NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

NATIVITY SCENES: EIGHT CENTURIES OF TRADITION ON EXHIBIT

Every December since 1976 an exhibit in Rome celebrates the 8-centuries-old Italian tradition of Nativity scenes building, an art going back to the time of St. Francis. It’s “100 Presepi”, hosted by the worth-visiting location of Sale del Bramante, besides the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo in the heart of Rome (Piazza del Popolo).
This year 212 different presepi are on display (the number one-hundred referring to the very first editions of this exhibit): besides those by Italy’s top craftsmen, visitors can admire Nativity scenes made abroad with the most unusual materials, such as corn leaves (from El Salovador), resin (from Brazil), plexiglass (from Croatia), zinc wire (from Slovakia).
Special workshops are set for children, upon reservation.
When: until 6 January 2015, 9:30am-8pm daily.
Hotel Des Artistes is at just 4 metro stops from Piazza del Popolo!

GOING TO BOLOGNA? THEN COME TO ROME!

GOING TO BOLOGNA? THEN COME TO ROME!

The biggest Italian Motor Show is back: in Bologna, from 6 to 14 December 2014.
The new exciting edition of this traditional event promises to satisfy any type of motor lovers: test-drive, track races, music&fun, technological innovation, interactive routes, and even outlets where to purchase your new automobile right on the spot.
Don’t miss the chance to spend some time in Rome: you can move from your dream car to your dream city in just 2 hours train journey! Ask our staff at Hotel Des Artistes for any info on tickets and accommodations!

Some More Tips About Rome

AmphitheatreAlmost two thousand years after its collapse as an Empire, Rome now lives under the shadow of a once powerful and prosperous nation.

The beauty of the Spanish Steps with its sinking boat, massive amphitheatre called Coloseum, fine wall arts sparsed across the city’s Catholic santuaries, monuments, catacombs, religious abondance etc. Visiting all these and others is definitely going to be an unforgotable memory.

After roaming, the Trastevere area is good area to chill out, certainly if you have time because this is located on the other side of the river Tiber, opposite to the major touristic sites. This neighbourhood is full of Trattorias, bars and/or restaurants, mainly giving service to the locals. After a good lunch, espresso  would be fantastic. The small and condensed coffee, rouses from sleep instantly. If not familiar with espresso, better not to try it before going to bed.

Other good stuff worth trying are: gelato (icecream), cannoli and pastries. To name some of the best gelateria in Rome: Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Said, Cristalli di Zucchero, Vice Gelateria, Gelateria Grom, Gelateria San Crispino, Mondi,Gelateria del Teatro, Biscottificio Innocenti, Fatamorgana, Il Gelato di Claudio Torcè, Gelateria Bocca Di Dama.

Love shopping, visit the Via Del Corso street, where you will find all the big brands. So expensive? Pass on to shopping malls like Porta di Roma, or take a cub and visit the Castello Romano Outlet where you will find best brands  for less pay. Non European residents have the option to get a refund of the VAT. Get forms from the store keepers and present the filled forms to the Customs office in the airport together with the items bought (tags not removed).

 

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“CINEMONDO” AT VILLA MEDICI

“CINEMONDO” AT VILLA MEDICI

French Academy in Rome is currently hosting the fourth edition of “CINEMONDO”, the International film festival which this is year is dedicated to South-East Asia film industry.
On show from 27 November to 3 December 2014 movies from Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Special honor will be tributed to works which recently gained international appreciation at the major film festivals (in particular: “L’image manquante” by Rithy Panh, which was at Cannes 2013 and Oscar 2014).
Villa Medici offers a unique backdrop to the event, at just 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps.
Contact us at Hotel Des Artistes for more info!

