”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.

AMERICAN CHRONICLES: NORMAN ROCKWELL’S WORKS IN ROME

AMERICAN CHRONICLES: NORMAN ROCKWELL’S WORKS IN ROME

The “American dream” most insightful painter & illustrator has been brought to Rome: until February 2015 Norman Rockwell’s paintings, documents, photographs and 323 original covers of the “Sunday Evening Post” will be on display at Palazzo Sciarra (just beside Via del Corso, in the heart of Rome). Rockwell captured USA in a sharp and affectionate way, although idealized, over a span of fifty years, throughout wars, economical crisis, race problems. His works, despite – or maybe ‘because of’ – those historical junctures always communicate optimism, banking on the state institution and ultimately in future.
Where: Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Sciarra – via M. Minghetti 22 (corner Via del Corso)
When: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-12pm.
Many bus lines connect Hotel Des Artistes to the exhibit venue: contact us for further info!

LEONARDO’S MACHINES GET ALIVE IN ROME

LEONARDO’S MACHINES GET ALIVE IN ROME

Astonishment and admiration. Guided by these feelings visitors currently explore Palazzo della Cancelleria (few steps away from Campo de’ Fiori), which hosts an exhibition entirely dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s machineries .
”Leonardo – The genius and his inventions” presents about 50 full scale machines built up on the ground of Leonardo’s sketches and notes. From flying machines (conceived ages before the invention of modern parachute) to the bicycle and the hydraulic saw. Being the machines on show fully operational, visitors can touch them and they set them in motion: more than an exhibit, it’s a deep interactive experience for a true understanding of the genius of Leonardo da Vinci.
Kids will be particularly delighted!
Where: Piazza delle Cancelleria
Time: 7.30-14:00 / 16.00-20.00. Sunday closed.
Several bus lines connect Hotel Des Artistes with Campo de’ Fiori area!

ROME & STREET ART: OUTDOOR URBAN ART FESTIVAL

ROME & STREET ART: OUTDOOR URBAN ART FESTIVAL

5,000 m², a disused industrial architecture, 15 artists from 6 different countries: Outdoor Urban Art Festival points at innovation more than ever. From the streets of Ostiense quarter – a suburban area where the street art movement grew up in the past years, and which now appears enhanced by impressive mural decorations – the 2014 event moves to San Lorenzo area. Here, an abandoned structure is being renovated by artists coming from France, Greece, Japan, South Africa and Norway. Each of them (all big names in the field) will transform a wing of the building through his/her own artistic intervention. The remaining areas will be looked after by Roman street artists.
Music, street food & guided tours are part of the event!
Where: ex Dogana, via dello Scalo San Lorenzo 10 – San Lorenzo quarter (walking distance from Termini station).
When: daily 12:00-22:00 until 22 November 2014
Don’t miss out the chance to explore Rome’s alternative tracks and stay with us at Hotel Des Artistes!

GLADIATORS AT PIAZZA NAVONA: STADIUM OF DOMITIAN ON EXHIBIT

GLADIATORS AT PIAZZA NAVONA: STADIUM OF DOMITIAN ON EXHIBIT

Colosseum was not the only place where gladiators used to fight each other to death in order to entertain both common people and emperors. One more location was used in ancient Rome for this purpose: what we know today as Piazza Navona. The shape of the square doesn’t effectively leave any room to doubts, as aerial pictures clearly point out: it rises on what was know in the past as Stadium of Domitian.
After many years restoration, the remains of this stadium are finally accessible to public. The affiliated museum currently hosts the exhibit “Gladiators – Arms and armors in the Roman Empire”. On show the most perfect replicas of the gladiator’s equipment on the ground of the archaeological remains: more than 350 pieces on display to understand the evolution of a custom which has become a world-renowned symbol of Roman history.
Museum & exhibition tickets: €6- €8.
Hotel Des Artistes is connected to Piazza Navona by several bus lines: ask us for further info!

