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
22
2013
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Rum In Rome

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If you are anything like us, you’ll agree that taking a moment to enoy a drink in good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Noting beats a good drink with a good friend and when it comes to drinks Rum it’s up there with the most celebrated. Show Rum, the Italian Festival of Rum, will guide you through the history of the beverage and through to the ways it can be combined (with food, chocolate, cigars or coffee) to complex sensorial experiences.

Show Rum will take place 19 and 20 acotober 2014 at SET in Via Tirso 14. The venue can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: from the station Termini take the bus 92 and get off at the stop “Buenos Aires”, then walk 250 meters.

Feb
19
2013
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TAXI IN ROME TIPS

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By following this simple tips you may have not a story to tell about a taxi driver that has left you with a wallet excessively empty.

Before taking a cab ask our staff about how much a fair price will be for the desired destination,  which helps you to avoid unpleasant situations.

It is true that our hotel is just around the corner from Termini Station, but also half a block from Piazza Indipendenza. The point is that from Termini you pay a supplement of  2 euros more, that you save instead from the stand at Indipendenza square.

There are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino and Ciampino. There is an official rate for taxis which is from our Hotel 48 euros to Fiumicino and 30 euros to Ciampino. This price applies for a maximum of four persons and four bags.

Any trip to the historic centre should show up as Tariffa 1 on the meter. Tariffa 2 applies beyond the Grande Raccordo Annulare and it is charged at a higher rate. Make sure that the driver has set the right Tariffa while traveling to the Roman centre.

Rome taxi drivers prefer to use taxi stands. You might be able to flag a taxi down, but it is a rarer occurence than in most cities. Romans know they’ll find a taxi stand in all the major piazze.

Official cabs are white, have a taxi sign mounted on the roof, have an insignia on the driver’s door reading “Comune di Roma,” have an official number and a meter. You want an official cab. Do not use the touts at Termini Station.

The meter starts at different rates depending on the day and time, as it follows:

Monday –Saturday from 7am- 10pm the meter starts at €2,80

Sundays and Holidays the meter starts at €4,00

Night fares from 10pm-7am, the meter starts at €5,80

Supplement from Termini Station plus 2 euros.

* Each piece of luggage with the following dimensions cost (cm 35×25x50) €1,00 each..

If you feel you have been cheated by a taxi, the driver’s license number is written on a metal plate on the left door on the passenger side. Make sure you get a receipt or ricevuta and write down the name and number printed on the plate. In addition, you should also take note of which cab company you used .With this information, you can file a complaint with the cab company and should be able to receive reimbursement.

And remember that our staff will assist you with all the information you may need. See you soon.

MARCELO

Jan
17
2013
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When Visiting Italy (some common mistakes)

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Every country is different, here are some tips that will help you to have a more enjoyable experience in Italy:

  • Assuming you can buy tickets for public transportation directly on the bus / tram.

Most big cities in Italy (Rome, Milan, Naples, Florence) require you to buy your bus/tram tickets before boarding. And not just that, but most bus stops will not have a ticket machine next to the stop. Rather, you’ll need to find a newspaper stand (edicola) or a tobacco shop (tabaccaio) to purchase your tickets.

  • No validating train tickets

Depending on the type of train ticket you buy, you may need to validate it or otherwise you pay a fine. This will be indicated on the ticket.

  • Assuming that cars and scooters will leave you to go first while crossing the streets

Even when they are bounded to, many drivers will not stop to let you go first and scooters will never do it (they have no obligation).

  • Expecting to be waited on very attentively in a restaurant or store.

Many restaurants will be “understaffed,” (few waiters working many tables) They probably won’t ask “how are you folks doing?”, if you like the food, if you want a refill (this concept doesn’t exist) or other general “friendly” requests that are in reality superfluous to your main dining experience – they just don’t have the time. So, sit back, be patient, and flag down your waiter when you need something, but be patient in knowing they are probably working very hard.

  • Tipping.

You don’t need to tip in Italy. Italians will only leave a tip for exceptional service (anniversary dinner in a Michelin-starred restaurant) or will leave the change when paying cash because it’s easier not to wait for the waiter to make change .

  • Thinking you have to order an antipasto, primo e secondo at every meal.

Most Italians don’t eat an antipasto, primo, secondo and dolce at every meal – you don’t have to, either.

  • Not respecting meal times, especially at lunch time.

Most restaurants and bars have specific opening times, and they will close in the afternoon. If you have a late breakfast, visit museums through lunch and hope to get a bite to eat at 2pm or 3pm, you’re going to find a very limited selection.

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  • Ordering before paying, paying before ordering in a bar.

Many bars require that you get a receipt (scontrino) before ordering, especially if you see the cash register (cassa) sitting apart from where you’ll pick up the food or coffee, and you don’t see immediate table service.

  • Touching fruit & vegetables with your bare hands in a street market or supermarket.

In a supermarket you should see plastic gloves and bags near the scales or throughout the fruit/veg section. Use them. In an open-air market, you won’t see these gloves because you are not expected to handle anything yourself – the people working in the stall will do everything.

Our staff will kindly help you to learn all that you need about Italian culture. See you around!

