Imperial Forum Rome

Imperial forum

Any traveler who comes to the Eternal City will want to visit this must see ancient area steps away from the Coloseum and Piazza Venezia and the San Clemente Basilica and along the street of the same name “via dei fori imperiali”.

The Imperial Forums were originally large squares with porticos around them and bearing a statue of the Emperor in the middle. They were markets and places of meeting for the citizens of that time. The forums are various and to name a few only : Forum of Trajan and the Forum of Augustus. The Caesar’s Forum is probably the most famous and here rest Caesar’s ashes. Not far away stands the Temple of Venere Genitrice (Mother Venus), the mother of Enea whom Caesar claimed to be descended. Steps away you will see another temple, the Temple of Mars Ultor which was planned by Augustus and represented a warning when his adoptive father Julius Caesar died.

Imperial Forum

The Trajan’s column high 40 metres recount various victories during the war of Dacia (now Romania) all sculpted on its surface. The Trajan Markets around were used for services and distribution. Not far away stands the Palatine Hill and the Capitole on the other side where you can enjoy the wonderful Capitoline Museums.

The Imperial forums are open until dusk and you can get there by metro from Termini station on line B, and they are only 2 stops away. Our hotel Yes hotel is by the Termini station so that all great sights of the city are within easy reach.

Daytrips from Rome: Viterbo, Bomarzo and the Park of the Monsters

Park of Monsters BomarzoTravelling to Rome with children? If you’re staying more than just a couple of days, it’s a good idea to do a day trip out of the city, as especially for children a week in the city may be tiring. As destination for a day trip, most people tend to choose Florence, Naples, Tivoli – all beautiful and historically and artistically fascinating cities and well worth visiting. But if you have already seen them , or just want to do something different, try visiting the small town of Bomarzo near Viterbo, and its Park of Mosters! Bomarzo is just 1 hour train ride away from Rome, in the province of Viterbo – in fact, you shouldn’t miss Viterbo either, a beautiful and characteristic medieval town, with an original atmosphere of centuries ago!

What is the Park of Monsters of Bomarzo, then? It was constructed in the 16th century at the order of a prince of the noble and famous Orsini family, by Pirro Ligorio, the very same architect who finished off Saint Peter’s Cathedral after Dragon in the Park of MonstersMichelangelo’s death. The prince had lost his beloved wife and felt the need to express his pain and loss: and you could say he did in quite a grandieuse way, by having the Park built in her honour! When it was first built, the park was named “Villa of Wonders�.

The park contains more than 20 monuments and statues, most of them representing mythological creatures, most of which are very well preserved. Among them, you have the winged horse Pegasus; the goddess Venus; a “hanging house�, very unstable-looking as built on an inclined rock; an armed elephant like those with which the barbarian king Hannibal threatened the ancient Romans; a dragon engaged in a battle against some real animals; Cerberos, the three-headed quardian dog of the hell; the greatest Roman god Jupiter. Not only are the statues end building interesting to look at and fascinating with the stories behind them, but the place in itself is beautiful.

viterboIf you have the time, after seeing the Park and the town of Bomarzo, you should hop back on the train and go a little further to Viterbo: it’s just another half hour away. The town dates back to more than 2500 years ago; in origin it was an Etruscan town named Surrena, which started to grow and develop in the middle ages and gained importance especially in the period when it offered a refuge to the Pope against the Emperor. Viterbo has preserved a variety of medieval monuments and museum tfor a visitor to see, and the town itself is a wonderful place to feel the touch of the history.

Come, relax and taste the traditional and culinary activities here, in Rome…..

You can say that again!

Italy, is the located in the Southern Europe, a peninsula extending into the central Italy mapMediterranean Sea, northeast of Tunisia. Border countries: Austria 430 km, France 488 km, Holy See (Vatican City) 3.2 km, San Marino 39 km, Slovenia 232 km, Switzerland 740 km It has a 301,230 sq km and slightly larger than Arizona.