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

CASTEL SANT’ANGELO & PASSETTO NIGHT OPENING

The Vatican is not just about St. Peter’s Church and the Sistine Chapel. Castel Sant’Angelo – the fortress raised by Middle Age Popes above Adrian Emperor’s mausoleum – is indeed a landmark of Roman skyline and a most beloved monument by visitors and Roman dwellers alike.
Autumn season allows to enjoy it at its best: until 31 December 2014 every Friday night it will be open until 9pm (last admission 8:30pm). And that’s not all. A few sections which are normally restricted to public will be now accessible, such as the Passetto (a 800 m. long secret walkway used by the Pope to escape dangers during warlike times); Clement VII bathroom (a rare Renaissance example of its kind); the frightful prisons (where many Church opponents were enclosed); the garrisons’ mill (open now to public for the first time).
Don’t hesitate to contact us: Hotel Des Artistes offers a strategically placed accommodation even to reach the Vatican area!

SWING & NEW DEAL AT ROME JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014

SWING & NEW DEAL AT ROME JAZZ FESTIVAL 2014

A new wave of swing has hit Europe (and Italy as well) in the latest years: 2014 Rome Jazz Festival celebrates this trend with one-month jazz concerts, events, swing dance performances & workshops. All this is already happening at Auditorium Parco della Musica and other locations such as freshly renewed Teatro Torlonia, where many big names of the international musical scene will be on stage in the next weeks: vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (Grammy award winner), Jason Moran and Robert Glasper (the two famous American contemporary jazz pianists), the best “Gipsy Jazz” (also known as “Manouche”) guitarists in Europe.
Time: until 30 November 2014.
Tickets on sale from €5 to €25.
Contact http://www.hoteldesartistes.com/ for the full programme and accommodation!

SEE THE SISTINE CHAPEL IN A NEW LIGHT

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A brand new lighting and air-conditioning system has been recently installed in the Sistine Chapel.
Such an intervention scores multiple goals at one time: to improve the frescoes’ visibility (the highest possible brightness and hues definition guaranteed), to optimize energy consumption and consequently to save money.
Each and every LED of the 7,000 just placed within the Chapel has been customized in terms of color shade and power on the ground of the specific piece of painting it is meant to enlighten. The Sistine Chapel will be like shining in its’s own light.
That’s not all: a special set of video cameras has been introduced to count the number of visitors within the Chapel and regulate its air condition accordingly: temperature will be constantly kept between 20 and 25 °C, and humidity between 50% and 60%.
Both paintings and public will benefit from all this.
The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums: few stops away by metro (line A) from where Hotel Des Artistes is. Contact us for museum reservations and accommodation!

ROME’S OPERA HOUSE STARTS WITH A LYRIC FAIRY TALE

A water sprite inhabiting a lake, a human prince, a forbidden love: these the evocative ingredients chosen by Rome’s Opera House (Teatro dell’Opera di Roma) to begin its 2014-2015 season.
“Rusalka” by Antonin Dvorak will be on stage on 27 November 2014 at Teatro Costanzi at 7 pm (a number of performances scheduled in the month of December as well). Tickets on sale from €23. The plot recalls many features from Slavic mythology, and is loosely inspired by elements which also appear in other well-known fairy tales: Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”, and “Undine” by German writer Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué.
Performed for the first time in Prague in 1901, “Rusalka” represents one of the peaks of Czech opera repertoire and has recently gained more and more fame being staged worldwide by major opera companies in the past 5 years.
Hotel Des Artistes is located at just one metro stop distance from the opera house (or alternatively 15 minutes walk): you can book with us to enjoy a night at the opera in total comfort.opera-rusalka-2015_1

A PIECE OF EGYPT IN ROME

Not only Roman masterpieces: Rome is getting a landmark in Egyptian archaeology as well.
The museum affiliated to the Egyptian Academy of Rome will host from now – and for the next couple of years – a unique exhibition dedicated to Tutankhamon, the Pharaoh whose name recalls the world-renowned golden mask discovered in his own luxurious tomb at the beginning of 20° century by British archaeologists. The circumstances of his death remain mysterious till today, which contributes to his celebrity not only among historians and archaeologists.
About 30 pieces (official replicas of the original artefacts, preserved in Cairo’s museum) will be on display in Rome, including the iconic funerary mask, the golden sarcophagus and a war chariot.
In other words, a good chance to admire some of the most famous pieces of ancient Egypt without travelling so far.
Egyptian Academy is located within Villa Borghese, at few metro stops from Termini station: one more event you can easily enjoy if you book your nights at Hotel Des Artistes!tutankhamon-incesto-faraone-malformazione