Art in Rome

MAGIC SPOTS AND EYE TRICKS – PART 1

MAGIC SPOTS AND EYE TRICKS – PART 1

Besides still standing great monuments and fascinating ruins Rome hides here and there secret intriguing spots which reveal a different type of beauty, literally tricking your eyes and your perception of space. So try to include them in your to-do list and discover the city… from another point of view!
We begin today with some connected to the so called trompe l’oeil (= trick the eye): a French expression for an artistic technique which has best examples in Rome in fact.
In the courtyard of PALAZZO SPADA for instance (few steps away from Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Farnese) you’ll see actual windows mingling with fake ones on the facade. But this trick is almost nothing compared to what you are going to discover in the garden. Here there’s a 500 years old gallery built with a rising floor and shrinking columns. This makes the gallery look from the outside more than four times its actual lenght and a tiny sculpture at the end look life sized. What basically happens is that if you start walking along the gallery you’ll need to bend more and more to get to its end, and surprisingly the closest you get to the statue the smallest it becomes: what at the entrance you thought to be small just because of the perspective is actually even smaller!
This trick is due to the work of artist Francesco Borrimini (hence it’s name: “Borromini’s perspective) aided by a mathematician.
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QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

The largest building in the world will be soon open to public every day: this is one of the first disposals by the newly elected President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella with reference to his institutional abode, i.e. the Quirinal Palace in the heart of Rome. Dating back to Renaissance age, its 1200 rooms on a surface of more than 110,000 m² are like a sounding board of a great part of Italian history, as it was inhabited by the Popes since its foundation in the Sixteenth century, then by the kings of Italy from the country’s unification to 1946, and ultimately by the Presidents of the Republic. Its treasures consists of rare books, tapestries, furnitures, paintings, sculptures, porcelain services, historic carriages, chandeliers, not to mention the gardens and greenhouses.
To make it accessibile to public as much as possible, the new President aims at reorganising the current allocation of offices and spaces deputed to institutional purposes.
The Quirinal Palace stands on the highest hill in Rome, which ensures a full overview of the city center.
Until the new arrangement is completed, the Quirinal Palace is now open to public on Sundays only, 8:30 am – 12 pm. For what concerns the remaining part of 2015, it will be closed on 5 April – 31 May – 1 November – 20, 27 December and during summer time (28 June – 6 September).
From Hotel Des Artistes you can easily reach the Quirinal Hill by several bus lines: just ask our staff for more details!

TWO HEARTS AT THE MUSEUM!

TWO HEARTS AT THE MUSEUM!

On the occasion of St. Valentine’s day either if you are with your better half or alone fall in love with art: take the chance to visit one of the many museums of the Eternal City.
Rome offers a huge variety of options to enjoy, so to begin with check from the following selection of State museums:

Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Our staff at Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide you with more information!

 

ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF ROME!

ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF ROME!

Rome temporarily discloses one of its secret gems: Palazzo Ferrajoli, the prestigious 18th century palace facing on Piazza Colonna, in the heart of Rome, will be exceptionally open to public from January 3 to 7, 2015, on occasion of the Festa delle Luci in Piazza Colonna. It will be a four-day event dedicated to food & drink, traditional handicraft , music and art. Literature will have great attention through the exposition of ancient original documents (many of them in English; captions available). The access to the Palace is for free, and it includes a guided tour of it which will provide visitors with a unique chance to admire Antonine Column from above.
To get more info and free vouchers to take part to the event, please ask Hotel Des Artistes‘ staff!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

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!

NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

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!

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

Autumn marks Villa Torlonia’s rebirth. The dwelling place of Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943 finally opens again to public two more sections of its historical structures: the theatre and the first of a series of bunkers built up by Mussolini soon after the beginning of the II World War.
The villa acquired its current style at the very beginning of ‘800, when Prince Torlonia (to whose family it used to belong) decided to call architect Valadier for its complete restoration. A mixture of neo-classicism and liberty  make of it an authentic treasure.
The theatre will be the venue to a few concerts and events in autumn-winter 2014. Moreover, until 31 December public will be allowed to access it upon reservation of guided tours, which are mandatory. The same entrance condition applies to the bunker. Multi-lingual tours are provided.
Where: Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70.
You can go there from Hotel Des Artistes by a shot bus journey: contact us for more details!

ROME & STREET ART: OUTDOOR URBAN ART FESTIVAL

ROME & STREET ART: OUTDOOR URBAN ART FESTIVAL

5,000 m², a disused industrial architecture, 15 artists from 6 different countries: Outdoor Urban Art Festival points at innovation more than ever. From the streets of Ostiense quarter – a suburban area where the street art movement grew up in the past years, and which now appears enhanced by impressive mural decorations – the 2014 event moves to San Lorenzo area. Here, an abandoned structure is being renovated by artists coming from France, Greece, Japan, South Africa and Norway. Each of them (all big names in the field) will transform a wing of the building through his/her own artistic intervention. The remaining areas will be looked after by Roman street artists.
Music, street food & guided tours are part of the event!
Where: ex Dogana, via dello Scalo San Lorenzo 10 – San Lorenzo quarter (walking distance from Termini station).
When: daily 12:00-22:00 until 22 November 2014
Don’t miss out the chance to explore Rome’s alternative tracks and stay with us at Hotel Des Artistes!

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

The Vatican is not just about St. Peter’s Church and the Sistine Chapel. Castel Sant’Angelo – the fortress raised by Middle Age Popes above Adrian Emperor’s mausoleum – is indeed a landmark of Roman skyline and a most beloved monument by visitors and Roman dwellers alike.
Autumn season allows to enjoy it at its best: until 31 December 2014 every Friday night it will be open until 9pm (last admission 8:30pm). And that’s not all. A few sections which are normally restricted to public will be now accessible, such as the Passetto (a 800 m. long secret walkway used by the Pope to escape dangers during warlike times); Clement VII bathroom (a rare Renaissance example of its kind); the frightful prisons (where many Church opponents were enclosed); the garrisons’ mill (open now to public for the first time).
Don’t hesitate to contact us: Hotel Des Artistes offers a strategically placed accommodation even to reach the Vatican area!

SEE THE SISTINE CHAPEL IN A NEW LIGHT

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A brand new lighting and air-conditioning system has been recently installed in the Sistine Chapel.
Such an intervention scores multiple goals at one time: to improve the frescoes’ visibility (the highest possible brightness and hues definition guaranteed), to optimize energy consumption and consequently to save money.
Each and every LED of the 7,000 just placed within the Chapel has been customized in terms of color shade and power on the ground of the specific piece of painting it is meant to enlighten. The Sistine Chapel will be like shining in its’s own light.
That’s not all: a special set of video cameras has been introduced to count the number of visitors within the Chapel and regulate its air condition accordingly: temperature will be constantly kept between 20 and 25 °C, and humidity between 50% and 60%.
Both paintings and public will benefit from all this.
The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums: few stops away by metro (line A) from where Hotel Des Artistes is. Contact us for museum reservations and accommodation!