HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ROME!

The old, charming lady is turning 2768 next week: following the tradition, indeed, April 21st marks the anniversary of the foundation of the Eternal City by Romulus in 753 BC. After Roman age, when the city foundation was regularly celebrated with a ceremony called Palilia, its occurring in modern time dates back to 1870. The choice fell on this day on the ground of Marcus Terentius Varro’s studies, an historian of the 1st century BC.
Celebrations this year will take place far beyond the birth day itself, and will include a number of public events. All for free. Major performances will be offered by the great Gruppo Storico Romano, an association which for 20 years has been accurately looking after historical reenactments in the shape of plays, battles, dance.
Everything will start on April 19th, when a parade of 2,000 costumed Romans will reach Circo Massimo (namesake stop on metro line B) at 11am, after the previous fire-lighting ceremony fixed still there at 10.00am.
The peak of celebrations will be on April 21st, though, against Circo Massimo’s backdrop once again: at 4pm the Tracciato del solco will be performed, i.e. the trench-digging ritual by which Romulus founded the city according to legend.
But that’s not all. Mayor Ignazio Marino promised a couple of surprises, such as the brand new lighting design of some parts of the Forum by Oscar winning director of photography Vittorio Storaro and, last but not least, an event to be enjoyed with augmented reality glasses
Hotel Des Artistes will be glad to provide with more info on venues and events on the occasion of Rome’s birthday!

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

ROME’S BIG SLAM: INTERNAZIONALI DI TENNIS 2015

All the best tennis players in the world are taking part to the Internazionali di Tennis di Roma 2015, come to its 72nd edition, that will begin at the Foro Italico in less than one month. We will have the chance to admire Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Raonic, Nishikori and other male top atlete no less than Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Camila Giorgi, Francesca Schiavone and Karin Knapp, as men and females will play simultaneously on the same day. Beginning on Saturday, May 9, the great final is scheduled on Sunday, May 17.
About two thousands seats more have been set this year, split between Stadio Nicola Pietrangeli and Grand Stand Arena.
Tickets are still available: don’t hesitate to contact us at Hotel Des Artistes to get more information on this International sport event!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

NEW ARCHAEOLOGICAL TREASURE JUST UNCOVERED: 80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS!

The Eternal City keeps on being a treasure trove of discoveries: few days ago 80 meters Aurelian Walls were uncovered during the excavations works which have been taking place around Rome for the construction of her third underground line (so called line C). They were surprisingly unburied in the area of St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica, one of the four major churches in the Eternal City (together with St. Paul Outside the Walls, Santa Maria Maggiore and St. Peter’s).
What makes this discovery so astonishing is that this section of the Walls was thought lost long ago, precisely in the 18th century, when the whole area underwent massive tranformations as a consequence of the works for the new majestic facade of St. John Latern’s Church itself. Being this event traceable in the scientific literature, but lacking in turn any reference to the actual destinity of the Roman Walls, scholars supposed they had collapsed or were torn down.
The conservation status of the structures is nearly perfect: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder were uncovered from earth.
A great project is now under consideration: to set a huge open walkway for visitors which might link this stretch of the Walls with no less than those at the Church of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme. In so doing new life would be given to this gigantic difensive system of the Ancient Rome.
Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for information on the sections of the Aurelian Walls already open to public!

WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

WHEN IN ROME… HAVE EASTER BREAKFAST AS ROMANS DO

Easter traditions in Italy are so full of homemade dishes that they will hardly feel in awe of the widely celebrated Christmas ones. The world of bread is no exception.
Each region has its own. Sometimes they are called directly bread, other times focaccia, pizza, etc. There are recipes both sweet and savory. But the day when you bite into it is always the same: Easter Sunday.
If you are in Rome, make sure you won’t miss the local gigantic Easter breakfast, which includes no less than hard-boiled eggs, cheese, Easter pizza (a type of highly leavened pizza as tall as a panettone), a particular variety of salami called corallina, and wine!
Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes where you can find the best Easter breakfast in Rome!

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!