May
14
2014
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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

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
May
04
2014
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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

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
Apr
28
2014
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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.

Written by NIC81 in: Rome Travel Guide |
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.

Marcelo

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 |

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