Monthly Archives: March 2008

Cultural week in Rome March 2008

The translation for ‘‘Settimana della cultura’’ is as follows: Everything is free.

Not kidding.

During the ‘’Week of Culture’’ you don’t pay a dime to enter to the museums and archaeology sites. Rome is wide open to all visitors more than ever during the year from March 25th until March 31st included.

You may wonder: does this include the Vatican Museums also ? The Vatican is another country but don’t put that face, keep smiling, it just happens that every last Sunday of the month (March 30st ) the Museums are free and so Saint Peter’s, like everyday.

Vatican and St Peters Rome

But not only museums and archaeological sites, also architecture, music, painting and sculpture are for free. If they require a reservation it may be difficult to get one, so phone for reservation! (The Borghese Gallery is an example).

Many interesting guided tours are offered, for walking across different sights or to see a particular one individually. You have even the chance to visit some sights normally closed and open for one day only, where volunteer’s staff fond of history offer help kindly.

Be patient, I warn you, you could find long lines, so be Stoic, and read information while you wait.

For information on events in Rome, phone +39 060606, or +39 060608 (multilanguage tourist service).

Free cultural week is also all over Italy , not only Rome, the Culture of Italy is never so handy as during this period.

There are thousands of events in Italy and hundreds in Rome regarding this special week, is not easy to list them all, check at the Web site of Italy’s Ministry for the Cultural Goods, it’s all in Italian but you only need the names and time table, sure you can do it!

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Colle Oppio

Spring is in the air…..

Eventually there comes spring : the air is gently scented by flowers and fruit trees, the city of Rome is warmed up by the sun, all around everything takes on a different look.

Rome, my Rome in this period is magic, charming, unforgettable.

Everybody, once in their lives, must see this city during the spring when is not too cold and warmer enough to permit you to enjoy every single moment and make it last for ever in your mind’s eye.

I would like to suggest you something a bit different from the usual itinerary that most of the websites and agencies generally suggest to do once in Rome.



I want to talk about one part of Rome that more than often tourists don’t know: “villas” and parks.

This is a shame. Roma’s villas are beautiful and so relaxing, that it will be as if you were far from the noise and buzzing city !

Villa Pamphili is the largest roman park. Divided in 3 parts, palace and gardens, pinewood, estate, is the ideal place where to have an outdoor hamper.

Villa Mazzanti was built in the middle of Monte Mario park, and there you can take a stroll among luxuriant vegetation like laurels, holms-oaks, palms, pines, agaves.

Scipioni’s park is where you can admire the sepulchre of the Scipione’s family and the famous Pomponio Hylas columbarium with its fresco paintings dated as old as 1st century A.C.

The Colle Oppio’s park, located behind the Colosseum, with the ruins of Traiano’s bath has been forsaken during the middle age and later on during the modern time inserted in the “reserved monumental zone”.


At the Yes Hotel we breathe the same air with our special discount for the spring time. In fact 6 days stay can cost you less than 600 euros. Check here to see our Yes Hotel spring rates !

Our Central Yes hotel Rome is a 3 star hotel, of modern design, and only open since 2007.

You will have a comfortable room with breakfast included, all the facilities, charming design, central position within few minutes walking from Termini station but over all at your arrival you will find me Arianna and all my colleagues everybody happy to welcome you in this amazing city. Try us ! The staff will do their best to make your stay unforgettable.

Try also our other discounted Des Artistes Hotel in Rome for your Spring stay in Italy.

Globe 2008 – Rome Travel Fair

The exhibition of Travelling and Tourism will take place in Rome between March 13 and March 15. It is an annual event and is an initiative of Expo Globe.

Globe is and event dedicated to the world business of tourism. A business that takes big and very important part of the economies of many countries.

The exhibition is in six areas: Italy, European Countries, the Mediterranean, Tour Operators, Global Tourism and Long range.image

Many institutions, international organizations, buyers, decision makers , banks and investors will participate in this important fair.

This happening is an occasion that is beyond simple exhibition since it becomes and occasion of encountering and exchange between several different realities.

