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ROMA ROMICS!

ROMA ROMICS!

Aprile e ottobre: questi i due appuntamenti in programma nel 2015 per uno dei più grandi festival in Italia che riunisce in sè fumetti, cosplays, animazione, games, musica, cinema ed entertainment.
A brevissimo, quindi, il primo dei due: dal 9 al 12 aprile. Quattro giorni intensissimi per gli appassionati, pronti a gremire le diverse aree dell’evento: Officina del Fumetto e della Multimedialità (con grandi autori, incontri, case editrici); ROMICS Movie (grande cinema con i protagonisti più amati); un nuovissimo padiglione ROMICS Games (con videogame, giochi di ruolo e di strategia); ROMICS Castelli Animati (con le eccellenze internazionali e gli studi di cinema di animazione); grandi eventi e contest (gara cosplay; selezione ufficiale per il Campionato Karaoke WKG, in collaborazione con il Giappone; ROMICS Song Contest; K-Pop Kontest; ROMICS Gran Galà del Doppiaggio); e infine ROMICS Kids & Junior, contenitore di proposte per bambini e ragazzi. Visitando i numerosissimi stand all’interno dei padiglioni della Fiera si potranno trovare tutte le novità, le grandi case editrici, le fumetterie, i collezionisti, i videogiochi, i gadget. Grandissimi nomi del settore fra gli ospiti: per il programma compelto vi suggeriamo di consultare il sito ufficiale dell’evento.
Romics 9-12 aprile 2015 si tiene dalle 10:00 alle 20.00 alla Fiera di Roma, raggiungibile dalla stazione Termini con autobus di linea (#808) o treno urbano (FR 1 direzione Fiumicino e scendere alla Fermata Fiera Roma). E per ulteriori informazioni sull’evento… Hotel Des Artistes!

EXPO TICKETS: WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH

EXPO TICKETS: WHERE, WHEN, HOW MUCH

Expo Milano 2015 is around the corner, the great opening day being on May 1, 2015. Since then, visitors from all over the world will enjoy six-month futuristic pavilions and exciting events by 145 nations, all focused on the theme of food & nutrition.
Do you already know everyhting about how and where to buy the tickets? We shortlisted for you a few reminders:

WHERE: you basically have three options to purchase your ticket.
1) From the official website of Expo Milano 2015;
2) at the Expo Gate located in Piazza Cairoli, downtown Milan;
3) from any Authorised Reseller.

HOW MUCH: ticket prices vary according to the type of activity/event you are interested in and according to some other variables which may give you right to discounts (such as age; being part of a family group, school; having diabilities etc.). As a general idea, tickets range from a minimum of 5€ for night events to more than 100€ for the seasonal pass. You have several choices in between of course! Now read the next point…!

WHAT: you have the following ticket options:
Open Date –> for the entire day on a date of your choice between May 2 and October 31.
Fixed Date –> for the entire day on a specific date between May 2 and October 31.
Evening ticket –> just for entry starting at 19:00.
May 1 Opening –> for opening day of the Exhibition Site (official cerimony & celebrations to inaugurate the six months of events, debates and experiences)
Multi-day –> for two consecutive days, between May 2 and October 31. (It’s less expensive than purchasing two one-day tickets. Available either as a Fixed or Open option… see above).
2-3 day Carnet –> to visit Expo Milano 2015 whenever you want. These are available for two or three open dates between May 2 and October 31.

Expo Milan 2015 will be open every day from 10am to 11pm! Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes about Rome’s events for Expo Milan!

MADE IN IRELAND: A FOUR-DAY FILM FESTIVAL IN ROME!

MADE IN IRELAND: A FOUR-DAY FILM FESTIVAL IN ROME!

The latest film festival in Rome is entirely focused on the Green Island: it’s the IrishFilmFesta!
From March 26 to 29, 2015, presentations, meetings with Irish guests (directors, actors, screenwriters and producers), debates and most of all movie shows made in Ireland will take place at Casa del Cinema di Roma. New movies as well as old unedited classics will be shown in original version (including Gaelic!) with subtitles.
IrishFilmFesta, set by Culture Ireland, the Irish Film Board, Tourism Ireland and Irish Embassy to Italy together with the Italian association Archimedia, is meant to promote Irish cinema, a less known cinema industry which “hardly crosses Irish borders, and even when it does, it is often considered English or American. So far, the only film makers which managed to gain international popularity are Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. But Irish cinema generated many more talents, and in the last years is being characterized by a remarkable artistic variety, which needs to be exported” as we read from the event manifesto.
Shows at 2015 IrishFilmFesta will be from 5pm (3.30pm on the weekend). There is no entrance fee, but you can support IrishFilmFesta with a minimum donation of € 50 if you like, which will guarantee a seat reserved to you for the whole duration of the event.
Casa del Cinema is inside Villa Borghese, at few metro stops from us: our staff at Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide you with directions!

