Events in Rome

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!

NEW YEAR’S EVE…NTS IN ROME

NEW YEAR’S EVE…NTS IN ROME

Rome City Hall organized two major groups of events as public celebrations for the New Year’s Eve, so if you want to begin your 2015 by taking a bath in the sea of people who will warm up St. Sylvester’s night, you can basically choose between the following:
CIRCO MASSIMO from 21.30 onwards big concert with:
Spiritual Front, for lovers of neofolk, swing revival, symphonic rock
Gemitaiz & Madman, flagship rappers of Italian hip-hop scene
Mannarino, most emotional interpreter of traditional Roman music
Subsonica, the stars of electro music
Daddy G, the well-known founder member of Massive Attack
FORI IMPERIALI from 20:00 onwards dance and concerts on the notes of swing, funky, soul, ’60 revivals and electro swing. They will turn all the area of Via dei Fori Imperiali down to Altare della Patria into a huge partying stage inspired to 52nd Street of New York between the Thirties and the Sixties.
Choose Hotel Des Artistes for your holidays in Rome: thanks to our strategical location you’ll safely reach any venue in a short timespan, even by foot!

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!

Some More Tips About Rome

AmphitheatreAlmost two thousand years after its collapse as an Empire, Rome now lives under the shadow of a once powerful and prosperous nation.

The beauty of the Spanish Steps with its sinking boat, massive amphitheatre called Coloseum, fine wall arts sparsed across the city’s Catholic santuaries, monuments, catacombs, religious abondance etc. Visiting all these and others is definitely going to be an unforgotable memory.

After roaming, the Trastevere area is good area to chill out, certainly if you have time because this is located on the other side of the river Tiber, opposite to the major touristic sites. This neighbourhood is full of Trattorias, bars and/or restaurants, mainly giving service to the locals. After a good lunch, espresso  would be fantastic. The small and condensed coffee, rouses from sleep instantly. If not familiar with espresso, better not to try it before going to bed.

Other good stuff worth trying are: gelato (icecream), cannoli and pastries. To name some of the best gelateria in Rome: Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Said, Cristalli di Zucchero, Vice Gelateria, Gelateria Grom, Gelateria San Crispino, Mondi,Gelateria del Teatro, Biscottificio Innocenti, Fatamorgana, Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Gelateria Bocca Di Dama.

Love shopping, visit the Via Del Corso street, where you will find all the big brands. So expensive? Pass on to shopping malls like Porta di Roma, or take a cub and visit the Castello Romano Outlet where you will find best brands  for less pay. Non European residents have the option to get a refund of the VAT. Get forms from the store keepers and present the filled forms to the Customs office in the airport together with the items bought (tags not removed).

 

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