Roman history

Public Transportation in Rome from Christmas to New Year’s Day

Public Transportation in Rome from Christmas to New Year’s Day

Here we are to give you some infos on metro, bus and railway transportation during the upcoming holidays.

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On Christmas Eve, the public service will stop for a few hours but it will be extraordinary prolonged  in the afternoon of December 25th so to ensure as much as possible the use of public  transportation to Romans and tourists during their holidays .

On the day of 24 December the service will end at 9 pm.

On December 25, the public service will be active from 8.30 am  to 1.00 pm and then again  from 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm.

On New Year’s Eve, the underground:  A,  B / B1  and C lines will be in service continuously from 5.30 am on 31 December 2018 to 3.30 am on January 1st 2019

On January the 1st, metro and busses  service  will start at 8.00 am and will proceed as usual on working days !

Yes Hotel Rome is in Termini area , the very best base form where  you can move around the city during the christmas holidays.

You can catch metro line A and  in  few stops you arrive  in the center of Rome ( Piazza di Spagna) or to the Vatican City ( get off at Ottaviano ).

You can also catch metro line B that takes you to Coliseum and  the fascinating atmosphere of the Roman Forum !

 

A must-see : the Christmas Market of Piazza Navona

A must-see : the Christmas Market of Piazza Navona

The Christmas countdown has begun:  just 3 weeks left !

The good news is that finally , after 3 years, the classical   Christmas Market of  Piazza Navona  has reopened  December 2nd, and will last until January 6th.

You can’t miss it. It represents the Christmas spirit in Rome and you will find handmade  gadgets ,  little ideas  for Christmas gifts, decorations, clothes and any kind of sweets!

Once Piazza Navona was the  site of the local market, but in the middle of the 19th century  this last  was moved to Campo de’ Fiori,  and that of Piazza Navona became the ultimate  Christmas Market in Rome!

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How to reach it from Yes Hotel Rome ?

Very easily ! Just walk to the Termini  Station and from there take Bus Number 64 or Bus Number 40.

Stop at C.so Vittorio Emanuele/ Argentina. Just a  few minutes’ walk and you have  arrived !

Our staff will give you even more  tips , we wait for you !

Jewish Ghetto in Rome

Jewish Ghetto in Rome

The ghetto was projected to lock up and control the Jews minority  in 1555  by Pope Paul IV on 14th of July

The papal bull  imposed economic and freedom restrictions to the jews . This oppression continued for 315 years until its abolition in 1870 (reunification of Italy).

At present, the Ghetto has become an attractive area full of shops , bakeries and kosher restaurants, bakeries and shops.

Kosher “philosophy” is the basis of Jewish cuisine. Kosher is a set of rules, of religious nature and origins, on which is based the nutrition of Jews.

Absoloutely not to miss,  the artichokes cooked Jewish style (only in March).

Major tourist attractions in the ghetto are: Portico di Ottavia, Ponte Fabricio (originally called Jews’ Bridge), Jewish Museum of Rome, the Synagogue of Emancipation and Santa Maria della Pietà.

Largo 16 Ottobre 1943 is a square in remembrance to the suffering of the ghetto’s residents during the second world war and the nazi-fascist years.

The fascinating ghetto is located on the east of river Tiber, facing the Vatican. It is, easily accessible by buses and trams.

When  staying at Yes Hotel you can reach the Ghetto by bus n. 492 or bus n. 70 and stop at Torre Argentina

From there just walk a few minutes, you will enjoy !

 

 

 

 

 

 

JE SUIS L’AUTRE. GIACOMETTI, PICASSO AND OTHERS.

JE SUIS L’AUTRE. GIACOMETTI, PICASSO AND OTHERS.

PRIMITIVISM IN THE SCULPTURE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Just at a few minutes walking distance from Yes Hotel Rome at the National Roman Museum of Baths of Diocletian, 80 great works  are exposed.

They include  sculptures  by  great  masters of the twentieth century and masterpieces of ethnic art.

The exhibition is   conceived  as a  thematic  journey in which are represented the artists of the twentieth century  and  the art of the ancient  cultures from which they took inspiration.