The climate you meet here is predominantly Mediterranean; Alpine in far north; hot, dry in south. The landscape is various, mountains, plane and coastal lowlands.
Natural resources: coal, mercury, zinc, potash, marble, barite, asbestos, pumice, fluorospar, feldspar, pyrite (sulfur), natural gas and crude oil reserves, fish, arable land.
Agriculture products: fruits, vegetables, grapes, potatoes, sugar beets, soybeans, grain, olives; beef, dairy products; fish.
The capital of Italy is Rome. This beautiful city has over 2.700 years old and has become one of the most “ wanted� city in the world. Rome is a full of history, is at the same a “ busy� and relaxing town. Rome is the perfect destination either for business, or for leasure.
Well, after all this useful information I can start making a turistic program for three days in Rome.
Before that , you should know that the best period for visiting Rome is in spring, autumn and winter. In winter you can have better rates for accommodation: Have a look at the winter special rates of the popular Hotel Des Artistes …. And in the autumn you can visit without any kind of temperatures problems because here , in summer is hot, and for those you can t get through the temperature of 35 C is harder. At the same time, you have to find a better place to stay in Rome. I advice you that the hotel should be near centre (Try the Nice Hotel near the Termini Station) …. you can be near the historic places and “ take part of it�.
Ok. Let s begin.
DAY ONE:
09.00 am Breakfast. Take a breath, cause I have a full day . Click here and book a guided city tour. At lunch you can taste one the best and oldest coffee in the world…Tazza d oro….. After one day in Rome you can have a good dinner at a typical restaurant near the Hotel … Then come back to have a sleep because you have to be prepared for the next day.
rome by nightDAY TWO:
08.30 AM Breakfast. Our trip continues with the museum tours. I recommend you the Vatican Museum. A tip: to avoid queuing, book a tour! Ok, you are back for exploring Rome. Take the tour Illuminated Rome by Night. It was very attractive, not to forget.
DAY THREE: Last day… 10.00 am Breakfast. Four hours of shopping in Rome. I had plenty of time for buying souvenirs and some things for me.
I can wait back to come back as soon as possible.

Bernini in Rome

Apollo and Dafne

Bernini is one of the most famous italian artists of the 17th century and Rome is literally full of his works. Here are some of the major monuments in Rome which were built or embellished by Bernini:

The wonderful Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps), from which B&B De Cappuccini is close by, bears one of his masterpieces : the fountain called “La Barcaccia” (the rotten boat) stands proudly at the bottom of the steps. By the way, The Spanish Steps are named after the Embassy of Spain which was the first stable european Embassy based in Rome.

Scipione BorgheseOnly minutes away stands the Porta del Popolo, off Piazza del Popolo, which was finished by Bernini and in the Church Santa Maria del Popolo, for instance, the angels and the lamp are his work.

In St Peters square the arcades (“colonnato”) are also a reminder of the very importance and grandeur of Bernini.

And, last but not least the Galleria Borghese near the American Embassy in Rome also has a mark of his great work : The sculptures of Apollo and Dafne and the bust of Scipione Borghese.

Our Yes Hotel Rome is very close to all this great locations and for booking your stay at very special rates contact us now.

German Embassy in Rome

Rome German EmbassyGerman Embassy RomeThe German Embassy in Rome is located in the vicinità of the Termini central station, on Via San Martino della Battaglia, 4. The consular section is open to the public from 8.30 to 11.30. To reach the Embassy is easy, as the Termini area is very central and there is usually a direct connection from every neighbourhood of the town. See on the map how to walk to the embassy from the Termini station. You can also contact the Embassy by phone: the phone servcie of the consular section is open from 14.00 to 16.00 from Monday to Thursday, at the number (+39) 06 49213-1.

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The current Ambassador is Michael H. Gerdts who has formerly held different positions for example at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the German Republic and the United Nations, and has been the German Ambassador in Kenya in 1995-1999. The consular section of the Embassy provides services for German citizens living in Italy, for citizens travelling in Italy and in need of help, but also for Italian or other foreign citizens living in Italy who wish to travel or work in Germany, study the German culture and language or simply wish to know more about anything German. For information and a calendar of German cultural events in Italy view this link.

 

map-german-embassyThe Embassy also publishes a monthly newsletter and currently even another, weekly edition, just for the 6 months period when Germany is going to hold the presidency of the European Union. You can view the Embassy newsletter through this link.

The Embassy is located very near the Termini station, and you can see the location on the map here. In the area there are many hotels for all kinds of budget, for example the popular Hotel Des Artistes, My Hotel and the newly opened Yes Hotel, all three star level, and also the budget hotels Carlito’s Way and Nice Hotel, “cheap and chic”!

Basilica of San Clemente in Rome: three layers of history

After visiting the Colosseum, nearby there’s another attraction not to miss: the basilica of San Clemente. It’s much more than the current church which goes back to the Middle Ages: below there are several levels of ancient constructions, oldest of which are of the first century AD.

San clemente undergroundThe site has experienced several phases of which different architectural levels have been conserved up to our days: in the 2nd century more building work took place, and a beautiful and spacious private residence was constructed. About 100 years later, a part of this building was transformed into a sanctuary of the divinity Mitra, whose cult was getting more and more popular in Rome at that time, especially amongst the army. During this phase an altar was built, and the sanctuary was transformed to look like the interior of a cave. The cult of Mitra was practised actively here at least until the beginning of the 4th century, and at some point after that the temple seems to have been intentionally destroyed in order to transform it into a Christian church towards the end of the 4th century. In the Middle Ages, in 1084, it was destroyed by the Normanssan Clemente Rome.

