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

Nov
17
2013
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Cleopatra, Queen of Rome

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Mystery, legend, magic…The first Diva in history. The woman who made ancient Rome gone crazy with love…envy and hate also (like usually happens with a Diva). Now she is back and better than ever…

The Chiostro del Bramante :  CLEOPATRA. ROME AND THE MAGIC OF EGYPT

from 12/10/2013 until 01/02/2014 the exhibition of 180 masterpieces including some leading highlights: the so-called “Nahman” portrait of Cleopatra, an extraordinary portrait of Octavia, the wife of Mark Anthony and sister of Augustus, in the guise of Cleopatra, for the first time anywhere in the world; a portrait of the Queen of Egypt when very young, probably when she rose to the throne in 51 B.C., and also a world first; the “Guimet” portrait of Alexander the Great from the Louvre.

The exhibition is divide into nine sections: Cleopatra The Last Queen of Egypt, The Land of the Nile, The Hellnistic Sovereings, The God and Religion in Egypt ander the Ptolomiers, The Arts; Key Figures adn Events; Cleopatra and Rome Egyptomania, New Religion in Rome and Rome Conquered : The New Pharaohs.

Great pieces from the British Museum, the Louvre, the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna, The Vatican and Capitoline Museums among others given for this unique event and your enjoyment.

After centuriess the power of her timeless charming is already atracting many visitors: Can you resist?

Marcelo

Aug
14
2012
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Museo dell’Ara Pacis

“When I returned to Rome from Gaul and from Spain, in the consulship of Tiberius Nero and Publius Quintilio, having brought to a satisfactory finish my works in these provinces, the Senate decreed that there should be consecrated in the Field of Mars an altar to the Augustan Peace and ordered that the officials, priests and vestal virgins should celebrate a sacrifice at it every year.”

It is with these words that Augustus, in his spiritual testimony, the Res Gestae, tells us of the Senate’s decision to construct an altar to Peace, following the conclusion of his labours North of the Alps from 16 to 13 B.C., subjecting the Reti and the Vindelici, establishing definitive control over the Alpine passes, and visiting Spain, finally at peace, founding new colonies and imposing new tributes. history_large

The ceremonial dedication of the Altar of Peace, took place on the 30th January in the year 9 B.C.
It seems, according to the evidence provided by the historian Cassius Dione (LIV, 25.3), that at first the Senate had planned to build an altar within their own building, the Curia, but the idea was not followed through and the northernmost part of the Field of Mars, which had recently been urbanised, was chosen instead. The altar dedicated to peace came, therefore, and not by chance, to be built in the middle of a vast plain, on which, traditionally, the manoeuvres of the infantry and the cavalry took place, and, in more recent times, the gymnastic exercises of the Roman youth. the_meier_project_slideshow

The new museum complex for the Ara Pacis was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, an architectural studio in the United States, which has been responsible for several of the most notable museums of the second half of the twentieth century. The building work for the project was awarded to the Italian company Marie Engineering and was overseen, for the Municipal Administration, by the Government Office of Cultural Assets and the Office of the Historic City.

05/04 – 02/09/2012
Russian avant-garde
Malevic, Kandinskij, Chagall, Rodcenko, Tatlin and others
New temporary exhibition space Ara Pacis
Exhibitions

The most remarkable achievements of Russian art in the XX century – Cubo-Futurism, with its unique synthesis of European trends of the time, the originality of Abstract art, Constructivism, with its architectural compositions, and Suprematism with its geometric purity – are represented in this single major exhibition: Russian Avant-gardes.

