Museums in Rome

LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGE OF THE WORLD

LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGE OF THE WORLD

Part of Luciano Benetton’s art collection is currently on display in Rome. It’s actually much more than a simple collection: it’s a project, a vision, an image of the world, as its title “Imago Mundi” points out. The chief of one of the most successful Italian brands in the world is indeed very much involved in spreading and preserving the arts, and his ultimate intuition took precisely the shape of “Imago Mundi”. This project aims at showing to public thousands of works of art that Benetton either collected or commissioned to emerging artists during his life-time journeys. These works respond to two main characteristics: they are 10×12 cm in size, they are non-profit. The concept is to create a visual map of humanity, to favour a global meeting of culture in respect of their different expressive means. As an ultimate result, the artists involved will be supported by Benetton’s foundation in finding visibility. By 2015 the project will have reached 100 nations.
Currently in Rome the works coming from Africa: 16 countries and over 2000 artists.
No admission fee!
Where: Carlo Bilotti Museum, inside Villa Borghese.
When: until 11 January 2015. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Mon closed.
From Yes Hotel just catch metro line A and get off at Flaminio.

“BELLISSIMA”: ITALY & HIGH FASHION AT THE TIME OF DOLCE VITA

“BELLISSIMA”: ITALY & HIGH FASHION AT THE TIME OF DOLCE VITA

“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).

“VIVI I MUSEI”: ROME’S MUSEUMS WILL BE GETTING ALIVE THIS WEEKEND!

“VIVI I MUSEI”: ROME’S MUSEUMS WILL BE GETTING ALIVE THIS WEEKEND!

This weekend Rome is getting enlightened not only by Christmas decorations, but also by a rich series of cultural events. All is going to happen in the museums.
We sorted out a short guide for you:

Saturday 6 December: music & dance performances will run from 8 pm to 2 am into all most important museums of the city on occasion of the night called “Music at the Museums”. These the museums you might be most interested in: Musei Capitolini, Centrale Montemartini, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, MACRO, MACRO Testaccio, Mercati di Traiano, Castel Sant’Angelo, Terme di Diocleziano, Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Scuderie del Quirinale etc. Tickets: free admission, or alternatively €1 symbolic donation requested.
Sunday 7 December: different arrangements on occasion of the “National Archaeology Day”. Sections of the musueums (such as depositories) which are normally closed to public will be open and shown. Tickets: no admssion fee at State Museums (while free entrance to City Museums will be for residents only).
Monday 8 December: special opening of all City Museums (which are normally closed on Mondays).

Yes Hotel staff will be happy to guide you through this long art-weekend: don’t hesitate to contact us!

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!

NORMAN ROCKWELL: THE AMERICAN “GOLDEN AGE” IN ROME

NORMAN ROCKWELL: THE AMERICAN “GOLDEN AGE” IN ROME

American Chronicles: the Art of Norman Rockwell” is the autumn event among Roman contemporary art exhibitions. On display paintings, documents, photographs and 323 original covers of the “Sunday Evening Post by the iconic painter & illustrator Norman Rockwell, who who caught in his works over 50 years of American history. He portrays the Golden Age of his country, in a time of social changes which in fact didn’t spare turmoil, such as that deriving from the huge economical crisis and race problems. Optimism and trust into state institutions and future are the dominant values emerging from the collection on show in Rome.
Venue: Fondazione Roma Museo, Palazzo Sciarra (next to Via del Corso).
Timing: Mon-Fri 9:00-18.00; Sat ore 9:00-12:00. Until February 2015.
From Hotel Yes you can reach Via del Corso & the exhibit location by a shor bus journey: ask our staff for more details!

LEONARDO DA VINCI INVENTIONS BECOME REAL!

LEONARDO DA VINCI INVENTIONS BECOME REAL!

Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome currently offers an exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci machineries: rather than an exhibit, a deep interactive experience for a true understanding of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius. About 50 full scale machines are on display: from flying machines to the bicycle and the hydraulic saw, projected by the Italian inventor ages before the modern devices to which we are used. Being the machines on show fully operational, visitors can touch them and they set them in motion. They are grouped into 5 sections based on four elements of nature (water, air, earth and fire), plus a pure “mechanism section.
The exhibition venure can be reached in 20 minutes bus journey from Termini station: ask Yes Hotel‘s staff for more info!

ROMAN HISTORY THROUGH THE GLADIATORS’ LIVES

ROMAN HISTORY THROUGH THE GLADIATORS’ LIVES

”To study how gladiators’ customs and equipments changed it means to study Roman society and the evolution of its military art”. Inspired by such a perspective curators of the ultimate exhibition on gladiators put on display more than 350 artefacts in the core of Rome: at Piazza Navona.
The reason for this location is quite simple: in place of the beautiful churches and fountains we nowadays observe, once upon a time there was a magnificent Roman stadium to host gladiators’ combats, known as Stadium of Domitian. The official shift from Colosseum as a traditional location for these public shows occurred when the Colosseum itself had to undergo renovation works already in the II century AC.
“Gladiators: Arms and armors in the Roman Empire” outlines the history of gladiators’ combat art from its origin – when the gladiator was just looked at as slave-warrior – to its latest times – when the gladiator raised to the status of a modern celebrity.
Venue: Museo dello Stadio di Domiziano, Piazza Navona.
Tickets from €6.
Yes Hotel has got direct connection to Piazza Navona through many bus lines: stay with us for a centrally placed accommodation!

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!