POPE FRANCIS LIGHTS UP GUBBIO

POPE FRANCIS LIGHTS UP GUBBIO

Pope Francis recently patronized the biggest Christmas tree in the world by turning on its lights. The tree is located in Gubbio, a lovely medieval town in central Italy, just 200 km away from Rome. The Pope could turn the lights on from His studio in the Vatican thanks to a tablet connected to the tree electric system in Gubbio; on the other side, the town’s inhabitants could see Him clicking the bottom through a public maxi screen.
Gubbio’s Christmas tree is erected on the ridge of Mount Ingino, and due to its size is included in the Guinness World Records since 1991. It is made of 550 light spots (300 green, 250 colored), 8500 m electric cables, 650 m high, topped by a comet 1000 m² wide. It will be kept enlightened until first half of January 2015.
Yes Hotel is at walking distance from Termini station: from here you can easily catch any local train for your daily trips outside Rome… even to Gubbio!

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!

LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGE OF THE WORLD

LUCIANO BENETTON’S IMAGE OF THE WORLD

Part of Luciano Benetton’s art collection is currently on display in Rome. It’s actually much more than a simple collection: it’s a project, a vision, an image of the world, as its title “Imago Mundi” points out. The chief of one of the most successful Italian brands in the world is indeed very much involved in spreading and preserving the arts, and his ultimate intuition took precisely the shape of “Imago Mundi”. This project aims at showing to public thousands of works of art that Benetton either collected or commissioned to emerging artists during his life-time journeys. These works respond to two main characteristics: they are 10×12 cm in size, they are non-profit. The concept is to create a visual map of humanity, to favour a global meeting of culture in respect of their different expressive means. As an ultimate result, the artists involved will be supported by Benetton’s foundation in finding visibility. By 2015 the project will have reached 100 nations.
Currently in Rome the works coming from Africa: 16 countries and over 2000 artists.
No admission fee!
Where: Carlo Bilotti Museum, inside Villa Borghese.
When: until 11 January 2015. Tue-Fri 10am-4pm. Sat-Sun 10am-7pm. Mon closed.
From Yes Hotel just catch metro line A and get off at Flaminio.

“LO SCHIACCIANOCI”: IL BALLETTO PER GRANDI E PICCINI

“LO SCHIACCIANOCI”: IL BALLETTO PER GRANDI E PICCINI

“Lo Schiaccianoci” di Petr Il’ic Cajkovskij è a Roma anche quest’anno nel periodo delle feste natalizie per offrire una serata d’incanto a grandi e piccini. Come sempre accade per i capolavori che travalicano i limiti del tempo e dello spazio, anche questo racconto, portato sul palcoscenico dal Balletto di Roma, può essere letto e apprezzato a diversi livelli. La dimensione favolistica ha infatti il background amaro di un tema a cui di certo tutti gli adulti sono sensibili: il passaggio doloroso dall’età della fanciullezza a quella adulta. L’allestimento di Mario Piazza riesce a sottolineare in maniera non scontata proprio questo aspetto.
Dove: Auditorium Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione 4 (metro: Ottaviano San Pietro o bus # 40).
Quando: 30 dicembre 2014 – 6 gennaio 2015.
Biglietti: €13-€45.
Non esitate a contattare Yes Hotel per ulteriori indicazioni!

“BELLISSIMA”: ITALY & HIGH FASHION AT THE TIME OF DOLCE VITA

“BELLISSIMA”: ITALY & HIGH FASHION AT THE TIME OF DOLCE VITA

“Bellissima” is the italian word for “very beautiful”. But until 3 May 2015 it specifically means Italy & High Fashion: Maxxi Museum of Rome has just launched a new exhibit entirely dedicated to Italian fashion designers of the Fifties and Sixties. That was indeed the time when, moving away from French trends, iconic figures such as Valentino, Sorelle Fontana, Balestra, Gattinoni elaborated an original Italian way to conceive fashion. That was the time of Dolce Vita, the time when a rule-breaking artist like Andy Warhol defined Bulgari boutique in Via dei Condotti (just opposite to the Spanish Steps) the most beautiful museum of contemporary art in the world.
Where: “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-1968″, Maxxi, via Guido Reni 4a.
When: every day 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-10pm, Monday closed.
You can access Maxxi Museum with the Roma Pass, if you have it. Ask Yes Hotel staff for info on tickets and directions (from Termini station buses & metro available).

“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).