Art in Rome

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.

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.


Big Bambu

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Enel, he Italian electricity company, decided to celebrate its 50th anniversary through art and to do so, brought Big Bambu to the Macro Testaccio Museum.

Big Bambu is an architectural sculpture created by the twin artists Mike and Doug Stern. Visitors can climb the gigantic structure, fromed by thousands or bamboo stems and reflect upon interconnection, serendipity, and the long road we have traveled as a species since our three-climbing days.

The sculpture is open from 4 to 7 PM until October 31, 2013. Visitors are required to sign a waiver and to bring proper clothes and shoes. Macro Testaccio is located at Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4.

Bruegel in Rome

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It appears that being the son or daughter of a famous artists isn’t easy, that’s why we don’t find in art many examples of artistic dinasties. One the happy exceptions are the Bruegels, a family of Flemish painters whose work will be on display at the Chiostro del Bramante Museum until June 2, 2013.

The exhibition follows  the four generations of Bruegels drawing a parallel beetwen their artistic evolution and the  vicisitudes of their personal lives. To the contemporary eye the work of the Bruegel dinasty might appear odd at times; it uses the same moralistic and sometimes grotesque perspective used by Hyeronimus Bosch, a contemporary of the Bruegels whose surreal slant is greatly appreciated by modern painters.

The Chiostro del Bramante is open everyday from 10:00 until 20:00 (until 21:00 Saturdays and Sundays). To reach the museum from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, go to the station Termini, take the bus 64 for for 10 stops and then get off at Corso Vittorio Emanuele/ Navona.

Rock in Roma 2013

rock-in-romaRock in Roma is already a summer staple in the Eternal City. Today we bring you a selection of the concerts we look forward to:

June 21: Toto
80’s nostalgia anyone?

July 4: Iggy and The Stooges
You cannot miss the living legend of punk.

July 9, Rammstein.
Metal made in Germany.

July 10: Arctic Monkeys
Not sure if they lived up to the “Beatles-of-their-generation” hype, but they’re good nonetheless.

July 11: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.
The boss is the boss. And the order is “don’t miss my concert”.

July 14: The Smashing Pumpkins + Mark Lanegan Band
The Pumpkins just released a great record. We look forward to hear the new songs live.

Neil Young & Crazy Hourse
Uncompromising, togh and hard-rocking. Neil is the rocker for all seasons.

Roman Museums by Night

notte_museiThose lucky enough to be in Rome May 18, 2013 will have the unique chance to visit its world-famous museums (and the less known too) by night. Every year many events are organized to give visitors a different perspective not only of the works kept in the museums but of the museums themselves: concerts, dance performances and conferences will complete the noctural experience to underline the role of the museum as a place of social exchange.

The date is set but the full program is not available yet. We’ll bring you a selection of our favorite appointments as soon as a list is made official. In the meantime you can follow the developments through Twitter with the hashtag #NDMroma13.

The Etruscans are Back, Virtually

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It has just been inaugurated the exhibition Etruscanning at the Vatican Museums.The project will allow visitors to explore the Regolini Galassi tomb, one of the most important Etruscan funerary monuments.

The tomb and the objects found inside it have been digitally reconstructed. Visitors are able to explore and interact with the objects without the need of joysticks using only body movements, thanks to technology taken from some of the most advanced videogames.

To get to the Vatican Museums from Hotel Des Artistes , take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Ottaviano. The Museums are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM until 4 PM (closing time 6 PM).

Villa D’Este Tivoli

Villa D'Este TivoliPopes or their families were involved in making expensive and impressive villas, arts or monuments for power and family prestige, now these structures account to a great deal of income.

Villa D’Este is no different story, in-fact this is byproduct of Roman Catholic priests’ luxurious and competitive life style.

Pope Julius III elevated Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este, grandson of Pope Alexander VI, to governor of Tivoli (north east of Rome) in 1550.

As a result of his new assignment, the cardinal was given an old monastery. Not satisfied with the new office, Ippolito, called famous architects, engineers and painters of that time to change an unknown monastery to ‘gardening and water-play model’ across Europe.

In the process, Villa Adriana marbles and statues were dismantled by the orders of the cardinal to making his own villa better.

The late-Renaissance villa stayed on D’Este family until the 18th C. when Maria Beatrice (daughter of Ercole II D’Este) married Duke Ferdinand of Habsburg, and automatically the villa became a Habsburg property.

As other Roman villas fate, the D’Este fell in disrepair and was neglected till the Italian State bought and restored it after the end of first world war. It is now open to the public

Villa D’Este became UNESCO world Heritage Site in 2001.




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Villa Adriana Tivoli

villa AdrianaVilla Adriana, a UNESCO Heritage Site since 1999, continues to marvel generations that come to pass 20 centuries after it was built. On return from Egypt & Greece, Emperor Hadrian decided to make a retreat villa (from the chaotic city of Rome) similar to the architecture and worship that he learnt in the eastern section of his empire.

At the end of his reign, Hadrian had his quarters in this impressive villa of 1 sq km. There were various edifices including theatres, Greek and Latin libraries, two bathhouses, formal gardens with fountains, statues, pools, underground for servants, extensive housing for guests and the palace staff.

Today, the villa located 25 km north east of Rome, is nothing but ruins of what was once the glamour of its time.

Little remains of the original villa, because materials were reused to make Villa D’Este in the area, looted by barbarians or civilians and neglected for centuries. Though,16th century excavations brought to life parts of the villa, still large section remains unearthed.

The various sections of the complex recovered in part are: Hall of Doric Pillars (basilica), Temple of Venus, Greek Theatre, Maritime Theatre (Hadrian’s small favorite island), Hall of Philosophers (library), Heliocaminus (baths), Nymphaeum Stadium, Poecile (large garden with swimming pool), Canopus (god Serapis sanctuary with 119 m long canal decorated with statues), Large and Small Thermae (hot & cold baths) and Piazza d’Oro (formal dinning room).



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