For more information about up coming events visit their site http://en.arapacis.it/

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Sep
15
2007
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Sightseeing in Roma…

Sightseeing in RomaWhen in Rome you have a majority of choices with regards to sightseeing because situated in Rome are a few agencies, which offer a variety of sightseeing activities and tours.
Companies such as Green Line, offer various information tours around Rome. You can select tours such as: Classical Rome, This tour offers through the historic centres of Rome, such as Fontana Di Trevi, La Colonna Di Marco Aurelio. Piazza Navona and also St Peters Basilica. Other tours include Imperial Rome, Vatican Museum. Christian Rome tours.
  Ancient Ostia  You can also book tours which will take you a little further out side the city of Rome,Such as Tivoli. Ancient Ostia, Castelli Romani, which usually tend take up most of the day so it is always advised to take all necessities with you.
 Most hotels have packages where this maybe included or even offer a service where they are able to make reservation for these tours.
 Many tourists in Rome prefer to-do the sightseeing themselves and use public transportation to get around the city, in this case it is profitable to know that, from the main station in Rome, “Termini you can take buses 40 and 64 which will take through the centre of the city, which will take you very close to the Vatican. What you can do is get off at Piazza Venezia, and circle the area; you will find most of the open historic sites within that circle. It should take you roughly one hour to see the sites, which obviously depend on how long you wish to spend at each site. Alternatively both metro lines will take you to the reaming sites in the city.
Termini Station  

Written by Xtine71 in: The region of Lazio, Tours in Rome |
Jan
19
2007
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Daytrips from Rome: Viterbo, Bomarzo and the Park of the Monsters

Park of Monsters BomarzoTravelling to Rome with children? If you’re staying more than just a couple of days, it’s a good idea to do a day trip out of the city, as especially for children a week in the city may be tiring. As destination for a day trip, most people tend to choose Florence, Naples, Tivoli – all beautiful and historically and artistically fascinating cities and well worth visiting. But if you have already seen them , or just want to do something different, try visiting the small town of Bomarzo near Viterbo, and its Park of Mosters! Bomarzo is just 1 hour train ride away from Rome, in the province of Viterbo – in fact, you shouldn’t miss Viterbo either, a beautiful and characteristic medieval town, with an original atmosphere of centuries ago!

What is the Park of Monsters of Bomarzo, then? It was constructed in the 16th century at the order of a prince of the noble and famous Orsini family, by Pirro Ligorio, the very same architect who finished off Saint Peter’s Cathedral after Dragon in the Park of MonstersMichelangelo’s death. The prince had lost his beloved wife and felt the need to express his pain and loss: and you could say he did in quite a grandieuse way, by having the Park built in her honour! When it was first built, the park was named “Villa of Wonders�.

The park contains more than 20 monuments and statues, most of them representing mythological creatures, most of which are very well preserved. Among them, you have the winged horse Pegasus; the goddess Venus; a “hanging house�, very unstable-looking as built on an inclined rock; an armed elephant like those with which the barbarian king Hannibal threatened the ancient Romans; a dragon engaged in a battle against some real animals; Cerberos, the three-headed quardian dog of the hell; the greatest Roman god Jupiter. Not only are the statues end building interesting to look at and fascinating with the stories behind them, but the place in itself is beautiful.

viterboIf you have the time, after seeing the Park and the town of Bomarzo, you should hop back on the train and go a little further to Viterbo: it’s just another half hour away. The town dates back to more than 2500 years ago; in origin it was an Etruscan town named Surrena, which started to grow and develop in the middle ages and gained importance especially in the period when it offered a refuge to the Pope against the Emperor. Viterbo has preserved a variety of medieval monuments and museum tfor a visitor to see, and the town itself is a wonderful place to feel the touch of the history.

Written by Xtine71 in: The region of Lazio, Tours in Rome |
Jan
17
2007
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Come, relax and taste the traditional and culinary activities here, in Rome…..

You can say that again!

Italy, is the located in the Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Italy mapMediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. Border countries: Austria 430 km, France 488 km, Holy See (Vatican City) 3.2 km, San Marino 39 km, Slovenia 232 km, Switzerland 740 km It has a 301,230 sq km and slightly larger than Arizona.

