Events

ENJOY IRISHFILMFESTA IN ROME!

ENJOY IRISHFILMFESTA IN ROME!

Those who love cinema and those who are fond of Ireland have a meeting point… in Rome. Since 2007 indeed it is held in the Eternal City a movie festival dedicated exclusively to Irish film productions: the IrishFilmFesta.
As we can read from the official manifesto of the event “Irish cinema only gained productive continuity starting from the eighties, and this is why it is still scarcely known. It hardly crosses Irish borders, and even when it does, it is often considered English or American. So far, the only film makers which managed to gain international popularity are Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan. But Irish cinema generated many more talents, and in the last years is being characterized by a remarkable artistic variety, which needs to be exported”.
2015 edition will be taking place from March 26 to 29 at Casa del Cinema di Roma, from 5pm (3.30pm on the weekend). Entry is free, but there’s the chance to support IrishFilmFesta with a minimum donation of € 50, which guarantees a seat reserved for the whole duration of the event. The programme includes presentations and meetings with Irish guests (directors, actors, screenwriters and producers) as well as debates and special events. New films and old unedited classics will be shown. Screenings are in original version with subtitles.
Casa del Cinema is in via Marcello Mastroianni 1, inside Villa Borghese: ask our staff at Yes Hotel for more info and directions!

ROME WEARS GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK!

ROME WEARS GREEN FOR ST. PATRICK!

St. Patrick’s Day means big news this year: for the first time the Eternal City will be part of the event promoted by Tourism Ireland and the Ireland embassy, the Global Greening! On this special occasion indeed the Colosseum will wear green lights, starting from tonight March 16th at 7.30 pm. Other 86 famous landmarks in the world will homage the most renowned Irish festivity: Niagara Falls, the Christ the Redeemer’s statue in Rio de Janeiro, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, the London Eye and the Cibeles Fountain in Madrid only to name a few.
But it’s tomorrow, March 17th, that both the religious and wordly celebrations will take place: at 10 am at St. Patrick’s Church (via Boncompagni 31, metro stop Barberini) Cardinal Prosper Grech will officiate the Mass for Lá Fhéile Pádraig, while in the late morning the IrishFilmFesta will be officially launched in the presence of Irish authorities. The Festival (come to the 8th edition) will take place from March 26th to 29th at Casa del Cinema in Villa Borghese (metro sto Flaminio) and will showcase several films, short films and documentaries all rigorously made in Ireland, a special part being dedicate to works in Irish Gaelic language.
All day long both cheering Irish expats and Green Island lovers will be livening up the most popular pubs of the centre.
To get more suggestions about where to go on your St. Patrick’s Day in the Eternal City just contact our staff at Yes Hotel!

IDES OF MARCH: JULIUS CAESAR’S MURDER AMONG THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RUINS!

IDES OF MARCH: JULIUS CAESAR’S MURDER AMONG THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL RUINS!

15 March is known to history as the “Ides of March”, the day when Julius Caesar was killed. The spot where the general fell in 44 BC is putatively identifed with what is known today as Largo di Torre Argentina, a lovely square in the heart of Rome.
This Sunday a few events will take place to remember a day which changed somehow the course of the Roman Republic.
First of all guided tours: from 9.45am to 4.30pm qualified guides will lead people through the ruins of Largo Argentina’s archaeological area. The tours will be both in Italian and English and will take about 40 minutes.
Second: at 12.00pm and 15.30pm a philologically rigorous reenactment of Julius Caesar murder will be set up in three scenes:
1) Mark Antony, Cato, Cicero, senators and tribunes have a meeting at the Senate and at end of it they declare Caesar a public enemy of Rome;
2) Caesar arrives to the Curia and meets the haruspex Spurinna, who had warned him: “Caesar, beware the Ides of March”. It follows his assassination with twenty-three stab wounds;
3) Brutus and Mark Antony hold a funeral speech to honor Caesar at the Roman Forum (the speech is taken from Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”).
For the time of each of the two 45-minute reenactments guided tours will be stopped.
No admission fee is requested to enjoy the tours and the reenactments!
Largo di Torre Argentina is at just 10 minutes bus journey from Termini station or walking distance from the main sights: ask our staff at Yes Hotel for more details!

