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.



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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.

Jul
26
2013
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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.

Jul
12
2013
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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.

Jun
27
2013
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New Armani Opening in Rome

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Wether you wear it or not, it’s impossible to deny that high-end fashion is one of the elements that people tend to associate with Italy, and it’s no coincidence: from Versace to Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana the country has a small army of designers that keep the wolrd in awe of their flair for elegance and style.

One the captains of that fashion army is Giorgio Armani who just opened a new luxury boutique in Rome. The store is located in Via Dei Condotti 77-79, probably the most famous street in Rome when it comes to fashion. The three-storey Roman boutique will be the second Armani store (the other one is in Paris) where clients will be able to order custom-made purses and shoes.

Definetely, a must-see for lovers of fashion and style.

Jun
20
2013
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How to See Rome in One Day

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How to see Rome in one day

I get this very often: “Can I see the most important things in Rome in only one day?”

Yes, you can! And here’s how:

07:30. Colosseum. Let’s say you are staying at Hotel Des Artistes. Go to the station Castro Pretorio (just around the corner!) or to Termini and take the blue subway line. Get off at the station Colosseo. The Colisseum opens an 08:30, and it’s advisable to make a booking beforehand. You can do so through this website.

12:30 The Vatican. Wasn’t that something? Now brace yourself for the Vatican museums. Go back to the subway station, get off at Termini, take the red line there (direction Battistini) and get off at Ottaviano, then walk to the museum. The Vatican museums are open until 18:00 but the entrance is allowed only until 16:00. The Sistine Chapel is part of the same complex, which means you get to see it once you are inside the museum.

Again, your experience will be greatly improved if you book your tickets before. Click here to visit the official Vatican website and make a booking.

Once you finish your visit to the museum you can head to Saint Peter’s (winter 7:00-18:30/ summer 7.00/19:00). You don’t have to pay to visit the Basilica.

17:00 Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon. Alright, now take the subway from Ottaviano and get off at Flaminio. You’ll find yourself in front of Piazza del Popolo, a beautiful square from which you can start walking down Via del Corso, which is also the main avenue to do shoping in Rome. Walk down Via del Corso and follow the signs to the Spanish Steps, then walk to the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square. I know, it’s a lot, but I’ve prepared a map for you.

italy-trevi-fountain20:00 Se Magna (”Time to eat”, for those of you not very well-versed in the Roman dialect) Out of breath? I don’t blame you: you have conquered Rome in one day!. Now, from Navona Square walk to Largo Torre Argentina, and walk accross the river or take the Tram 8 to Trastevere, a paradise of typical restaurants where I’m sure you will find something that fits both your taste and your budget.

Whoa! We did it!
Did you know that we have a special discount for those who venture last minute into the Eternal City? Just send us a line of call us to find more about it! You have a deal, you have a plan, what else are you waiting for?!

Written by NIC81 in: Ancient Rome, Rome: off the beaten track |
Jun
16
2013
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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.

May
20
2013
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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.

May
15
2013
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Roman Museums by Night

notte_museiThose lucky enough to be in Rome May 18, 2013 will have the unique chance to visit its world-famous museums (and the less known too) by night. Every year many events are organized to give visitors a different perspective not only of the works kept in the museums but of the museums themselves: concerts, dance performances and conferences will complete the noctural experience to underline the role of the museum as a place of social exchange.

The date is set but the full program is not available yet. We’ll bring you a selection of our favorite appointments as soon as a list is made official. In the meantime you can follow the developments through Twitter with the hashtag #NDMroma13.

Mar
31
2013
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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!

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