Alternative Rome

TWO MONTHS INDIE PERFORMATIVE ARTS: ROMA FRINGE FESTIVAL

TWO MONTHS INDIE PERFORMATIVE ARTS: ROMA FRINGE FESTIVAL

Rome Fringe Festival – since 2011 a most awaited event every Summer – is just around the corner. From May 29 to July 5 the gardens of Castel Sant’Angelo will be livened up more than ever by this festival entirely dedicated to independent theatre & performative arts.
Every day from 9am to 2 in the night the whole area will be popping with an explosion of non-stop shows, art exhbits, day & night markets, refreshment areas, wine & food tasting, workshops and kids activities. All is free but the shows, which €5 ticket will be paid directly to the given performing company. A considerable variety of performances are scheduled indeed, involving involving song theatre, comedy, drama, social theatre, dance, stand up, street art, clowning, puppet, poetry, literature.
The festival definitely has an international appeal: a number of foreign artists play their role in it.
The daily programme will follow this sketch:

  • from 9am to 4.30pm: market, summer camp for children by Arteficine, free events and gastronomy
  • from 6pm to 8.30pm: aperitif, concerts, food tasting and market
  • from 8.30pm onwards nine shows of any sort descrive above

From Yes Hotel, to go and enjoy the breeze nearby the Tiber river, at Castel Sant’Angelo gardens, you just need to catch bus #40 express or metro line A and get off at Lepanto!

THE (HIDDEN) GREAT BEAUTY

THE (HIDDEN) GREAT BEAUTY

Sunday May 24th will be a good day to explore Rome off the beaten track: in the frame of “Open Courtyards Rome” some of the most beautiful historical private palaces in the Eternal City will be open to public just for one day, disclosing their inner courtyards and gardens. The event is due to the Italian Association of Historical Houses (ADSI – Associazione Dimore Storiche Italiane) and it is free of cost for visitors, who will be guided through these architectural treasures also by the properties’ owners. Opening time will be from 10 am to 7 pm. Here below a list of the sites:

Palazzo Attolico, Via di Parione 12
Palazzo Berardi Gugliemi, Via del Gesù 62
Palazzo Capizucchi, Piazza Campitelli 3
Palazzo Capponi Antonelli, Via Monserrato 34
Palazzo Cisterna, Via Giulia 163
Palazzo Costaguti, Piazza Mattei 10
Palazzo Grazioli, Via del Plebiscito 102
Palazzo Lante, Piazza dei Caprettari 70
Palazzo Malvezzi Campeggi, Via del Consolato 6
Palazzo Massimo Lancellotti, Piazza Navona 114
Palazzo Montoro, Via di Montoro 8
Palazzo Odescalchi, Piazza Santi Apostoli
Palazzo Pasolini dall’Onda, Piazza Cairoli 6
Palazzo Ruspoli, Via della Fontanella Borghese 56
Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia 66
Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano 36
Palazzo Pamphilj, Ambasciata del Brasile, Piazza Navona 14

Our staff at Yes Hotel will be glad to provide you with more details!

ROMA… COMICS, GAMES & TANTO ALTRO!

ROMA… COMICS, GAMES & TANTO ALTRO!

La prima parte di ROMICS 2015 sta per sbarcare a Roma! Dal 9 al 12 aprile (ci sarà un secondo appuntamento in ottobre) appassionati di fumetti, cosplays, animazione, games, musica e cinema da tutta Italia avranno ragione di riunirsi alla Fiera di Roma per un evento che raccoglie grandi matite e appuntamenti imperdibili.
Il programma completo della quattro giorni è consultabile sul sito ufficiale, ma per darvi un’idea ve ne elenchiamo le sezioni principali:
ROMICS Movie, il grande cinema con i protagonisti più amati
ROMICS Games, nuovissimo padiglione con videogame, giochi di ruolo e di strategia
ROMICS Castelli Animati, dove convoglieranno eccellenze internazionali dagli studi di cinema di animazione
– eventi e contest di vario genere come la gara cosplay; la selezione ufficiale per il Campionato Karaoke WKG, in collaborazione con il Giappone; il ROMICS Song Contest; il K-Pop Kontest; e il ROMICS Gran Galà del Doppiaggio
– e infine il ROMICS Kids & Junior, tutto dedicato a bambini e ragazzi.
Romics 9-12 aprile 2015 sarà aperto dalle 10:00 alle 20.00. I biglietti saranno in vendita anche in forma di abbonamento a due, tre o tutte e quattro le giornate.
Per indicazioni sul trasporto urbano disponibile per raggiungere la Fiera di Roma da Termini (autobus o treno urbano) non esitate a contattarci: Yes Hotel!

