Monthly Archives: March 2009


Our Blogger: Wanda

mercatino-antiquariato-san-marino_large Hi everyone! Do you really love antiquity ? then I have the right place for you: the street market in Square Augusto Imperatore, in Rome.

The mercatinis are a great occasion to bathe in the life of the city, walking among stands of every type. To look, to snoop, to touch, to make good business or simply to purchase a beautiful souvenir. The mercatino has returned vivacity’ to a plaza sometimes neglected by romans who rarely choose it as destination for their Sunday walk.

This Square is especially frequented by the inhabitants of the area and tourists feel always attracted by it. Now while you wait for the Easter, every third Sunday of the month, from sunset you can enjoy a nice walk in the market to find some pleasant temptations: ceramic or chocolate hand-painted eggs, floral decorations, silver pieces for your collection, postcards and ancient photos, postage stamps, old porcelain cups and so many other things.AntiquPM03 [320x200]

Near the square there are many restaurants and a couple of museums, so you have  plenty of options to spend a very relaxed Sunday. Besides, here you are near the famous Via del Corso, packed with cafes and stores, so you can decide what to do after taking a look at the antiques: you can enjoy the local cuisine or do some shopping!

This might be a wonderful plan for a beautiful Sunday in Rome, and the best way to end such a wonderful day is to have some rest in a good located hotel with high standards of quality and comfort. Hotel Des Artistes, furnished with many antiques of the early 20th century, and Yes Hotel are both excelent options!


Antiques and collector’s market
Piazza Augusto Imperatore (Via del Corso, near Flaminio subway station)
From 10am to sunset.
Every third  Sunday of the month


Our Blogger: Lorenzo

horse Rome is home to many beautiful parks that once used to be owned by important wealthy families. One of these parks is Villa Borghese located near the famous via Veneto, known worldwide as the scenery of the dolce vita in Rome in the 50’s and 60’s. Like every year around this time, preparations begin for the much awaited International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena located in the park itself. It’s a yearly event that has been going on for over 80 years and attracts all types of people from VIP’s to regular horse fans. The cost of the show ranges from 40 to 60 euros per person depending on your seat location. It begins on the 28th of May 2009 and ends on the 31st. For more detailed information you can visit their website Spring just doesn’t begin without a visit to this event, and you won’t find better options for accommodation in the Eternal City than Yes Hotel, or Hotel des Artistes, both reasonably-priced and excellently located, just in the heart of Rome!

It’s really easy to arrive to Villa Borghese from any of our hotels, all you have to do is go to the Termini station, just a few blocks away, and there take the red subway line. Then get off at Spagna or Flaminio station and you are there!


Our Blogger: Marcelo

Fan of vintage cars and motos?

You have an appointment with passion and history, on April 18th and 19th at the Fieravc6 di Roma, with Fuori Serie, the exhibition of vintage cars and motorcycles organized by Intermeeting.

More than 38,000 square meters of exhibition area, 355 exhibitors, 630 cars on display and over 20,000 visitors expected.

Give yourself a weekend to discover and find the car of your dreams, discover the exceptional classics that have built a story made of passion and love for speed and design.

Find the most important historical records and the most important traders of brands  that made history: Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati, Porsche and enjoy too the charm of historic vehicles, in two and four wheels.

Not only valuable and rare models will be on exposition. Fuori Serie is also a real paradise for all lovers of spare parts and memorabilia. This exhibition is the perfect place to find original parts and accessories to give new life to your vehicle


Opening Time: 9.00 – 20.00. For futher information contact: INTERMEETING SRL
tel:  049 7386856 or fax: 049 9819826. You can also take a look at their website.
The fair is easy to reach from Yes Hotel or de Hotel Des Artistes. Take the metro B line from the main station Termini (at walking distance from the hotels) until the stop Piramide, and then a train to the stop Fiera di Roma. Check our web sites to find accomodation!

