Monthly Archives: February 2013

TAXI IN ROME TIPS

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By following this simple tips you may have not a story to tell about a taxi driver that has left you with a wallet excessively empty.

Before taking a cab ask our staff about how much a fair price will be for the desired destination,  which helps you to avoid unpleasant situations.

It is true that our hotel is just around the corner from Termini Station, but also half a block from Piazza Indipendenza. The point is that from Termini you pay a supplement of  2 euros more, that you save instead from the stand at Indipendenza square.

There are two airports in Rome: Fiumicino and Ciampino. There is an official rate for taxis which is from our Hotel 48 euros to Fiumicino and 30 euros to Ciampino. This price applies for a maximum of four persons and four bags.

Any trip to the historic centre should show up as Tariffa 1 on the meter. Tariffa 2 applies beyond the Grande Raccordo Annulare and it is charged at a higher rate. Make sure that the driver has set the right Tariffa while traveling to the Roman centre.

Rome taxi drivers prefer to use taxi stands. You might be able to flag a taxi down, but it is a rarer occurence than in most cities. Romans know they’ll find a taxi stand in all the major piazze.

Official cabs are white, have a taxi sign mounted on the roof, have an insignia on the driver’s door reading “Comune di Roma,” have an official number and a meter. You want an official cab. Do not use the touts at Termini Station.

The meter starts at different rates depending on the day and time, as it follows:

Monday –Saturday from 7am- 10pm the meter starts at €2,80

Sundays and Holidays the meter starts at €4,00

Night fares from 10pm-7am, the meter starts at €5,80

Supplement from Termini Station plus 2 euros.

* Each piece of luggage with the following dimensions cost (cm 35x25x50) €1,00 each..

If you feel you have been cheated by a taxi, the driver’s license number is written on a metal plate on the left door on the passenger side. Make sure you get a receipt or ricevuta and write down the name and number printed on the plate. In addition, you should also take note of which cab company you used .With this information, you can file a complaint with the cab company and should be able to receive reimbursement.

And remember that our staff will assist you with all the information you may need. See you soon.

MARCELO

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.
Adu K

Bach Around the Corner

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I’m going to make this short and sweet because I know this is not everybody’s bag.

If you love Bach (and I do) and you are staying at Yes Hotel (I’ll be working there!) here’s a not-to-be-missed opportunity: Stefano Mhanna, a young Roman musical prodigy will be offering a free concert at the Basilica del Sacro Cuore, at Via Marsala 42, just around the corner from the hotel so you can tumble out to bed to attend the concert!

The performance will take place Saturday February 16, at 7:00 PM and will include compositions for violin and organ (Mhanna plays both). There is no admittance fee (yoo-hoo!).

Roma Against Juventus

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This is a very important match between two of the most important football teams in Italy.AS Roma and Juventus FC will play at the Olympic Stadium in the capital city.Roma – Juventus is something unique, a match with enormous charm!The occasion is the second round of the Italian Championship “Serie A”.

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Juve won the Italian Championship in 2012.Juve is continuing to head the rankings and dominate in Italy.Juventus won the first round with a resounding 4-1 at Juventus Stadium last September, and it is certain that the “Bianconeri”  will arrive at the Olympic Stadium to win again.But this time, Totti and his companions will play in front of their fans, and they will give their best to win.We will now see if the “Giallorossi” will be able to overturn the result of the first round and get thethree points. It will be a difficult but interesting match for Rome.

The Olimpic Stadium can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes taking the red subway line from Termini until the station Flaminio (direction Battistini) and then the tram 2. We hope you enjoy the game, and if you need hel with accomodation while in Rome, don’t forget to contact us to get the best rates in the Eternal City!

Details:
Stadio Olimpico , Roma.
Viale dello Stadio Olimpico, Roma
Saturday, February 16th,  8.45 P.M.
Giuseppe

Leonard Cohen in Rome

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There are few singers as talented and enigmatic as Leonard Cohen and whose work keeps eliciting so much interest after a career that spans more tha 40 years.

Mr Cohen was already an accomplished poet when his first record, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, saw the light in 1967 and indeed his attitudes towards art and fame are more those of a writer or a mystic poet that those of a rockstar. A New Yorker’s recent review of one of his performances portrayed him as an elder sage, not singing but uttering words with a voice that told itself stories through timbre and emphasys only.

mr Cohen will be performing at the Centrale Live Foro Italico July 7, 2013 at 21:00 PM. To get there from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes,  take the Bus 910 from the station Termini and get off at the stop ” LGT THAON DI REVEL/FORO ITALICO”; then follow this map.