Marcelo

Aug
11
2012
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Etruria Eco Festival 2012

9-19.8.2012 at 18.00

Etruria Eco Festival, not just music

EtruriaEcoFestival is an event, now in its sixth edition, which features musical and artistic events of national and international. The event has the ambitious goal to combine the artistic and cultural heritage through the promotion of all issues related to environmental protection and the protection of the territory.

Etruria Eco Festival is not only great music, dance and theater. This year for the first time is also 100% eco village with over 40 stands (Library, crafts, vintage clothing and eco-friendly, T-shirts, natural fabrics, ethnic products, bags, decorations, ecobigiotteria, solar cookers, systems for energy savings associations, and more cooperation). The Festival is in the beautiful park of Legnara of Cerveteri, a city of the Province of Rome.
The village is open daily at 18 and always FREE!

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Here is more information about the schedule, artists and bands performing in Eco Festival

How to get there?

Blogger Heidi

Yes Hotel Rome – Via Magenta, 15 – 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel : +39 06 44363836 Fax : + 39 06 44363829

Jul
17
2012
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Aventino Estate 2012

Aventino Summer 2012: July 16.07 – 30.07
Is another music festival to fill the long nights in Rome. Every evening, after 23.00 pm, the Terrace on the Aventino (Terrazza sull’Aventino), furnished with chairs, tables and umbrellas, will become a point of comfort from which to admire the wonderful view of Rome at night.

In the garden entrance, open from 19.00, the stands will be located also contain institutional information material on the event on the institution and the host. Program yet to be determined. The event will be held between 16 and 30 July.

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Yes Hotel Rome – Via Magenta, 15 – 00185 Rome, Italy
Tel : +39 06 44363836 Fax : + 39 06 44363829

Blogger Heidi

Jun
02
2012
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Vinoforum: Event for food and wine

1.6 – 6.6.2012 Vinoforum

Where: Flaminio (Metro A) Lungotevere Maresciallo Diaz

Price: Sunday – Thursday 16€ Open from 19.00-24.00 VINOFORUM-137

This is an event that promotes food and wine culture - including business, education and entertainment. Vinòforum 2012 is held, as usual, Tiber Marshal Diaz, in an exhibition space of 10,000 sqm en plein air, where they will present over 2500 labels in tasting the best Italian and international wine producers, culinary excellence, chefs and wineries. This ninth edition, after the success of every year - in 2011 there were over 43 000 visitors - puts even more emphasis on its protagonist: the wine.

In the exhibition the event will be hosted even a whole line of furniture and objects related to the consumption of wine - from corkscrews to bottle, to a range of essential accessories to fully enjoy the precious night. L initiative is a collaboration between Vinòforum and vanishing point, a group of young designers who work with wood and handcrafted according to tradition.

The Capitoline Councillor for Productive Activities, Davide Bordoni said: Rome is proud to host the 2012 edition of Vinòforum, an event that confirms its ability to promote the culture and food and wine lovers and professionals involved in events level. This year I particularly appreciate the choice of the organizers to honor the Capital giving ample room for a Roman restaurant project from chef Cellars. Some of the best chefs will cook and great hostelries live and present their dishes paired with wines from the most important wineries. I think it’s a good idea to highlight two areas that give a lot to our city and our country: the catering, which in Rome is an important part of economic activities and the Capitoline wine that continues to garner awards and giving us so many important satisfactions .

Blogger Heidi vinoforum-roma

May
16
2012
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Let’s Jazz & Blues in Rome!

jazz2If you don’t know any good live music club or any good jazz club in Rome, here is one good place to go! It’s called Cotton Club. In a retro atmosphere where you can enjoy your wine in the company of international artists, in front of the stage. This club offers you unforgettable music evening with Jazz and Blues, but also Latin american music, covers from the 60s’ and the 70s’ and more! This club is known among the locals and it’s a great wine bar after your dinner.

The restaurant opens at 20.30.  Price only 35 euros, including full dinner and concert admission. (excluding drinks). Dopocena Wine Bar (after dinner bar) from 22.00. Price 15 euros to enter the concert and the frist drink included. The Show begins at 22.15 and don’t forget to book your table before! This bar is also ideal for the private events! 

Here is one upcoming event: Saturday 19.05.2012 The Flippersjazz

With the energy of the ’60s and ’70s, when the band reaped success mixing genres at first sight very distant (famous jazz songs translated version of cha-cha-cha, twist, surf, Hully Gully) in albums such as “Muskrat Ramble cha cha cha (it was their first single, and sold 240 000 copies in one week), Jada, the cha cha cha of Hangman (with Jimmy Fontana and Gianni Meccia, who sang in chorus with the band), to the iconic I Watussi carried along with songwriter Edoardo Vianello, who made a million copies sold.  Romolo Forlai on vibes, Maurizio Catalano on guitar, clarinet and saxophone Mauritius Moscatelli, Paris Furzi on bass, Jimmy Polosa floor, the young Benedict Amoroso on trumpet, Fabrizio Zampa drums.

Book your table here: Mobile:3490709468 Telephone:0697615246

 Via Bellinzona n.2 (Corso Trieste) – 00198 Roma

More information about the artists and the bands in the Cotton Club

 www.cottonclubroma.it

Our Blogger Heidi

Yes Hotel Rome – Via Magenta, 15 – 00185 Rome, Italy

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