Monuments in Rome

ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO!

ROME FRINGE FESTIVAL AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO!

One of the most successful Summer events in Rome is just about to begin: Rome Fringe Festival, from May 29 to July 5. This independent theatre & performative arts festival has come to the 4th edition, taking place this time at the majestic gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo (Vatican area). The RFF will entertain public every day from 9 am to 2 am with a number of Italian and foreign artists.
Entry is free, while a €5 ticket fee is owed to the theatre companies for their shows and paid to them directly.
The festival looks like a carosel for adults & kids: beyond the shows, it offers art exhibits, a day & night market, refreshment areas, wine & food tasting, workshops and kids activities.
Here a sketch of the daily events:

  • from 9am to 4.30pm: market, summer camp for children by Arteficine, free events and gastronomy
  • from 6pm to 8.30pm: aperitif, concerts, food tasting and market.
  • from 8.30pm onwards nine shows involving song theatre, comedy, drama, social theatre, dance, stand up, street art, clowning, puppet, poetry, literature, with artists from all over the world

From Hotel Des Artistes you can reach Castel Sant’Angelo by bus #40 express or metro line A getting off at Lepanto!

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

MOST SECRET ROMAN COURTYARDS OPEN JUST FOR A WEEKEND!

Rome will disclose some of her secret treasures this weekend: on May 23rd and 24th the “Open Courtyards Rome” event will allow anyone to visit courtyards which are normally closed to public as being part of private properties, although historical.
The event is organized once a year by the Italian Association of Historical Houses (ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and is free of charge for visitors, who will benefit also from the explanations by the ADSI’s guides and the owners of the buildings.
These private historical properties, mostly located in the heart of the city, will be open from 10am to 7pm.
To sum up, those in Rome this Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th will have the chance to visit the following locations:

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12
Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62
Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza Campitelli 3
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via Monserrato 34
Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163
Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10
Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102
Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70
Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6
Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114
Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8
Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza Santi Apostoli
Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda, Piazza Cairoli 6
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56
Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66
Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano 36
Palazzo Pamphilj, Ambasciata del Brasile, Piazza Navona 14

Do not hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for suggestions and directions!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

RED PETALS RAIN IN THE PANTHEON!

A 2,000 years old tradition will occurr in few days in Rome: on Sunday 24th May, 2015, red rose petals will be let fall down from the oculus of the Pantheon as part of the religious celebrations of the Pentecoste feast. The thousands of fluttering petals thrown from the ouside into the world-renowned top hole of the Pantheon’s ceiling symbolise the Holy Spirit descending on Earth. This is precisely what on Pentecoste is celebrated, that is to say the spread of the Holy Spirit bestowed by Christ’s resurrection, and the foundation of the Christian Church. Red roses symbolise indeed also Jesus Christ’s blood. Pentecoste falls on the 50th day after Easter, that is why it is a mobile feast as well.
This rite, which is part of the mass that will be performed from 10.30 am, has its root in the times of the early Christian community, when the Pantheon – originally a pagan temple – was converted into the present Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri.
The Pantheon can be easily reached by bus from Termini Station: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for more details!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

The Eternal City keeps on being a treasure trove of discoveries: few days ago 80 meters Aurelian Walls were uncovered during the excavations works which have been taking place around Rome for the construction of her third underground line (so called line C). They were surprisingly unburied in the area of St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica, one of the four major churches in the Eternal City (together with St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter’s).
What makes this discovery so astonishing is that this section of the Walls was thought lost long ago, precisely in the 18th century, when the whole area underwent massive tranformations as a consequence of the works for the new majestic facade of St. John Latern’s Church itself. Being this event traceable in the scientific literature, but lacking in turn any reference to the actual destinity of the Roman Walls, scholars supposed they had collapsed or were torn down.
The conservation status of the structures is nearly perfect: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder were uncovered from earth.
A great project is now under consideration: to set a huge open walkway for visitors which might link this stretch of the Walls with no less than those at the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. In so doing new life would be given to this gigantic difensive system of the Ancient Rome.
Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for information on the sections of the Aurelian Walls already open to public!

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!

 

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!