Churches in Rome

Villa Borghese and the “Temple of Asclepius”

One of the must visit places in Rome that combines nature, pleasure, history and physical excercise. You can spent a lot of hours walking, drinking coffee etc. You can ride your bike and enjoy! The Villa is a great place to cycle around and the cafe’s are definitely worth stopping at while taking in the scenery. It’d also be a great place for a picnic, however, there’s not a whole lot else to keep you entertained. It’s only a short walk from the Spagna metro station and the Spanish Steps though so it’s definitely worth stopping at if you’re in the area.

The lake is circled by the walking path “Viale del Lago,” but you won’t be able to miss the centerpiece – “Temple of Asclepius.” Asclepius  was the Greek god of medicine and healing – exactly what your legs will need after all this time exploring Rome & Italy!IMG_6694

From Piazza del Popolo ­- The wide open Piazza is very popular with Romans as well as tourists, for its beautiful statuary and Egyptian obelisk. To the east of the Piazza is the massive Borghese Gardens, a quiet green spot among the big city hustle and bustle. This park is great for strolling, jogging, etc, and I believe you can rent a bicycle to ride around on. On the east side of the park is the most excellent Villa Borghese, a prime site to view art, especially, in my opinion, sculpture. There is no lack of magnificent art in Rome, but don’t miss this place.

Our Blogger: Joseph

Rome: Conclave to Elect New Pope Starts Today

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Today, cardinals from all around the world will meet in Rome to elect a new leader for the catholic church.

According to the Italian media there are a couple of strong names, namely cardinal Scola from Milano and cardinal Scherer from Sao Paolo but none of them seems to be able to get the 77 votes that are necessary to reach the majority of the preferences. Specialists do not expect a quick decision but it’s almost certain that the new pope will be elected before the week ends, probably on Sunday, a possibility that the city council has already contemplated, making arrangements to move the annual city marathonf from the morning to the evening in case Sunday turns out to be the big day.

Tonight rains in Rome and there is in the air a feel of anticipation while the eyes and cameras of the world turn to the Sistine chapel waiting for the white smoke signal that will open the next chapter in the history of catholicism.

Want to witness history? check our availability on-line or send us an e-mail to book your accommodation for this memorable day.

Bach Around the Corner

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I’m going to make this short and sweet because I know this is not everybody’s bag.

If you love Bach (and I do) and you are staying at Yes Hotel (I’ll be working there!) here’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity: Stefano Mhanna, a young Roman musical prodigy will be offering a free concert at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore, at Via Marsala 42, just around the corner from the hotel so you can tumble out to bed to attend the concert!

The performance will take place Saturday February 16, at 7:00 PM and will include compositions for violin and organ (Mhanna plays both). There is no admittance fee (yoo-hoo!).

Ecstasy of Bernini!

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During the 17th century the Great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (the creator of the Baroque style of sculpture) completed one of his most celebrated masterpieces: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.

Just five minutes walking distance from our hotel, on Via XX Settembre, inside the Santa Maria della Vittoria Church.

The scene represented is the union of matter and spirit referred by Teresa of Avila, the Spanish mystic on her book ‘‘The Life of Santa Teresa of Jesus’’. In the book she describes her experience of religious ecstasy in her encounter with an angel: ‘’I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart’’.

But yet, as you leave the church another great masterpiece, from the same artist is waiting  just five minutes from there: The Triton Fountain.

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Located in the Piazza Barberini and executed in travertine. It shows  at its centre the powerful figure of the Triton, the sea god from the Greco- Roman Mythology.  The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara (crown).

In times the idea was the most original: a sculptural fountain, like those from villa gardens, for the first time in a public urban setting. Always before public fountains in the city of Rome had been just passive basins for the reception of public water.

A short walk from Yes Hotel to find two jewels of the Baroque for your own delight. See you soon here, in this beautiful City.

MARCELO

Baroque Music in Rome

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The Piazza Navona  provides an incredible and exciting artistic atmosphere. Not only because at its very center you find the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, the masterpiece of Bernini (one of the greatest genius of the baroque period). Street artists of different expressions like painters, musicians and actors make the place unique with a vibrant energy that reaches even the most indifferent heart.

In front of the square there is another magnificent expression of the baroque creative movement: the church of St. Agnes in Agony, built in the seventeenth century, a legacy from the architect Borromini (in competition with Bernini at that times) which is considered a jewel of baroque architecture.

During September (20 and 27), October (4, 11, 18, 25), November (1, 8, 15, 22, 29) and December (6, 13, 20, 27) at 18.30,  a great opportunity for visiting this church with a guided tour! Enjoy the architecture, sculptures, frescoes and a fascinating concert of baroque music in the midst of a perfect atmosphere that will take back in time with the wings of sound, color, fantasy and beauty.

Price for the ticket: 30 euros, with Roma Pass 27.00 euros

More info: 06/06/08

Enjoy it!

MARCELO

THE SAINT WHO LIVED AND DIED IN ROME

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Saint Paul, who died and was buried in Rome [50%]This year to celebrate the bimillenium birthday of Saint Paul, who is believed to have been born seven to ten years after Christ, between June 28th 2008 and June 29th 2009 "a series of liturgical, cultural and ecumenical events” take place. The Year is known as ”Paolina” and the various pastoral and social initiatives are set to inspire Christians worldwide. 

