Sep
15
2014
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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

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.

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
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

Mar
25
2014
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Andy Warhol in Rome

Warhol-Campbell_Soup-1-screenprint-1968From April 18 to September 28 2014, Palazzo Cipolla, Via Del Corso 320, Rome.

Andy Warhol by Brant Foundation is a rare opportunity for the public to be able to see one of the most important groups of works by the artist father of American Pop Art, collected not by a simple collector, but a character, Peter Brant, a close friend of Warhol, with whom he shared the years artistically and culturally vibrant New York in the 60’s and 70’s. Warhol was only twenty years old in 1967 Peter Brant bought his first work of Warhol, a drawing of the famous Campbell’s Soup, starting what would become one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.

Through masterpieces and works by lesser-known but equally amazing, as a series of Polaroid never seen before in Europe, the exhibition tells the Brant Foundation is not just the star of Warhol’s art world and the market but also the intimate Warhol, friend, the man.

From April 18 to September 28 2014, Palazzo Cipolla, Via Del Corso 320, Rome.

Jan
03
2014
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Start the Year with… Monsters!

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Monsters were a very important part of classical culture. After all, every hero needs a monster to face and defeat in order to stay (or become) a hero.
The exposition at the Palazzo Massimo brings together for the first time pieces from all around the world to show how Minotaurs, Pegassus, Sphynxes, Harpies and Centaurs played a central role in the narratives that ancient peoples used to make sense of the world and ultimately, of themselves.
The Palazzo Massimo Museum is located at  Largo di Villa Peretti 1,  basically around the corner from Yes Hotel and a couple of blocks away from Hotel Des Artistes. The Exhibition will be on display until June 1, 2014.

Nov
17
2013
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Cleopatra, Queen of Rome

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Mystery, legend, magic…The first Diva in history. The woman who made ancient Rome gone crazy with love…envy and hate also (like usually happens with a Diva). Now she is back and better than ever…

The Chiostro del Bramante :  CLEOPATRA. ROME AND THE MAGIC OF EGYPT

from 12/10/2013 until 01/02/2014 the exhibition of 180 masterpieces including some leading highlights: the so-called “Nahman” portrait of Cleopatra, an extraordinary portrait of Octavia, the wife of Mark Anthony and sister of Augustus, in the guise of Cleopatra, for the first time anywhere in the world; a portrait of the Queen of Egypt when very young, probably when she rose to the throne in 51 B.C., and also a world first; the “Guimet” portrait of Alexander the Great from the Louvre.

The exhibition is divide into nine sections: Cleopatra The Last Queen of Egypt, The Land of the Nile, The Hellnistic Sovereings, The God and Religion in Egypt ander the Ptolomiers, The Arts; Key Figures adn Events; Cleopatra and Rome Egyptomania, New Religion in Rome and Rome Conquered : The New Pharaohs.

Great pieces from the British Museum, the Louvre, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, The Vatican and Capitoline Museums among others given for this unique event and your enjoyment.

After centuriess the power of her timeless charming is already atracting many visitors: Can you resist?

Marcelo

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