WHY A PYRAMID IN ROME?

WHY A PYRAMID IN ROME?

Rome conquered Egypt by its army, but Egypt conquered Rome by its culture. We owe to this cultural influence the still standing pyramid in Rome located slightly outside the beaten tourist tracks although not far from the core area. A strange story lays behind its construction. Roman dignitary Cestius wanted his heirs to build this unusual funeral monument in a very short time lapse, on pain of excluding them from his testament.
Some more pyramids should have been built in the Eternal City around the I Cent BC under Egyptian inspiration, but this is the only one survived, probably due to the fact that since the III Cent AD it was guzzled in the Aurelian Walls as a bastion, which contributed to prevent its ruin and devastation by robbers.
Piramide di Cestio is one of the less known ancient monuments in Rome, and it’s certainly worth a visit, being so close to a couple of notable spots: the Protestant Cemetery (where big names such as Shelley and Keats rest) and – on the more mundane side – Eataly: the world renowned market for Made in Italy original food.

ALL THE BEST OF ILLUSIONS AT “SUPERMAGIC”

ALL THE BEST OF ILLUSIONS AT “SUPERMAGIC”

For one week Rome will be offering the chance to go far beyond the real world and enter the realm of magic and illusion… a realm where the place of the physics rules is taken by the invisible power of marvel.
This will be happening in one of the greatest Roman theatres, Teatro Olimpico, on occasion of the Festival of Magic, from January 29 to February 8. The most skillful magicians, illusionists, conjurers and manipulators from Europe, Asia and America will be gathering in the Eternal City to give life every night to a world where everyone will feel comfortable regardless of age and native country.
Quite interestingly, the artists performing at “Supermagic” will personally look after the several backstage steps, to make sure of the secrecy of their tricks.
To get more info on this intriguing event such as tickets & time, just ask our staff at Yes Hotel!

FELLINI, LEONE AND EASTWOOD BACK IN CINECITTÁ

FELLINI, LEONE AND EASTWOOD BACK IN CINECITTÁ

From January 24 Italian film industry greatest productions and artists will be protagonists of a brand new exhibition at Cinecittà, the cinema studios home to Fellini, Sergio Leone and many more milestone of world cinema. “Shooting in Cinecittà, 1937-1989” leads visitors across three genres of movies in particular: Hollywood on the Tiber, Italian comedy, Neorealism and Spaghetti Western.
Historical and propaganda movies on display include The Siege of the Alcazar, 1940; The Iron Crown, 1941, while from the Neorealistic side there will be shown Miracle in Milan, 1951; Bellissima, 1951; Umberto D, 1952. A large section is dedicated to stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Jayne Mansfield, Ava Gardner and Italian Loren, Lollobrigida, Mangano. Attention will be given to customs, such as those worn by Alida Valli and Farley Granger in Senso, 1954, by Luchino Visconti; Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in The Tame of the Shrew, 1967, by Franco Zeffirelli; and Clint Eastwood’s outfit in A Fistful of Dollars, 1964, by Sergio Leone.
The exhibit is in Cinecittà Studios, Via Tuscolana 1055: just catch metro line A and get off at Cinecittà. Open every day but Tuesdays, from 9.30 am to 7 pm.
Don’t hesitate to ask Yes Hotel’s staff for more details!

