Things to do in 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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

WINTER SALES: HOW TO (BETTER) SHOP AFTER CHRISTMAS

WINTER SALES: HOW TO (BETTER) SHOP AFTER CHRISTMAS

For both fashion addicted and just “made in Italy” lovers, winter sales time is definitely the best to land nice items at good prices. They begun few days ago, being over on February 15, which provides shoppers with a six-week long chance to make their good deals. Beyond pointing at the big brands’ venues such as all the area from the Spanish Steps down to via del Corso, via Frattina and via dei Condotti, Italian and International more affordable brands will offer up to 50% discounts. Via Cola di Rienzo (next to the Vatican) as well as via Nazionale (between Termini station and Republic Square) are among the best options. But sales are not just about city center: in the outskirts of Rome at least a couple of outlets and shopping malls meet customers’ desires of Italian brands at good prices. We particularlu suggest Castel Romano’s Designer Outlet and the Valmontone Outlet, which are connected to Rome city center by a special shuttle service or regular buses.
Our staff at Yes Hotel will be glad to provide you with more information about the most convenient shopping spots in Rome!

DALL’ALTO DI PIAZZA COLONNA: PALAZZO FERRAJOLI APRE AL PUBBLICO PER 4 GIORNI!

DALL’ALTO DI PIAZZA COLONNA: PALAZZO FERRAJOLI APRE AL PUBBLICO PER 4 GIORNI!

Yes Hotel offre ai suoi ospiti l’opportunità di partecipare ad un evento culturale unico: la Festa delle Luci in Piazza Colonna. Dal 3 al 7 gennaio 2015, Palazzo Ferrajoli, il maestoso edificio del XVIII secolo che si affaccia su Piazza Colonna, in prossimità di Montecitorio, apre eccezionalmente le porte al pubblico in occasione di una quattro giorni di enogastronomia, artigianato, arte e musica. Anche editoria e letteratura saranno rappresentate in questa cornice esclusiva, e i documenti in esposizione saranno perlopiù in inglese, ma fruibili da tutti grazie a didascalie. La partecipazione all’evento è gratuita, in virtù dell’accordo fra Federalberghi e l’Associazione “Centro per la Promozione del Libro”. La visita alla Palazzo include un tour guidato, durante il quale si potrà ammirare la Colonna Antonina da una prospettiva unica.
È sufficiente rivolgersi alla reception di Yes Hotel per partecipare!

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