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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!

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!

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!

MARATONA DI ROMA: PRONTI, PARTENZA, VIA!

MARATONA DI ROMA: PRONTI, PARTENZA, VIA!

Con oggi manca ufficialmente meno di un mese alla Maratona di Roma, l’evento di fama internazionale che, dato il numero di partecipanti, è considerato la manifestazione sportiva più grande d’Italia. La data è ormai nota: il 22 marzo, la prima domenica di primavera.
E mentre i preparativi fervono sempre di più, vi ricordiamo qui di seguito alcuni dettagli importanti. Chi desideri partecipare sappia che… è ancora in tempo!
– la Maratona partirà alle ore 8:50 da Via dei Fori Imperiali, che sarà anche il traguardo;
parallelamente alla corsa di 42 km si terrà un evento non competitivo aperto a tutti: la ROMAFUN Stracittadina, 5 km di camminata che inizieranno alle 9:10 sempre da Via dei Fori Imperiali (ma con punto di ritrovo in Via Cavour alle ore 8:00) e si concluderanno al Circo Massimo;
– date ultime per la registrazione: 5 marzo per la Maratona (per ulteriori informazioni consultare il sito ufficiale; 21 marzo per la Stracittadina (costo: € 8,00 inclusa la maglietta dell’evento);
– una settimana prima dell’evento sarà allestito il Villaggio della Maratona presso il Palazzo dei Congressi (zona EUR), la vetrina ufficiale della competizione (per ritirare pettorali, ecc.);
– il Villaggio della RomaFun attenderà invece i partecipanti al termine della competizione: si tratterà di uno spazio di ristoro, giochi e altri mini-eventi organizzati da diverse associazioni.
Yes Hotel sarà lieto di fornirvi ulteriori informazioni su questa grande festa internazionale che si terrà nella Capitale all’inizio della primavera!

BACK TO BAROQUE WITH CARNIVAL IN ROME!

BACK TO BAROQUE WITH CARNIVAL IN ROME!

Masquerades, horse parades and even spectacular fireworks are planned as celebrations in Rome on the occasion of Carnival, the leading theme being Baroque. A complete historical reenactment is already in process to take visitors and dwellers four hundred years back, at a time when Carnival fireworks were commissioned by the Pope to no less than Bernini and other major artists of the time.
So what are we expecting to take place this week? Several kinds of events ranging from puppet shows for kids to theatre performances, conferences and of course parties for those grown up. Shrove Tuesday falls on February 17, the end of Carnival and its highest peak at one time. We definitely suggest not to miss out a couple of events:
at 4 pm: the horse parade with acrobats, musicians and Roman typical masks all rigorously Renaissance and Baroque style. From Piazza del Popolo they will march down to Piazza Venezia invading via del Corso to bring an explosion of waving halberds, ancient flags and coats of arms;
at 6 pm: Baroque fireworks from Pincio (the terrace facing on Piazza del Popolo from Villa Borghese). Interestingly enough, they are designed on the same patterns used during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Our staff at Yes Hotel will be happy to provide you with more details about each event!

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!

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!

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!

MEDITERRANEUM: ROME OPENS A HIGH-TECH AQUARIUM

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!

LEONARDO DA VINCI INVENTIONS BECOME REAL!

LEONARDO DA VINCI INVENTIONS BECOME REAL!

Palazzo della Cancelleria in Rome currently offers an exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci machineries: rather than an exhibit, a deep interactive experience for a true understanding of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius. About 50 full scale machines are on display: from flying machines to the bicycle and the hydraulic saw, projected by the Italian inventor ages before the modern devices to which we are used. Being the machines on show fully operational, visitors can touch them and they set them in motion. They are grouped into 5 sections based on four elements of nature (water, air, earth and fire), plus a pure “mechanism section.
The exhibition venure can be reached in 20 minutes bus journey from Termini station: ask Yes Hotel‘s staff for more info!