The current basilica, only slightly lower than the street level, was constructed in 1108 by the Pope Pasquale II on top of the earlier layers, which at that time remained covered. The medieval basilica, adorned by amazingly beautiful and sumptuous mosaics, was restored in the beginning of the 18th century. The ancient layers were uncovered only in the 1857, and can now be visited with a guide.

The basilica is located just a short walk from the Colosseum, in Via Labicana 95. You can book a guided visit to the underground layers either by e-mail or by phone: 0039 06 8530 1758. You can also attend without reservation, especially in low season. To get there for example from the Termini station, take the metro line B. To be able to move around the city easily, be sure to book a central hotel, such as the hotel Carlito’s Way or the Nice Hotel, located in the Termini neighbourhood.

The Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome

Rome has such a multitude of historical and archeaological attractions to offer, that it’s quite difficult to decide which to go see, besides the most obvious ones sucapollo of Veiih as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Pantheon and Piazza Navona… Don’t forget that the local history is more than just the ancient Roman Empire: there was a highly developed civilisation in the region of Lazio much before the Romans: the mysterious Etruscans!

What do you really know of the Etruscans? Maybe not all that much..? Well, then the place to go, when in Rome, is the Museo Etrusco of Villa Giulia, which houses many of the most significant archaeological findings on Etruscans.

Some of the most precious and interesting objects of the museum are the bilingual (Etruscan-phoenician) golden plates with an inscription dedicated to a goddess. Other main attractions are the contents of the so-called “Warrior’s tombâ€? (from the 6th century BC), the “Sarcophagus of the Spousesâ€? – a magnificent statue discovered in the Etruscan necropolis of Cerveteri and the famous statue of Apollo, the “Apollo of Veiiâ€?. This statue of the 6th century BC, representing Apollo with the tipical mysterious “Etruscan smile” on his lips used to adorn a temple in the Etruscan city of Veii and it is considered the greatest piece of Etruscan art conserved to our days.Sarcophagus of the Spouses statue

The building itself is another object of interest: it was constructed in the 16th century for the humanist pope Julius III with the participance of for example Giorgio Vasari and Michelangelo and is a beautiful example of the manieristic architecture.

The museum of Villa Giulia is located in the area of Valle Giulia, and to get there you can take the trams 3 (from Trastevere or the metro B stops of “Colosseo� or “Piramide�) or the tram number 19 from Porta Maggiore. For additional information on the museum or to book your tickets on line, you can use the “Ticketeria�-service. At the museum you can rent an acoustic guide for an additional fee. Reduced tickets are available to European Union citicens under 25 years of age.

For more tourist information and hotel or tour reservations try this site.

Typical Roman Food

Planning a winter break in Rome? Or your summer holidays? It doesn’t really matter when you travel, the important thing to get the most out of it is: when in Rome, do Pastaas the Romans do, right? So what do the Romans eat? Well, pasta and pizza, of course, but the answer is not that simple…

In Italy, it’s not just spaghetti with meat balls, but you can find dozens of different forms of pasta: spaghetti, fettuccine, bucatini, penne, fusilli, farfalle… And with hundreds of different sauces: ragù, sugo di pomodori, pesto, arrabbiata, boscaiola, porcini mushrooms… Some of them are sort of national, eaten in all of Italy, like the classical tomato sauce or pesto, but many are regional and local delicacies. So which are the roman specialities?Roman food: Bucatini all'amatriciana

Well, some of the most famously Roman pasta dishes are the spaghetti carbonara (actually invented on the basis of the egg powder and bacon brought to the locals by American soldiers during the World War II!) and the bucatini all’amatriciana, both with the delicious Italian bacon, pancetta. Then especially in the winter there’s the hearty “pasta ai fagioli�, pasta witRoman bruschettah beans.

And it’s not just pasta, of course! As starters, the Romans love to have “bruschetta�: a kind of toast with garlic, quality olive oil, and then on top of it almost anything you want, but most tipically sliced tomatoes. Also the “supplì� fried rice balls with mozzarella filling, are absolutely worth trying!

As to second courses, a delicacy not to miss is the “saltimbocca�, literally “jump in the mouth� (probRoman pecorino cheeseably called so because it’s so good!), which consists of slices of veal and prosciutto ham, cooked in marsala wine with leaves of sage. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try the “trippa�, the traditional triple stew… For side dish, a tipical choice would be artichokes, “carciofi�, cooked “alla romana� with butter and salt, or “alla giudia�, deliciously crunchy with garlic and parsleRoman local winey.

