Monuments in Rome

WHY A PYRAMID IN ROME?

WHY A PYRAMID IN ROME?

Rome conquered Egypt by its army, but Egypt conquered Rome by its culture. We owe to this cultural influence the still standing pyramid in Rome located slightly outside the beaten tourist tracks although not far from the core area. A strange story lays behind its construction. Roman dignitary Cestius wanted his heirs to build this unusual funeral monument in a very short time lapse, on pain of excluding them from his testament.
Some more pyramids should have been built in the Eternal City around the I Cent BC under Egyptian inspiration, but this is the only one survived, probably due to the fact that since the III Cent AD it was guzzled in the Aurelian Walls as a bastion, which contributed to prevent its ruin and devastation by robbers.
Piramide di Cestio is one of the less known ancient monuments in Rome, and it’s certainly worth a visit, being so close to a couple of notable spots: the Protestant Cemetery (where big names such as Shelley and Keats rest) and – on the more mundane side – Eataly: the world renowned market for Made in Italy original food.

DALL’ALTO DI PIAZZA COLONNA: PALAZZO FERRAJOLI APRE AL PUBBLICO PER 4 GIORNI!

DALL’ALTO DI PIAZZA COLONNA: PALAZZO FERRAJOLI APRE AL PUBBLICO PER 4 GIORNI!

Yes Hotel offre ai suoi ospiti l’opportunità di partecipare ad un evento culturale unico: la Festa delle Luci in Piazza Colonna. Dal 3 al 7 gennaio 2015, Palazzo Ferrajoli, il maestoso edificio del XVIII secolo che si affaccia su Piazza Colonna, in prossimità di Montecitorio, apre eccezionalmente le porte al pubblico in occasione di una quattro giorni di enogastronomia, artigianato, arte e musica. Anche editoria e letteratura saranno rappresentate in questa cornice esclusiva, e i documenti in esposizione saranno perlopiù in inglese, ma fruibili da tutti grazie a didascalie. La partecipazione all’evento è gratuita, in virtù dell’accordo fra Federalberghi e l’Associazione “Centro per la Promozione del Libro”. La visita alla Palazzo include un tour guidato, durante il quale si potrà ammirare la Colonna Antonina da una prospettiva unica.
È sufficiente rivolgersi alla reception di Yes Hotel per partecipare!

INAUGURATION OF CHRISTMAS TREE, NATIVITY SCENE AND NEW LIGHTS AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH

INAUGURATION OF CHRISTMAS TREE, NATIVITY SCENE AND NEW LIGHTS AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH

Christmas 2014 means a new born also for St. Peter’s Square: from now onwards a brand new lighting system will furtherly empower the beauty of Michelangelo’s dome and the facade by night time. The new light setting is made of more 300 LEDs spots, designed and placed in order to englight at best each architectural element of the structure.
The inauguration cerimony will occurr today 19 December at 6pm, and it will include the lighting up of both the Christmas tree and the Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square as well, which traditonally enrich the Vatican area during Christmas time.
The tree – a 25 m high white spurce – was offered by Calabria region this year, while the Presepe is composed by approximately 25 full-size clay pieces refined with colors and dresses which are resistant to open air exposure.
St. Peter’s square will be worth a visit by night more than ever!
Yes Hotel is strategically located in the heart of Rome: ask our staff how to get around in the easiest way!

VILLA TORLONIA: MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER & THE THEATRE ARE OPEN AGAIN

VILLA TORLONIA: MUSSOLINI’S BUNKER & THE THEATRE ARE OPEN AGAIN

For those interested in roaming around Rome a little bit off the beaten track, until 31 December 2014 Villa Torlonia will be worth a visit more than ever. The beautiful neo-classical & liberty structure which belonged to nobles Torlonia, and which was home to Mussolini and his family, just opened to visitors two more sections: the theatre and the bunker (built at the very beginning of the II World War). After long time restorations, the theatre will serve again as a collector of events such as plays and concerts. Beyond this, it will be accessible during the day as well, even if upon mandatory booking (which includes a guided tour as well). The same opening conditions are provided to visit the bunker.
Venue: Villa Torlonia, Via Nomentana 70.
Ask Yes Hotel’s staff for more details & reservations!