FESTIVAL DELLE SCIENZE, L’IGNOTO E I PIÚ GRANDI FISICI CONTEMPORANEI

FESTIVAL DELLE SCIENZE, L’IGNOTO E I PIÚ GRANDI FISICI CONTEMPORANEI

Il piu grande nemico della conoscenza non è l’ignoranza, ma l’illusione di sapere, dice il fisico Stephen Hawking.
Intorno a questa considerazione ruota la decima edizione romana del Festival delle Scienze, ospitato dal 22 al 25 gennaio all’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma. A prendere parola saranno alcuni tra i più importanti scienziati contemporanei, come il matematico di Oxford Marcus du Sautoy, e il nostro Carlo Rovelli, la cui attività è attualmente rivolta allo studio dei buchi neri.
“L’Ignoto” – questo il titolo della quattro giorni di lezioni e dibattiti aperti a tutti –, ovvero quel che ancora non si conosce, va ritenuto come spinta creatrice per eccellenza: per dirla con le parole del manifesto dell’evento: “Dobbiamo rispettare quindi ciò che non sappiamo e non solo, dobbiamo persino imparare a essere a nostro agio nell’incertezza. Il poeta John Keat la chiamava negative capability: l’essere capaci di restare nell’incertezza e nel dubbio, senza cercare frettolosamente fatti e ragioni e la indicava come strumento fondamentale per il progredire della conoscenza.”
Non perdetevi uno degli eventi filosofici e scientifici più intriganti dell’anno: lo staff di Yes Hotel sarà lieto di darvi ulteriori informazioni sul programma e la sede del festival!

TRAMJAZZ: AN ENCHANTIG DINNER IN THE HEART OF ROME

TRAMJAZZ: AN ENCHANTIG DINNER IN THE HEART OF ROME

For a good bottle of wine and a gourmet Italian dinner on the sound of live jazz performances, Rome has a cozier alternative to any traditional restaurants or lounge bars: it’s TramJazz, a cable car of 1947 totally restored to be turned into a warm travelling restaurant and evocative concert hall.
The cable car itinerary twists and turns around the most enchanting spots of Rome city center, while guests, accompanied in their romantic dinner by live music of high quality, will be tasting the best of Lazio local food. The 3-hour event starts at 9 pm; you can take part to it upon previous booking, that we suggest to make fairly in advance.
Yes Hotel is at your disposal for any further information!

THE MAGIC OF CINEMA IN A PARK: CINECITTÁ WORLD

THE MAGIC OF CINEMA IN A PARK: CINECITTÁ WORLD

You can now touch for real the magic of cinema in a brand new thematic park in Rome: Cinecittà World. Its name clearly reminds us of the greatest cinema studios in Italy which in the past decades were home to major actors and directors of the international scene. This park, far from being a mere commemoration of the past glory, projects visitors directly into a high tech cinematic illusion thanks to a skillful combination of live shows, movie sets, amusement areas, restaurants, shopping and green zones where every single detail is meant to produce the impression of being into a movie and feeling like a star. Cinecittà World perfect illusionism is due to the highly refined designs by Oscar winner set designer Dante Ferretti, and music atmospheres by Oscar winner musician Ennio Morricone. The park regularly hosts special events as well, for both kids and adults.
Cinecittà World provides its guests with a special shuttle service from Termini station which will take you there in the easiest way. Yes Hotel will be glad to help you out with more info!

DARIO ARGENTO’S DEEP GREATNESS: A RETROSPECTIVE

DARIO ARGENTO’S DEEP GREATNESS: A RETROSPECTIVE

If you are looking for deeply alternative nights in Rome during Christmas time, then just go for horror! Dario Argento, one of the greatest horror movies director in the world, will be in Rome on occasion of the one week celebrations dedicated to him, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Rome Film Festival 2014. Cinema Trevi hosts a retrospective starting tomorrow 16 December: the early stages of his career will be remembered throughout his masterpieces. On the inauguration day Argento himself will be present at the show of “Deep Red” (9pm), as a conclusion of an intense afternoon when “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” and “The Cat o’ Nine Tails” will have been shown as well.
Venue: Cinema Trevi, stroll distance from the Trevi Fountain.
Time: 16-21 December 2014, from 5pm.
Yes Hotel’s staff will provide with the full programme of the event!

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