Aug
29
2014
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M.C. Escher: the pleasure of paradox

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If the degree to which popular culture appropiates the works of an artist is any measure of merit, M.C. Escher is among the most relevant graphic artists of our time.

His work explores the nature of logical and visual paradoxes, anticipating some of the themes that have come to dominate our lives with the increasing importance of science and mathematics.

Now people visiting Rome will have the chance to admire the work of this prescient artist attending the exhibition to take place at the Chiostro del Bramante from September 20 to May 22, 2015.

Aug
17
2014
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Outlet Shopping in Rome and around

If designer clothing is what you look for but want to have a have a discounted price from the retail price, there are plenty of outlet shops located in the vicinity of Rome. Shopping in outlets not only give you the same quality pieces that you normally find in boutiques but you can find them in a very discounted price. These pieces are last season ago or some are a couple of seasons ago so you might not be able to find here the latest trends in the fashions magazines. But then again, fashion come and go and come back again. And if you find a very classic piece that can last for a couple of years.

The closest designer outlet shop located just half-hour car ride from Rome is Castel Romano Designer Outlet. This outlet carries high end brands like Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few. There are other shops that are middle ranged and sport clothing like Nike and Puma, so the choices for different shoppers are endless.

Other outlets shops are located a bit further from Rome, some 2-3 hour car ride to the direction for Florence. One of the most celebrated outlet in Italy is the biggest Prada outlet which carries the exquisite Prada pieces from accessories to Ready-to-wear with discount from 30-70%. Another outlet located about half hour car ride is The Mall. This outlet carries top designer shops like Gucci, Fendi, Dior, Balenciaga, Tod’s and Bottega Veneta, to name a few. Discounts ranges from 30-70% off the retail price from the boutiques. During sale seasons in January and August, further reductions from the outlet prices are applied. Some shops even put up last item bins or racks that has really impressive discount prices!!

Our Blogger:  JosephCastel-Romano-Designer-Outlet

May
14
2014
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Gelato Festival in Rome

The Gelato Festival returns to Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica from 15-18 May, each day from midday until midnight, ending at 20.00 on 18 May.


Although it’s true that gelato (ice cream) is sold pretty much everywhere in Rome, there’s gelato and then there’s gelato. A movement toward artisanal gelato has revitalised the local scene, and Italy now certifies select shops as gelaterie artigianali.


There are numerous tasting events, “show cooking” courses and competitions scheduled during the four-day festival which hosts some of the best ice cream makers from Italy and abroad. It’s very much worth the effort to seek out great gelato. This list isn’t exhaustive but attempts to include many gelaterie Romans agree are tops, whether they be artigianale or just generally excellent.


Roma Gelato Festival

Roma Gelato Festival

In addition to tasting the wide range of ice cream on offer, visitors can learn about the culture and ingredients behind the ever-popular gelato. Romans (and Italians) are very discerning when it comes to gelato.

For full details including prices see festival website.

Our Blogger: Joseph

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
May
04
2014
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Summer 2014 – The Tiber River Experience

Rome Summer 2014

Rome Summer 2014

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!

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

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).

Our Blogger: Joseph

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

- See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/07/on-summer-nights-a-festival-on-the-tiber-river.html#sthash.6Et8Ephk.dpuf

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

- See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/07/on-summer-nights-a-festival-on-the-tiber-river.html#sthash.6Et8Ephk.dpuf

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
May
02
2014
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Paolo Nutini in Rome!

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Next July, the young Scottish singer will perform in Rome at the Ippodromo delle Campanelle

Presenting his last album Caustic.

Since his debut in 2006 (only 19 years old) with the album These Streets, Nutini showed his talent all around combining the heritage of soul and folk music , with the most personal and fresh attitude.

Nutini’s Father, Alfredo is of Italian descent, from the Region of Tuscany, and his mother Linda is Scottish. His concert is much attended here in the Eternal City where Paolo has conquered enthusiastic hearts that enjoy his art.

Special Buses will be available for the event, departing from Termini station (around the corner from Yes Hotel) taking the public directly to the spot.

Saturday 19th July 2014

Rock in Roma

At the Ippodromo delle Campanelle

Ticket price is 32 euro

Concert begins at 21.45.

Have fun!

Marcelo

Apr
28
2014
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Franz Ferdinand in Rome

franzRock in Roma keeps getting better. Now they announce the legendary wirdos of Franz Ferdinand will stop by this year as a part of the Italian leg of their European tour.

We love the Glasgow band for their historic and artistic references: in case you weren’t paying attention during history class Franz Ferdinad was the archduke whose assassination led to the first world war. Also, the art of their albums is basically made of references to Soviet art, a fact that may go above the head of many but that becomes irrelevant given that all listeners may find common ground in the sheer fun of their music.

The Ferdinands wil play August 2, 2104 at 21:45 at the Capannelle racecourse.

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Apr
08
2014
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Spring and the Azaleas of the Spanish Steps

spanishAs every spring from 1951 you will have the chance to admire one of the most beautiful sights the Eternal City has to offer: the stairs of the Spanish Steps will be embellished with flowerpots of azaleas as a colourful way to celebrate the arrival of the new season.

Why use Azaleas to celebrate spring? The answer, besides the fact that azaleas are beautiful and are in full flowering during April, is hard to guess. For some, the idea might be somehow connected to the legend of the Roman goddess Proserpine who escaped from her husband Pluto to go back to her mother Ceres, but due to a spell cast on her by her husband she had to spend six months on earth and the other six months in the underworld with him. According to the legend Proserpine, by going back to earth, gave start to spring and summer, while during the six months that she had to spend in the afterlife autumn and winter arrived on earth.250px-Proserpine-(utdrag)

The dates can slightly vary in operation of the flowering of the azaleas, but the office of the tourism will provide all the necessary information.

If you’ll be in Rome in that period don’t miss this opportunity!!! The Spanish Steps are waiting to celebrate with you! Book at the Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel located only a walk away from the Spanish Steps!

When: Springtime

Where: Spanish Steps, Rome

How to get there: From Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line at the Termini Station and get off at the station Spagna

More info: (+39) 060608

Apr
02
2014
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Frida Khalo at the Scuderia dei Quirinale

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An exhibition that explores the whole of her artistic career. Pure masterpieces from public and private collections in Mexico, Europe and the United States. Self depiction is the central theme, with more than forty fabulous portraits, including: Self portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (for the first time in Italy).

Frida is the very symbol of an artistic avant-garde of Mexican culture in the 20th century. Always rebel, her works mix the most important cultural movements of her period: Revolutionary Pauperism, Stridentism, Surrealism and Magical Realism.

The exhibition hosts also works from other artists who were active during the period including of course her husband, Diego Rivera (Portrait of Natasha Gelman, 1943 and Nude, 1930 among others) and also Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose David Alfaro Siqueiros and Maria Izquierdo.

Scuderia dei Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio, 16 Roma

From 20th March until 31st August 2014

Ticket price: 12 euro

Times:  Su.- Thu 10.00-20.00, Fri- Sat 10.00-22.30 (from 20th March until 13th July)

Su – Thu 16.00-22.00, Fri- Sat 16.00-24.00 (from 14t July until 31st August)

Buses: 40, 60, 64, 70, 117, 170, H)

Metro: B stop Cavour, A stop Barberini.

Marcelo

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