Monuments in Rome

EVEN ROME HAS GOT HER PYRAMID!

EVEN ROME HAS GOT HER PYRAMID!

Did you know Rome has a pyramid? Pyramid of Cestius is actually one of the most intriguing and still less known monuments in the Eternal City, standing at the crossroad between via Ostiensis and another fundamental lane in ancient times.
Its story is kind of unusual: it was built in just 330 days by Caio Cestio’s heirs under the threat of losing their rights on the inheritance, as prescribed by Caio Cestio himself. It’s one of the few monuments dating back to I Cent. BC survived for us, and it’s particularly remarkable because it testifies the spread of Egyptian customs in Rome as a consequence of the conquest of Egypt by Roman army in 30 BC.
The reason why time passing spared the pyramis major damages (despite it was covered in marbles, which were commonly reused in the antiquity to build new constructions) has probably to do with the fact that since III Cent. AD it was included in the Aurelian walls as a stronghold, which thing prevented both abandon and devastation.
Restoration works of the Pyramid of Cestius have been recently completed, the monument being now open to public with guided tour upon reservation.
Getting there is very easy: just catch metro line B (2 minutes walk from Hotel des Artistes) and get off at the namesake stop Piramide. Ask our staff about other sites in the area, such as the suggestive Protestant Cimitery. And whenever you want to take a rest, Eataly is just beyond the corner… your boutique for Made in Italy food!

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!

ST. PETER’S WEARS NEW LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

ST. PETER’S WEARS NEW LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

A new lighting system has just been installed on St. Peter’s dome, which had appeared like wrapped into darkness in the past nights precisely because renovation works were going on. All is now completed, and the brand new lights will be inaugurated today 19 December at about 6pm by Pope Francis himself. The revolutionary light setting will guarantee 70% of energy saving and a much better performance, since the LEDs shades have been designed and placed according to the piece of architecture they will enlighten. The same lightining system has been set on the facade of the of Santa Maria Maggiore Church (one of the four major basilicas in Rome, few steps away from Termini station).
The inauguration cerimony significantly falls on the same day when the traditional Christmas tree (a white spurce coming from Calabria region) and the Nativity scene (Presepe) will be light up in St. Peter’s Square.
From now onwards, even after Christmas time, St. Peter’s will be wearing a new shining dress of lights, making definitely worth a visit by night time.
Hotel Des Artistes is in Termini area: just catch metro line A for few stops (get off at Ottaviano) or bus #40 up to its route end.

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

Autumn marks Villa Torlonia’s rebirth. The dwelling place of Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943 finally opens again to public two more sections of its historical structures: the theatre and the first of a series of bunkers built up by Mussolini soon after the beginning of the II World War.
The villa acquired its current style at the very beginning of ‘800, when Prince Torlonia (to whose family it used to belong) decided to call architect Valadier for its complete restoration. A mixture of neo-classicism and liberty  make of it an authentic treasure.
The theatre will be the venue to a few concerts and events in autumn-winter 2014. Moreover, until 31 December public will be allowed to access it upon reservation of guided tours, which are mandatory. The same entrance condition applies to the bunker. Multi-lingual tours are provided.
Where: Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70.
You can go there from Hotel Des Artistes by a shot bus journey: contact us for more details!

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

Extended up to 11 January 2015 the exhibition set up in Castel Sant’Angelo since May 2014, which was conceived to celebrate Pope Francis’ first year after election.
Even without taking into account the magnificent backdrop provided by its locations, the exhibit offers a unique content to its visitors: on display works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Pietro da Cortona and many more artists who between ‘500 and ‘600 cooperated to beautify the Eternal City. Thanks to them, and to the enlightened Popes who sponsored their works, Rome became once again the guiding light of Christianity after centuries.
Where & when: Castel Sant’Angelo Museum, Tue-Sund 9am-7pm.
From Hotel Des Artistes just catch bus #40 up to its last stop: it’s just beside Castel Sant’Angelo.

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

The Vatican is not just about St. Peter’s Church and the Sistine Chapel. Castel Sant’Angelo – the fortress raised by Middle Age Popes above Adrian Emperor’s mausoleum – is indeed a landmark of Roman skyline and a most beloved monument by visitors and Roman dwellers alike.
Autumn season allows to enjoy it at its best: until 31 December 2014 every Friday night it will be open until 9pm (last admission 8:30pm). And that’s not all. A few sections which are normally restricted to public will be now accessible, such as the Passetto (a 800 m. long secret walkway used by the Pope to escape dangers during warlike times); Clement VII bathroom (a rare Renaissance example of its kind); the frightful prisons (where many Church opponents were enclosed); the garrisons’ mill (open now to public for the first time).
Don’t hesitate to contact us: Hotel Des Artistes offers a strategically placed accommodation even to reach the Vatican area!

SEE THE SISTINE CHAPEL IN A NEW LIGHT

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A brand new lighting and air-conditioning system has been recently installed in the Sistine Chapel.
Such an intervention scores multiple goals at one time: to improve the frescoes’ visibility (the highest possible brightness and hues definition guaranteed), to optimize energy consumption and consequently to save money.
Each and every LED of the 7,000 just placed within the Chapel has been customized in terms of color shade and power on the ground of the specific piece of painting it is meant to enlighten. The Sistine Chapel will be like shining in its’s own light.
That’s not all: a special set of video cameras has been introduced to count the number of visitors within the Chapel and regulate its air condition accordingly: temperature will be constantly kept between 20 and 25 °C, and humidity between 50% and 60%.
Both paintings and public will benefit from all this.
The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums: few stops away by metro (line A) from where Hotel Des Artistes is. Contact us for museum reservations and accommodation!

Something More About Rome

something more about rome

something more about rome

Almost 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 little boat, massive amphitheatre called Coloseum, fine wall arts sparsed across the city’s Catholic santuaries, monuments, catacombs, religious abondance etc.

Not all, after roaming the fantastic sites in Rome, take your breath and try a pizza. At lunch, if you have more time go the Trastevere area and enjoy Roman food. This area is full of Trattorias, mainly offering service for 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 take it before going to bed.

After meal you can also try 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. 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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October in Rome

In our opinion October is the best month to visit Rome. And to give you a prove of the lovely atmosphere that reigns over the Eternal City during this month we snapped this picture of the work of an anonymous street artist. The caption inside the heart says “I want to steal your…”

Is October in Rome, the weather is lovely and we wish you were here.

Lungotevere’s bars, restaurants and lots more!

Every year during August  a small market is set on both sides of the Tiber river: there you can eat the very Roman porchetta, buy the products of many local artisans, attend a street-theatre performance and have dinner too!

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.


All in all a very good option to spend an evening in Rome after a long (and hot) day of sightseeing. The manifestation takes place along the river, beetwen the Sisto and Garibaldi bridges; the area can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel Rome taking the bus H from the station Termini (get off the first stop after the bridge).

Our Blogger: Joseph

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