schiaccianoci”, in Italian) is back in Rome to take us company all along festivity time. It will be performed from 30 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 at Auditorium Conciliazione, which is located in the heart of Rome, nearby St. Peter’s Square. The staging by Mario Piazza (both director and coreographer) highlights the drama laying underneath the surface of this traditional fairy tale, that is to say the painful passage from childhood to adulthood.
This masterpiece of contemporary opera ballet (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) was firstly brought to stage in Russia in 1892. It appeared in Italy in 1938 at Teatro alla Scala of Milan.
From Hotel Des Artistes catch metro line A and get off at Ottaviano, or alternatively bus #40 and get off at the last stop (Piazza Pia, besides Castel Sant’Angelo).
A brand new exhibit at Maxxi Museum of Rome glorifies Italian excellence in fashion design: on display 80 haute couture garments and jewels dating back to the period between 1945 and 1968. A piece of Italian history throughout the work of the greatest designers who, soon after the Second World War, changed the concept of “fashion”, moving away from French models, and by doing so created that iconic Italian style which is still admired today worldwide.
Bulgari jewels are paired to masterpieces by Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Gattinoni and the many more designers in vogue in the Fifties and Sixties.
Venue: “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968″, MAXXI Museum, via Guido Reni 4a.
Time: until 3 May 2015, evey day 11am-7pm. Sat 11am-10pm. Monday closed.
Maxxi Museum is part of Roma Pass network. Ask Hotel Des Artistes staff how to reach it: you can catch both buses and metro from Termini station!
6-7-8 December promise to be a long dream-weekend for museums lovers: Rome will offer her visitors several exceptional events in both State and City Museums. Concerts and a series of live performances will turn on the Eternal City’s cultural life just before Christmas.
Here a resume of the happenings:
– Saturday 6 December: “Music at the Museums”. From 8 pm to 2 am dance & music performances will take place into all the major museums (including Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, MACRO, MACRO Testaccio, Mercati di Traiano, Castel Sant’Angelo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Scuderie del Quirinale etc.). Visitors will be admitted for free, or alternatively will be requested to offer €1
as a symbolic donation (valid to access the museum collection & attend the events).
– Sunday 7 December: “National Archaeology Day”. Special sections of the musueums (such as depositories and area normally prevented to public) will be accessibile through guided tours.
Moreover, there will be no admssion fee for everybody at State Museums (while free entrance at City Museums will be for residents only).
– Monday 8 December: opening of all City Museums which are normally closed on Mondays.
Hotel Des Artistes will help you out any time to figure out what’s the best museums for you!
If you have enough of the majestic beauty of emperors’ Rome, then the current exhibit at the French Academy might satisfy your yen for something different: “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Destitution in Rome” shows the oddest sides of the city at the time when the Popes were her indisputable rulers. Prostitutes, thieves, gamblers, drunkards are captured forever in the paintings of those artists who used to come to Rome from all over Europe at Caravaggio’s time and went through taverns, brothels and the many more obscure spots of the Eternal City of four centuries ago.
The exhibit (the first of its kind) is set up in cooperation with the Petit Palace of Paris.
Venue: Villa Medici, 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps (Spagna metro station).
Time: 10:45am-1pm, 2-7pm Tue-Sun until 18 January 2015.
Hotel Des Artistes is at just three metro stops from it!
Every December since 1976 an exhibit in Rome celebrates the 8-centuries-old Italian tradition of Nativity scenes building, an art going back to the time of St. Francis. It’s “100 Presepi”, hosted by the worth-visiting location of Sale del Bramante, besides the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in the heart of Rome (Piazza del Popolo).
This year 212 different presepi are on display (the number one-hundred referring to the very first editions of this exhibit): besides those by Italy’s top craftsmen, visitors can admire Nativity scenes made abroad with the most unusual materials, such as corn leaves (from El Salovador), resin (from Brazil), plexiglass (from Croatia), zinc wire (from Slovakia).
Special workshops are set for children, upon reservation.
When: until 6 January 2015, 9:30am-8pm daily.
Hotel Des Artistes is at just 4 metro stops from Piazza del Popolo!
The biggest Italian Motor Show is back: in Bologna, from 6 to 14 December 2014.
The new exciting edition of this traditional event promises to satisfy any type of motor lovers: test-drive, track races, music&fun, technological innovation, interactive routes, and even outlets where to purchase your new automobile right on the spot.
Don’t miss the chance to spend some time in Rome: you can move from your dream car to your dream city in just 2 hours train journey! Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for any info on tickets and accommodations!
Rome is no doubt the “Eternal City”, but certainly less eternal are the monuments which embellished her through the centuries. A photographic exhibit until 30 January 2015 shows the deep changes (inevitably disruptive) occurred in the urban asset from the time of the country unification (1861) to the years soon after the I World War.
Giovanni Gargiolli’s pictures not only record Rome, rather the status of whole Italy’s landscapes and archaeological heritage in a time when preservation of monuments was still far from national politics and huge urban tranformations were just beginning to give the country the shape we all see today. Gargiolli, who was expert in physics and optics, was a pioneer of documentary photography in Italy.
Where: Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, via di San Michele 18 (Trastevere area)
When: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Special opening on 7 December!
Ask Hotel Des Artistes for more info!