FROM SECRET WALKWAYS TO FRIGHTFUL PRISONS: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO BY NIGHT

FROM SECRET WALKWAYS TO FRIGHTFUL PRISONS: CASTEL SANT’ANGELO BY NIGHT

Until 31 December Castel Sant’Angelo – the massive fortress built up in the Middle Age to ensure the Pope’s safety during invaders’ attacks – will surprise its visitors with a special opening schedule: every Friday night it will be accessible to public until 9pm.
This is not the only news though. Besides its museum, four of its sections usually restricted to public will be now open:
– the “Passetto”: a 800 m. long secret path connecting St. Peter’s Church to the castle itself;
Clement VII “stufetta”: unique example of Renaissance bathrooms;
– the prisons: many opponents of the Pope were imprisoned here in the past centuries;
– the garrisons’ mill: they open to visitors for the first time
Yes Hotel is efficiently connected to the Vatican by both buses and metro: don’t hesitate to contact us!

THE SISTINE CHAPEL IS BORN AGAIN

450 years since Michelangelo’s passing away. 20 years since Sistine Chapel’s complete restoration.
The Vatican commemorates these two events both occurring in 2014 introducing major innovations within one of the most admired works of art in the world: the Sistine Chapel.
A brand new lighting and air-conditioning system has been installed to guarantee the best visibility possible either in terms of hues and brightness of the frescoes. A sophisticated technique employing new video cameras will mantain constant temperature and humidity within the holy chapel, with a twofold benefit on visitors and paintings alike.
The Sistine Chapel is located within the Vatican Museums. It can be reached in a short time span by metro – line A: stay with us at Yes Hotel, we are at walking distance from the line A main station!164818738

Spring and the Azaleas of the Spanish Steps

spanishAs every spring from 1951 you will have the chance to admire one of the most beautiful sights the Eternal City has to offer: the stairs of the Spanish Steps will be embellished with flowerpots of azaleas as a colourful way to celebrate the arrival of the new season.

Why use Azaleas to celebrate spring? The answer, besides the fact that azaleas are beautiful and are in full flowering during April, is hard to guess. For some, the idea might be somehow connected to the legend of the Roman goddess Proserpine who escaped from her husband Pluto to go back to her mother Ceres, but due to a spell cast on her by her husband she had to spend six months on earth and the other six months in the underworld with him. According to the legend Proserpine, by going back to earth, gave start to spring and summer, while during the six months that she had to spend in the afterlife autumn and winter arrived on earth.250px-Proserpine-(utdrag)

The dates can slightly vary in operation of the flowering of the azaleas, but the office of the tourism will provide all the necessary information.

If you’ll be in Rome in that period don’t miss this opportunity!!! The Spanish Steps are waiting to celebrate with you! Book at the Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel located only a walk away from the Spanish Steps!

When: Springtime

Where: Spanish Steps, Rome

How to get there: From Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, take the red subway line at the Termini Station and get off at the station Spagna

More info: (+39) 060608

Start the Year with… Monsters!

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Monsters were a very important part of classical culture. After all, every hero needs a monster to face and defeat in order to stay (or become) a hero.
The exposition at the Palazzo Massimo brings together for the first time pieces from all around the world to show how Minotaurs, Pegassus, Sphynxes, Harpies and Centaurs played a central role in the narratives that ancient peoples used to make sense of the world and ultimately, of themselves.
The Palazzo Massimo Museum is located at  Largo di Villa Peretti 1,  basically around the corner from Yes Hotel and a couple of blocks away from Hotel Des Artistes. The Exhibition will be on display until June 1, 2014.