Jan
30
2013
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Shrek The Musical

13415950667514-0-368x276Once upon a time lived in the kingdom of Duloc a greenish, foul-mouthed and a bit ‘gruff ogre named Shrek.

His perfect life was quiet and happy until he was disturbed by a horde of enchanted creatures guilty of messing up his peaceful swamp. The creatures were the victims of an edict of Lord Farquaad, the local prince, who wanted all the enchanted creatures out of his kingdom. Among them, there was a friendly and talkative Donkey, who soon became Shrek’s faithful companion of adventures.

In an effort to solve this annoying situation, Shreck and Donkey head together to the castle of Lord Farquaad whose only concern however, is to be crowned king and this can only happen if he marry a princess.
This is how our two heroes end up trying to save Princess Fiona, locked in the tower of a castle guarded by a dragoness as  the deal with the stupid and wicked prince is: if Shrek will liberate Fiona, he can have back his quiet life in the swamp…

Will the extravagant character win the heart of his Princess? Will he be able to simply go back to his quiet but lonely swamp after having made so many friends and living such and adventure? Join Shrek and his loyal friend 9BC21F9509823EC5EF66F8E119F42824Donkey in their adventure to rescue Princess to find ithe answers!

The musical version of this Pixar hit that has been a box office hit in New York, London and Paris and now  is also in in Rome at the “Teatro Olimpico” from 14th February until 24th February 2013

For tickets and info click here.




Our Blogger: Rhodora

Jan
07
2013
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David Guetta in Rome

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After nearly two years from his last concert in Italy, is back to Rome the number one DJ in the world: David Guetta. The thirty-five French artist who began his career as a disc jockey, has become one of the most famous DJs in the world.

Born on November 7th 1967 in Paris to a French father and a Belgian mother at the age of 17 years began his career as a DJ in the Broad Club in Paris and that since his debut as a singer has sold over 3 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide, collaborating with famous pop and hip-hop artists as Akon, Kelly Rowland, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Willis, TX, Estelle, Fergie, Flo Rida, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO, Rihanna, Lil ‘Wayne, Ludacris, K’naan, Kylie Minogue, Taio Cruz, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Will.I.Am, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Sia, Chris Brown.

David Guetta will perform in a special live set, a real show of music and special stage effects, between lighting and original images transmitted by maxi led screens. In addition to the major hit, the king of the clubbing side of the Alps will present the new unreleased tracks contained in Nothing but the Beat 2.0, an updated version of the previous self-titled album, released in September.

The appointment for one of the Italian dates is February 2nd at the Palazzo dei congressi.

To buy the tickets click here.


Our Blogger: Rhodora

Dec
14
2012
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Appian Way (Appia Antica)

Appia AnticaThe Romans wanted to defeat every enemy that stood on their path hindering the empire’s growth and roads were built to achieve the end. Roads played significant role in moving armies, supplies, reinforcement, trade, power and wealth.

Appian way, which connects Rome to south Italy, was one of the main roads Romans desperately needed.

Appius Claudius, Roman censor, constructed dirt road with stones and mortar stretching from Rome to Capua for 200km. Part of the road was started and finished in 312 BC. The Appian to date has the longest straight road in Europe (64 km).

To mention few of the important historical events that happened on this road:

In the 71 BC, 6000 slaves were slain by the Romans after their revolt ended in defeat at the hands of the Roman Army. In the WWII, Allied Forces landed at Nettuno to capture Rome penetrating through Appian way but the Germans resisted until their defeat in 1944. And Abebe Bekila won 1960 summer olympics, that passed through this way.

Long kilometers of the Appian way are now open to the public for walking, jogging, bicycling etc.

The following monuments are found along the Appian way: Baths of Caracalla (at the start), catacomb of San Callisto and a small church (chiesa del Domine Quo Vadis) on Via Ardeatina a street that branches off Appian Way.




Adu K

Nov
26
2012
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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.




Adu K

Nov
21
2012
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Christmas Concert at the Vatican


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The Christmas concert, which began as the name of  “Christmas in the Vatican”, is a Christmas musical event created in 1993 to bring together every year several Italian and international singers at the invitation of the Church of Rome.

Born in the Vatican 20 years ago and then moved into different locations (Monte Carlo, Verona, Catania, Malta) is the most traditional Christmas event on Italian television that will be shown on St. Peter’s Basilica on December 15, 2012.

The originality of the event, which now has been repeated for 20 years, lies in the fact that this music “marathon”  with the presence of many artists from every nation, religion and culture, coming to Rome to sing Christmas Carols from different music genres ranging from opera to rock, through folk, gospel, classical music, world music and any other form of musical expression.

Constantly broadcast on television in prime time on Christmas Eve, the Concert  become every year the show with the highest number of viewers during the Christmas Dinner.
This twentieth edition of the Christmas Concert will be show on  December 24 2012 at 9.00 pm on RAIDUE.

To book your tickets click here.


Our Blogger:  Rhodora

Nov
19
2012
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Depeche Mode in Rome

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Depeche Mode, the band that redefined the sound of music, has announced the departure of their great revolutionary tour around Europe for the  next summer, promising to be the music  event of 2013.  With their electro  sounds and vibes full of feeling is a show that you cannot miss .

Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher will stop in 25 European countries for a total of 34 concerts for the joy of a captive audience of over one million and a half fans, before taking their tour to North America.

The tour will start on Tuesday, May 7 with an outdoor concert at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv (Israel). The Italian cities visited by the band will be Milan (San Siro stadium) and Rome (Olympic Stadium) respectively on Thursday 18 and Saturday, July 20, 2013.

