Monuments in Rome

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!

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!