Art in Rome

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!

SELFIE AT THE MUSEUM

If you are selfie-addicted and you like art, then Rome is just perfect for you: for the next 3 months you can approach your favourite painting, take a selfie and win a smartphone!

#selfiedautore (that’s the name of the fancy contest) is promoted by National Gallery of Modern Art of Rome (GNAM) and it’s an unconventional way to enjoy some of the city’s masterpieces:

1) go to the GNAM or any of its satellite museums, point at the work of art which inspires you the most, take a photograph of yourself next to it
2) by January 6th 2015 send it to gnam.contest@gmail.com (object: #selfiedautore) together with title of the work, date, your name and email address
3) wait for its publication online: among the top 50 selfies (selected according to the amount of “likes” received from the public) 5 will be chosen by a jury of experts and will be awarded smartphones and other devices.

What’s better than Hotel Des Artistes for your artistical accommodation in Rome?SELFIE


October in Rome

In our opinion October is the best month to visit Rome. And to give you a prove of the lovely atmosphere that reigns over the Eternal City during this month we snapped this picture of the work of an anonymous street artist. The caption inside the heart says “I want to steal your…”

Is October in Rome, the weather is lovely and we wish you were here.

Lungotevere’s bars, restaurants and lots more!

Every year during August  a small market is set on both sides of the Tiber river: there you can eat the very Roman porchetta, buy the products of many local artisans, attend a street-theatre performance and have dinner too!

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.


All in all a very good option to spend an evening in Rome after a long (and hot) day of sightseeing. The manifestation takes place along the river, beetwen the Sisto and Garibaldi bridges; the area can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel Rome taking the bus H from the station Termini (get off the first stop after the bridge).

Our Blogger: Joseph

Cirque du Soleil Quidam – in Rome (October 2014)

Quidam is the ninth stage show produced by Cirque du Soleil. It premiered in April 1996 and has now been watched by millions of spectators around the world. Quidam originated as a big top show since its premiere in Montreal, but has since been converted into an arena format beginning with its 2010 tour in North America.

The entire show is imagined by a bored young girl named Zoé who is alienated and ignored by her parents. She dreams up the whimsical world of Quidam as a means of escaping the monotony of her life.



The first half included some impressive aerial work by a female performer. The show was fantastic and the massive venue of Palalottomatica will help massively. The show wasn’t what was expected and never is. The performances are fantastic and will leave you amazed as to how can actually do it without injury. The best thing about the show was how funny it is. It is hilarious, at points, and wil had the whole of the hall in fits of laughter.


October 22-26 2014

Event Location: Rome, RM – Palalottomatica

Our Blogger: Joseph