The climate you meet here is predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south. The landscape is various, mountains, plane and coastal lowlands.
Natural resources: coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorospar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land.
Agriculture products: fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives; beef, dairy products; fish.
The capital of Italy is Rome. This beautiful city has over 2.700 years old and has become one of the most “ wanted� city in the world. Rome is a full of history, is at the same a “ busy� and relaxing town. Rome is the perfect destination either for business, or for leasure.
Well, after all this useful information I can start making a turistic program for three days in Rome.
Before that , you should know that the best period for visiting Rome is in spring, autumn and winter. In winter you can have better rates for accommodation: Have a look at the winter special rates of the popular Hotel Des Artistes …. And in the autumn you can visit without any kind of temperatures problems because here , in summer is hot, and for those you can t get through the temperature of 35 C is harder. At the same time, you have to find a better place to stay in Rome. I advice you that the hotel should be near centre (Try the Nice Hotel near the Termini Station) …. you can be near the historic places and “ take part of it�.
Ok. Let s begin.
DAY ONE:
09.00 am Breakfast. Take a breath, cause I have a full day . Click here and book a guided city tour. At lunch you can taste one the best and oldest coffee in the world…Tazza d oro….. After one day in Rome you can have a good dinner at a typical restaurant near the Hotel … Then come back to have a sleep because you have to be prepared for the next day.
rome by nightDAY TWO:
08.30 AM Breakfast. Our trip continues with the museum tours. I recommend you the Vatican Museum. A tip: to avoid queuing, book a tour! Ok, you are back for exploring Rome. Take the tour Illuminated Rome by Night. It was very attractive, not to forget.
DAY THREE: Last day… 10.00 am Breakfast. Four hours of shopping in Rome. I had plenty of time for buying souvenirs and some things for me.
I can wait back to come back as soon as possible.

Dec
26
2006
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Ideas for daytrips from Rome

In the outskirts of Rome, there are a number of interesting small towns with an amazing history and incredibile beauty to offer to those who wish to see more than just the basic, “obligatory� sights in the Rome city itself.

cerveteri etruscan necropolisBefore the growth of the Roman Republic and then Empire, the area around Rome was inhabited by the Etruscans, who have left behind many signs of their highly evolved culture and society. Some of their heritage can be admired in Cerveteri, a small town that hosts a huge Etruscan necropolis with more than 400 tombs of the 8th-2nd century BC., disposed in the form of a “city of the dead�. The most interesting objects found in the tombs are now hosted in the Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome, but the necropolis is definitely worth seeing, being a beautiful enchanted place. To get there, take a bus from the metro-A station of Lepanto and then walk form the center of Cerveteri, which, by the way, is also worth visiting.

viterbo, RomeAnother town of Etruscan origin, Viterbo, has a beautiful medieval old-town, mostly of 12th-14th century, and is known as the “City of Popes�, having offered refuge to many a medieval pope during the frequent political conflicts. Some of the main attractions are the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, tha Palazoo dei Papi, the Villa Lante di Bagniaia with its marvellous garden and of course the city center itself with its narrow streets and the atmosphere of times long gone. From Rome you can get to Viterbo by train: fromVilla Gregoriana cascade, Tivoli Rome Termini or Ostiense stations it’ll take about an hour and a half.
Tivoli is yet another beautiful smalltown about 1 hour drive from Rome, with a COTRAL bus leaving from the metro-B Ponte Mammolo station. The ancient town, located on the Aniene river, was under the influence of Rome as early as 4th century BC, and flourished again in the Middle Ages, under Frederik Barbarossa. The main attraction today are the 16th century Villa d’Este of the cardinal d’Este, the Roman amphitheatre, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana with it’s waterfall, and the ruins of the ancient Villa Adriana, the palace of the emperor Hadrian, outside the city center.
Ostia beach RomebmpIf you want nothing too complicated and not too far away, you can always go to the sea: in the summer the whole city seems to move over to the beaches of Ostia, and in the winter time you can enjoy in peace and quiet the storming sea… And of course, the whole “Lungomare�, that is the road coasting the sea, is crowded with restaurants specialised in seafood! Going to Ostia couldn’t be easier: first take the metro line B to Piramide and then just switch for the train for “Lido di Ostia�. Get off at Ostia centro or Stella Polare and it’s just a few steps to the sea!

