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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.

 

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Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock in Rome

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Summer in Rome is a delight for lovers of good music. Brilliant performers of all types of music make sure to stop in the Eternal City while touring Europe from June to August. Enjoying a great concert followed by a fine meal during a Roman summer, when breeze finally starts to blow and people take the streets to simply enjoy life is an experience to be lived.

Rhapsodic tones apart, one of the concerts we are already looking forward is that of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. They are two of the greatest living legends of jazz but the best about them is not their historical importance (which cannot be overstated) but the quality of their playing. Just as the Roman evening described above, the interplay beetwen these two is one of those fine pleasures you just cannot deny yourself when given the chance.

The concert will take place July 26 2014 at the Auditorium Parco della Musica (which can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes) an 9:00 PM.

The Rolling Stones in Rome

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The only Italian date of the tour in the world 14 on Fire”, the City of Rome opens the place more ‘prestigious history for a concert that promises to be unique just like the event last year, in Hyde Park in London, with more than 120 thousand people.

The Stones made ​​their debut with the new tour in February, performing for the first time in their career, in the middle east, and are currently on tour in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, bringing their music and their legendary stage presence finally in Europe, after an absence of seven years.

The concert will take place next June 22 in the Circus Maximus, a suggestive ancient arena.



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.

Arcade Fire and The Black Keys in Rome.

Call us hasty, but we are already expecting our beloved Rock in Roma Festival. And we have good reasons:  Arcade Fire and The Black Keys, two of the best bads on the scene (in our humble opinion) are confirmed to participate. The Arcade Fire will offer its concert on June 23, while the Black Keys will perform on July 8, 2014.

Rock in Roma takes place every summer at the race course Capannelle, and if you have been following us you know well that it thingles our rock-head soft spots.

pd: Just in case you have trouble recalling how awesome The Black Keys are, we’ll just leave you a video of our favorite song of theirs.

900 Lab, Rome’s New Open-air Club To Be Inaugurated Today

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Rome is preparing to treat itself with an intense summer this year. As if the many festivals taking place during the next 2 months weren’t enough (Lulglio Suona Bene, Rock in Roma and Vive Latino) a new club will open its doors tonight to cater for those who want to enjoy electronic music.

The name of the new club is 900 Lab and a good part of it is located in an outdoor space, a characterictic party-goers will appreciate when the Roman heat becomes more aggressive. Another peculiar feature of the club is its position, within the EUR neighbourhood, surrounded by imposing buidlings built during fascism:even if the memories they bring are not exactly happy, the scenery they create will be certaingly suggestive.

900 Lab is located an Piazza Gugliemo Marconi 32, Rome,  and can be reached with the B subway line (stations EUR Palasport/ EUR Fermi).

July sounds good in Rome

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Every July the Auditorium Parco della Musica features musicians who are both innovative and representative of their respective musical scenes. Here’s our selection for this year’s festival. The full program can be read here.

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Goran Bregovic “La Notte della Taranta”
Wedding and Funeral Band, Orchestra de “La Notte della Taranta”
Probably the most intriguing entry, the Balkans meet the deep south of Italy. There will be fire, that’s for sure.

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Burt Bacharach
A genius of pop music, and the object of a recent campaign of rediscovery.


Friday 19/07/2013 Cavea h 21
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Crosby Stills and Nash
Like a Mount Rushmore of rock, the trio is both imposing and never out of date.


Sunday 21/07/2013 Cavea h 21
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Wayne Shorter Quartet
feat. Brian Blade, John Patitucci, Danilo Pérez
A living legend of jazz, night dreamer Shorter never fails to bring something deep and suprising to the table.


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Baustelle “Fantasma”
One of our favorite bands and our suggestion if you want to discover what alternative Italian rock sounds like.


Monday 29/07/2013 Cavea h 21
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Paolo Fresu, Uri Caine, PMJO
The encounter beetwen the mediterranean lyricism of Fresu and the classical sensibility of  jazzman Cane is the kind of thing worth paying to see.


Supernatural Music: Carlos Santana in Rome

carlos_santana_concerto_a_roma_luglioProbably one of the least likely places to look for a guru of Rock and Roll is Autlan, a little Mexican town near the Pacific coast, but that’s where Carlos Santana was born.

Santana’s family moved from Autlan to Tijuana, near the border with the United States, and then to San Francisco. It was there where Carlos was going to amaze the world with his bold fusion of rock, African and latin rythms and oriental mysticism.

Carlos spent the 70′s and 80′s at the forefront of rock but the sales of his records slowed down and by the end of the 90′s he didn’t have a contract with any record label. His luck changed with Supernatural, an album studded with rock celebrities that marked Santanas’ comeback as a big name in rock.

Now as a part of his Sentient tour Santana will visit Rome next July 28. The concert will take place at the Foro Italico, that can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes (red subway line until Ottaviano, the bus 32).

Rock in Roma 2013

rock-in-romaRock in Roma is already a summer staple in the Eternal City. Today we bring you a selection of the concerts we look forward to:

June 21: Toto
80’s nostalgia anyone?

July 4: Iggy and The Stooges
You cannot miss the living legend of punk.

July 9, Rammstein.
Metal made in Germany.

July 10: Arctic Monkeys
Not sure if they lived up to the “Beatles-of-their-generation” hype, but they’re good nonetheless.

July 11: Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band.
The boss is the boss. And the order is “don’t miss my concert”.

July 14: The Smashing Pumpkins + Mark Lanegan Band
The Pumpkins just released a great record. We look forward to hear the new songs live.

Neil Young & Crazy Hourse
Uncompromising, togh and hard-rocking. Neil is the rocker for all seasons.

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.




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