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!

ROME MARATHON: JUST ONE MONTH TO START!

ROME MARATHON: JUST ONE MONTH TO START!

Exactly one month is left to the biggest sport event in Italy: Rome Marathon (21 edition), and according to tradition it will be held in March, precisely on Sunday 22nd.
Preparations are in full effect since weeks. We remind you here just few details:
- two events are in programme: the ROME MARATHON (starting at 8.50 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali, where the finish line will be set as well) and the ROMAFUN (non-competitive 5 km walk on a parallel route to that of the professionals’ marathon. It starts at 9.10 am from Via dei Fori Imperiali as well, but ends at Circo Massimo).
- deadlines for registration: March 5th for the Marathon (check out the official website for more details); March 21st for the RomaFun (€ 8,00 included official t-shirt).
- a Marathon Village will be set one week before the event as the official expo of the Marathon. Where? At Palazzo dei Congressi, EUR area.
- a RomaFun Village will be waiting for the participants of the 5 km non-competitive event at the end of the route itself for refreshment, more fun and other small competitions.
Hotel Des Artistes offers special facilities & services to guests coming on the occasion of Rome Marathon 2015: contact us directly for more details!

QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

QUIRINAL PALACE: THE LARGEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD OPENS TO PUBLIC EVERY DAY

The largest building in the world will be soon open to public every day: this is one of the first disposals by the newly elected President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella with reference to his institutional abode, i.e. the Quirinal Palace in the heart of Rome. Dating back to Renaissance age, its 1200 rooms on a surface of more than 110,000 m² are like a sounding board of a great part of Italian history, as it was inhabited by the Popes since its foundation in the Sixteenth century, then by the kings of Italy from the country’s unification to 1946, and ultimately by the Presidents of the Republic. Its treasures consists of rare books, tapestries, furnitures, paintings, sculptures, porcelain services, historic carriages, chandeliers, not to mention the gardens and greenhouses.
To make it accessibile to public as much as possible, the new President aims at reorganising the current allocation of offices and spaces deputed to institutional purposes.
The Quirinal Palace stands on the highest hill in Rome, which ensures a full overview of the city center.
Until the new arrangement is completed, the Quirinal Palace is now open to public on Sundays only, 8:30 am – 12 pm. For what concerns the remaining part of 2015, it will be closed on 5 April – 31 May – 1 November – 20, 27 December and during summer time (28 June – 6 September).
From Hotel Des Artistes you can easily reach the Quirinal Hill by several bus lines: just ask our staff for more details!

TWO HEARTS AT THE MUSEUM!

TWO HEARTS AT THE MUSEUM!

On the occasion of St. Valentine’s day either if you are with your better half or alone fall in love with art: take the chance to visit one of the many museums of the Eternal City.
Rome offers a huge variety of options to enjoy, so to begin with check from the following selection of State museums:

Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Our staff at Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide you with more information!

 

BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

BAROQUE FIREWOKS AND PARADES AT ROMAN CARNIVAL

Carnival in Rome gives the chance for a trip back to Renaissance and Baroque age. Celebrations of this yearly event in the Eternal City take visitors into colors, customs and atmospheres which were in vogue five hundred years ago: masquerades, horse parades and even fireworks have been set up in the style of an accuarate and joyful historical reenactment. This year many events will be specifically dedicated to Christina Queen of Sweden, who dwelled in Rome for many years after converting to Catholic religion. Rome owes a lot to her: she was arts and science lover, and used to sponsor several public events, including Carnival celebrations.
Of the several happenings all around the city center for one week, we wish to highlight two definitely attracting for either kids and adults. Both of them are planned for Tuesday 17 (Shrove Tuesday):
– at 4 pm: an impressive horse parade from Piazza del Popolo down to Piazza Venezia will invade via del Corso. Acrobats, musicians, Roman typical masks will march under an explosion of waving halberds, ancient flags and coats of arms;
– at 6 pm: Baroque fireworks from Pincio (the terrace facing on Piazza del Popolo from Villa Borghese). They are designed on the same patterns in use during the 16th and 17th centuries by Bernini and other great artists.
Beyond these, puppet shows will be there for kids at Piazza Navona, while theatre performances, conferences and private parties will be the adults’ entertainment: ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for the full programme!

GETTING READY FOR ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS…

GETTING READY FOR ROME’S INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS…

Qualification tennis tournaments have started all over Italy to give any tennis players the chance to take actively part to the prestigious “Internazionali d’Italia” competition which will be held from 9 to 17 May, 2015.
According to a tradition initiated in 2011, a few months before the beginning of the major tournament, any tennis player having FIT card (i.e. being member of Italian Tennis Federation), regardless of level or rank position, can be selected for playing shoulder to shoulder with the most renowned tennis players competing for the cup. This project took inspiration from a similar qualification tournament which occurs every year some months before the famous American Slam.
Foro Italico in Rome offers as usual the most suggestive backdrop to this worldwide recognized sport event.
Ticket prices range from about €20 up, depending on the match.
Visit Rome in May and watch live your favourite tennis players: Hotel Des Artistes will provide you with any comfort to let you fully enjoy Rome in spring time!

CARNIVAL: A STORY OF MASKS, PARADES, BATTLES AND FOOD!

CARNIVAL: A STORY OF MASKS, PARADES, BATTLES AND FOOD!

One of the most typical Italian festivity has just begun: Carnival. For about two weeks this ancient tradition, which has likely its roots in pagan and pre-Christian cults, will live again all over Italy with more or less emphasis according to the region. Some cities gained popularity far beyond national borders due to the particular celebrations taking place at Carnival, attracting visitors with their highly refined masks, hilarious chart parades or fierce “battles of oranges”: Venice, Viareggio (in Tuscany), Ivrea (nearby Turin), Acireale (in Sicily) are among the best known.
Carnival is strictly associated to Catholic lithurgy: it is indeed a period of street parties and abundant celebrations even in terms of food, that prelude to the restrictions to be observed during the fourty days before Easter. It happens that the very last day of Carnival (the so called “martedì grasso” i.e. Shrove Tuesday), the peak of fun, is meant to leave room to the abstinence time of Lent (beginning the day after, on the so called “mercoledì delle Ceneri”, i.e. Ash Wednesday). Carnival and Easter days are not fixed holidays, they do change every year, so to better plan your stay in Italy in 2015 mind these dates:
– today, Sunday 1 February: beginning of Carnival
12 February: Fat Thursday (major celebrations)
17 February: Shrove Tuesday (major celebrations and end of Carnival)
18 February: Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
5 April: Easter
Don’t forget to taste the typical Carnival sweets, such as the castagnole (‘Carnival dough balls’, ‘Carnival fritter’) and the crostoli (‘angel wings’, which in fact are called differently depending on the region… you might find frappe, chiacchiere etc as well).
Hotel Des Artistes will be happy to provide you with info on the best Carnival parties & events in Rome!