Events in Rome

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

Rome will disclose some of her secret treasures this weekend: on May 23rd and 24th the “Open Courtyards Rome” event will allow anyone to visit courtyards which are normally closed to public as being part of private properties, although historical.
The event is organized once a year by the Italian Association of Historical Houses (ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and is free of charge for visitors, who will benefit also from the explanations by the ADSI’s guides and the owners of the buildings.
These private historical properties, mostly located in the heart of the city, will be open from 10am to 7pm.
To sum up, those in Rome this Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th will have the chance to visit the following locations:

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12
Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62
Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza Campitelli 3
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via Monserrato 34
Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163
Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10
Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102
Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70
Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6
Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114
Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8
Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza Santi Apostoli
Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda, Piazza Cairoli 6
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56
Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66
Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano 36
Palazzo Pamphilj, Ambasciata del Brasile, Piazza Navona 14

Do not hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for suggestions and directions!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

A 2,000 years old tradition will occurr in few days in Rome: on Sunday 24th May, 2015, red rose petals will be let fall down from the oculus of the Pantheon as part of the religious celebrations of the Pentecoste feast. The thousands of fluttering petals thrown from the ouside into the world-renowned top hole of the Pantheon’s ceiling symbolise the Holy Spirit descending on Earth. This is precisely what on Pentecoste is celebrated, that is to say the spread of the Holy Spirit bestowed by Christ’s resurrection, and the foundation of the Christian Church. Red roses symbolise indeed also Jesus Christ’s blood. Pentecoste falls on the 50th day after Easter, that is why it is a mobile feast as well.
This rite, which is part of the mass that will be performed from 10.30 am, has its root in the times of the early Christian community, when the Pantheon – originally a pagan temple – was converted into the present Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri.
The Pantheon can be easily reached by bus from Termini Station: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for more details!

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

All the best tennis players in the world are taking part to the Internazionali di Tennis di Roma 2015, come to its 72nd edition, that will begin at the Foro Italico in less than one month. We will have the chance to admire Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Raonic, Nishikori and other male top atlete no less than Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Camila Giorgi, Francesca Schiavone and Karin Knapp, as men and females will play simultaneously on the same day. Beginning on Saturday, May 9, the great final is scheduled on Sunday, May 17.
About two thousands seats more have been set this year, split between Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli and Grand Stand Arena.
Tickets are still available: don’t hesitate to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes to get more information on this International sport event!

WAITING FOR ST. PATRICK’S…

WAITING FOR ST. PATRICK’S…

Big celebrations are planned for St. Patrick’s Day! The Irish expats and all the Green Island lovers will have the chance to enjoy this traditional festivity starting from tonight, with the Global Greening appointment, this year involving Rome for the first time: the Colosseum will be englighted in green at 7.30 pm tonight March 16th, likewise more than eighty landmarks all over the world (such as the Niagara Falls, the Christ the Redeemer’s statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the London Eye and the Cibeles Fountain in Madrid).
The proper religious celebration in Rome will take place tomorrow at 10 am, when Cardinal Prosper Grech will officiate the Mass for Lá Fhéile Pádraig at St. Patrick’s Church on via Boncompagni 31 (metro line A stop: Barberini).
Later on the eight edition of the IrishFilmFesta will be presented at the Irish embassy: beginning on March 26th it will take place at Casa del Cinema of Villa Borghese (metro line A stop: Flaminio). For four days films, short films, documentaries made in Ireland will be shown, including a special section in Gaelic language.
Moreover, all the most popular pubs in the Eternal City will be the traditional meeting points to the cheering crowds from tomorrow Tuesday 17th at 11am, till 4 am of the morning after.
To get more info on Irish pubs in Rome and other venues where to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day just contact us at Hotel Des Artistes!

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!