 Below follow the dates , the place and the prices. A tip to all the fans: buy the ticket in advance!!!

Saturday 20 July 2013

Stadio Olimpico

Viale dei Gladiatori (click here for  map )

Time:  21:00

Tickets: from 45 to 65 euros

Info: www.the-base.itwww.depechemode.com


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Nov
12
2012
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St John in Lateran Basilica

sjl1A member of the Laterani family was said to have conspired against Emperor Nero, the emperor in retaliation confiscated and redistributed what belonged to the family. The Lateran Palace was among them. In the 4th century, Emperor Constantine, gave the palace to the Roman Catholics.

As it is officially called, Papal Archbasilica of Saints John the Baptist and John the Evangelist in Lateran, was restored from its original look by Pope Sixtus V in the 16th century. He demolished the existing building and made a completely new basilica.

In the 10th century, the basilica was first dedicated to St John the Baptist and in the 12th century to St John the Evangelist. These two saints are regarded as co-patrons. But the inscription on the facade shows, Christo Salvatori, Christ the Saviour.

At present, St John, is the oldest and number one of the main four basilicas in Rome. This is a seat to the bishop of Rome, which is the Pope. But due to the workload, this basilica is run by Cardinal Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome.

Roman Catholics are convinced, this church is the mother of all churches, infact the inscription at the facade reads: Most Holy Lateran Church, of all the churches in the city and the world, the mother and head.

In St John square, stands the largest obelisk in the world, which is brought from the Karnak temple of Thebes in Egypt.

St Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine I, brought Scala Sancta to Rome. Roman Catholic church tradition tells, Jesus Christ walked the staircase before Pilate in the city of Jerusalem.



Adu K

Nov
05
2012
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Disney on Ice – Let’s Party!

“Disney On Ice” will turn your day into an extraordinary adventure! ir_disneyoniceIs about to arrive in Italy “Disney On Ice – Let’s Party!”. The new production on ice of “Feld Entertainment”, with lots of Disney characters, over 50!

It’s an original Disney Show, with classic and modern Disney songs, a fabulous story with bright costumes on ice and with such infectious energy of Mickey Mouse and his friends for adults and children: these are the ingredients of the show that will take audiences to celebrate some of the most famous festivals in the world, all in one evening and in your own city – from “Halloween” with the “Disney Villains” to “Dance Royal Valentine’s Day” with the “Disney Princesses” to “Happy Birthday Do not” with Alice and the “Mad Hatter “.

A fun and exciting production that will accompany the audience in an ideal “world tour”, including exotic destinations like Brazil (with its Carnival parade) or Hawaii (for a “luau party”) and Japan (with the its “Festival of Flower”).

“Disney On Ice – Let’s Party! offers families a reason to celebrate at any time of the year, “says producer Kenneth Feld. “It ‘a wonderful show, unforgettable, and the audience will go home remembering to celebrate everyday joys and successes of life.” 

The tour will touch Rome from Novermber 29 to December 2 at “Palalottomatica”.

So hurry up, book your tickets and match it with the best accomodation in Rome!


Our Blogger: Rhodora


Nov
04
2012
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Rome: 2013 Marathon

wmRome Marathon will start March 17, 2013.  Start-finish line is Via dei Fori Imperiali, Colosseum area. The 42,195km unleashing run is as usual accompanied by La Stracittadina Roma Fun run (4,7km). This smaller non-competitive run is open to every one with out  age limit.

Marathon Village 14-15-16 March 2013
Time: 10:00 – 20:00
Piazza J.F.Kennedy, 1 Rome

Short History

In 490 BC, Thersipus of Erchius run from Marathon to Athens; to announce Persians had been defeated. The messenger, run all the way to Athens non-stop, said “We have won!” and collapsed on the ground.

This is the legend, the modern marathon competition claims origins.

In Greece, Messengers like Thersipus, were important in conveying messages and thus were raised with great enthusiasm, care and training.

The first official marathon race was conducted in 1896 Athens Olympics. French philosopher,  Micheal Breal is believed to have influenced his friend Pierre de Coubertin (one of the main contributors to modern Olympic competitions) to include marathon in the olympics.

Today, marathon has the largest number of participants as per race, ten of thousands in a single competition.

Adu K

Oct
25
2012
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The ABCs about Rome

Tips: All roads conduct to Rome. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Rome wasn’t bulupailt in one day.

1. Rome’s would-be founders, Romulus & Remus, were conceived by Rhea Silvia from god Mars or demi-god Hericules. They were abondoned in the Tiber River by Amulius to die, saved by miracles and suckled by a female-wolf.

2. Pantheon means ‘of all gods’. Legend tells, an eagle took the carcass of Romulus (founder of Rome) to heaven from this area.

3. Rome is made up of seven hills east of the Tiber river with in the ancient city. The hills are: Aventine, Caelian, Capitoline, Esquiline, Palatine, Quirinal and Viminal.

4. Augustus established the first Roman Empire in 44 B.C. and Romulus Augustulus was the last emperor.

5. Rome is located on the banks of the Tiber river, which is an important outlet to the sea through Ostia port.

6. Ancient and modern Rome have one important thing in common, large number of gods or modern day saints.

7. Rome is a seat to Roman Catholic church and Vatican city.

8. Vatican city, might mean ‘the hill of prophecy’.

9. SPQR: stands for Senātus Populusque Rōmānus  (literally meaning “The Senate and People of Rome“).

10. Rome is full of beautiful architectures, sculptures and paintings.



Adu K

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