Rome Travel Guide

DARIO ARGENTO’S DEEP GREATNESS: A RETROSPECTIVE

DARIO ARGENTO’S DEEP GREATNESS: A RETROSPECTIVE

If you are looking for deeply alternative nights in Rome during Christmas time, then just go for horror! Dario Argento, one of the greatest horror movies director in the world, will be in Rome on occasion of the one week celebrations dedicated to him, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Rome Film Festival 2014. Cinema Trevi hosts a retrospective starting tomorrow 16 December: the early stages of his career will be remembered throughout his masterpieces. On the inauguration day Argento himself will be present at the show of “Deep Red” (9pm), as a conclusion of an intense afternoon when “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” and “The Cat o’ Nine Tails” will have been shown as well.
Venue: Cinema Trevi, stroll distance from the Trevi Fountain.
Time: 16-21 December 2014, from 5pm.
Yes Hotel’s staff will provide with the full programme of the event!

THE DARKEST SIDES OF ROME ON DISPLAY

THE DARKEST SIDES OF ROME ON DISPLAY

Rascals, prostitutes, transvestites, rogues, gamblers, drunkards: ancient Rome was not only about the beautiful buildings remains still standing today. An exhibit at French Academy currently throws light on the darkest atmospheres and figures of Seventeenth century Rome, at the time of the Pope’s greatest political strenght. That was also Caravaggio’s time, and like him a great number of artists used to gather in the Eternal City to enjoy her immortal beauty. But exactly like him, many of these artists (from France, Spain, Netherlands) ended up to hang out in the gutter swarming about the people they would have subsequently immortalize in their paintings.
Set up in cooperation with Petit Palais of Paris, “The Baroque Underworld: Vice and Dereliction in Rome” is the first exhibit of its kind.
Where: Villa Medici, Viale della Trinità dei Monti (5 minutes walk from the Spanish Steps).
When: until 18 January 2015, Tue-Sun 10:45am-1pm and 2-7pm.
From Yes Hotel catch metro line A and get off at the the third stop: Spagna.

MOTOR SHOW IN BOLOGNA & GATEWAY TO ROME!

MOTOR SHOW IN BOLOGNA & GATEWAY TO ROME!

From 6 to 14 December 2014 the city of Bologna hosts one of the biggest car events in the year: Bologna Motor Show, the international automobile exhibition which as usual collects the major exponents of car industry worldwide.
2014 edition will be more rich than ever, as partecipants will enjoy 9 days of test drives, track races, music&fun, technological innovations, interactive routes, and even outlets to buy your new automobile right on the spot.
Take advantage of this event to enjoy a bit of Rome as well: Rome and Bologna are connected by just 2 hours train journey. Don’t hesitate to contact us at Yes Hotel for any info on tickets and accommodations: we have special fares for weekend gateways!

Outlet Shopping in Rome and around

If designer clothing is what you look for but want to have a have a discounted price from the retail price, there are plenty of outlet shops located in the vicinity of Rome. Shopping in outlets not only give you the same quality pieces that you normally find in boutiques but you can find them in a very discounted price. These pieces are last season ago or some are a couple of seasons ago so you might not be able to find here the latest trends in the fashions magazines. But then again, fashion come and go and come back again. And if you find a very classic piece that can last for a couple of years.

The closest designer outlet shop located just half-hour car ride from Rome is Castel Romano Designer Outlet. This outlet carries high end brands like Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Valentino and Roberto Cavalli, just to name a few. There are other shops that are middle ranged and sport clothing like Nike and Puma, so the choices for different shoppers are endless.

Other outlets shops are located a bit further from Rome, some 2-3 hour car ride to the direction for Florence. One of the most celebrated outlet in Italy is the biggest Prada outlet which carries the exquisite Prada pieces from accessories to Ready-to-wear with discount from 30-70%. Another outlet located about half hour car ride is The Mall. This outlet carries top designer shops like Gucci, Fendi, Dior, Balenciaga, Tod’s and Bottega Veneta, to name a few. Discounts ranges from 30-70% off the retail price from the boutiques. During sale seasons in January and August, further reductions from the outlet prices are applied. Some shops even put up last item bins or racks that has really impressive discount prices!!

Our Blogger:  JosephCastel-Romano-Designer-Outlet

Gelato Festival in Rome

The Gelato Festival returns to Rome’s Auditorium Parco della Musica from 15-18 May, each day from midday until midnight, ending at 20.00 on 18 May.


Although it’s true that gelato (ice cream) is sold pretty much everywhere in Rome, there’s gelato and then there’s gelato. A movement toward artisanal gelato has revitalised the local scene, and Italy now certifies select shops as gelaterie artigianali.


There are numerous tasting events, “show cooking” courses and competitions scheduled during the four-day festival which hosts some of the best ice cream makers from Italy and abroad. It’s very much worth the effort to seek out great gelato. This list isn’t exhaustive but attempts to include many gelaterie Romans agree are tops, whether they be artigianale or just generally excellent.

Roma Gelato Festival

Roma Gelato Festival

In addition to tasting the wide range of ice cream on offer, visitors can learn about the culture and ingredients behind the ever-popular gelato. Romans (and Italians) are very discerning when it comes to gelato.

For full details including prices see festival website.

Our Blogger: Joseph

Summer 2014 – The Tiber River Experience

Rome Summer 2014

Rome Summer 2014

Every year during August  a small market is set on both sides of the Tiber river: there you can eat the very Roman porchetta, buy the products of many local artisans, attend a street-theatre performance and have dinner too!

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

All in all a very good option to spend an evening in Rome after a long (and hot) day of sightseeing. The manifestation takes place along the river, beetwen the Sisto and Garibaldi bridges; the area can be easily reached from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel Rome taking the bus H from the station Termini (get off the first stop after the bridge).

Our Blogger: Joseph

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

– See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/07/on-summer-nights-a-festival-on-the-tiber-river.html#sthash.6Et8Ephk.dpuf

It might just be the best event in Rome, at least in the summer: On every night until September 1, the Tiber River’s banks come alive. More than a kilometer of stalls line the river—each one a shop or cafe, restaurant or bar.

If you’re a shopping, or strolling-and-people-watching, kind of person, the possibilities are endless. On my last walk through the festival, called Lungo il Tevere Roma, I perused jewelry, bought fistfuls of dried figs and kiwis, sipped a mojito in a swanky bar, and even watched one of the last World Cup games.

– See more at: http://www.revealedrome.com/2010/07/on-summer-nights-a-festival-on-the-tiber-river.html#sthash.6Et8Ephk.dpuf

Franz Ferdinand in Rome

franzRock in Roma keeps getting better. Now they announce the legendary wirdos of Franz Ferdinand will stop by this year as a part of the Italian leg of their European tour.

We love the Glasgow band for their historic and artistic references: in case you weren’t paying attention during history class Franz Ferdinad was the archduke whose assassination led to the first world war. Also, the art of their albums is basically made of references to Soviet art, a fact that may go above the head of many but that becomes irrelevant given that all listeners may find common ground in the sheer fun of their music.

The Ferdinands wil play August 2, 2104 at 21:45 at the Capannelle racecourse.

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