The intention of this fair is to grow the potential for tourism business under the light of new tendencies on the market and with the vision of imminent summer season.

We can conclude that Globe is an appointment worth seeing and visiting especially for all the operators in that sector. Also it will be highly informative and excellent for higher qualification event.

It will be a privilege to observe now the sure success in the future.

Representatives and buyers from 64 nations are going to be present. The bigger part(60 %) are Globe Faircountries from Europe.

U.S.A. and Canada- 18%

Asia 8,6%

South and Central America-6,3%

Australia and New Zealand-2,8 %

We can expect that Globe 2008 at the New Rome Fair is going to become a really main international event in the tourism for Italy and for developing the Fair way of doing business to business in all all aspects: logistics,technology,commercial in order to maximize the positive results for visitors and exhibitors.

The hours for visitors: 10:00-18:00

For more Information: (+39) 06 6500 3001, 06 6500 4689


You will visit a very exciting event in Rome and for your stay why not try one of our hotels in Rome ?

If you choose Yes Hotel in central Rome, here is how to get to the Rome Globe 2008 at the Fiera Di Roma from Yes Hotel Rome.

Go to Termini Station and take metro line B direction Laurentina.

You have to get off Piramide and take a bus number FR1 direction Fiumicino Airport.

Then get off the stop called Fiera di Roma.

Price for the ticket is 1 euro.

You will be able to take advantage of free transportation from the stop ‘Fiera di Roma’ to the entrance East of the exhibition.

Readers in italian only can discover more about the Rome Globe 2008 in italian.

And If you want to see more and discover the last important exhibtion at the New Rome Fair then click here to read more !

Renoir in Rome


Terrasses à Cagne

If you are planning to visit Rome between March the 8th and June the 29th there is a special Rome Exhibition in the Roman Forum where over 130 paintings by the great Auguste Renoir are on show and you may also want to take advantage of our new Yes Hotel Rome for your stay !

The exhibition does not exactly deal with the classical work of the painter Renoir, but rather is a collection as a result of the feelings expressed on canvas inspired by a visit to Italy in 1881 .

Auguste Renoir noticed the Raffaello creations and decided to make an experimental approach on a style focused on the line and the contour of the shapes.

The Renoir Exhibition in Rome is aimed on the analysis of this period and is hence named ‘’Renoir, la maturità tra classico e moderno’’, which translated means ‘‘Renoir, the maturity between classical and modern’’.

About Renoir ( Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Born in Limoges, France in 1841, his family settles in Paris in 1845. At the age of 13, he began painting flowers in a porcelain factory and taking drawing classes.

In 1860 he meets Claude Monet, (another daddy of the impressionism movement).

His direct influence from Monet made his technique evolve toward little brushstrokes using vibrant colors, leading toward impressionism. Monet and Renoir worked closely and shared new techniques and new subjects.



But it is during the 1870’s that Renoir’s techniques reach their peak. He participates in impressionnist exhibitions in 1874, 1876, 1877 and 1882 and becomes a founding member of the review "L’Impressionniste" in 1877.

Around 1870 Renoir painted "The Swing" and the ‘‘Bal at the Moulin de la Galette’’. His technique is now firmly defined with a masterful rendering of movement and facial expression.

Bal au Moulin de la Gallette
Later around 1880 Renoir meets Aline Charigot, who in 1890 becomes his wife. He portraits Aline in the ‘‘Luncheon of the Boating Party’’ that took him several months to complete. This was hard work both in composition and technique, in reaction to his friend the writer Emile Zola ‘s (1840-1902) critique who said that the impressionnists would sell "sketches that are hardly dry". In this painting he pictures the specificity of a contemporary moment of 19th century leisure on the Seine.


In 1887, he completes ‘‘The Bathers’’ a group of nude female, recalled in the history of modern painting in their representation of feminine grace, and his great ability to depict the texture of skin.

Piazza Venezia and the Vittoriano
During the last two decades of his life, Renoir suffers from arthritis. Unable to move his hands freely, he strapped a brush to his arm in order to paint.

On December 3rd, 1919, Renoir dies at his house in Cagne.

