Italian traditions



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!



Carnival time has arrived, and wherever you will be in Italy in the next two weeks you will get the chance to attend a great variety of events related to it, all deeply rooted in ancient local history: the baroque masks in Venice, the colorful chart parades in Viareggio, the quirky battles of oranges (which origin can be traced back to an event occurred in the Middle Age) in Ivrea as well as in Acireale. From North to South every region will bring back to life its peculiar yearly tradition.
The reason behind such a great variety has to be found in the fact that despite Carnival is now a landmark in the Catholic calendar (marking the beginning of Lens, i.e. the fourty days before Easter), in ancient times it was a festivity related to pagan and pre-Christian beliefs.
As Easter, Carnival is not a fixed holiday. Here below you find 2015 main dates:
– yesterday, Sunday 1 February: beginning of Carnival
12 February: Fat Thursday (major celebrations)
17 February: Shrove Tuesday (major celebrations and end of Carnival)
18 February: Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
5 April: Easter
To fully enjoy the atmosphere, make sure to taste the typical Carnival sweets! There’s a big variety once again, but the most widespread are the castagnole (‘Carnival dough balls’, ‘Carnival fritter’) and the crostoli (‘angel wings’, which take different names depending on the region, such as chiacchiere, frappe etc.).
Yes Hotel staff will be glad to provide you with more info on the best Carnival parties & events in Rome!



Pope Francis recently patronized the biggest Christmas tree in the world by turning on its lights. The tree is located in Gubbio, a lovely medieval town in central Italy, just 200 km away from Rome. The Pope could turn the lights on from His studio in the Vatican thanks to a tablet connected to the tree electric system in Gubbio; on the other side, the town’s inhabitants could see Him clicking the bottom through a public maxi screen.
Gubbio’s Christmas tree is erected on the ridge of Mount Ingino, and due to its size is included in the Guinness World Records since 1991. It is made of 550 light spots (300 green, 250 colored), 8500 m electric cables, 650 m high, topped by a comet 1000 m² wide. It will be kept enlightened until first half of January 2015.
Yes Hotel is at walking distance from Termini station: from here you can easily catch any local train for your daily trips outside Rome… even to Gubbio!



“Bellissima” is the italian word for “very beautiful”. But until 3 May 2015 it specifically means Italy & High Fashion: Maxxi Museum of Rome has just launched a new exhibit entirely dedicated to Italian fashion designers of the Fifties and Sixties. That was indeed the time when, moving away from French trends, iconic figures such as Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Gattinoni elaborated an original Italian way to conceive fashion. That was the time of Dolce Vita, the time when a rule-breaking artist like Andy Warhol defined Bulgari boutique in Via dei Condotti (just opposite to the Spanish Steps) the most beautiful museum of contemporary art in the world.
Where: “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968″, Maxxi, via Guido Reni 4a.
When: every day 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Monday closed.
You can access Maxxi Museum with the Roma Pass, if you have it. Ask Yes Hotel staff for info on tickets and directions (from Termini station buses & metro available).



Da quasi quarant’anni il periodo natalizio a Roma è l’occasione per una mostra che celebra una delle più raffinate tradizioni di artigianato italiano: il presepe.
Nonostante il nome “100 Presepi” (che deriva dalla prima edizione, nel 1976) quest’anno è ospitata in realtà una selezione di oltre duecento scene della natività, provenienti da tutte le regioni d’Italia e dall’estero. I presepi in mostra sono diversi ogni anno e l’aspetto più curioso riguarda i loro materiali, davvero i più inimmaginabili: corallo, plexiglass, foglie di mais, porcellana, ferro battuto, cartapesta, cioccolata, pane, gusci di frutti di mare, paste alimentari, candele d’auto, e perfino matite. Per agevolare le premiazioni finali, le opere sono state suddivise in 4 categorie: presepi esteri, artistici, di fantasia, e presepi realizzati da associazioni o scuole.
La mostra mira a valorizzare un’arte che nacque al tempo di San Francesco e che in alcuni casi esemplifica grandiosamente l’eccellenza dell’artigianato italiano (basti pensare alla notissima via dei presepi a Napoli).
Sono previsti laboratori speciali per bambini.
Dove: Sale del Bramante, adiacenti alla Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo – Piazza del Popolo.
Quando: tutti i giorni (inclusi festivi) fino al 6 gennaio 2015, 9:30-20:00.
Da Yes Hotel si raggiunge comodamente Piazza del Popolo in sole quattro fermate di metro (linea A).

Why not Cezanne in Rome?


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:


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 !!!!

The Azaleas of the Spanish Steps


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!

Rome Welcomes Pope Francis

Il nuovo Papa Jorge Mario Bergoglio con il nome di Francesco I

So, we finally have a Pope.

The world was surprised to learn the election was so quick, but was even more surprised to learn that the new pope – who will go under the name Francesco, or Francis in English- was Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, who wasn’t included in any of the preliminary lists made by Vatican experts and probability whizzes at the gambling companies around the world. As the  Roman saying  goes, whoever enters the conclave as a pope, leaves as a cardinal.

With hindsight, the election of archbishop Bergoglio, who will become the first pope to arrive from outside Europe, is a smart one. An austere man who chose his papal name inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, he is sure to bring warmth and vigour to the church he is called to lead, that without mentioning the immense reserve of devotion and support he will find in Latin America, where the majority of the population is catholic.

Next Sunday, Pope Francis will offer his first Angelus, the public blessing the pope offers every week at noon. It will be a great opportunity to be part of a historical event! If you need help with your accomodation in Rome, don’t hesitate to contact us, or check our website to get the  best rates in the Eternal City!