Aug
22
2013
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Rum In Rome

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If you are anything like us, you’ll agree that taking a moment to enoy a drink in good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Noting beats a good drink with a good friend and when it comes to drinks Rum it’s up there with the most celebrated. Show Rum, the Italian Festival of Rum, will guide you through the history of the beverage and through to the ways it can be combined (with food, chocolate, cigars or coffee) to complex sensorial experiences.

Show Rum will take place 19 and 20 acotober 2014 at SET in Via Tirso 14. The venue can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: from the station Termini take the bus 92 and get off at the stop “Buenos Aires”, then walk 250 meters.

Aug
16
2013
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Book Recommendation

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This is not a blog about books, but I just came across one that’s too good to be ignored.

Elena Bonora’s “Roma 1564″ is authoritative and educational but is also as entertaining as the best thriller. The book documents with great historical rigour a conspiracy to kill pope Pious IV and unveils through its reconstructions the sometimes brutal past of the city and the peculiar worldview of its inhabitants (there are astrologers and treasure hunts involved!)

Unfortunately the book is yet to be translated in English. If you know italian, get it; if you don’t, keep checking for the translation: it’s an indispensable read for those who believe that reality is stranger (and sometimes more intriguing) than fiction.

Aug
04
2013
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Roma Sposa 2013

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There is a very special niche for tourism in Rome: wedding tourism.

Many couples chose the Eternal City to take their vows, which as you can imagine is not a simple operation: involves booking hotels, organizing conflicting schedules and flights, but the memories are worth it!

Even if you are not part of the itinerant sposes club but are planning to get married Roma Sposa, an exposition of everything related to weddings: music, decoration, wedding dresses. You will have the chance to not only get ideas but also to buy items that will make that special occasion even more unique.

Roma Sposa will take place September 26-29 at the Anteprima Roma Sposa: quattro giorni di moda e tendenza all’insegna del wedding
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, which can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the blue subway line from Termini (get off at the station EUR Fermi).

Aug
01
2013
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Sleepless Night at the Roman Forum

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Rome has recently elected a new mayor Ignazio Marino, who has brought back the beloved tradition of the the Notte Bianca (White Night), a sleepless night where museums and shops stay open until late for citizens to enjoy temselves and celebrate their city.

This time the White Night will take place August 3, to celebrate the beginning of a project whose aim is to turn the Fori Imperiali into a gigantic archeological park, so most of the action will take place near or around that area: acrobats, Shakespeare plays, music and even a tightrope walker who will walk above the ruins of the forum! Definitely an occasion not to be missed !

Jul
18
2013
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Marcel Duchamp in Rome

duchamp2One day in 1917 a man submitted his peculiar contribution for a modern art exposition: a  signed a urinal.
The man was Marcel Duchamp and with his work was inaugurating conceptual art and changing aestethics forever. Since then we want art to outrage us,  to force us to follow unusual thought-paths and to grow free of the bi-dimensional space of a canvas.

Starting from October visitors will be able to appreciate the works of this intriguing artists at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, which can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: just take the red subway line and get off at Flaminio and walk through Villa Borghese to get there.

Jul
02
2013
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Eric Burdon’s Ball and Chain

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Looking back at the career of Eric Burdon you may get the feeling that fame has been somewhat unfair to him. Seeing him on the video of House of Rising Sun one gets the feeling that the man is a vision of what rock is going to become, but rock today seems reluctant to aknowledge his anticipatory nods.

That’s fine with Burdon. The man has sung his way through a sometimes patchy career always remaining his own man and refusing to wear the ball and chain of fame. So while Dylan and Springsteen favor the splendid Parco della Musica when they visit Rome, Burdon will play next July 17 at the Crossroads a club tucked away in a recondite road outside Rome. Only fitting for someone who has always lived with one foot on the platform and the other on the train.

Jun
20
2013
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Book Advice

512739Books and travel go together naturally; both are journeys: one mental, the other physical. Reading a book while traveling is a journey within a journey, an activity much more rich and rewarding than any of the two undertaken separately.

This considerations come to mind because a couple of days ago I noticed that Borri Books, the bookshop located inside the Station Termini has a small but very interesting selection of books about Italy and ancient Rome.

The whole third floor is dedicated to books in foreign languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Russian) with the English section being the largest covering topics that range from humor to literature and current affairs.The Ancient Rome section (the second aisle counting from left to right with the elevator or stairs behind you) includes many rather academic books but also volumes that offer useful information using a very light tone, like the one pictured here that promises to teach you  “the Latin you need to know for surviving the 21st century”.

Borri Books is located inside the Termini Station and is open from 8.00 am until 10.00 pm, and from 8.00 am until 22.00 pm on Sundays and holidays.

Jun
14
2013
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Crosby, Stills & Nash in Rome

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It was more than rock or folk. It was more than the sum of elements from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, some of the most influential bands of the 60’s and 70’s. Crosby, Stills & Nash was way more than the sum of its parts, as is always the case with legendary groups.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash first got together in 1969 and were joined in 1970 by Neil Young, also a former member of Buffalo Springfield and a rock and roll legend on his own right. The affair beetwen the trio and Young was on-and-off but with and without him the band has earned a foremost place in the rock and roll canon.

The original trio will be touring the United States and Europe this year and will reach Italy this summer. They’ll stop by in Rome July 19 to offer a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

The Auditorium, designed by famous Italian Architect Renzo Piano, is located at Viale Piero de Coubertain, and can be easily reached from our hotel, located near the station Termini: just take the red subway line until Flaminio and then take the tram 2 and get off at the stop “Apollodoro”.

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