History of Rome

THE (HIDDEN) GREAT BEAUTY

THE (HIDDEN) GREAT BEAUTY

Sunday May 24th will be a good day to explore Rome off the beaten track: in the frame of “Open Courtyards Rome” some of the most beautiful historical private palaces in the Eternal City will be open to public just for one day, disclosing their inner courtyards and gardens. The event is due to the Italian Association of Historical Houses (ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and it is free of cost for visitors, who will be guided through these architectural treasures also by the properties’ owners. Opening time will be from 10 am to 7 pm. Here below a list of the sites:

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12
Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62
Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza Campitelli 3
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via Monserrato 34
Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163
Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10
Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102
Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70
Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6
Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114
Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8
Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza Santi Apostoli
Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda, Piazza Cairoli 6
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56
Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66
Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano 36
Palazzo Pamphilj, Ambasciata del Brasile, Piazza Navona 14

Our staff at Yes Hotel will be glad to provide you with more details!

QUIRINALE, CASA DEGLI ITALIANI

QUIRINALE, CASA DEGLI ITALIANI

1200 stanze e oltre 110.000 m²: Roma offrirà a breve un nuovo impareggiabile gioiello a visitatori e residenti, il palazzo del Quirinale. Com’è noto, il neo-eletto Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella ha disposto l’apertura giornaliera dello storico edificio, che diverrà effettiva dopo i tempi tecnici necessari per ridimensionare le aree attualmente occupate da uffici o utilizzate per eventi istituzionali, in modo da rendere accessibile al pubblico il maggior numero possibile di ambienti.
Il guadagno per gli amanti dell’arte e della storia è inestimabile. Questo palazzo del Cinquecento è la più grande residenza al mondo occupata da un capo di stato, e in generale costituisce il sesto edificio più esteso del pianeta. Ma il suo valore intrinseco sta soprattutto nel patrimonio che custodisce: libri antichi, arazzi, tappezzerie, mobili, dipinti, sculture, servizi di porcellana, carrozze storiche, lampadari all’interno di saloni che risalgono a fine Rinascimento, per non parlare di giardini e serre. L’occupazione del palazzo rispecchia dalla sua fondazione la storia del nostro Paese: vi hanno abitato trenta papi, quattro re d’Italia e dodici presidenti della Repubblica.
In attesa del nuovo riassetto, la struttura è visitabile solo di domenica con il consueto orario: 08:30 – 12:00. Chiusure nei prossimi mesi: 5 aprile – 31 maggio – 1° novembre – 20, 27 dicembre e durante il periodo estivo (28 giugno – 6 settembre).
Il Quirinale è facilmente raggiungibile da Yes Hotel con diverse linee di autobus: chiedete al nostro staff per maggiori dettagli!

BACK TO BAROQUE WITH CARNIVAL IN ROME!

BACK TO BAROQUE WITH CARNIVAL IN ROME!

Masquerades, horse parades and even spectacular fireworks are planned as celebrations in Rome on the occasion of Carnival, the leading theme being Baroque. A complete historical reenactment is already in process to take visitors and dwellers four hundred years back, at a time when Carnival fireworks were commissioned by the Pope to no less than Bernini and other major artists of the time.
So what are we expecting to take place this week? Several kinds of events ranging from puppet shows for kids to theatre performances, conferences and of course parties for those grown up. Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17, the end of Carnival and its highest peak at one time. We definitely suggest not to miss out a couple of events:
at 4 pm: the horse parade with acrobats, musicians and Roman typical masks all rigorously Renaissance and Baroque style. From Piazza del Popolo they will march down to Piazza Venezia invading via del Corso to bring an explosion of waving halberds, ancient flags and coats of arms;
at 6 pm: Baroque fireworks from Pincio (the terrace facing on Piazza del Popolo from Villa Borghese). Interestingly enough, they are designed on the same patterns used during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Our staff at Yes Hotel will be happy to provide you with more details about each event!

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

Last week a special event was celebrated in the Vatican: the Swiss Guard’s birthday. This corp is in charge for the Pope’s safety since 1506: given the great political instability the then Pope Julius II decided to recruit soldiers from Switzerland, which at that time was home to the most well trained men at arms, to such an extent that all European kings used to hire them for their own protection. Guided by Captain Kaspar of Silenen, the first Swiss garrison of the Pope officially entered the Vatican on 22 January 1506. They gave proof of their trustworthyness very soon: when Rome was assaulted and ravaged in 1527, the Swiss Guards defended the Pope at the cost of their lives: out of 189 soldiers only 42 survived, basically just those who had taken the Pope to his fortress in Castel Sant’Angelo (a fascinating monument today open to visitors).
The Swiss Guard uniform is actually quite recent: its current shape and colors date back just to 1914, when the new design was created following some drawings by Raffaello.
Yes Hotel is well connected to the Vatican City by metro: catch line A (at just 5 minutes walking from us) and get off at Ottaviano!

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.

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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?

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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 !!!!

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.