Nov
19
2013
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Christmas in Rome: 5 things we love

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1.- The Pincio Christmas tree
Il Pincio, the terrace overlooking the city from Piazza del Popolom  is one of our favorite spots in Rome, and with a huge Cristmas tree it becomes a memorable postcard to send home.

2.- The Piazza Navona Christmas Market

Candy, puppets, a merry-go-round. No matter where you come from, this little market will bring back all the Christmas memories from you childhood.

3.- The Christmas scene at the Vatican

Italy takes pride on its nativity scenes, and the most important in Rome is the one that the Holy See sets at Saint Peter’s square

4.- Panettone and Pandoro

For us this is more reliable than most personality tests. There’s no middle ground:you are either a Panettone person or a Pandoro person. These are 2 types of bread commonly associated with Christmas: Panettone  contains candied orange, citron, and lemon zest;: Pandoro does not contain candied fruits but is covered with deliclious  vanilla-scented icing sugar.

5.- Roasted chestnuts street vendors

We don’t like chesnuts but we love to see the vendors on the street. Winter wouldn’t be the same without them.

If you are planning to spend Christmas in Rome, you best option for accomodation are Yes Hotel and Hotel Des Artistes. Just check our websites or send us a line to get the best rate available.

Nov
14
2013
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Villa of The Quintilii

villaquintiliiromeVilla Quintilii, located in the Appia Antica surrounding, was constructed in 151 AD by Sextus Quintilius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus, who were successfull consuls in the 2nd century. Nevertheless, the earliest construction of the villa dates back to the Hadrian rule.

The end of the once influential consul brothers was so sad. It is said, Emperor Commodus so coveted the villa, may be due its location or magnificence, and killed (182 AD) the Quintilii bros and automatically became the heir.

Villa Quintilii was discoverded in 1776 by Gavin Hamilton, in what the locals commonly call  Roma Vecchia for after the villa was first excavated, it looked like a small city in itself. This houses extensive thermae with its own water supply system and amazingly a horse race course (dating to the fourth century).

Now, the villa (a state property since 1989) has a museum that houses the marbles and other materials which were used to adorn the villa. In 1784 the villa has to it added a terrace, which give a good view of the Castelli Romani.



Adu K

Sep
08
2013
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The Vittoriano, Rome’s Typewriter

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If you are accused of being “too much” in Rome that means you are REALLY trying too hard.

That’s the case with the Vittoriano. For most tourists is memorable; for most Romans is just akward.

The monument was built to celebrate king Vittorio Emanuele II after his death, and apparently the mindset was “throw it all in”. More than a monument is a complex of monuments that comemorate the king, the unknown soldier, the Italian virtues, and the Italian regions. Probably that’s why most people just call it “Altar of the Fatherland”,  although those less enthusiastic about its anachronistic style have coined affectionate nicknames as “The Wedding Cake” and “The Typewriter”.

Written by NIC81 in: Monuments in Rome, Uncategorized |
Aug
25
2013
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Nanotechnology In Ancient Rome

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One of the concepts that will shape our future is nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Its applications of will radically change the way we live over the course of the next century, so I was surprised to learn today that the Romans had more than a passing knowledge of it, so much so that they were able to create a chalice that appears green when lit from the front but turns red when lit from behind, an effect that takes place because the glass was impregnated with very small particles of silver and gold. For decades the chalice remained a mistery for scientists who found the explanation only very recently.

The news reminded me that it was only a couple of months ago that scientists finally discovered the secret mix of lime and volcanic rock that the Roman concrete was made of. It is vastly superior to most modern concrete, more environmentally friendly and mind-numblingly durable: just take a look at the Pantheon if you doubt it!

Talk about being ahead of your time.

Aug
13
2013
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The Twin Churches Of Piazza Del Popolo

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Photo Credit: MarkusMark, via Wikipedia.

 

Piazza del popolo is one of the most underrated spots in Rome: from the fountain with the obelisk to the stairs that take you from the square to Il Pincio, the place is full of details that make for an interesting stop in any Roman itinerary.

Another of those many curiosities is the fact that in the square there are a couple of twin churches, signaling the access to Via Del Corso. They were built by order of Pope Alexander VII and actually are slightly different: for one, Santa Maria in Montesanto has an oval plant, while Santa Maria dei Miracoli has an circular plant. Inside, the differences are even more evident, as the former has 6 chapels whereas the latter has 4 of them.

Piazza del Popolo with its twin churches can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel: just take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Flaminio.

Written by NIC81 in: Ancient Rome, Monuments in Rome |

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