Museums in Rome

Villa Borghese and the “Temple of Asclepius”

One of the must visit places in Rome that combines nature, pleasure, history and physical excercise. You can spent a lot of hours walking, drinking coffee etc. You can ride your bike and enjoy! The Villa is a great place to cycle around and the cafe’s are definitely worth stopping at while taking in the scenery. It’d also be a great place for a picnic, however, there’s not a whole lot else to keep you entertained. It’s only a short walk from the Spagna metro station and the Spanish Steps though so it’s definitely worth stopping at if you’re in the area.

The lake is circled by the walking path “Viale del Lago,” but you won’t be able to miss the centerpiece – “Temple of Asclepius.” Asclepius  was the Greek god of medicine and healing – exactly what your legs will need after all this time exploring Rome & Italy!IMG_6694

From Piazza del Popolo ­- The wide open Piazza is very popular with Romans as well as tourists, for its beautiful statuary and Egyptian obelisk. To the east of the Piazza is the massive Borghese Gardens, a quiet green spot among the big city hustle and bustle. This park is great for strolling, jogging, etc, and I believe you can rent a bicycle to ride around on. On the east side of the park is the most excellent Villa Borghese, a prime site to view art, especially, in my opinion, sculpture. There is no lack of magnificent art in Rome, but don’t miss this place.

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Museo dell’Ara Pacis

“When I returned to Rome from Gaul and from Spain, in the consulship of Tiberius Nero and Publius Quintilio, having brought to a satisfactory finish my works in these provinces, the Senate decreed that there should be consecrated in the Field of Mars an altar to the Augustan Peace and ordered that the officials, priests and vestal virgins should celebrate a sacrifice at it every year.”

It is with these words that Augustus, in his spiritual testimony, the Res Gestae, tells us of the Senate’s decision to construct an altar to Peace, following the conclusion of his labours North of the Alps from 16 to 13 B.C., subjecting the Reti and the Vindelici, establishing definitive control over the Alpine passes, and visiting Spain, finally at peace, founding new colonies and imposing new tributes. history_large

The ceremonial dedication of the Altar of Peace, took place on the 30th January in the year 9 B.C.
It seems, according to the evidence provided by the historian Cassius Dione (LIV, 25.3), that at first the Senate had planned to build an altar within their own building, the Curia, but the idea was not followed through and the northernmost part of the Field of Mars, which had recently been urbanised, was chosen instead. The altar dedicated to peace came, therefore, and not by chance, to be built in the middle of a vast plain, on which, traditionally, the manoeuvres of the infantry and the cavalry took place, and, in more recent times, the gymnastic exercises of the Roman youth. the_meier_project_slideshow

The new museum complex for the Ara Pacis was designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects, an architectural studio in the United States, which has been responsible for several of the most notable museums of the second half of the twentieth century. The building work for the project was awarded to the Italian company Marie Engineering and was overseen, for the Municipal Administration, by the Government Office of Cultural Assets and the Office of the Historic City.

05/04 – 02/09/2012
Russian avant-garde
Malevic, Kandinskij, Chagall, Rodcenko, Tatlin and others
New temporary exhibition space Ara Pacis

The most remarkable achievements of Russian art in the XX century – Cubo-Futurism, with its unique synthesis of European trends of the time, the originality of Abstract art, Constructivism, with its architectural compositions, and Suprematism with its geometric purity – are represented in this single major exhibition: Russian Avant-gardes.

For more information about up coming events visit their site

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A Night At The Roman Museums

-Tomorrow important museums in all European cities will open its doors to allow night visits: a unique opportunity to discover unexpected and unseen angles of Rome’s heritage, all free of charge.

notte-musei-14-maggi-programmaRomaImmagineInEvidenzaImmagineInEvidenzaTomorrow, May 14, museums all across Europe will open its doors to allow visitors to admire  some of the most important art collections in the world from a different angle. Of course the Eternal City won’t be the exception, so if you are now in Rome you’ll have the chance to experience the City in a way you never imagined: by night and for free.

Among the museums open tomorrow from 20.00 PM to 02.00 A.M there are The Capitoline Museums, The Borghese Gallery,Castel Sant’Angelo, the Pantheon and the contemporary-art museums MACRO and MAXXI. You could even visit more than one of those in an authentic museum-crawl night!

p594538-Rome-night_view_of_the_castleBesides, since most cutlural institutions have joined in the fun, there will be many free events in venues scattered all around the city: you’ll have the National Academy of Dance  at the Ara Pacis,  The jazz singer Maria Pia de Vito  at the Centrale Montemartini, just to name a few among the most interesting. You can check the entire list here (in English, don’t worry).

And after a long night admiring the cultural wealth of Rome there’s nothing more fitting than relaxing at Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel. Contact us now to get our best rate!