As a Roman dessert, try the “crostata con la ricotta�, a sort of a sweet and crusty cheese cake or the “torta della nonna�. Also the local cheeses, such as the tasty “pecorino romano� are good and popular desserts.

To drink you should choose any of the local wines form the Castelli Romani area, white or red, popular in all Italy.

For other travel tips, restaurant recommendations, information about Rome hotels and Rome city tours see these links and booking tours or accomodation try the Hotelrome.net!

Ideas for daytrips from Rome

In the outskirts of Rome, there are a number of interesting small towns with an amazing history and incredibile beauty to offer to those who wish to see more than just the basic, “obligatory� sights in the Rome city itself.

cerveteri etruscan necropolisBefore the growth of the Roman Republic and then Empire, the area around Rome was inhabited by the Etruscans, who have left behind many signs of their highly evolved culture and society. Some of their heritage can be admired in Cerveteri, a small town that hosts a huge Etruscan necropolis with more than 400 tombs of the 8th-2nd century BC., disposed in the form of a “city of the dead�. The most interesting objects found in the tombs are now hosted in the Museum of Villa Giulia in Rome, but the necropolis is definitely worth seeing, being a beautiful enchanted place. To get there, take a bus from the metro-A station of Lepanto and then walk form the center of Cerveteri, which, by the way, is also worth visiting.

viterbo, RomeAnother town of Etruscan origin, Viterbo, has a beautiful medieval old-town, mostly of 12th-14th century, and is known as the “City of Popes�, having offered refuge to many a medieval pope during the frequent political conflicts. Some of the main attractions are the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, tha Palazoo dei Papi, the Villa Lante di Bagniaia with its marvellous garden and of course the city center itself with its narrow streets and the atmosphere of times long gone. From Rome you can get to Viterbo by train: fromVilla Gregoriana cascade, Tivoli Rome Termini or Ostiense stations it’ll take about an hour and a half.
Tivoli is yet another beautiful smalltown about 1 hour drive from Rome, with a COTRAL bus leaving from the metro-B Ponte Mammolo station. The ancient town, located on the Aniene river, was under the influence of Rome as early as 4th century BC, and flourished again in the Middle Ages, under Frederik Barbarossa. The main attraction today are the 16th century Villa d’Este of the cardinal d’Este, the Roman amphitheatre, the beautiful Villa Gregoriana with it’s waterfall, and the ruins of the ancient Villa Adriana, the palace of the emperor Hadrian, outside the city center.
Ostia beach RomebmpIf you want nothing too complicated and not too far away, you can always go to the sea: in the summer the whole city seems to move over to the beaches of Ostia, and in the winter time you can enjoy in peace and quiet the storming sea… And of course, the whole “Lungomare�, that is the road coasting the sea, is crowded with restaurants specialised in seafood! Going to Ostia couldn’t be easier: first take the metro line B to Piramide and then just switch for the train for “Lido di Ostia�. Get off at Ostia centro or Stella Polare and it’s just a few steps to the sea!

To do some exploring it’s good to stay in a centrally located hotel, such as the brand new Yes Hotel near the Termini station, or the already well-known Hotel or Hostel Des Artistes, both close to the station as well.

Capitoline Museums : Special Exhibition

Painting by Lanfranco

Palazzo Caffarelli in the Capitole Museums in Rome in Piazza Venezia is holding an exhibition of major importance until 28 january 2007, the “Officina Emiliana� (the Emilian Workshop), which travels throughout Italy, and where you will admire some 40 works of great painters as Correggio, Guercino and Lanfranco made between the 15th and 18th century.
The collection, which is composed of works by artists orginary from Emilia and Romagna is owned by the Bank of the same name, The Banca Popolare dell’Emilia Romagna. The collection began in the 60s and was enlarged throughout the years and this is a successful example of private sponsoring aiming at art, culture and territory with a public interest since the recovering of these works also means the taking care of them, which may not have been possible and also made it possible for the public to be able to admire these works. At the beginning the choices were casual since the works were to furnish the offices only, and slowly it turned out to be a cultural project instead.
Musei CapitoliniThe exhibition proposes a chronological visit through the works of great painters of the emilian school.

The location is off Piazza Venezia, which is close to the Colosseum in central Rome and is in walking distance from Yes hotel Rome, or in easy reach by bus from the Termini station

Visits are from Tuesdays to Sundays between 9.00 am and 8.00 pm.
Ticket is 8 euro and includes the Capitole Museums too or 4,50 euro for the exhibition only.