Sep
08
2013
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Six Nations 2014

Six_Nations_Championship.svgScotland and England will jet into Rome for the 2014 Rugby Six Nations tournament to face the Italian team at home.

The Azzurri will want to improve last year’s performance wen they finished in the 4th place, under England, France and Ireland. This year will see them take to their home ground 2 times. The first home game sees the Scottish travel to the capital on Sunday February 22nd. Then England will visit the Eternal City on March 15th.

England, will try by all means to  win again the tournament as they did for the last time on 2011. The Irish could be among the tournament’s favourites, and maintain a ruthless record against Italy.  Scotland will try to improve the third place obtained last year and Wales will be looking to renew its championship.

The matches will take place at the Stadio Olimpico that can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: just take the red subway line and get off at the station Flaminio, then take the tram 2 across the street until the last stop.

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).

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.

May
26
2013
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Rome, the Ruthless

leonecheazzannaSymbols have a life of their own: their associations with certain concepts is very hard to break once we establish it. That’s why I was suprised to learn that before the famous she-wolf became the symbol of Rome, the most iconic sculpture associated with the Eternal City was that of a lion attacking a horse. Back in the day it was considered a symbol of the strenght and ruthlessness of the city.

Now the sculpture will come back to the Capitoline museums after a thorough restoration and a tour of the USA. Don’t miss the chance to admire the statue to learn more about how Rome thinks (or used to think) about itself.

May
17
2013
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The Azaleas of the Spanish Steps

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Living in Rome is full of small joys and one of our favorites is to see the city bloom in April, as if waking up from its winter sleep.

The ritual sign that let you know officialy that spring has arrived are the Azaleas of the Spanish Steps. Every year for the last 75 years the staircase is decorated towards the end of April with flowers that contribute to the feeling of joy that pervades the city when winter is left behind.

To experience Rome during Spring, check our website to book you accommodation or send us a line: we’ll find an option that fits your budget!

Feb
17
2013
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Villa D’Este, Tivoli

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Popes or their families were involved in making expensive and impressive villas, works of art or monuments for power and family prestige, now these structures account to a great deal of income.

Villa D’Este is no different story, in-fact this is byproduct of Roman Catholic priests’ luxurious and competitive life style.

Pope Julius III elevated Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este, grandson of Pope Alexander VI, to governor of Tivoli (north east of Rome) in 1550.

As a result of his new assignment, the cardinal was given an old monastery. Not satisfied with the new office, Ippolito, called famous architects, engineers and painters of that time to change an unknown monastery to ‘gardening and water-play model’ across Europe.

In the process, Villa Adriana marbles and statues were dismantled by the orders of the cardinal to making his own villa better.

The late-Renaissance villa stayed on D’Este family until the 18th C. when Maria Beatrice (daughter of Ercole II D’Este) married Duke Ferdinand of Habsburg, and automatically the villa became a Habsburg property.

As other Roman villas fate, the D’Este fell in disrepair and was neglected till the Italian State bought and restored it after the end of first world war. It is now open to the public

Villa D’Este became UNESCO world Heritage Site in 2001.
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Jun
30
2012
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You might  have already  walked enough through the streets of  Rome and visited any possible museum or art exhibition,  and while you are trying to quench your thirst with a bottle of water under the shadow of a tree you are wondering how nice it would be to dive into the sea and relax on a beach not far from Rome.

Below you will find some of the beaches located near Rome that you can reach by train and enjoy your swimming.

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The nearest one is called Ostia, mostly frequented by Romans looking for a break from the daily stress of the city. If you walk along the beach you will find another beach called Torvajanica,

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where you can find more space but is less organized. To arrive at Ostia is very simple:  go to Termini station and take the line B (the blue one) , get off at Piramide – Ostiense stop and from there you have a train that takes  you directly to Ostia  ( Station Ostia Lido; you use the same ticket from the metro). Pay attention when you leave from there  because the trains stop about 22:00 and there is the risk to remain stranded.

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Another beach near Rome is Sperlonga, more beautiful but far from the center. The water there is very clean and to take sun you can choose between the plastic chairs you can rent on the beach or to use your  own towel, the prices are not very high if you decide to rent a chair. If you visit the center of Sperlonga and want to have dinner or a drink, pay attention on the prices because they can be a bit high in some places.

To reach Sperlonga is very easy , go to the Termini station and take the train for Sperlonga , you get off at Stazione Fondi- Sperlonga from where you have a shuttle that takes you directly to the beach for the cost of one Euro per person.

Enjoy and relax!!!

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