WHERE TO FIND CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME

WHERE TO FIND CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME

The Christmas countdown has begun since few days: precisely one month is left to one of the most important period of the year not only for Christian believers, but – from a much more materialistic point of view – for sellers of any kind as well. Rome’s shops windows are already shining set & ready, while traditional Christmas markets are being settled all around the city. They usually have on display the typically Italian nativity scenes (presepi), the befane on their grooms (old witches chasing away bad luck and troubles), puppets, toys, sweets.
What follows is a short list of the main ones:
- “Christmas market” at PIAZZA NAVONA: this is the biggest & most traditional one. From 1 Dec to 6 Jan, 10am-1am
- “Christmas at Auditorium Parco della Musica“: market, ice-skating, play area, open daily from 6 Dec to 6 Jan
– “Magic Christmas” at Parco Rainbow Magicland: Christmas market in the amusement park until 6 Jan.
For an unconventional Christmas market where you can find old & new stuff:
Japanese Christmas market at via Casilina 713: an unusual Christmas market with old & new stuff on 14 and 21 Dec only, 10am-8pm
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Stay at Hotel Des Artistes & ask our staff for more news!

THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

On Thursday 27th people from USA will celebrate their traditional Thanksgiving Day. As usual, the fourth Thursday of November marks this festivity which origin can be traced back to Sixteenth century religious disputes in England. Pilgrims migrated to USA apparently celebrated their first Thanksgiving Day in the year 1621, at Plymouth, shaping it as a harvest festival. Food traditionally associated to this festivity undoubtedly changed through the centuries (according to local productions), until we come to our days when stuffed turkey, pumpkin soup, potato puree and green beans, as well as brownies or pumpkin pie, are undisputed protagonists of American tables.
Many places in Rome will be celebrating together with their American guests on 27 November 2014 : from Norman Rockewell’s exhibition venue (Palazzo Sciarra, behind via del Corso), to Cinecittà World (the biggest amusement park dedicated to Italian cinema industry): ask Hotel Des Artistes staff for full details!

A.S. ROMA VS MANCHESTER CITY: THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

A.S. ROMA VS MANCHESTER CITY: THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN

We are almost on the eve of a big match in Rome: AS ROMA vs MANCHESTER CITY, Champions League return match of the Group E including also Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow. The two teams tied the match on 30 September, when Roma scored her goal thanks to Totti. Predicatbly, the British will be searching for their redemption.
2014-2015 season marks AS Roma 9th participation to this international competition, the first one occurred in 1984.
WEDNESDAY 10 DECEMBER 2014, 20:45 STADIO OLIMPICO.
Hotel Des Artistes is conveniently connected to the stadium by bus: ask our staff!

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

NEW OPENINGS AT VILLA TORLONIA: THEATRE AND & MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER

Autumn marks Villa Torlonia’s rebirth. The dwelling place of Mussolini and his family from 1925 to 1943 finally opens again to public two more sections of its historical structures: the theatre and the first of a series of bunkers built up by Mussolini soon after the beginning of the II World War.
The villa acquired its current style at the very beginning of ‘800, when Prince Torlonia (to whose family it used to belong) decided to call architect Valadier for its complete restoration. A mixture of neo-classicism and liberty  make of it an authentic treasure.
The theatre will be the venue to a few concerts and events in autumn-winter 2014. Moreover, until 31 December public will be allowed to access it upon reservation of guided tours, which are mandatory. The same entrance condition applies to the bunker. Multi-lingual tours are provided.
Where: Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70.
You can go there from Hotel Des Artistes by a shot bus journey: contact us for more details!

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

”POPES OF HOPE: ART AND RELIGION IN SEVENTEENTH CENTURY ROME” AT CASTEL SANT’ANGELO

Extended up to 11 January 2015 the exhibition set up in Castel Sant’Angelo since May 2014, which was conceived to celebrate Pope Francis’ first year after election.
Even without taking into account the magnificent backdrop provided by its locations, the exhibit offers a unique content to its visitors: on display works by Caravaggio, Bernini, Pietro da Cortona and many more artists who between ‘500 and ‘600 cooperated to beautify the Eternal City. Thanks to them, and to the enlightened Popes who sponsored their works, Rome became once again the guiding light of Christianity after centuries.
Where & when: Castel Sant’Angelo Museum, Tue-Sund 9am-7pm.
From Hotel Des Artistes just catch bus #40 up to its last stop: it’s just beside Castel Sant’Angelo.