“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!

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.

L’ARTE DEI PRESEPI IN MOSTRA A ROMA

L’ARTE DEI PRESEPI IN MOSTRA A ROMA

Da quasi quarant’anni il periodo natalizio a Roma è l’occasione per una mostra che celebra una delle più raffinate tradizioni di artigianato italiano: il presepe.
Nonostante il nome “100 Presepi” (che deriva dalla prima edizione, nel 1976) quest’anno è ospitata in realtà una selezione di oltre duecento scene della natività, provenienti da tutte le regioni d’Italia e dall’estero. I presepi in mostra sono diversi ogni anno e l’aspetto più curioso riguarda i loro materiali, davvero i più inimmaginabili: corallo, plexiglass, foglie di mais, porcellana, ferro battuto, cartapesta, cioccolata, pane, gusci di frutti di mare, paste alimentari, candele d’auto, e perfino matite. Per agevolare le premiazioni finali, le opere sono state suddivise in 4 categorie: presepi esteri, artistici, di fantasia, e presepi realizzati da associazioni o scuole.
La mostra mira a valorizzare un’arte che nacque al tempo di San Francesco e che in alcuni casi esemplifica grandiosamente l’eccellenza dell’artigianato italiano (basti pensare alla notissima via dei presepi a Napoli).
Sono previsti laboratori speciali per bambini.
Dove: Sale del Bramante, adiacenti alla Chiesa di Santa Maria del Popolo – Piazza del Popolo.
Quando: tutti i giorni (inclusi festivi) fino al 6 gennaio 2015, 9:30-20:00.
Da Yes Hotel si raggiunge comodamente Piazza del Popolo in sole quattro fermate di metro (linea A).

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!

“CINEMONDO” FILM FESTIVAL: SOUTH-EAST ASIA MOVIES IN ROME

“CINEMONDO” FILM FESTIVAL: SOUTH-EAST ASIA MOVIES IN ROME

Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam: “Cinemondo” international film festival‘s fourth edition celebrates South-East Asia this year. At Villa Medici (French Academy in Rome) from 27 November to 3 December 2014 there will be on show few works which, thanks to film festival such as this one, are getting more and more popular in Itay. A particular tribute will be given to cambodian director Rithy Panh’s “L’image manquante”, awarded at Cannes 2013 and Oscar 2014.
Spend an alternative evening in Rome: reach Villa Medici by metro line A, get off at Spagna… it’s just five minutes journey from Yes Hotel.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME: WHERE & WHEN

CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN ROME: WHERE & WHEN

One month is left to Christmas and preparations for the major shopping time in the year are in full effect. While shops windows have been shining for some weeks already, enlightened by their lavish decorations, Christmas stands & proper markets are being set up all around the city these days.
Typically Italian Christmas markets usually include puppets, toys, sweets, but their backbone is always in the befane with their grooms (old witches chasing away bad luck) and in the nativity scenes (presepi). If you like them, don’t miss out the nativity scenes’ exposition at Sala del Bramante (in Piazza del Popolo, next to the Church of Santa Maria del Popolo): more than 200 presepi will be on display.
Below a short list of the main spots in Rome where you can give a look for your Christmas gifts:
– “Christmas market” at PIAZZA NAVONA: definitely the most traditional one. From 1 Dec to 6 Jan, 10am-1am. On the Epiphany day (January 6th) the Befana will distibute sweets and “coal” (edible & sweet of course!) to all kids in the square.
– “Christmas at Auditorium Parco della Musica“: market, ice-skating, play area, open daily from 6 Dec to 6 Jan.
– “Magic Christmas” at Parco Rainbow Magicland: Christmas market in the amusement park until 6 Jan.
If you are looking for an unconventional Christmas market where you can find old & new stuff:
Japanese Christmas market at via Casilina 713: on 14 and 21 Dec only, 10am-8pm.
Ask Yes Hotel staff for more suggestions!

AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

AMERICAN THANKSGIVING DAY IN ROME

On the last Thursday of November it traditionally falls one of the most important public holidays in the USA: Thanksgiving Day. Despite its birth dates back Christian Protestant England, its American roots are conventionally identified with the harvest celebrations which would have been performed by the first Pilgrims in 1621 in the town of Plymouth. Since then, the meals cooked upon this festivity changed with time passing (at that stage, for instance, potatoes and sweet potatoes where not yet so regular in the English diet; sugar, requested by the cranberry sauce, was still too expensive, and pumpkin pie was suffering the lack of crust ingredients): today we have a menu where roasted turkey can’t be missing.
To embrace the spirit of its American visitors, Rome will be celebrating as well on 27 November 2014 with special arrangements in restaurants, pubs and places such as Palazzo Sciarra (where Norman Rockwell’s exhibit is on), and Cinecittà World (the biggest amusement park on Italian cinema industry). Ask Yes Hotel staff for full programme on events & venues!