So now is a goodtime to go on a pilgrimage to the places which the great apostle visited during the final part of his life. These are some of the most important places.

A l’abbazia delle tre fontane – The Three Fountains Abbey 

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The place where St Paul was locked in a cell before receiving martyrdom is found in  the abbey of the Three Fountains (ex.Waters Sages) on Via Laurentina in Rome. The church is S.Maria Scala Coeli inside the courtyard of the abbey. Then inside, underneath, the crypt opens, and there is a sixteenth-century altar devoted to St. Zenone and the Martyr soldiers that kept St. Paul prisoner before his decapitation.

To the right of the church crossing a small piece of land full of trees is the place where St. Paul was killed. As the story goes, he was decapitated and jumped three times on the earth below. On those points of contact, it’s said three springs of water miraculously gushed out, and thus the name “The Three Fountains”.

Il Carcere Mamertino:

The carcere mamertino in Rome [320x200]The Jail Mamertino or Carcer Tullianum is the most ancient jail in Rome, known also as Jails mamertine.

Here St. Paul was imprisoned together with St. Peter .The story is that there was a miracle release of spring water in the jail and the two saints succeeded in converting the custodians of the jails. And it was from here that St. Paul was taken to be beheaded (The Church of the Three Fountains)

 
La Basilica San Paolo fuori le mura:The San Paolo Basilica in Rome where inside lies his tomb [320x200]

The great apostle was buried on the road that leads to Ostia, and for many centuries pilgrims visited his grave. Later, the Basilica was built on that spot, and today you can visit the sarcophagus of the Saint.

The values of the Saint are considered to have a strong influence on Christianity because his missions helped increase the number of Christians in the Greek and Roman world. After St. Giovanni the evangelist (St John), St Paul is the most wise and gifted writer of all the Apostles.St Paul's tomb is inside the church in Rome [50%]

So don’t miss this great opportunity to visit these monuments of religious and historical importance in Rome. And for your own convenience, why not stop by Hotel Des Artistes? Being so centrally located it’s a great choice for your holiday hotel.

Vatican Rome

Saint Peters RomeThe Vatican city is a independent state within Italy and it has got one of the most important and popular complex of monuments and museums of Rome. In fact it is constituted by S. Peter’s basilica that faces S.t Peter’s square built by Gianlorenzo Bernini between 1656 and 1667, the Vatican museum which display works from the Roman catholic church., and the Sistine chapel painted by Michelangelo.

Closed on Sunday.

The Saint Peter’s basilica is one of the biggest monuments in the world; it is 218 metres. long and 130 m high . The basilica was built between the 1506 and the 1626 by Bramante, Raffaello Sanzio, Baldassare Peruzzi, Michelangelo, Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Maderno and Bernini.

The Basilica has 5 main doors but the most important is the “Holy Door” in bronze by Vico Consorti (1950), which is by tradition, only opened for great celebrations such as Jubilee year.

The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official winter residence of the Pope in the Vatican City, while in Summer his Holyness moves to nearby Castelgandolfo .
The Sistine Chapel is is famous for Michelangelo’s ceiling painting.

Curiosity : Buying your postcard stamps in the Vatican City is cheaper and if you post your mail within the Vatican it is also faster !

You can get there by metro Line A (stop in Ottaviano and then 10 minutes walking ).
Opening hours:
Sistine chapel entrance from 10.00 am to 12 am
Vatican Museum: visits at set hours 9.00. 10.00. 11.00. 12.00 am.

You can also book a Vatican Museum Tour.
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THE PANTHEON: UNKNOWN TREASURE OF ROME

I know, you’re coming to Rome and you are eagger to take a look at the
Colosseum and the Trevi’s fountain, the main attractions. But there’s
-yet another- extraordinary monument in Rome not known to everyone: the Pantheon.

The Pantheon was built a long time ago-125 AD, they say. But unlike
the colosseum is unbelievably well conserved. In fact, is maybe the
best preserved building of its age.
In other words, it’s definetely worth seeing.

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Originally the Pantheon was built as a temple for the seven planets, that were deities in the roman religion. From the 7th century the Pantheon has been used as a christian church, and some people even marry there nowadays.

What you will see is not just a monument, but also an outstanding construction. In fact, the Pantheon holds the record for the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the history of architecture, and still today is puzzling to try to understand how this structure has been able to stand for centuries. This has been possible in part for certain tricks of architecture like the central opening you’ll surely notice in the dome, but the real secret is the roman concrete (of composition unknown to us) used to build it.

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Just in case you don’t find all this that intersesting, the Pantheon houses also the tomb of the great painter Raffaello di Sanzio (Raphael, for his english-speaking friends) who besides of giving his name to one of the ninja turtles also painted some of the most celebrated works of art of the italian renaissence.

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This historical wonder is very easy to find if you’re staying in the Yes Hotel. Take the buses 64 or 40 from termini to Piazza Navona (the square with two magnificent fountains, one of them with an obelisk in the middle) and once you’re there follow the signs or ask a local for the Pantheon. The streets in that area are crooked and narrow but if you keep asking you won’t get lost.

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