During the 17th century the Great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (the creator of the Baroque style of sculpture) completed one of his most celebrated masterpieces: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.
Just five minutes walking distance from our hotel, on Via XX Settembre, inside the Santa Maria della Vittoria Church.
The scene represented is the union of matter and spirit referred by Teresa of Avila, the Spanish mystic on her book ‘‘The Life of Santa Teresa of Jesus’’. In the book she describes her experience of religious ecstasy in her encounter with an angel: ‘’I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart’’.
But yet, as you leave the church another great masterpiece, from the same artist is waiting just five minutes from there: The Triton Fountain.
Located in the Piazza Barberini and executed in travertine. It shows at its centre the powerful figure of the Triton, the sea god from the Greco- Roman Mythology. The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara (crown).
In times the idea was the most original: a sculptural fountain, like those from villa gardens, for the first time in a public urban setting. Always before public fountains in the city of Rome had been just passive basins for the reception of public water.
A short walk from Yes Hotel to find two jewels of the Baroque for your own delight. See you soon here, in this beautiful City.
Our Blogger: Lorenzo
If you happen to be traveling in Italy on February, I would like to familiarize you with a festival called “Carnevale”. It is most celebrated in Venice, where it first began, but all of Italy is festive during this period. This year, Carnevale started on the 12th of January and will end on the 24th of February.
The 19th of February is called “giovedì grasso” or “mardi gras” in other countries and it is the peak of the festival, when adults and children dress up and participate in the various activities organized throughout Italy. In Rome, where I experienced Carnevale, there are many activities such as theatre plays and activities in the museums for the young and theme nights in the pubs and dance clubs for adults .
Carnevale time is mostly for children, where they wear costumes almost every day and go around the streets throwing confetti, however for adults “giovedì grasso” is a sort of Halloween where you can either dress up totally or just wear a mask. The last weekend before February the 24th is very fun with many parades organized throughout the city and towns nearby. There are many typical pastries to eat such as “frappe” and the city becomes more colorful with confetti covering the streets. This festive time is celebrated by young and old and it’s an experience I recommend to anyone traveling to Rome during this time. Information is available on internet, on the city of Rome website and posted in the various pubs and dance clubs.
Yes its holiday time and you have decided to come to Rome. The whole family is coming and that means the kids too. However your motives for going and theirs may be a bit different.
This brings up the whole exciting issue of you entertaining them and trying not to tear your hair out at the same time. To make things a little easier here are a couple of ideas of places to go and things to do.Â
Fortunately Rome has quite a few open spaces and very nice parks. There are pedal go-karts and bicycles available for hire in Villa Borghese as well as roller-blades and the big 4 seater family pedal bikes. If your kids are still quite small a better option would definately be the family bicycles. That way you dont have to run like a crazy person after them when they pick up a bit of speed. Another spot you can also go to for some fun is to Piazza del Popolo, which is right next to the park. Here you can hire segways and go all around the piazza and down Via del Corso too.
There are also fun rides like merry-go-rounds and the other usual stuff that will entertain them and make some great memories too. There is also a bio park and zoo located in Borghese park. There is also a kids museum called Explora at Via Flaminia 60. I have seen it packed all the time with kids so it must be pretty popular.
Another really nice idea would be to take a carriage ride from Piazza di Spagna. There is space for about 5 or 6 people.Â Cost varies, pleaseÂ make sure you find out prices Â before you get on and exactly how much it is going to cost to where you want to go.
There is another place to take them which is down Via del Corso. The time elevator is here and it will take the kids on a journey through Romes 2500 year history. The nice thing about all these places and activities is that they are really very close together and they are also near the other things that the big people, like you, may find a lot more interesting.
To avoid disapointment another word of advice i would suggest is to find good accomendation which is well located in Rome.