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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.

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”.

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.

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.

Leonard Cohen in Rome

leonardcohenThere are few singers as talented and enigmatic as Leonard Cohen and whose work keeps eliciting so much interest after a career that spans more tha 40 years.

Mr Cohen was already an accomplished poet when his first record, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, saw the light in 1967 and indeed his attitudes towards art and fame are more those of a writer or a mystic poet that those of a rockstar. A New Yorker’s recent review of one of his performances portrayed him as an elder sage, not singing but uttering words with a voice that told itself stories through timbre and emphasys only.

mr Cohen will be performing at the Centrale Live Foro Italico July 7, 2013 at 21:00 PM. To get there from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes,  take the Bus 910 from the station Termini and get off at the stop ” LGT THAON DI REVEL/FORO ITALICO”; then follow this map.

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).

The Etruscans are Back, Virtually

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It has just been inaugurated the exhibition Etruscanning at the Vatican Museums.The project will allow visitors to explore the Regolini Galassi tomb, one of the most important Etruscan funerary monuments.

The tomb and the objects found inside it have been digitally reconstructed. Visitors are able to explore and interact with the objects without the need of joysticks using only body movements, thanks to technology taken from some of the most advanced videogames.

To get to the Vatican Museums from Hotel Des Artistes , take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Ottaviano. The Museums are open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM until 4 PM (closing time 6 PM).

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!

First dishes of Roman cuisine

The traditional Roman cuisine, is based on  dishes that are simple but rich in flavor and often in cholesterol too! Romans have always snubbed the dishes too complicated in favor of those of rustic inspiration. The most famous first  roman courses are:

Spaghetti Carbonara:   The whole story of the origin of this dish and its place in cucina romana is vague. The origin of spaghetti-alla-carbonara-006carbonara is much discussed. Someone attributes it to Umbrian Coal workers that would have introduced this dish to the Romans in the nineteenth century, someone else argues instead that the inventor is Ippolito Cavalcanti, a Neapolitan nobleman who published this recipe in a book. The ingredients are very simple: spaghetti, eggs, bacon, grated cheese, extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Click here for the recipe.

p1010092Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe: spaghetti with Cacio e pepe (literally, cheese and pepper) is a typical first course of the Roman tradition: cheese, however, has certainly been in the history of food: the first dressing added with pasta, widely used even before the introduction of the tomato.
The recipe of spaghetti Cacio e Pepe is very simple but, for this reason, the attention to detail must be maniacal or you risk getting a simple pasta with cheese. Click here for the recipe

Bucatini Amatriciana: Spaghetti Amatriciana, is a symbol of the roman culinary tradition. bucatini matriciana
The original recipe was born Amatrice, a small town on the border beetwen Abruzzo and  Lazio region.
In the past, the recipe was a meal of the poor shepherds and unlike today’s tomato-based version, it was mostly white: spaghetti, bacon, cheese and nothing else. Click here for the recipe

Roma se Prepara para Dar la Bienvenida a Papa Francisco


Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

Finalmente Roma tiene un nuevo papa.

El mundo se mostro sorprendido al descubrir que la eleccion habia sido mas rapida de lo esperado, pero la sopresa mayor fue descubrir que el nuevo papa – que tomara el nombre de Francesco, o Francisco en espanol- no era otro que Jorge Mario Bergoglio, arzobispo de Buenos Aires, quien no habia sido incluido en ninguna de las listas preliminares elaboradas por expertos en cuestiones vaticanas y por los genios de las probabilidades de las casas de apuestas de todo el mundo. Como se dice en Roma, quien entra al conclave como papa sale como cardenal.

Vista en retrospectiva, la eleccion del arzobispo Bergoglio- quien sera el primer papa “extra-europeo” de la historia-  es una eleccion inteligente. Se trata de un hombre austero, quien eligio su nombre como homenaje a San Francisco de Asis y que sin duda dara a la iglesia calor humano y fuerza, eso sin mencionar las inmensas reservas de apoyo y devocion que lo respaldan en America Latina, donde la mayor parte de la pobacion profesa la fe catolica.

El proximo domingo el papa Francisco ofrecera su primer Angelus, la bendicion publica que los papas ofrecen cada semana a medio dia. Sera sin duda una gran oportunidad para presenciar un evento historico! Si necesita ayuda o informacion para encontrar alojamiento en Roma, no dude en contactarnos por e-mail. o usando nuestro sitio de internet, para que asi obtenga las tarifas mas convenientes en la Ciudad Eterna.