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Shopping in Spanish steps and along Via Condotti

Let’s face it, the place is crowded (it is a notorious local meeting point). Lots of onlookers everywhere. But it is truly one of Rome highlights. The site itself is lovely. But it is also located at a place where all the Italian designers are. The palace that hosts the Bourbon Spanish Embassy is nearby facing a column with the statue of Virgin Mary. Behind the steps that lead to Trinita dei Monti church, you can visit Villa Medici (the French Art Center) and beyond Villa Borghese. The esplanade at the top of the stairs offer a full panoramic view of Rome. If you are scared of climbing all these steps, take the free metro elevator up to the church esplanade. By the way, Piazza di Spagna is a regular metro station from Termini. And then, down on the square, don’t miss some of the famous Roman cafés or the house where the British poet Keats died at the age of 25. So, yes, this place is quite unescapable in Rome!

The steps are wonderfully kept. You can enjoy walking up and down them, as well as looking into the fountain at the base and the views from the top. The steps and the view is stunning. There is a restaurants at the top but it seemed to have a very good menu and a marvelous view.

Go early so that that it is not too crowded.
thw whole area around the Spanish steps is a rabbit warren of tiny cobbled streets and well worth exploring. Avoid the tacky tourist shops though! Close to the heart of Designer shop Rome! A must for all us women! take your credit card!

The best way to reach the Spanish Steps is by walking up Via Condotti. Take Rome’s main thoroughfare Via del Corso, which cuts ancient/tourist Rome in half and passes near to a lot of the major sights—then head up Via Condotti towards the Spanish Steps. There are a lot of elite and fun shops. However, the prices are sky-high and the merchandise isn’t really that special—just elite and with a fancy label. So, window shopping is where the fun is here. At the end of the street, the Spanish Steps will loom above you.

 

Our Blogger: Joseph

SKUNK ANANSIE IN ROME

Skunk Anansie are an English band, whose image is generally associated with the singer and band-leader Skin (Deborah Dyer), known among other things for his habit of wearing her hair completely shaved.

After the success of the summer tour, which saw them dominate the stage of the peninsula from north to south, the tireless SKUNK ANANSIE return to Italy-19 of march here in rome.

A brand new adventure for Skunk Anansie, yet another - in the nearly twenty years of career - the overwhelming challenge for rock band led by Skins, creator of this acoustic tour, started with an argument than the “confidence” that the singer has with the his voice: Many singers do not like my voice, and somehow I am also very insecure and I am afraid to expose my voice without being accompanied by a sound. I asked myself, ok I can sing loud, but I could do it equally singing plan? “

The Italian tour will therefore be a new step in this adventure Acoustic unusual for listeners, and also for the rock band “The perspective is different when sitting on the stage and you need to focus a lot on his own music. (….) meet again during the show in London made ​​us realize how everything was so fresh and vital energy and enthusiasm impossible to forge. we are proud of every album we made, but this acoustic experience is really something special.

Rome: The City of Seven Hills

ForoRome, over the last two thousand years, became center of power, wealth and religion. At its highest peak, the Roman Empire extended Scotland to North Africa and Israel to England. And at the end of the day, the Roman Catholic state is reaching billions of followers across the globe.

Rich families, consulates and/or religious figures hired artists or architects to personalise their villas with statutes, gardens, thermae, theatre, temples, libraries and so on. The Roman Catholic hegemony, for example, hired artistes like Michaelangelo to paint the Last Super and Sistine Chapel. No wander, the rich families and the powerfull did the same.

Obsession to family interest, power and a luxurious life style often engulfed governors, generals, cardinals, popes and rich at odds against each other. This kind of selfish and controversial life style was also wide spread in the peninsula.

Rome owes its architecture, art, history and might; either to those who trampled the poor or to those who used religion to further their apetite to power, money or religious ambitions.

In a ‘modernised and civilized’ Rome, nothing seems to have changed except that now all the hassle is in a more fashionable and refined way.

Yet, Rome is worth watching.


Adu K


Big Frida Kahlo Exhibition To Open In Rome In 2014

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Looks like the photographic exhibition that the Cervantes Institute dedicated to Frida Kahlo some months ago was only a hint of big things to come. From March 20 to July 13, 2014 The Scuderie del Quirinale will be hosting a big exposition of paintings by the iconic paintress along with a selection of photographic portraits made by the American photographer Nickolas Muray.


With these news, as we enter the last leg of this 2013, we begin to rub our hands in anticipation for 2014.

Saturday Night (Museum) Fever

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Good news for night owls: starting tomorrow the most important museums in Italy will be open by night once a month, which will make for an even more suggestive experience.

In Rome, 8 museums will take part in the experiment: the Galleria Borghese, the National Gallery of Classic Art, the National Roman Museum (Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps), The Diocletian Baths, The Crypta Balbi, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Etruscan Museum of Valle Giulia.

The extraordinary openings will take place the last Saturday of every month until December. That is:  July 27, August 31, September 28, October  26, November 30  and December 28, 2013.

Frida Kahlo in Rome

frida20kahlo1The image of Frida Kahlo has grown beyond the boundaries of Mexican culture and today is almost universally celebrated as an icon of magic realism, feminism and the struggles and lonelines of artists.

From March 20 2013 admirers of the Mexican artist will be able to admire some of her most significant works thanks to an exposition to be displayed at the Scuderie del Qurinale Museum. Fear of death and loss, the pain of ill-advised love, and the terrible lonliness that comes with life are some of the feelings visitors will explore besides the much revered paintress.

Rome Vinoforum 2013: All About Wine And Then Some

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One of the items we tend to associate with Italy is wine, which is an essential part of the gastronomic culture of the country. Besides, it makes for a great souvenir: just imagine taking a bottle home and being able to breathe and taste Italy again, many months or maybe years after you visited the country,

Well, now we have good news for those who love wine or are simply eager to learn more about it: until june 22 you can visit Vinoforum, a fair of all things wine. The fair takes place at Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz, Rome from 19.00 until 24.00 and 19.00-01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The Entrance fee is 16.00 EUR or 20.00 EUR Fridays.To reach Vinoforum from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the A (red) subway line from the station Termini and get off at Ottaviano; from there take bus 32 for 7 stops.

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.

Pope Francis’ Bus Tickets

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Do you know what’s all the rage right now in Rome? Bus tickets.

Well, not ordinary bus tickets:  Atac, the company resposible for the public transportation in Rome has just issued tickets with Pope Francis’ image on them.  The company claims that since the limited edition of the tickets hit the streets on March 27th sales have increased by 32%.

If you get one hold on to it– something tells me they’ll become vintage souvenirs!