Events in Rome

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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THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

On Thursday 27th people from USA will celebrate their traditional Thanksgiving Day. As usual, the fourth Thursday of November marks this festivity which origin can be traced back to Sixteenth century religious disputes in England. Pilgrims migrated to USA apparently celebrated their first Thanksgiving Day in the year 1621, at Plymouth, shaping it as a harvest festival. Food traditionally associated to this festivity undoubtedly changed through the centuries (according to local productions), until we come to our days when stuffed turkey, pumpkin soup, potato puree and green beans, as well as brownies or pumpkin pie, are undisputed protagonists of American tables.
Many places in Rome will be celebrating together with their American guests on 27 November 2014 : from Norman Rockewell’s exhibition venue (Palazzo Sciarra, behind via del Corso), to Cinecittà World (the biggest amusement park dedicated to Italian cinema industry): ask Hotel Des Artistes staff for full 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!

SWING & NEW DEAL AT ROME JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014

SWING & NEW DEAL AT ROME JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014

A new wave of swing has hit Europe (and Italy as well) in the latest years: 2014 Rome Jazz Festival celebrates this trend with one-month jazz concerts, events, swing dance performances & workshops. All this is already happening at Auditorium Parco della Musica and other locations such as freshly renewed Teatro Torlonia, where many big names of the international musical scene will be on stage in the next weeks: vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Grammy award winner), Jason Moran and Robert Glasper (the two famous American contemporary jazz pianists), the best “Gipsy Jazz” (also known as “Manouche”) guitarists in Europe.
Time: until 30 November 2014.
Tickets on sale from €5 to €25.
Contact http://www.hoteldesartistes.com/ for the full programme and accommodation!