Italian traditions

Ecstasy of Bernini!

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During the 17th century the Great Gian Lorenzo Bernini (the creator of the Baroque style of sculpture) completed one of his most celebrated masterpieces: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.

Just five minutes walking distance from our hotel, on Via XX Settembre, inside the Santa Maria della Vittoria Church.

The scene represented is the union of matter and spirit referred by Teresa of Avila, the Spanish mystic on her book ‘‘The Life of Santa Teresa of Jesus’’. In the book she describes her experience of religious ecstasy in her encounter with an angel: ‘’I saw in his hand a long spear of gold, and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart’’.

But yet, as you leave the church another great masterpiece, from the same artist is waiting  just five minutes from there: The Triton Fountain.

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Located in the Piazza Barberini and executed in travertine. It shows  at its centre the powerful figure of the Triton, the sea god from the Greco- Roman Mythology.  The fountain has a base of four dolphins that entwine the papal tiara (crown).

In times the idea was the most original: a sculptural fountain, like those from villa gardens, for the first time in a public urban setting. Always before public fountains in the city of Rome had been just passive basins for the reception of public water.

A short walk from Yes Hotel to find two jewels of the Baroque for your own delight. See you soon here, in this beautiful City.

MARCELO

THE AGE OF BALANCE (L’età dell’equilibrio)

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The Capitoline Museums hold an exhibition aimed to deepen the knowledge of a historical period of great artistic splendor and great political balance, 98 -180 AD. This is the period of eighty years of the golden days, The Age of Balance, which covers the rule of the Emperors: Trajan, Hadrian, Marcus Aurelius and Antonio Pio.

The years of the Mediterranean peace, the unification of the currency area, the spread of Roman legal system the diffusion of urban living, the end of the conquest and the violence that make possible the political stability, economical growth and artistic flowering.

The exhibition has six sections: “The characters”, “The artistic language “” Villas and houses “” The historical decorations “”Winners and Losers” and “Tombs” to show how this four emperors, chosen “for adoption” that is, by virtue of their personal qualities and not by right of birth, brought the general development in all aspects of human life.
EXHIBITION: THE AGE OF BALANCE (L’età dell’equilibrio)

WHERE: MUSEI CAPITOLINI (CAPITOLINE MUSEUMS) , PIAZZA DEL CAMPIDOGLIO, ROME

WHEN: FROM 04/10/2012  UNTIL 05/05/2013

GET MORE INFO AT: http://www.museicapitolini.org/mostre_ed_eventi/mostre/l_eta_dell_equilibrio

or info@yeshotelrome.com

MARCELO

Festa de’Noantri

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While fully respecting the tradition again this year in Trastevere you prepare the Festa de Noantri, with its procession and the many initiatives that will revive the traditions of Rome now disappeared. Will recreate the atmosphere dear to the Romans and tourists, banquets Among the precious handicrafts, folk music concerts, theatrical performances, the festival will have its beginning from Saturday, July 21.

Trastevere combines tradition, religion and history. The Festa de Noantri is an example of how the district enhances its culture. The places of the district, its churches and its history.

The program is in preparation of the Civil and Religious Festa de Noantri 2012 which will be presented July 18 in the Council Chamber of City Hall Old Town.

WHAT IT CELEBRATES The Feast Noantri (ie: the rest of us, as opposed to “you people who live in other districts) is celebrated in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel on the occasion of His liturgical feast, from 15 to 30 July in the Trastevere district of Rome. And undoubtedly one of the most favorite holidays of the Roman people. The origins of the festival seems to date back to 1535: in fact, that is handed down after a storm at the mouth of the Tiber was found by some fishermen a statue of the Virgin Mary carved in cedar wood.trastevere

The Lady, for this reason called Madonna Fiumarola, was then given to the Carmelites (to whom we owe the title Madonna del Carmine) of the church of San Grisogono in Trastevere (in Piazza Sonnino), became the patron saint of Trasteverini .

The statue is now in the church of St. Agatha, in the square in half on the path Lungaretta (Piazza S. Giovanni de Matha): from here every year on the Saturday after July 16 (liturgical feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel) . The nineteenth-century polychrome wooden statue of the Madonna del Carmine is carried in procession through the streets of the neighborhood to the church of San Grisogono, where it stays for eight days, before returning with another procession into church membership.

Over time, the festival was transformed to meet the needs of tourism, thus losing its popular character, but retaining its strong religious feeling.

http://festadenoantri.it

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Arenas of Rome 2012

areneroma22.06-09.09.2012 This year’s summer film festival The arenas of Rome 2012,” provides citizens of the neighborhoods the opportunity to see films on the big screen quality and appreciate movies a little more’ difficult ‘usually intended to cinemas arthouse, works while representing the best expression of the seventh art does not have the visibility they deserve. The Association Pan Ars years organizes film festivals in various places in the city of Rome very popular, always with great success among both critics and audiences, especially for the quality of the films offered.
All screenings begin at 21:15, price 5 euros.