Guadagnolo and Mentorella shrine: a bridge between land and sky

Our Blogger: Arianna

I know maybe you are now thinking I’m a vagabond because every time that I write something it’s regarding a village or area around Lazio region but it’s only because there is a lot to see in this marvellous zone which has been inhabited from roman.

guada2 Today we’ll visit together the highest village in Lazio where there’s too the oldest sanctuary in Italy: the shrine of Mentorella where it’s also located the cavern where Saint Benedict used to live.

Guadagnolo rises on a rock at 1218 m on sea level and today only 28 people live there. The picturesque landscape is characterized for a lot of botanical life . Many of this plants are rare and it’s possible to see them only here. In fact, this is an ecosystem that should be protected..

I went to Guadagnolo something like a year and an half ago and I really enjoyed the day. I have to say that the weather was still good and during the trip I saw a lot of cows that were eating the fresh grass all around.guada3

Once arrived on the top of the mountain two things caught my eyes: the magnificent  statue of the Redeemer and the few local people. The Redeemer statue is located on the highest point of the region. The first statue built with the local rock was built in 1903 but after several obstacles due to the material used. In 1976 the rest of the old statue had been removed and a new one in bronze it’s now looking at the valley.

From Guadagnolo it’s easy to reach Mentorella sanctuary. Only 10 minutes driving. Here you can go inside the S. Benedict’s rock and see the mountains that Jean Paul II loved so much.

I’d like to share with you some interesting facts about this wonderful village.

The legend says that Placid, a rich roman person who lived under Traian’s emperor, used to hunt animals in the area around Guadagnolo. One day he was hunting a deer who sheltered on one of the highest rocks. when Placid was about to catch his prey, looking at it he was dazzled by a big light that came from the space between the two horns of the deer. On this light, Placid saw Jesus’ face and back in Rome converted all this family to Christianity and changed his name to Eustace. Then persecuted by the imperator was killed by him.


This is only a legend and still the notice about the foundation of the sanctuary it’s not very precise. What we know for sure is that Saint Benedict stayed in a cavern living as anchoret for more or less two years.

It’s still possible to see the cavern, the rules to allow entrance are strict but the atmosphere inside is suggestive. Another interesting fact about the cavern is that before you go in there, there is glass shrine which contains bones from the oldest friars.

Pope Jean Paul II who enjoyed very much the life in the mountains fell famously in love with this valley.

What else to say? Enjoy your holidays with a us at Hotel des Artistes and then spend a day of peace and love at Guadagnolo.

Wait! I Forgot to tell you about the marvellous cheese! Very particular from the area and from the residential people that still live with sheep farming. Don’t forget to taste it if you ever visit Guadagnolo!


Our Blogger: Diouf

youngbob Bob Dylan was born Allen Zimmerman on may 24 1941,in Duluth Minnesota. Inspired by the influences of early rock stars like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, whom he used to imitate on the piano at high school dances, the young Dylan formed his own bands ,including The Golden Chords and Elston Gunn and his Rock Boppers. While attending the university of Minnesota in Minneapolis he began performing folk and country songs at local cafes, using the pseudonym “Bob Dylan” after the welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

The date to retain for all Dylan’s fans is 17 April 2009, when the legend of music will offer a concert in the Palalottomatica arena, in the EUR district of Rome.

Don’ t miss this chance to enjoy live the depth of the poetry of Dylan, who has changed forever the concept of popular music, gaining at the same time a following that spans three generations of fans who have witnessed Dylan’s ability to change remaining at the same time always faithful to himself.

Dylan has performed in Rome several times over the years, and every time his fans have flocked to filled arenas and stadiums to hear him, and this won’t be an exception.oldbobThe eternal city is ready for Dylan, and if you are ready for the eternal city, make a reservation at Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes, two excellent and practical options to find accommodation in Rome.

PALALOTTOMATICA  ARENA                                                                 

Piazzale dello Sport   (Near subway station EUR Fermi/Eur Palasport- map )


  • Central Tribune: 69.00EUR
  • Lateral Tribune: 57.50EUR
  • Non-numerated Internal Parterre: 46.00EUR
  • Third Ring – Central: 46.00 EUR
  • Third Ring – Lateral: 40.25EUR