“THE NUTCRACKER” BY BALLETTO DI ROMA

“THE NUTCRACKER” BY BALLETTO DI ROMA

“The Nutcrucker” (“Lo Schiaccianoci”, in Italian) is back in Rome to take us company all along festivity time. It will be performed from 30 December 2014 to 6 January 2015 at Auditorium Conciliazione, which is located in the heart of Rome, nearby St. Peter’s Square. The staging by Mario Piazza (both director and coreographer) highlights the drama laying underneath the surface of this traditional fairy tale, that is to say the painful passage from childhood to adulthood.
This masterpiece of contemporary opera ballet (originally choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and scored by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) was firstly brought to stage in Russia in 1892. It appeared in Italy in 1938 at Teatro alla Scala of Milan.
Tickets: €13-€45.
From Hotel Des Artistes catch metro line A and get off at Ottaviano, or alternatively bus #40 and get off at the last stop (Piazza Pia, besides Castel Sant’Angelo).

MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

MORE THAN BEAUTIFUL… “BELLISSIMA”!

A brand new exhibit at Maxxi Museum of Rome glorifies Italian excellence in fashion design: on display 80 haute couture garments and jewels dating back to the period between 1945 and 1968. A piece of Italian history throughout the work of the greatest designers who, soon after the Second World War, changed the concept of “fashion”, moving away from French models, and by doing so created that iconic Italian style which is still admired today worldwide.
Bulgari jewels are paired to masterpieces by Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Gattinoni and the many more designers in vogue in the Fifties and Sixties.
Venue: “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968″, MAXXI Museum, via Guido Reni 4a.
Time: until 3 May 2015, evey day 11am-7pm. Sat 11am-10pm. Monday closed.
Maxxi Museum is part of Roma Pass network. Ask Hotel Des Artistes staff how to reach it: you can catch both buses and metro from Termini station!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

ONE NIGHT, THREE DAYS… AT THE MUSEUM!

6-7-8 December promise to be a long dream-weekend for museums lovers: Rome will offer her visitors several exceptional events in both State and City Museums. Concerts and a series of live performances will turn on the Eternal City’s cultural life just before Christmas.
Here a resume of the happenings:

Saturday 6 December: “Music at the Museums”. From 8 pm to 2 am dance & music performances will take place into all the major museums (including Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, MACRO, MACRO Testaccio, Mercati di Traiano, Castel Sant’Angelo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Scuderie del Quirinale etc.). Visitors will be admitted for free, or alternatively will be requested to offer €1
as a symbolic donation (valid to access the museum collection & attend the events).
Sunday 7 December: “National Archaeology Day”. Special sections of the musueums (such as depositories and area normally prevented to public) will be accessibile through guided tours.
Moreover, there will be no admssion fee for everybody at State Museums (while free entrance at City Museums will be for residents only).
Monday 8 December: opening of all City Museums which are normally closed on Mondays.

Hotel Des Artistes will help you out any time to figure out what’s the best museums for you!

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

ROMAN UNDERWORLD: BROTHELS, TAVERNS AND SLUMS AT CARAVAGGIO’S TIME

If you have enough of the majestic beauty of emperors’ Rome, then the current exhibit at the French Academy might satisfy your yen for something different: “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Destitution in Rome” shows the oddest sides of the city at the time when the Popes were her indisputable rulers. Prostitutes, thieves, gamblers, drunkards are captured forever in the paintings of those artists who used to come to Rome from all over Europe at Caravaggio’s time and went through taverns, brothels and the many more obscure spots of the Eternal City of four centuries ago.
The exhibit (the first of its kind) is set up in cooperation with the Petit Palace of Paris.
Venue: Villa Medici, 5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps (Spagna metro station).
Time: 10:45am-1pm, 2-7pm Tue-Sun until 18 January 2015.
Hotel Des Artistes is at just three metro stops from it!

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!