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!!

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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

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

Oct
23
2013
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Why not Cezanne in Rome?

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Considered a master by Matisse and Picasso, the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s Cubism ,  Paul Cezanne’s immortal legacy will be present in Rome for what is probably one most interesting exhibitions of the Year.

The name of the event is ‘‘Cezanne and the Italian Artists of the twentieth century’’.  It takes place at the Complesso del Vittoriano, just around the corner from Piazza Venezia, at the very heart of the City Centre. Easy to reach from our location with the underground B, stop Colosseo or with the Bus 40, stop Piazza Venezia.

Here follows for you the ticket prices and admission time:

Tickets:

Individuals: 12 euro

Groups: 9 euro

Over 65 years 9 euro

Children under 6 year old free admission

Admission time and dates:

Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 19:30;
Friday and Saturday from 9.30 to 23.30;
Sundays from 9.30 to 20.30.

The exhibition will be on until February 2nd 2014. Enjoy it !!!!

Aug
16
2013
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Book Recommendation

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This is not a blog about books, but I just came across one that’s too good to be ignored.

Elena Bonora’s “Roma 1564″ is authoritative and educational but is also as entertaining as the best thriller. The book documents with great historical rigour a conspiracy to kill pope Pious IV and unveils through its reconstructions the sometimes brutal past of the city and the peculiar worldview of its inhabitants (there are astrologers and treasure hunts involved!)

Unfortunately the book is yet to be translated in English. If you know italian, get it; if you don’t, keep checking for the translation: it’s an indispensable read for those who believe that reality is stranger (and sometimes more intriguing) than fiction.

Jun
20
2013
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Book Advice

512739Books and travel go together naturally; both are journeys: one mental, the other physical. Reading a book while traveling is a journey within a journey, an activity much more rich and rewarding than any of the two undertaken separately.

This considerations come to mind because a couple of days ago I noticed that Borri Books, the bookshop located inside the Station Termini has a small but very interesting selection of books about Italy and ancient Rome.

The whole third floor is dedicated to books in foreign languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Russian) with the English section being the largest covering topics that range from humor to literature and current affairs.The Ancient Rome section (the second aisle counting from left to right with the elevator or stairs behind you) includes many rather academic books but also volumes that offer useful information using a very light tone, like the one pictured here that promises to teach you  “the Latin you need to know for surviving the 21st century”.

Borri Books is located inside the Termini Station and is open from 8.00 am until 10.00 pm, and from 8.00 am until 22.00 pm on Sundays and holidays.

May
26
2013
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Rome, the Ruthless

leonecheazzannaSymbols have a life of their own: their associations with certain concepts is very hard to break once we establish it. That’s why I was suprised to learn that before the famous she-wolf became the symbol of Rome, the most iconic sculpture associated with the Eternal City was that of a lion attacking a horse. Back in the day it was considered a symbol of the strenght and ruthlessness of the city.

Now the sculpture will come back to the Capitoline museums after a thorough restoration and a tour of the USA. Don’t miss the chance to admire the statue to learn more about how Rome thinks (or used to think) about itself.

May
17
2013
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The Azaleas of the Spanish Steps

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Living in Rome is full of small joys and one of our favorites is to see the city bloom in April, as if waking up from its winter sleep.

The ritual sign that let you know officialy that spring has arrived are the Azaleas of the Spanish Steps. Every year for the last 75 years the staircase is decorated towards the end of April with flowers that contribute to the feeling of joy that pervades the city when winter is left behind.

To experience Rome during Spring, check our website to book you accommodation or send us a line: we’ll find an option that fits your budget!

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