The project confirms the vocation of these monumental spaces to host large exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

Date:  From  28 September 2018 to 20 January 2019

Don’t miss this important exhibition and book you stay at Yes Hotel Rome !

We will be happy to offer you our best offers !

Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe

Weapons and Warfare in Renaissance Europe

From 26/7/18  to  11/11/18  

An interesting exhibition of destructive tools used to strike and defend. Powerful weapons that also symbolize the social relevance and the representation of power in  an era marked by the conflicts  between the West and the Ottoman Empire and many wars between the great international European powers

The Exhibition will be held at

-Castel Sant’ Angelo  from 9 am to 19  pm

And

-Palazzo Venezia  from 8.30 am to 19.30 pm

Tickets:
Castel Sant’Angelo  AND  Palazzo Venezia
•   € 15,00
• reduced  € 7,50

For more information visit the website:  http://www.polomusealelazio.beniculturali.it/

And don’t  forget to spend you nights with us  at Yes hotel !

AUTUMN IN ROME

The most colourful season to visit Rome is certainly Autumn.The weather is pleasantly mild until November and the landscape is magical.

That’s the perfect period for long walks and bike tours around the picturesques streets of the Eternal city, in the parks, along the banks of the Tiber

So don’t miss your opportunity to live ROME  and check all our special offers for you on:

WWW.YESHOTELROME.COM

EVEN IF ETERNAL… ROME HAS A BIRTHDAY

EVEN IF ETERNAL… ROME HAS A BIRTHDAY

Rome is just about to celebrate the 2768th year after her birth. Public events will take place starting from April 19th, having their peak on April 21st: this is the date that, according to first century historian Marcus Terentius Varro, should be taken as the actual foundation day by Romulus in 753 BC.
The tradition to celebrate the fact goes back to the Roman age of course; after many-century interruption, it was rivived in 1870.
A number of performAnces are scheduled, most of them by Gruppo Storico Romano, a society which has been looking after faithful historical reenactments (battles, plays, ceremonies, dances) for the past twenty years.
To begin with, on April 19 a parade of 2,000 customed “Romans” will reach Circo Massimo at 11am, after a fire-lighting ceremony fixed there likewise at 10.00am.
But it’s rigorously on April 21st, at 4pm, that the Tracciato del solco will be performed, i.e. the trench-digging ritual with which Romulus founded the city, legend says.
It’s not over yet. Mayor Ignazio Marino announced a couple of special surprises, such as the powering on of the Forum’s new lighting design by Oscar-winning director of photography Vittorio Storaro and, last but not least, an event to be enjoyed with augmented reality glasses.
Yes Hotel will be glad to celebrate Rome’s birthday together with its guests: contact us for more details!

80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS JUST DISCOVERED DURING EXCAVATIONS FOR THE NEW UNDERGROUND

80 METERS AURELIAN WALLS JUST DISCOVERED DURING EXCAVATIONS FOR THE NEW UNDERGROUND

Breaking news recently came from the excavation works for the third underground line of Rome: 80 meters Aurelian Walls (3rd AD) never seen before were uncovered few days ago in the area of St. John Lateran’s basilica (i.e. San Giovanni metro stop, where future line C will cross with line A).
Archaeologists defined it an astonishing discovery as it pertains to a section of the walls which was thought to be lost centuries ago, and for which no records exist in scientific literature.
They were found eleven arches, two towers, and even traces of medieval painting (those walls served indeed as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (Seventeenth century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder. What striked scholars the most is the perfect conservation status of the structures, resting for centuries just below the present ground level and so preserving themselves from air pollution and the modern age other transformations.
That stretch of the Walls was certainly buried in the middle of the Eighteenth century, when the area radically changed due to the restoration of the majestic facade of St. John Lateran’s basilica, and the Walls – they used to think – collapsed or were torn down.
Now they won’t be buried again: works are in progress to bring them all to light and make them one of the newest attractive antiquities of the Eternal City
The archbasilica of St. John in the Lateran (one of the four in Rome) is just three metro stops away from Yes Hotel and it’s a must-see sight in Rome: ask our staff for more information!

 

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!

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.

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