Apr
13
2014
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Luxury shopping in Rome

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.

 

Our Blogger: Joseph

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Mar
10
2014
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Very special meeting in Rome!!

A very special meeting between two very important and influencial people, president Barack Obama and pope Francesco will be taking place in the Vatican City in Rome Italy on the 27th of March. Italy and the Vatican City are two of the president’s stops after having visited with leaders in Holland and Belgium. Both Obama and Pope Francesco will be discussing poverty and other social issues which both men believe greatly in. President Obama will be also visiting with president Giorgio Napolitano and premier Matteo Renzi during his stay in Italy.
A very special meeting in Rome

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Feb
26
2014
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Ciok in Roma – Chocolate festival in Rome from Feb. 28 – Mar. 4

A chocolate festival with views of the Eternal City , one of the best panoramic views of the Imperial Rome that coexists with the tourist metropolis and fashion, embellished with handcrafted masterpieces to taste, excellence in sales , artworks, to taste , that sweet and that scent of chocolate ready to indulge anyone, from 28 February to 4 March 2014.

With ancient roots , alchemy timeless and cutting-edge concoctions , the history , the essence and the wonders of chocolate , they come back to town with the new edition of Ciok in Roma , distilling joyful delight for the palate, culture and imagination .
After transforming the industrial archeology of Central America ” Montemartini ” , in a sort of Willy Wonka the Chocolate Factory , the Festival of ambrosia to taste, along with the history of the origins and the ancestral link with the senses that has fascinated the cinema promises to indulge the capital from the terrace of the Pincio .

The program of events and initiatives is with free admission, that characterize this edition of Ciok in Roma 2014.

Feb
16
2014
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Rome Marathon 2014

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As every big city Rome has its own marathon, than draws visitors from all around the world. This year’s marathon will take place on March 23 2014. The runners pass by some of the most suggestive monuments in the city, so it’s a great attraction for those who love to travel and stay fit. The race starts at Via dei Fori Imperiali (Colisseum) at 9:00 AM. Then, participants will run by Piazza Venezia, Piramide, Castel Sant’ Angelo, The Vatican, Piazza Navona until they reach the finish line at the Colisseum again.

You can check the route and the information to sing in in the official website and don’t forget to visit the websites of Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel to get the best accommodation in the city!

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Jan
28
2014
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Our Suggestions for a Valentine’s day in Rome

11679The Trevi Fountain by night The Trevi Fountain is a stunner. Our advice is to visit it both during the day and during the night, but on that special day you might like to make a night visit to throw a coin with your significant other and make a wish together.

Lo Zodiaco One of the most legendary restaurants with a view in Rome, and a sure hit if you want to impress your date. Its location outside the city makes it a little offhand, but allows a clear view of the city and the stars. Reservations: +39 06 3549 6744

Pincio A terrace that’s part of Villa Borghese and can be accessed from Piazza del Popolo. Offers a marvelous view of Rome, and is probably the most romantic spot in the city.

Ponte Milvio A recent fashion has lovers locking padlocks to the handrail of this bridge and then throwing the key away. For sure a memorable way to celebrate Valentine’s day!

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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

Oct
25
2013
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Fountains of Rome

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Well, in Rome almost everything is worth noting. Cathedrals, basilicas, villas, museums, statues, bla bla are the big shots people like to visit, take pictures, talk about, chat or google. Today, I want to give you a very shortsummary on the little known or may be ignored or less googled but very essential part of everyday life in Rome, be it locals, tourists or animals. The Nasoni literally means ‘big nose’. It supplies potable water free of charge.


The Nasoni, were first installed in 1874, by mayer Luigi Pianciani. Today, incredibily, the nasonis are 2500 in number, spreading almost everywhere in Rome. They are financed by the city hall, and that is also why locals call them, ‘l’acqua del sindaco’ meaning mayer’s water.


Identifying characteristics of nasino:- twentyfour seven water flow, almost 120 centimeters tall, cold and potable water, limited water wastage (excess water goes to gardens, clean the sewer systems and supply for industrial cleanings), multi-use spout (allows fast and free water flow, touch-spout-mode to switch to drink-without-a-cup-style).



Adu K

Sep
21
2013
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Big Frida Kahlo Exhibition To Open In Rome In 2014

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Looks like the photographic exhibition that the Cervantes Institute dedicated to Frida Kahlo some months ago was only a hint of big things to come. From March 20 to July 13, 2014 The Scuderie del Quirinale will be hosting a big exposition of paintings by the iconic paintress along with a selection of photographic portraits made by the American photographer Nickolas Muray.


With these news, as we enter the last leg of this 2013, we begin to rub our hands in anticipation for 2014.

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”.

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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.

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