 

MAGIC SPOTS AND EYE TRICKS – PART 1

MAGIC SPOTS AND EYE TRICKS – PART 1

Besides still standing great monuments and fascinating ruins Rome hides here and there secret intriguing spots which reveal a different type of beauty, literally tricking your eyes and your perception of space. So try to include them in your to-do list and discover the city… from another point of view!
We begin today with some connected to the so called trompe l’oeil (= trick the eye): a French expression for an artistic technique which has best examples in Rome in fact.
In the courtyard of PALAZZO SPADA for instance (few steps away from Campo de’ Fiori and Piazza Farnese) you’ll see actual windows mingling with fake ones on the facade. But this trick is almost nothing compared to what you are going to discover in the garden. Here there’s a 500 years old gallery built with a rising floor and shrinking columns. This makes the gallery look from the outside more than four times its actual lenght and a tiny sculpture at the end look life sized. What basically happens is that if you start walking along the gallery you’ll need to bend more and more to get to its end, and surprisingly the closest you get to the statue the smallest it becomes: what at the entrance you thought to be small just because of the perspective is actually even smaller!
This trick is due to the work of artist Francesco Borrimini (hence it’s name: “Borromini’s perspective) aided by a mathematician.
To get the next trick-tip… keep on following Hotel Des Artistes blog!

ROME MARATHON… WITH BENEFITS!

ROME MARATHON… WITH BENEFITS!

Just four days left to Rome Marathon 2015! Waiting for this huge event which will take place on Sunday 22, we would like to highlight a few benefits for those joining it:
MARATHON VILLAGE: Rome Marathon has got a wide expo at the Palazzo dei Congressi (EUR area). For the whole week preceeding the event, partecipants can go there to collect their BIB numbers and “the race package”, or just to give a look at the latest professional products.
MARATHON AFTER PARTY: an official after party will be held at Nur Bar, in Via del Teatro Valle 19. The party is from 6.30 pm till late at night Sunday, March 22. Admission: € 10,00 for Rome Marathon and RomaFun 5k partecipants (don’t forget your medal or bib) and friends. Includes buffet and first consumption. Free entry for children under 14. Food is served until 10:00 pm.
FREE TRANSPORT: on the race day travel on the underground, trams and buses will be free for all marathon and RomaFun La Stracittadina partecipants: your bib number must be made visible.
SHOWER SERVICE: if you like to take a shower after the marathon, the following facilities will be open for free to runners: Stadio Delle Terme Di Caracalla “Nando Martellini” Viale Guido Bacelli, 14 (near Metro B Circo Massimo) – timetable: 11.45 am – 5 pm Impianto Sportivo Comunale Uisp “Fulvio Bernardini” Viale dell’Acqua Marcia, 51 (near Metro B Ponte Mammolo) – timetable: 12 pm – 6 pmDue Ponti Sporting Club Via Dei Due Ponti, 48 – Timetable: 12 Pm – 6 Pm Forum Roma Sport Center Via Cornelia, 49 – timetable: 12 pm – 6 pm Show your bib number at the entrance.
ART CARD: the Art Marathon Card, to the owner, gives the right to a discount on the cost of the entrance ticket. The list of the museums and archaeological sites part of the agreement is on the official website of Rome’s museums. Validity from 19th to 24 th March 2015. The card is in your bib envelope.
Stay at Hotel Des Artistes and enjoy special our offers on the occasion of the Marathon!

WAITING FOR ST. PATRICK’S…

WAITING FOR ST. PATRICK’S…

Big celebrations are planned for St. Patrick’s Day! The Irish expats and all the Green Island lovers will have the chance to enjoy this traditional festivity starting from tonight, with the Global Greening appointment, this year involving Rome for the first time: the Colosseum will be englighted in green at 7.30 pm tonight March 16th, likewise more than eighty landmarks all over the world (such as the Niagara Falls, the Christ the Redeemer’s statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the London Eye and the Cibeles Fountain in Madrid).
The proper religious celebration in Rome will take place tomorrow at 10 am, when Cardinal Prosper Grech will officiate the Mass for Lá Fhéile Pádraig at St. Patrick’s Church on via Boncompagni 31 (metro line A stop: Barberini).
Later on the eight edition of the IrishFilmFesta will be presented at the Irish embassy: beginning on March 26th it will take place at Casa del Cinema of Villa Borghese (metro line A stop: Flaminio). For four days films, short films, documentaries made in Ireland will be shown, including a special section in Gaelic language.
Moreover, all the most popular pubs in the Eternal City will be the traditional meeting points to the cheering crowds from tomorrow Tuesday 17th at 11am, till 4 am of the morning after.
To get more info on Irish pubs in Rome and other venues where to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day just contact us at Hotel Des Artistes!