To do some exploring it’s good to stay in a centrally located hotel, such as the brand new Yes Hotel near the Termini station, or the already well-known Hotel or Hostel Des Artistes, both close to the station as well.

Dec
16
2006
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See Rome in two days

If you’re just passing through Rome on your big tour of Europe, or taking a long weekend off and only have a couple of days to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities of the world, the question is: what to do, where to go, what to see and what to miss. Well, here are some suggestions!

Saint Peter's Church in RomeIf you’re on a really tight time schedule, I suggest you skip the Vatican Museums and just go and see the Saint Peter’s Church and the famous round Piazza in front of it. Also, while you’re in the area, walk to the river and see the round fortress Castel Sant’Angelo, constructed as the tomb of the emperor Hadrian but ended up as a hiding place of the popes in the tumultuous middle ages. From there it’s just a stones throw to the Navona Square, famous for it’s huge fountains and street artists that’ll paint your portrait in an instant.

By now, you’ll probably be tired and starving, and that’s just as well, as the surroundings of the Navona Square are a perfect spot for a nice little lunch. Better to stay a bit out of the actual square, since the prices of the restaurant go by address in the city center, and if you have the good sense to go even just around the corner from the tourist attractions, you can save a lot of money! After lunch, don’t forget that some of Rome’s more famous ice-cream bars, such as the Giolitti, are in the area, and you simply must have a go!Trevi Fountain in Rome

Now a quick look at the Pantheon and the Trevi Fountain, both located at a short walking distance from Navona Square. And don’t forget to throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain to make sure you’ll get to come back one day! Then to the hotel to have a rest and change into something nice for dinner!

If you only have a couple of days, for dinner you simply must go to Trastevere, one of the oldest, and most Roman, neighbourhoods. Trastevere comes from the Latin words meaning ’on the other side of the Tiber’, and that Trastevere, Romeis exactly where it is. This is where the locals go out for dinner: as a matter of fact the area is crowded with small and cosy tipical Roman restaurant, trattorias and pizzerias, just take your pick. And after dinner the custom is to have a drink in one of the small and crowded bars, so go with the flow…

Better get home early though, since the second morning you need to get up early for your Roman shopping experience: try the markets. If it happens to be a Sunday, head for the famous Porta Portese flea market, and on any other day the best address is the Via Sannio market at Porta San Giovanni, so that after shopping you can also take a look at the Rome second most famous Church, after Saint Peters that is.

Then for lunch to the Campo de’ Fiori in the heart of the historical center. After that, if you have the time and the nerves, take a walk on the Roman Forum before jumping on a bus on the Venice Square to make your way to the Gianicolo hill, where you ’can admire the entire city’, quoting an ancient epigram… The view is from the hill top awesome, and the place itself is beautiful, perfect for a romantic walk hand-in-hand. In the neighbourhood there’s also the huge and wonderful Doria Pamfili park.

By now there’s not much left of your two days, so just some suggestions for the last few Colosseum, Romehours you might have: there’s the beautiful Santa Maria in Trastevere Church at the foot of the Gianicolo hill, and just over the river the ancient church of Santa Sabina, next to the piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, where you can see Saint Peter’s through a famous key-hole… And on your way back to your hotel, don’t forget to stop at the Colosseum, which is located conveniently on the line B of the underground.

The important thing, of course, when you have little time at your disposal, is to choose a centrally located hotel with good connections, such as the new, classy Yes Hotel at the Termini station, or the budget options Carlito’s Way or Nice Hotel. Both are located close to the Termini station, which is the main station of the city, and has a huge number of bus and metro lines crossing there, so the location is perfect to take the most out of your stay in the eternal city!

Written by Xtine71 in: Rome Travel Guide, Tours in Rome |

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