CINECITTÁ WORLD: OSCAR WINNING ENTERTAINMENT FOR ADULTS & KIDS

CINECITTÁ WORLD: OSCAR WINNING ENTERTAINMENT FOR ADULTS & KIDS

A few steps from Rome there’s a huge, brand new theme park entirely dedicated to the world of cinema. Named after the well renowned studio in Rome where several blockbusters were produced in the past, Cinecittà World offers visitors an experience to satisfy all five senses: movie sets, live shows, green areas, restaurants, shops and roller coasters melting together for a perfect mix of cinema, fun and culture for both kids and adults, all arranged into thematic areas matching with everyone’s taste. Cinecittà World is the path to cinematic illusion, during which visitors themselves will feel like being movie stars.
The high quality standards of the park encompass designs by Oscar winning set designer Dante Ferretti and music by Oscar winning composer Ennio Morricone.
The park is located in Castelromano and to reach the park from Termini station you can just catch the special shuttle which can be combined to the entrance ticket to the park: ask Hotel Des Artistes staff for more info!

RUGBY’S SIX NATIONS IN ROME

RUGBY’S SIX NATIONS IN ROME

Many exciting sport events will be hosted in Rome in 2015, and rugby’s Six Nations Championship will lead off the dance: it will begin on February 6 in UK, with its first match in Rome on the following day, February 7.
This traditional rugby tournament is a yearly event in Europe involving six teams: England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. It is the successor of the several competitions played among the most important European teams at the end of the 19 Century. Italy joined it in 2000 (till then it was named indeed Five Nations), thanks to the great results she gradually achieved since the Nineties.
Italy will play three home matches and two away matches. Below the schedule at Stadio Olimpico in Rome:
Saturday 7 February 2015, 2:30 pm: ITALY vs IRELAND
Sunday 15 March 2015, 3 pm : ITALY vs FRANCE
Saturday 21 March 2015, 12.30 pm: ITALY vs WALES
Choose Hotel Des Artistes for a gateway to Rome on those weekends: a special welcome is reserved to any rugby team fans!

ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF ROME!

ENJOY A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN THE HEART OF ROME!

Rome temporarily discloses one of its secret gems: Palazzo Ferrajoli, the prestigious 18th century palace facing on Piazza Colonna, in the heart of Rome, will be exceptionally open to public from January 3 to 7, 2015, on occasion of the Festa delle Luci in Piazza Colonna. It will be a four-day event dedicated to food & drink, traditional handicraft , music and art. Literature will have great attention through the exposition of ancient original documents (many of them in English; captions available). The access to the Palace is for free, and it includes a guided tour of it which will provide visitors with a unique chance to admire Antonine Column from above.
To get more info and free vouchers to take part to the event, please ask Hotel Des Artistes‘ staff!

PLUNGING INTO THE FUTURE: ROME’S HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

PLUNGING INTO THE FUTURE: ROME’S HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

2015 promises to enrich Rome with many exciting entertainments. One of these is the introduction of Rome’s first aquarium, a colossal structure which will be the biggest in Italy and one of the major in Europe. Its first opening is currently fixed to June 2015, at the end of a long path of construction works. The aquarium will be covering a surface of 16000 square meters underneath the EUR lake and has been conceived to show history, environment and biodiversity of the Mediterranean Sea, from which its own name comes: Mediterraneum – The Aquarium of Rome. An authentic revolution lays behind this project as the most sophisticated technologies were applied. The traditional section of the aquarium will host – as one would expect – living fishes born in captivity, while another sector will be entirely dedicated to scientific research, technological innovation and educational services: it will include an auditorium for 3D shows and huge tanks where high-tech robot-fishes will be swimming. Visitors will feel like plunging into the ocean abyss for real, thanks to special acrylic tunnels.
From Hotel Des Artistes you can easily get to EUR (the modern quarter in Southern Rome born to host the Universal Exposition in 1942) by metro line B: ask our staff!

ROME’S GETTING READY FOR MILAN EXPO

ROME’S GETTING READY FOR MILAN EXPO

Celebrations for Christmas and New Year’s Eve are not yet over, but Rome is already projected into a 2015 rich in events. The most remarkable of them is no doubt the Universal Exposition. 2015 Expo will actually take place in Milan – the economical capital of Italy – but its greatness has got a considerable share for Rome as well. The Eternal City will become a window to those interested in or just curious about the Expo: tickets, reservations, information and anything else related to the 6-month event in Milan will be equally possible from Rome. Several dedicated areas both in the heart of the city and in her two airports will provide with a taste of  the 140 countries joining this colossal event. All is turning around the inspiring theme of 2015 edition: Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life.
Expo Milano 2015 will be open from May 1 to October 2015.
Hotel Des Artistes, located at few steps away from Termini station, will be the ideal base in Rome if you are coming from or going to Milan.

