Monuments in Rome

TWO MONTHS INDIE PERFORMATIVE ARTS: ROMA FRINGE FESTIVAL

TWO MONTHS INDIE PERFORMATIVE ARTS: ROMA FRINGE FESTIVAL

Rome Fringe Festival – since 2011 a most awaited event every Summer – is just around the corner. From May 29 to July 5 the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo will be livened up more than ever by this festival entirely dedicated to independent theatre & performative arts.
Every day from 9am to 2 in the night the whole area will be popping with an explosion of non-stop shows, art exhbits, day & night markets, refreshment areas, wine & food tasting, workshops and kids activities. All is free but the shows, which €5 ticket will be paid directly to the given performing company. A considerable variety of performances are scheduled indeed, involving involving song theatre, comedy, drama, social theatre, dance, stand up, street art, clowning, puppet, poetry, literature.
The festival definitely has an international appeal: a number of foreign artists play their role in it.
The daily programme will follow this sketch:

  • from 9am to 4.30pm: market, summer camp for children by Arteficine, free events and gastronomy
  • from 6pm to 8.30pm: aperitif, concerts, food tasting and market
  • from 8.30pm onwards nine shows of any sort descrive above

From Yes Hotel, to go and enjoy the breeze nearby the Tiber river, at Castel Sant’Angelo gardens, you just need to catch bus #40 express or metro line A and get off at Lepanto!

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!

ROSE PETALS RAINING INSIDE THE PANTHEON!

ROSE PETALS RAINING INSIDE THE PANTHEON!

This Sunday, 24th May 2015, a 2,000 years old religious feast will be celebrated in a spectacular way: thousands of red rose petals will be raining inside the Pantheon from the huge hole located in the centre of its ceiling – what makes of it possibly the greatest of architectural wonders in Rome.
This occurs on the occasion of Pentecoste, the Christian festivity falling every year on the 50th day after Easter and celebrating the descend of the Holy Spirit on heart after Jesus Christ’s sacrifice (whose blood the roses symbolise as well). The tradition of the red rose petals dates back to the time of the earliest Christian communities, who used to gather in in the Church of Santa Maria dei Martiri, better known today, indeed, as the Pantheon… a name which betrays the pagan origins of this magnific cult structure.
The mass will be starting at 10.30 am.
For further info and details on how to reach it from Termini station (easy by bus) ask our staff at Yes Hotel!

80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS JUST DISCOVERED DURING EXCAVATIONS FOR THE NEW UNDERGROUND

80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS JUST DISCOVERED DURING EXCAVATIONS FOR THE NEW UNDERGROUND

Breaking news recently came from the excavation works for the third underground line of Rome: 80 meters Aurelian Walls (3rd AD) never seen before were uncovered few days ago in the area of St. John Lateran’s basilica (i.e. San Giovanni metro stop, where future line C will cross with line A).
Archaeologists defined it an astonishing discovery as it pertains to a section of the walls which was thought to be lost centuries ago, and for which no records exist in scientific literature.
They were found eleven arches, two towers, and even traces of medieval painting (those walls served indeed as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (Seventeenth century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder. What striked scholars the most is the perfect conservation status of the structures, resting for centuries just below the present ground level and so preserving themselves from air pollution and the modern age other transformations.
That stretch of the Walls was certainly buried in the middle of the Eighteenth century, when the area radically changed due to the restoration of the majestic facade of St. John Lateran’s basilica, and the Walls – they used to think – collapsed or were torn down.
Now they won’t be buried again: works are in progress to bring them all to light and make them one of the newest attractive antiquities of the Eternal City
The archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran (one of the four in Rome) is just three metro stops away from Yes Hotel and it’s a must-see sight in Rome: ask our staff for more information!

 

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!

14 FEBRUARY: FALL IN LOVE WITH ART!

14 FEBRUARY: FALL IN LOVE WITH ART!

Italy is definitely one of the best options to spend a special 2015 St. Valentine’s day. During your romantic walks in the city center don’t miss the chance to stop by some of the many museums the Eternal City offers her visitors.
We selected the most outstanding ones to make your choice easier:

Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Yes Hotel staff is looking forward to helping you should you need more information!

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!