 

DIVINE AUGUSTUS… 2000 YEARS AFTER

DIVINE AUGUSTUS… 2000 YEARS AFTER

Two thousands years are in between us and Augustus, Julius Caesar’s great nephew, one of the most charismatic personalities of the Ancient Rome, the first to be named Emperor.
The year 2014 precisely marked two millennia after his death (he expired in Nola, not far from Neaples, on 19 August 14 AD), and two great exhbitions in Rome are still open to public to commemorate him and his revolutionary impact on Roman politics.
Both the exhibits take advantage of the ultimate high technologies and go far beyond a mere display of pieces from the past: they allow visitors a true interactive experience where they feel like walking in the Imperial Fora shoulder to shoulder with other big personalities of the time.
The set-up at Mercati di Traiano is mostly a digital expo, the fruit of a majestic joint project involving at the same time 4 cities from the former Roman Empire: Amsterdam, Sarajevo, Alexandria of Egypt and Rome of course. Each of the four museums (Allard Pierson Museum, City Hall Museum, Bibliotheca Alexandrina and Imperial Fora Museum respectively) offers a different perspective on the Roman Empire during Augustus age.
The exhibit at Palazzo Massimo is rather focused on one of the most important cultural revolutions by Augustus: the changes he introduced within the Roman calendar, marking new days with festivities and events as tools for propaganda.
Here a short compedium of the two venues:
MERCATI DI TRAIANO, “Keys to Rome – The City of Augustus”, 9 am- 7 pm (Mon closed)
ROMAN NATIONAL MUSEUM AT PALAZZO MASSIMO: “Augustus Revolution”, 9 am – 7.45 pm (Mon closed)
Hotel Des Artistes is at walking distance from the latter and at 10 minutes bus journey from the former!

FESTIVAL DELLE SCIENZE 2015: “SO O NON SO, QUESTO É IL DILEMMA”!

FESTIVAL DELLE SCIENZE 2015: “SO O NON SO, QUESTO É IL DILEMMA”!

“L’Ignoto” arriva a Roma. Ma niente paura, si tratta dell’Ignoto in senso filosofico e scientifico. Ancora più paura? No, davvero, non temete! Per capire quello a cui ci stiamo riferendo basta fare un salto al Festival delle Scienze che si aprirà fra pochissimi giorni a Roma.
Si tratta della decima edizione dell’evento, ospitato quest’anno dal 22 al 25 gennaio nella bella cornice dell’Auditorium Parco della Musica, e che avrà per tema appunto il concetto di Ignoto, ovvero tutto quello che si trova ancora al di là del livello di conoscenze sinora raggiunto. Dell’Ignoto, ci spiegheranno, non bisogna aver paura, in quanto è proprio ciò che ancora ci sfugge a darci la spinta propulsiva per continuare a cercare, a capire e dunque a conoscere.
A sviscerare l’argomento interverranno alcuni fra i più grandi scienziati del nostro tempo, stranieri ma non solo: Carlo Rovelli, celebre fisico attualmente impegnato nello studio della gravità quantistica e dei buchi neri, aprirà il Festival con una lezione dal titolo illuminante “La scienza ci dà certezze?”.
Perché, citando le parole del fisico Stephen Hawking, “il piu grande nemico della conoscenza non è l’ignoranza, ma l’illusione di sapere“.
Hotel Des Artistes sarà lieto di fornirvi il programma completo del festival e tutte le indicazioni necessarie per raggiungere l’auditorium.

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!

PLUNGING INTO THE FUTURE: ROME’S HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

PLUNGING INTO THE FUTURE: ROME’S HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

2015 promises to enrich Rome with many exciting entertainments. One of these is the introduction of Rome’s first aquarium, a colossal structure which will be the biggest in Italy and one of the major in Europe. Its first opening is currently fixed to June 2015, at the end of a long path of construction works. The aquarium will be covering a surface of 16000 square meters underneath the EUR lake and has been conceived to show history, environment and biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea, from which its own name comes: Mediterraneum – The Aquarium of Rome. An authentic revolution lays behind this project as the most sophisticated technologies were applied. The traditional section of the aquarium will host – as one would expect – living fishes born in captivity, while another sector will be entirely dedicated to scientific research, technological innovation and educational services: it will include an auditorium for 3D shows and huge tanks where high-tech robot-fishes will be swimming. Visitors will feel like plunging into the ocean abyss for real, thanks to special acrylic tunnels.
From Hotel Des Artistes you can easily get to EUR (the modern quarter in Southern Rome born to host the Universal Exposition in 1942) by metro line B: ask our staff!