NEW YEAR’S EVE…NTS IN ROME

NEW YEAR’S EVE…NTS IN ROME

Rome City Hall organized two major groups of events as public celebrations for the New Year’s Eve, so if you want to begin your 2015 by taking a bath in the sea of people who will warm up St. Sylvester’s night, you can basically choose between the following:
CIRCO MASSIMO from 21.30 onwards big concert with:
Spiritual Front, for lovers of neofolk, swing revival, symphonic rock
Gemitaiz & Madman, flagship rappers of Italian hip-hop scene
Mannarino, most emotional interpreter of traditional Roman music
Subsonica, the stars of electro music
Daddy G, the well-known founder member of Massive Attack
FORI IMPERIALI from 20:00 onwards dance and concerts on the notes of swing, funky, soul, ’60 revivals and electro swing. They will turn all the area of Via dei Fori Imperiali down to Altare della Patria into a huge partying stage inspired to 52nd Street of New York between the Thirties and the Sixties.
Choose Hotel Des Artistes for your holidays in Rome: thanks to our strategical location you’ll safely reach any venue in a short timespan, even by foot!

ROMEO & JULIET IN MUSIC AND DANCE

ROMEO & JULIET IN MUSIC AND DANCE

To end this year with a bang or to begin the new one in style, the current show at Gran Teatro in Rome will leave you astonished: on stage “Romeo & Juliet. Love and change the world”, a colossal musical production which already received appreciation by 9 million spectators around the globe.
The immortal story by Shakespeare has been transposed in music and words by French composer Gérard Presgurvic, translated in Italian by Vincenzo Incenzo (lyricist to some of the most famous Italian singers of the past 50 years) and directed by skilled Giuliano Peparini (who gained great fame with theatre works in France).
45 artists on stage, 30 dancers and acrobats wearing more than 200 customs by Frédéric Olivier, 55 people working on production, 550 m² for stage, backstage and storages: all contirbutes to a “Rome & Juliet” more enchanting than ever.
When: until 6 January 2015.
Tickets: from €24.
Ask Hotel Des Artistes for more info and directions!

ST. PETER’S WEARS NEW LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

ST. PETER’S WEARS NEW LIGHTS AT CHRISTMAS

A new lighting system has just been installed on St. Peter’s dome, which had appeared like wrapped into darkness in the past nights precisely because renovation works were going on. All is now completed, and the brand new lights will be inaugurated today 19 December at about 6pm by Pope Francis himself. The revolutionary light setting will guarantee 70% of energy saving and a much better performance, since the LEDs shades have been designed and placed according to the piece of architecture they will enlighten. The same lightining system has been set on the facade of the of Santa Maria Maggiore Church (one of the four major basilicas in Rome, few steps away from Termini station).
The inauguration cerimony significantly falls on the same day when the traditional Christmas tree (a white spurce coming from Calabria region) and the Nativity scene (Presepe) will be light up in St. Peter’s Square.
From now onwards, even after Christmas time, St. Peter’s will be wearing a new shining dress of lights, making definitely worth a visit by night time.
Hotel Des Artistes is in Termini area: just catch metro line A for few stops (get off at Ottaviano) or bus #40 up to its route end.

POPE FRANCIS AND GUINNESS’ CHRISTMAS TREE

POPE FRANCIS AND GUINNESS’ CHRISTMAS TREE

The biggest Christmas tree in the world is in Italy, and Pope Francis I turned its lights on just few days ago. Included every year in the Guinness World Records since 1991, the traditional Christmas tree on Mount Ingino, erecting behind the little town of Gubbio (in Umbria, about 200 km far from Rome), is made of 550 light spots (300 green, 250 colored), 8500 m electric cables, 650 m high, its comet being 1000 m² wide.
Pope Francis turned it on from His studio in the Vatican simply by clicking on the tablet connected to the electric circuit in Gubbio. Citizens of the region could be lively involved in the event thanks to the screen placed in the centre of Gubbio, through which the Pope sent Christmas wishes and blessings to them.
Gubbio and Rome are regularly connected by local trains which you can catch from Termini station: Hotel Des Artistes, few steps away from Termini, is the perfect base for your daily trips outside Rome!

A HORROR WEEK WITH DARIO ARGENTO

A HORROR WEEK WITH DARIO ARGENTO

Those in love with horror movies will have fun at the one week retrospective dedicated to the director who was defined “Hitchcock’s successor”: Dario Argento.
From 16 to 21 December Cinema Trevi, in the core of Rome, will host a series of events to tribute honors to Argento, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Rome Film Festival 2014.
Spectators will go through the early stages of his career, after enjoying the movies who made him so appreciated in the field. To begin with on Tuesday 16th “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” and “The Cat o’ Nine Tails” will be shown; “Deep Red” will be finally concluding the inauguration, introduced by Dario Argento himself .
Where: Cinema Trevi, Vicolo del Puttarello (2 minutes walking distance from the Trevi Fountain).
When: 16-21 December 2014, shows from 5pm.
Ask Hotel Des Artistes for more info!