Aug
25
2013
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Nanotechnology In Ancient Rome

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One of the concepts that will shape our future is nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic and molecular scale. Its applications of will radically change the way we live over the course of the next century, so I was surprised to learn today that the Romans had more than a passing knowledge of it, so much so that they were able to create a chalice that appears green when lit from the front but turns red when lit from behind, an effect that takes place because the glass was impregnated with very small particles of silver and gold. For decades the chalice remained a mistery for scientists who found the explanation only very recently.

The news reminded me that it was only a couple of months ago that scientists finally discovered the secret mix of lime and volcanic rock that the Roman concrete was made of. It is vastly superior to most modern concrete, more environmentally friendly and mind-numblingly durable: just take a look at the Pantheon if you doubt it!

Talk about being ahead of your time.

Aug
13
2013
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The Twin Churches Of Piazza Del Popolo

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Photo Credit: MarkusMark, via Wikipedia.

 

Piazza del popolo is one of the most underrated spots in Rome: from the fountain with the obelisk to the stairs that take you from the square to Il Pincio, the place is full of details that make for an interesting stop in any Roman itinerary.

Another of those many curiosities is the fact that in the square there are a couple of twin churches, signaling the access to Via Del Corso. They were built by order of Pope Alexander VII and actually are slightly different: for one, Santa Maria in Montesanto has an oval plant, while Santa Maria dei Miracoli has an circular plant. Inside, the differences are even more evident, as the former has 6 chapels whereas the latter has 4 of them.

Piazza del Popolo with its twin churches can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel: just take the red subway line from Termini and get off at the station Flaminio.

Written by NIC81 in: Ancient Rome, Monuments in Rome |
Aug
03
2013
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A Sumer Along the Tiber River

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Every year during August  a small market is set on both sides of the Tiber river: there you can eat the very Roman porchetta, buy the products of many local artisans, attend a street-theatre performance and have dinner too!

All in all a very good option to spend an evening in Rome after a long (and hot) day of sightseeing. The manifestation takes place along the river, beetwen the Sisto and Garibaldi bridges; the area can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel Rome taking the bus H from the station Termini (get off the first stop after the bridge).

Jul
26
2013
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Saturday Night (Museum) Fever

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Good news for night owls: starting tomorrow the most important museums in Italy will be open by night once a month, which will make for an even more suggestive experience.

In Rome, 8 museums will take part in the experiment: the Galleria Borghese, the National Gallery of Classic Art, the National Roman Museum (Palazzo Massimo and Palazzo Altemps), The Diocletian Baths, The Crypta Balbi, the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Etruscan Museum of Valle Giulia.

The extraordinary openings will take place the last Saturday of every month until December. That is:  July 27, August 31, September 28, October  26, November 30  and December 28, 2013.

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.

Jun
27
2013
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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.

Jun
20
2013
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How to See Rome in One Day

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How to see Rome in one day

I get this very often: “Can I see the most important things in Rome in only one day?”

Yes, you can! And here’s how:

07:30. Colosseum. Let’s say you are staying at Hotel Des Artistes. Go to the station Castro Pretorio (just around the corner!) or to Termini and take the blue subway line. Get off at the station Colosseo. The Colisseum opens an 08:30, and it’s advisable to make a booking beforehand. You can do so through this website.

12:30 The Vatican. Wasn’t that something? Now brace yourself for the Vatican museums. Go back to the subway station, get off at Termini, take the red line there (direction Battistini) and get off at Ottaviano, then walk to the museum. The Vatican museums are open until 18:00 but the entrance is allowed only until 16:00. The Sistine Chapel is part of the same complex, which means you get to see it once you are inside the museum.

Again, your experience will be greatly improved if you book your tickets before. Click here to visit the official Vatican website and make a booking.

Once you finish your visit to the museum you can head to Saint Peter’s (winter 7:00-18:30/ summer 7.00/19:00). You don’t have to pay to visit the Basilica.

17:00 Piazza del Popolo, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon. Alright, now take the subway from Ottaviano and get off at Flaminio. You’ll find yourself in front of Piazza del Popolo, a beautiful square from which you can start walking down Via del Corso, which is also the main avenue to do shoping in Rome. Walk down Via del Corso and follow the signs to the Spanish Steps, then walk to the Trevi Fountain, The Pantheon and Navona Square. I know, it’s a lot, but I’ve prepared a map for you.

italy-trevi-fountain20:00 Se Magna (”Time to eat”, for those of you not very well-versed in the Roman dialect) Out of breath? I don’t blame you: you have conquered Rome in one day!. Now, from Navona Square walk to Largo Torre Argentina, and walk accross the river or take the Tram 8 to Trastevere, a paradise of typical restaurants where I’m sure you will find something that fits both your taste and your budget.

Whoa! We did it!
Did you know that we have a special discount for those who venture last minute into the Eternal City? Just send us a line of call us to find more about it! You have a deal, you have a plan, what else are you waiting for?!

Written by NIC81 in: Ancient Rome, Rome: off the beaten track |
Jun
16
2013
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Rome Vinoforum 2013: All About Wine And Then Some

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One of the items we tend to associate with Italy is wine, which is an essential part of the gastronomic culture of the country. Besides, it makes for a great souvenir: just imagine taking a bottle home and being able to breathe and taste Italy again, many months or maybe years after you visited the country,

Well, now we have good news for those who love wine or are simply eager to learn more about it: until june 22 you can visit Vinoforum, a fair of all things wine. The fair takes place at Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz, Rome from 19.00 until 24.00 and 19.00-01.00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The Entrance fee is 16.00 EUR or 20.00 EUR Fridays.To reach Vinoforum from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the A (red) subway line from the station Termini and get off at Ottaviano; from there take bus 32 for 7 stops.

Jun
08
2013
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900 Lab, Rome’s New Open-air Club To Be Inaugurated Today

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Rome is preparing to treat itself with an intense summer this year. As if the many festivals taking place during the next 2 months weren’t enough (Lulglio Suona Bene, Rock in Roma and Vive Latino) a new club will open its doors tonight to cater for those who want to enjoy electronic music.

The name of the new club is 900 Lab and a good part of it is located in an outdoor space, a characterictic party-goers will appreciate when the Roman heat becomes more aggressive. Another peculiar feature of the club is its position, within the EUR neighbourhood, surrounded by imposing buidlings built during fascism:even if the memories they bring are not exactly happy, the scenery they create will be certaingly suggestive.

900 Lab is located an Piazza Gugliemo Marconi 32, Rome,  and can be reached with the B subway line (stations EUR Palasport/ EUR Fermi).

Jun
05
2013
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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.

Rome Hotel Des Artistes - Via Villafranca 20 00185 Rome Italy - Ph +39 064454365 Fax +39 064462368 - info@hoteldesartistes.com