Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Armani Opening in Rome

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Wether you wear it or not, it’s impossible to deny that high-end fashion is one of the elements that people tend to associate with Italy, and it’s no coincidence: from Versace to Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana the country has a small army of designers that keep the wolrd in awe of their flair for elegance and style.

One the captains of that fashion army is Giorgio Armani who just opened a new luxury boutique in Rome. The store is located in Via Dei Condotti 77-79, probably the most famous street in Rome when it comes to fashion. The three-storey Roman boutique will be the second Armani store (the other one is in Paris) where clients will be able to order custom-made purses and shoes.

Definetely, a must-see for lovers of fashion and style.

How to See Rome in One Day

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How to see Rome in one day

I get this very often: “Can I see the most important things in Rome in only one day?”

Yes, you can! And here’s how:

07:30. Colosseum. Let’s say you are staying at Hotel Des Artistes. Go to the station Castro Pretorio (just around the corner!) or to Termini and take the blue subway line. Get off at the station Colosseo. The Colisseum opens an 08:30, and it’s advisable to make a booking beforehand. You can do so through this website.

12:30 The Vatican. Wasn’t that something? Now brace yourself for the Vatican museums. Go back to the subway station, get off at Termini, take the red line there (direction Battistini) and get off at Ottaviano, then walk to the museum. The Vatican museums are open until 18:00 but the entrance is allowed only until 16:00. The Sistine Chapel is part of the same complex, which means you get to see it once you are inside the museum.

Again, your experience will be greatly improved if you book your tickets before. Click here to visit the official Vatican website and make a booking.

Once you finish your visit to the museum you can head to Saint Peter’s (winter 7:00-18:30/ summer 7.00/19:00). You don’t have to pay to visit the Basilica.

17:00 Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon. Alright, now take the subway from Ottaviano and get off at Flaminio. You’ll find yourself in front of Piazza del Popolo, a beautiful square from which you can start walking down Via del Corso, which is also the main avenue to do shoping in Rome. Walk down Via del Corso and follow the signs to the Spanish Steps, then walk to the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square. I know, it’s a lot, but I’ve prepared a map for you.

italy-trevi-fountain20:00 Se Magna (“Time to eat”, for those of you not very well-versed in the Roman dialect) Out of breath? I don’t blame you: you have conquered Rome in one day!. Now, from Navona Square walk to Largo Torre Argentina, and walk accross the river or take the Tram 8 to Trastevere, a paradise of typical restaurants where I’m sure you will find something that fits both your taste and your budget.

Whoa! We did it!
Did you know that we have a special discount for those who venture last minute into the Eternal City? Just send us a line of call us to find more about it! You have a deal, you have a plan, what else are you waiting for?!

Rome Vinoforum 2013: All About Wine And Then Some

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One of the items we tend to associate with Italy is wine, which is an essential part of the gastronomic culture of the country. Besides, it makes for a great souvenir: just imagine taking a bottle home and being able to breathe and taste Italy again, many months or maybe years after you visited the country,

Well, now we have good news for those who love wine or are simply eager to learn more about it: until june 22 you can visit Vinoforum, a fair of all things wine. The fair takes place at Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz, Rome from 19.00 until 24.00 and 19.00-01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The Entrance fee is 16.00 EUR or 20.00 EUR Fridays.To reach Vinoforum from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the A (red) subway line from the station Termini and get off at Ottaviano; from there take bus 32 for 7 stops.

900 Lab, Rome’s New Open-air Club To Be Inaugurated Today

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Rome is preparing to treat itself with an intense summer this year. As if the many festivals taking place during the next 2 months weren’t enough (Lulglio Suona Bene, Rock in Roma and Vive Latino) a new club will open its doors tonight to cater for those who want to enjoy electronic music.

The name of the new club is 900 Lab and a good part of it is located in an outdoor space, a characterictic party-goers will appreciate when the Roman heat becomes more aggressive. Another peculiar feature of the club is its position, within the EUR neighbourhood, surrounded by imposing buidlings built during fascism:even if the memories they bring are not exactly happy, the scenery they create will be certaingly suggestive.

900 Lab is located an Piazza Gugliemo Marconi 32, Rome,  and can be reached with the B subway line (stations EUR Palasport/ EUR Fermi).

Leonard Cohen in Rome

leonardcohenThere are few singers as talented and enigmatic as Leonard Cohen and whose work keeps eliciting so much interest after a career that spans more tha 40 years.

Mr Cohen was already an accomplished poet when his first record, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, saw the light in 1967 and indeed his attitudes towards art and fame are more those of a writer or a mystic poet that those of a rockstar. A New Yorker’s recent review of one of his performances portrayed him as an elder sage, not singing but uttering words with a voice that told itself stories through timbre and emphasys only.

mr Cohen will be performing at the Centrale Live Foro Italico July 7, 2013 at 21:00 PM. To get there from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes,  take the Bus 910 from the station Termini and get off at the stop ” LGT THAON DI REVEL/FORO ITALICO”; then follow this map.

July sounds good in Rome

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Every July the Auditorium Parco della Musica features musicians who are both innovative and representative of their respective musical scenes. Here’s our selection for this year’s festival. The full program can be read here.

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Goran Bregovic “La Notte della Taranta”
Wedding and Funeral Band, Orchestra de “La Notte della Taranta”
Probably the most intriguing entry, the Balkans meet the deep south of Italy. There will be fire, that’s for sure.

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Burt Bacharach
A genius of pop music, and the object of a recent campaign of rediscovery.


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Crosby Stills and Nash
Like a Mount Rushmore of rock, the trio is both imposing and never out of date.


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Wayne Shorter Quartet
feat. Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez
A living legend of jazz, night dreamer Shorter never fails to bring something deep and suprising to the table.


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Baustelle “Fantasma”
One of our favorite bands and our suggestion if you want to discover what alternative Italian rock sounds like.


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Paolo Fresu, Uri Caine, PMJO
The encounter beetwen the mediterranean lyricism of Fresu and the classical sensibility of  jazzman Cane is the kind of thing worth paying to see.