Apr
08
2014
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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

Apr
02
2014
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Frida Khalo at the Scuderia dei Quirinale

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An exhibition that explores the whole of her artistic career. Pure masterpieces from public and private collections in Mexico, Europe and the United States. Self depiction is the central theme, with more than forty fabulous portraits, including: Self portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (for the first time in Italy).

Frida is the very symbol of an artistic avant-garde of Mexican culture in the 20th century. Always rebel, her works mix the most important cultural movements of her period: Revolutionary Pauperism, Stridentism, Surrealism and Magical Realism.

The exhibition hosts also works from other artists who were active during the period including of course her husband, Diego Rivera (Portrait of Natasha Gelman, 1943 and Nude, 1930 among others) and also Jose Clemente Orozco, Jose David Alfaro Siqueiros and Maria Izquierdo.

Scuderia dei Quirinale, Via XXIV Maggio, 16 Roma

From 20th March until 31st August 2014

Ticket price: 12 euro

Times:  Su.- Thu 10.00-20.00, Fri- Sat 10.00-22.30 (from 20th March until 13th July)

Su – Thu 16.00-22.00, Fri- Sat 16.00-24.00 (from 14t July until 31st August)

Buses: 40, 60, 64, 70, 117, 170, H)

Metro: B stop Cavour, A stop Barberini.

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Feb
22
2014
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Rodin: Marble as Flesh

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The voluptuosity of the work of Rodin connects him directly with the great Italian scultpors like Michelangelo and Bernini whose work still astonish us for its life-like quality. But while the sense of bodily pleasure in the works of the old masters is always veiled or contained somehow, Rodin’s sensuality is more l open and less afraid of itself, making him probably the first modern sculptor at least in that regard.

Given this “Italian Connection”, so important in Rodin’s work, is only fitting to have an exhibition in Rome – the house of his artistic forebears- thaf aims to bring into focus the importance of the sensual and sensorial pleasure in the work of the French master. A man with a broken nose, a couple that kisses with an intensity unrestrained by any mythological excuse (we are looking at you, Canova): the flesh, the body and the unabashed beauty of its pleasures  are the great themes of this exhibition.

The exposition will be open from February 18 to May 25, 2014 at the Terme di Diocleziano, just around the corner from Yes Hotel and a couple of blocks away from Hotel Des Artistes.

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Feb
08
2014
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Impressionistic Treasures in Rome

Degas-danseuses-montant-un-escalier-edgar-degasFrom February 22 until June 8 the Vittoriano Complex in Rome will be displaying some of the most representative works of the French impressionists, one of the artistic movements that originated painting as we understand it today.

At the beginnning of the 20th century the impressionists, most of them French, set to change art bypainting in the open to re-create the many effects of light, and by favouring subjects of every day life, a mindset deemed outrageous by many, since painters back then priviliged mythological or biblical subjects.

Nowadays the most important impressionist collection is on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, which has led some of its most important works for this Roman exhibition. The Vittoriano Complex is located in Via di San Pietro in Carcere, just beside Venezia square and can be reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the bus 40 from the Station Termini.

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Feb
02
2014
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Rugby in Rome: Six Nations 2014

6_nations_logoFor those who love rugby the Six Nations is a great opportunity to mix pleasure with… well, pleasure, since every match is also an opportunity to dicover the beauty of an European capital.

The Italian team will play in his own field, the Stadio Olimpico, first against Scotland and then against England. Not small challenges, considering that Rugby has gained wide exposure and popularity only recently, but the Azzurri are a tough pack and they sure learn fast.

The match against Scotland will take place Februrary 22nd, at 14:30 P.M; the one against England on March 15, 15:30 P.M. The Stadio Olimpico is located just outside the city center: to get there just take the red subway line (”A” line), get off at the Station Flamino and then take tram 2 until the last stop.

Both Hotel Des Artistes and Yes Hotel are a great base of operations if you are planning to follow your team! Just use our websites or send us a line to make a reservation!

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Nov
17
2013
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Modigliani and his band of damned artists in Rome

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Paris, beginning of the 20th century. Many of the revolutions that are going to change our understanding of the world and ourselves are being planned here. The first battles in the front of art are fought by a little group of broke bohemian painters that gather at Montparnasse and make ends meet selling paintings to a certain Jonas Netter, a shy businessman with an eye for art, deep pockets, and a soft spot for that band of outsiders that paint what most people then consider monstrosities.

Many of those monstrosities will become artistic treasures, specially those by Utrillo and the Italian Modigliani, whose stylized portraits are among the most iconic works of art of the 20th century. Netter, on the other hand, will be known to posterity only through his protégées. More, however, than most of his less farsighted contemporaries can say.

The Netter collection, that includes works by Modigliani, Utrillo, Chaim Soutine and other “damned” artists will be on display at the Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso 320, from November 14 to April 6, 2014. The Museum can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes with the bus 64 from the Station Termini (Stop Piazza Venezia).

Oct
25
2013
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October in Rome

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In our opinion October is the best month to visit Rome. And to give you a prove of the lovely atmosphere that reigns over the Eternal City during this month we snapped this picture of the work of an anonymous street artist. The caption inside the heart says “I want to steal your…”

Is October in Rome, the weather is lovely and we wish you were here.

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Oct
23
2013
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Why not Cezanne in Rome?

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Considered a master by Matisse and Picasso, the bridge between late 19th-century Impressionism and the early 20th century’s Cubism ,  Paul Cezanne’s immortal legacy will be present in Rome for what is probably one most interesting exhibitions of the Year.

The name of the event is ‘‘Cezanne and the Italian Artists of the twentieth century’’.  It takes place at the Complesso del Vittoriano, just around the corner from Piazza Venezia, at the very heart of the City Centre. Easy to reach from our location with the underground B, stop Colosseo or with the Bus 40, stop Piazza Venezia.

Here follows for you the ticket prices and admission time:

Tickets:

Individuals: 12 euro

Groups: 9 euro

Over 65 years 9 euro

Children under 6 year old free admission

Admission time and dates:

Monday to Thursday from 9:30 to 19:30;
Friday and Saturday from 9.30 to 23.30;
Sundays from 9.30 to 20.30.

The exhibition will be on until February 2nd 2014. Enjoy it !!!!

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