14 FEBRUARY: FALL IN LOVE WITH ART!

14 FEBRUARY: FALL IN LOVE WITH ART!

Italy is definitely one of the best options to spend a special 2015 St. Valentine’s day. During your romantic walks in the city center don’t miss the chance to stop by some of the many museums the Eternal City offers her visitors.
We selected the most outstanding ones to make your choice easier:

Colosseum 
Piazza del Colosseo (metro line B, stop Colosseo)
Villa Adriana (in Tivoli)
Largo Marguerite Yourcenar,1 00010 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Crypta Balbi
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 31 (bus #40 from Termini)
Roman Forum
Largo Romolo e Remo (nearby the Colosseum)
National Gallery of Ancient Art at Palazzo Barberini
Via Quattro Fontane (metro line A, stop Repubblica)
National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 (opposite Villa Borghese)
Borghese Gallery
Piazzale Scipione Borghese (metro line A, stop Flaminio)
National Museum of Oriental Art “G. Tucci”
Via Merulana, 248 (metro line A, stop Vittorio Emanuele)
Castel Sant’Angelo
Lungotevere Castello, 5 (Vatican area)
National Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia
Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9 (nearby Villa Borghese)
National Roman Museum at Palazzo Massimo 
Via di Villa Peretti (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
National Roman Museum at Terme di Diocleziano
Vie E. De Nicola, 79 (metro line A, stop Termini or Repubblica)
Palatine Hill 
Via di San Gregorio 00185 (nearby the Colosseum)
Palazzo Altemps
Via di S. Apollinare, 44 (nearby Piazza Navona)
Ancient Ostia and Arcaheological Museum
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717
Terme di Caracalla 
Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 52
Villa d’Este (in Tivoli)
Piazza Trento, 1 00019 – TIVOLI (ROMA)
Yes Hotel staff is looking forward to helping you should you need more information!

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME IN ITALY!

IT’S CARNIVAL TIME IN ITALY!

Carnival time has arrived, and wherever you will be in Italy in the next two weeks you will get the chance to attend a great variety of events related to it, all deeply rooted in ancient local history: the baroque masks in Venice, the colorful chart parades in Viareggio, the quirky battles of oranges (which origin can be traced back to an event occurred in the Middle Age) in Ivrea as well as in Acireale. From North to South every region will bring back to life its peculiar yearly tradition.
The reason behind such a great variety has to be found in the fact that despite Carnival is now a landmark in the Catholic calendar (marking the beginning of Lens, i.e. the fourty days before Easter), in ancient times it was a festivity related to pagan and pre-Christian beliefs.
As Easter, Carnival is not a fixed holiday. Here below you find 2015 main dates:
– yesterday, Sunday 1 February: beginning of Carnival
12 February: Fat Thursday (major celebrations)
17 February: Shrove Tuesday (major celebrations and end of Carnival)
18 February: Ash Wednesday (beginning of Lent)
5 April: Easter
To fully enjoy the atmosphere, make sure to taste the typical Carnival sweets! There’s a big variety once again, but the most widespread are the castagnole (‘Carnival dough balls’, ‘Carnival fritter’) and the crostoli (‘angel wings’, which take different names depending on the region, such as chiacchiere, frappe etc.).
Yes Hotel staff will be glad to provide you with more info on the best Carnival parties & events in Rome!