Renoir Rome Exhibition:

When? You can visit it from Monday to Thursday, from 09:30 till 19.30, Friday and Saturday from 09:30 till 23:30, on Sunday from 09:30 till 20.30. The entrance fee is 10 €.

Where ? On Via San Pietro in Carcere, where the Complesso Vittoriano stands.

Easter, a Chocolate and Egg odissey in Rome and Italy

In celebration of the now approaching Easter and its chocolate frenzy going along with it, we have been looking into chocolate closer than usual even !

Chocolate Easter Eggs

Chocolate in Rome

Around this time of year, the air around a particular Trastevere shop in Rome leaves us all astonished…the elderly couple who keeps us all supplied with made-on-request cannoli di ricotta (exquisite sweet cakes ornamented with candied peel) and beautifully packaged peppery dark chocolates, during the rest of the year, now pull out all the stops to produce Easter eggs for Rome’s most discerning palates… Mm, that would remind me of the Chocolate Factory motion picture by Warner Bros  !

You would find it hard to walk past without stopping by. Just think you may have arrived too late for temptation, but then you find Signor and Signora working away inside, mixing and moulding the Easter confections which appear in the weeks before Rome’s major festival are works of art, unchanged over the decades. And sometime after the April celebrations, fragments of broken Easter eggs appear in the shop for visitors to taste, and I can report that they are just as delicious…

Fabergé Egg Gatchina Palace dated 1901

Easter Egg Exhibition in Rome :

From 17th march at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome takes place "L’Uovo d’Autore“ (Art and the Easter Eggs) where you will be able to admire an extensive art collection of easter eggs . The funds will be used to a charity to  fight the genetic disease which is fibrosis.

Chocolate in Italy :

A chocolate beauty parlour and a chocolate igloo are just some of the attractions at the Eurochocolate Festival in Perugia.

Last year in Perugia over three tonnes of dark chocolate bricks were cemented together with melted milk chocolate – much to the disagreement of the chocaholics hanging around : why couldn’t they just eat it instead ?

Fair G r Cinzia, Italian, reports that chocolate is a translation of hugging and cuddling because it represents all sweetness in life. It seems it also means smooth skin, tasty fingers and very sticky hair if you believe in alternative beauty dos  : Because here every treatment  uses chocolate, including facials, massages and fancy hair dos.

Perugina Eggs

Organisator of the Eurochocolate Filippo Pinelli, says that they also take time to explain to the small Italian children that unfortunately many of the chocolate bars they enjoy are made with the cocoa that underage children of Africa, South America and Asia have to produce when forced to work. The Unicef  puts lots of effort to help children get away from these terrible situations and so should we be aware of what we are buying too to help prevent some of the exploitation.

A curiosity is also the Armani Easter Egg, which is not a perfume or a top fashion accessory or shoe but an actual Chocolate egg which you –yes- eat.


The origins of the Chocolate Easter egg :

Since ages the easter egg has had an important symbolic value. Romans would name it “omne vivum ex ovo” which meant that it was the symbol of fertility and life itself. Christians also believed that the egg represented the life after passing over and Nowadays the real meaning of the egg got lost : indeed when given an egg it was a present to convey love and friendship.

It is said that the French King François I was presented the first Easter chocolate egg in history around 1500 and it is believed tradition of putting a small present inside started then.

However it is the Tsars in Russia who made the Easter Eggs to be an important present since they would decorate them with precious stones. Think of the Fabergé Egg  , which is not made of chocolate but of gold and precious jewels : Peter Carl Fabergé was appointed jeweller and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court.

Armani Chocolate Egg

Other meaning of Easter egg  : Some softwares have hidden functions or extra programmes such as videogames not advertised and which you discover when striking a particular key. They are a bonus, and are called therefore an Easter Egg, because it is a welcome surprise, a present. A famous example is Microsoft Office where sometimes you would bargain a videogame while using your Office package, but alas no longer it seems.


Sweet tooth will want to stop over for a few days, and staying in the centre of Rome is the easiest way to get around; Try our brand new 3 star hotel Yes Hotel Rome