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The film festival will be hosted in the following arenas:

  • ARENA DI GARBATELLA
  • ARENA DI CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (Palazzaccio)
  • ARENA DI CASTEL SANT’ANGELO (Conciliazione)
  • ARENA DEL CHIOSTRO DI SAN PIETRO IN VINCOLI
  • ARENA DI MONTEVERDE
  • ARENA DI VILLA LAZZARONI
  • ARENA SAPIENZA CINEMA 1
  • ARENA SAPIENZA CINEMA 2
  • ARENA CINEMUNIX
  • ARENA DI PIRAMIDE
  • ARENA DI TALENTI

Running movies —–> http://www.arenediroma.it/

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A nice little evening walk in Rome

I started my evening walk from Ottaviano metro station. (Line A, direction battistini).  I wanted to see the city in a evening time with a beautiful lights around the buildings.ROMA-DI-NOTTE-34

It took about 10 minutes walking from metro station to San Pietro. San Pietro is very beautiful in the evening time. Every traveller must  see it! And in the evening time it’s not too crowded there. You can see all the statues and be amazed by the beauty of  the Vatican.

After San Pietro I headed to the Gianicolo. It takes about 30minutes to walk from San Pietro to Gianicolo. I was walking down a street called Viale delle mura aurelie: a very nice  green area with  little gardens and plantings. Finaly I arrived to the Gianicolo which is located up  in a hill, where you can see almost the whole city. It is one of the best locations in Rome for a breathtaking view of the innumerable domes and bell towers that pierce the skyline of the multi-hued architectural museum that is the Eternal City. I stood there for a while, enjoying the view and then I felt very hungry so I decided to go eat something.

800px-Piazza_santa_maria_in_trastevere_nightlifeThere’s no better place for dinner than Trastevere! After 10 minutes walk from Gianicolo I arrived to Trastevere.  The neighbourhood is easily recognizable by its narrow cobbled streets lined by medieval houses. At night, both natives and tourists alike flock to its many pubs and restaurants. I found a nice restaurant next to the Piazza Santa Maria. My first course was Bruschetta with olive oil and tomatoes,  a traditional italian antipasto. It consists of roasted bread with several choices of garnish. Molto buono! My second dish was pepper steak with cream sauce, potatoes and salad. So delicious! My stomach was full! Instead of dessert I ordered Limoncello. Limoncello is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo.  Very good for your stomach after dinner!

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I recommend you to go these places to see and experience it yourself!!

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Polenta is loved by everybody…this dish has on the table of Italian families for generations!!

Polenta is a corn meal mush, but is more than that! It’s the staple food of the North of Italy, where after pasta, is one of the favourite dishes. It can be served in innumerable ways: as a first course, baked, with stews, or even as a bread substitute.

For citizens of Rocca di Papa , a small village near Rome, Polenta is too a unique and complete food, it is added to the usual simple condiments (with tomato sauce, sausages, meat, cheese etc), the condiments that the old farmers use to this day  to create to create dishes that satisfied the gourmets.

rocca20di20papaAnd it is in Rocca di Papa for the second year that will be a special gastronomic event in occasion of Valentine’s Day: “La Polenta degli Innamorati” ( The polenta of Lovers). The event will be surrounded by so many moments of entertainment with music and with “Il bacio più lungo” (The longest kiss), all the couples attending this event are invited, it consists in a kiss of mass to enter on the Guinness world record as the major kiss of mass ever!

La Polenta degli Innnamorati will be held on the occasion of Valentine’s Day, Frebruary 14 and February 15 at the center of Rocca di Papa, one of the many little towns that can be explored from Rome using as a base a well-located hotel like Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel.


It’s the Befana day!

Our Blogger: Ilaria

Ilaria, born and bred Venetian, introduces us to this peculiar Italian tradition.

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Children are fascinated and a little bit frightened by this enigmatic, funny eerie character whose   existence sink its roots into the ground of paganism.

In days of yore , on the twelfth night after the Christmas day (the 25th of December), day of the winter solstice, people used to celebrate death and rebirth of nature through the pagan figure of “ Mother Nature”.

The night of the 6th of January , tired tired after spending all her energy during the year, she appeared in the shape of an old and benevolent witch  who flew through the sky on a broom giving away gifts and candy to everybody. By now completely dried, Mother Nature was ready to be burned like a branch , to be able to born again from her own ashes as youthful Nature.

Like others traditions in Italy ( Christmas itself for example) the originary pagan meaning of epiphany (term deriving from greek that means “manifestation”, “appearance” , implied of divinity , used from the Christian tradition to nominate the first Jesus Christ’s manifestation) has been modified during years becoming as we know nowadays. In Italian, the name “epifania” (- epiphany ) itself transformed into “bifanìa” and than again into “befanìa” , the word then changed  once and for all into “befana”, and designates now  the old benevolent witch .glittertropical

The “befana” is still pictured as the old mother natured described above, and in the rural tradition people used to prepare a puppet with her shape and burn it the night between the 5th and the 6th of January as a rite of purification ( the Italian movie of 1973 “Amarcord” by Federico Fellini shows this rite in the first scene ).

So if you’re walking through fancy open-markets during Xmas time, don’t be astonished to see many little puppets shaped as an old smiling witch on a broom..

CoalAnthraciteYou’ll also see a lot of colourful Christmas socks : according to the tradition children must hang them on a wall so that they can be filled with candies, chocolate or toys by the Befana. Children must be careful anyway: if they haven’t been good boys during the year, the “befana” will bring them peaces of coa insteadl!

This festivity is the last afterNew year’s day, that’s why here we call “epiphany” the festivity that all festivities takes away : “ L’epifania tutte le feste porta via”.

Make a reservation today at Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes and discover Italy and all its traditions in person!