JULIUS CAESAR HAS TO DIE (ON MARCH 15th… FOR REAL!)

JULIUS CAESAR HAS TO DIE (ON MARCH 15th… FOR REAL!)

Julius Caesar was killed on March 15th, the so called “Ides of March” in Latin: the event caused a dramatic change in history of the Roman Republic.
This Sunday special events are in programme at largo di Torre Argentina, where the murder took place: guided tours both in Italian and in English will allow people to better understand the ancient meaning of this archeological area now immersed into modern buildings and activities.
But that’s not all. A philologically faithful reenactment in three scenes will show what happened exactly that day in 44 BC:
1) Mark Antony, Cato, Cicero, senators and tribunes have a meeting at the Senate and at end of it they declare Caesar a public enemy of Rome;
2) Caesar arrives to the Curia and meets the haruspex Spurinna, who had warned him: “Caesar, beware the Ides of March”. It follows his assassination with twenty-three stab wounds;
3) Brutus and Mark Antony hold a funeral speech to honor Caesar at the Roman Forum (the speech is taken from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”).
The 45 minutes long reenactment will be played twice: at 12pm and 15.30pm.
Guided tours will be starting every 40 minutes from 9:45am, with a break during the two reenactments.
The whole event is for free and you can easily reach it from Termini station with 10 minutes bus journey: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for directions!

MARC CHAGALL’S LOVE & LIFE IN ROME

MARC CHAGALL’S LOVE & LIFE IN ROME

Thanks to the cultural co-operation between Rome and Jerusalem a new exhibit will be soon opened in the heart of the Eternal City: “Marc Chagall. Love and life”.
From March 16 to July 26, 150 works of art by the Russian-born Jewish painter will be on display in the prestigious backdrop of Chiostro del Bramante, few steps away from Piazza Navona.
The exhibit is entirely focused on the strict linkage between Chagall and his life-companion, Bella Rosenfeld: she was to him a never-ending source of inspiration, which makes his paintings a mirror of his love life. Chagall’s paitings, drawings and prints are indeed a reflection of his personal experiences and cultural parameters, such as the Jewish one and all its symbols. Take the goat for instance, an allegory of hope and confidence; or the hut, reminiscent of the celebration of the feast after the Exodus; the donkey, tied to the different moments of the Bible; the fiddler figure who uses to attend the major Jewish religious holidays.
The exhibition will be open every day. From Monday to Friday 10am – 8 pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am – 9 pm (last admission: one hour before closing).
Don’t hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes to get more info on this top art exhibit!

 

ARABESQUE MATISSE AT SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE!

ARABESQUE MATISSE AT SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE!

March marks the beginning of several important exhibitions in Rome, that dedicated to French painter Matisse being one of the most awaited.
From March 6th to June 21th, over one hundred paintings by the artists will be on display in the enchanting backdrop of Scuderie del QuIrinale (opposite the Quirinal Palace and easily reachable from the shopping venue of Via Nazionale). Matisse’s works of art on show belong to some of the most prestigious museums in the world: Tate, MET, MoMa, Puškin, Ermitage, Pompidou, Orangerie, Philadelphia, Washington, only to name a few.
Leading theme of the exhibit is the particular use of the arabesque motif which the author derived from his journeyS in the East. As Matisse himself used to say, those arabesque are not overwhelming compared to the overall composition; they rather enrich the work through a perfect integration with the other elements.
For info on entrance fee and opening times don’t hesitate to ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes!

EXPO MILAN 2015 & AMERICAN FOOD 2.0: UNITED TO FEED THE PLANET

EXPO MILAN 2015 & AMERICAN FOOD 2.0: UNITED TO FEED THE PLANET

The American pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 will be showing us the role of the U.S.A. in food production activities, from the past till today. We will be told the history of American food, with great attention on culture, science and business related aspects.
Interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art digital media will highlight American industry, products, and entrepreneurship in the farem of sustainability, nutrition and health, technology and innovation.
The pavilion was designed by architect James Biber of Biber Architects in New York. It is a 35,000 square foot space within Expo Milano’s 3.6 million square foot sustainable “smart city.” The building is a multi-level experience that flows with activity from top to bottom, side to side, and it includes a massive vertical farm that will be harvested daily. Undoubtedly visitors will be intrigued by these features as well:
– transparent technology wall that shows the inner workings of the pavilion
– wood repurposed from the original Coney Island boardwalk
– installations, events, and exhibits throughout
– rooftop terrace and cafe
– gathering space, courtyard, and VIP meeting spaces
– retail merchandising space
– grove of oak trees, the national tree of the USA
For more information check out the official website or contact us at Hotel Des Artistes, as Rome & Milan will be sharing lots of events during Expo Milano 2015!