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

SWISS GUARD: FIVE CENTURY OLD LOYALTY

Last week a special event was celebrated in the Vatican: the Swiss Guard’s birthday. This corp is in charge for the Pope’s safety since 1506: given the great political instability the then Pope Julius II decided to recruit soldiers from Switzerland, which at that time was home to the most well trained men at arms, to such an extent that all European kings used to hire them for their own protection. Guided by Captain Kaspar of Silenen, the first Swiss garrison of the Pope officially entered the Vatican on 22 January 1506. They gave proof of their trustworthyness very soon: when Rome was assaulted and ravaged in 1527, the Swiss Guards defended the Pope at the cost of their lives: out of 189 soldiers only 42 survived, basically just those who had taken the Pope to his fortress in Castel Sant’Angelo (a fascinating monument today open to visitors).
The Swiss Guard uniform is actually quite recent: its current shape and colors date back just to 1914, when the new design was created following some drawings by Raffaello.
Yes Hotel is well connected to the Vatican City by metro: catch line A (at just 5 minutes walking from us) and get off at Ottaviano!

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!

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: ROME MARATHON 2015

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROME: ROME MARATHON 2015

March 22, 2015, 8:50 am: runners, walkers, Eternal City’s lovers from all over the world save this date, the day of Rome Marathon 2015.
This traditional sport event, a major one in Italy due to the amount of participants, has come to the 21st edition. As usual, competitors will run for 42 km 195 m along a path which passes across several famous spots in the city center, leading to areas off the beaten tracks of tourists but still enchanting in their own way, to end up exactly where it all began: at via dei Fori Imperiali. Registration deadline expires on March 5. Maximum time to conclude the marathon is 7 hours, while on the ground of previous editions the professional runners’ time is actually estimated around 2 hours (2014 marathon was won by two Ethiopian athlets: Shume Hailu with his 2:09:47, and Ayelu Lemma with her 2:34:49).
Besides the Maratona di Roma, a non-competitive event will take place on the same day: the so called Romafun, “La Stracittadina”, an occasion open to everyone (youngsters, elderly, families with pets) to take together a 5 km walk from via dei Fori Imperiali (starting at 9:10 am) to Circo Massimo. Registration deadline in this case is just on the day before, March 21, upon € 8 fee (which gives right to the official t-shirt).
Don’t miss the chance to visit Rome on occasion of this great event! Yes Hotel will be the perfect accommodation for you in the city center!

SIX NATIONS SOON IN ROME

SIX NATIONS SOON IN ROME

One of the most important rugby events in the year is just behind the corner: in one month Six Nations Championship will start. For five weeks England, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales will face each other to snatch the prestigious cup from 2014 winner Ireland, and – just in the case of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales – to gain the Triple Crown as well.
The very first match will take place in Cardiff (UK) on February 7. Italy has three home fixtures (against Ireland, France and Wales), and two away fixtures (vs England and Scotland). Our team has been playing in the Six Nations Championship since 2000, by virtue of her successful results in the past twenty years.
We shortlisted for you the matches at Stadio Olimpico in Rome:
ITALY vs IRELAND Saturday 7 February 2015, 2:30 pm
ITALY vs FRANCE Sunday 15 March 2015, 3 pm
ITALY vs WALES Saturday 21 March 2015, 12.30 pm
Yes Hotel offers special facilities to guests supporting rugby’s Six Nations: contact us for info on tickets & accommodations!

MEDITERRANEUM: ROME OPENS A HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

Works for the brand new high-tech aquarium of Rome are almost over, and in June 2015 it will be officially open to public. The Eternal City’s aquarium will be a unique one of its kind, the biggest of the country and one of the main in Europe. The structure was planned in such a way that it won’t have any environmental impact though entirely built under the EUR lake. The 16000 square meters are divided in two sections: the traditional one will host living fishes, which visitors will admire from special acrylic tunnels to give the feeling of a true immersion into the deep. The other sector will be dedicated to scientific and educational purposes: here complementary areas such as a 400 seats auditorium, a space for 3D shows and tanks for highly sophisticated robot-fishes.
This colossal structure is named Mediterraneum – The Aquarium of Rome, and aims at raising visitors’ awareness on ecological issues starting from the observation of Nature’s complexity.
Yes Hotel is at walking distance from metro station Castro Pretorio (line B) to reach EUR quarter and its aquarium!