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RUGBY IN ROME

RUGBY IN ROME

One of the most important sport events in the year is just behind the corner: in one month Rugby- Six Nations Championship will start. For five weeks England, France, Italy, Scotland and Wales will face each other to snatch the prestigious cup from 2015 winner Wales.
The very first match will take place in Edinburg-Murrafield stadium (UK) on February 4. Italy has three home fixtures (against Wales,Ireland and France), and two away fixtures (vs England and Scotland). Our team has been playing in the Six Nations Championship since 2000, by virtue of her successful results in the past twenty years.
We shortlisted for you the matches at Stadio Olimpico in Rome:

– Saturday 5 February 2017, 3:00 pm: ITALY vs WALES
– Sunday 11 March 2015, 3:25 pm : ITALY vs IRELAND
– Saturday 11 March 2015, 14.30 pm: ITALY vs FRANCE
Yes Hotel offers special facilities to guests supporting rugby’s Six Nations: contact us for info on tickets & accommodations!

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.

Our Blogger: Joseph

Andy Warhol in Rome

Warhol-Campbell_Soup-1-screenprint-1968From April 18 to September 28 2014, Palazzo Cipolla, Via Del Corso 320, Rome.

Andy Warhol by Brant Foundation is a rare opportunity for the public to be able to see one of the most important groups of works by the artist father of American Pop Art, collected not by a simple collector, but a character, Peter Brant, a close friend of Warhol, with whom he shared the years artistically and culturally vibrant New York in the 60’s and 70’s. Warhol was only twenty years old in 1967 Peter Brant bought his first work of Warhol, a drawing of the famous Campbell‘s Soup, starting what would become one of the most important contemporary art collections in the world.

Through masterpieces and works by lesser-known but equally amazing, as a series of Polaroid never seen before in Europe, the exhibition tells the Brant Foundation is not just the star of Warhol’s art world and the market but also the intimate Warhol, friend, the man.

From April 18 to September 28 2014, Palazzo Cipolla, Via Del Corso 320, Rome.

Modigliani and his band of damned artists in Rome

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Paris, beginning of the 20th century. Many of the revolutions that are going to change our understanding of the world and ourselves are being planned here. The first battles in the front of art are fought by a little group of broke bohemian painters that gather at Montparnasse and make ends meet selling paintings to a certain Jonas Netter, a shy businessman with an eye for art, deep pockets, and a soft spot for that band of outsiders that paint what most people then consider monstrosities.

Many of those monstrosities will become artistic treasures, specially those by Utrillo and the Italian Modigliani, whose stylized portraits are among the most iconic works of art of the 20th century. Netter, on the other hand, will be known to posterity only through his protégées. More, however, than most of his less farsighted contemporaries can say.

The Netter collection, that includes works by Modigliani, Utrillo, Chaim Soutine and other “damned” artists will be on display at the Palazzo Cipolla, Via del Corso 320, from November 14 to April 6, 2014. The Museum can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes with the bus 64 from the Station Termini (Stop Piazza Venezia).

Six Nations 2014

Six_Nations_Championship.svgScotland and England will jet into Rome for the 2014 Rugby Six Nations tournament to face the Italian team at home.

The Azzurri will want to improve last year’s performance wen they finished in the 4th place, under England, France and Ireland. This year will see them take to their home ground 2 times. The first home game sees the Scottish travel to the capital on Sunday February 22nd. Then England will visit the Eternal City on March 15th.

England, will try by all means to  win again the tournament as they did for the last time on 2011. The Irish could be among the tournament’s favourites, and maintain a ruthless record against Italy.  Scotland will try to improve the third place obtained last year and Wales will be looking to renew its championship.

The matches will take place at the Stadio Olimpico that can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: just take the red subway line and get off at the station Flaminio, then take the tram 2 across the street until the last stop.

Rum In Rome

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If you are anything like us, you’ll agree that taking a moment to enoy a drink in good company is one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Noting beats a good drink with a good friend and when it comes to drinks Rum it’s up there with the most celebrated. Show Rum, the Italian Festival of Rum, will guide you through the history of the beverage and through to the ways it can be combined (with food, chocolate, cigars or coffee) to complex sensorial experiences.

Show Rum will take place 19 and 20 acotober 2014 at SET in Via Tirso 14. The venue can be easily reached from Yes Hotel or Hotel Des Artistes: from the station Termini take the bus 92 and get off at the stop “Buenos Aires”, then walk 250 meters.

Book Recommendation

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This is not a blog about books, but I just came across one that’s too good to be ignored.

Elena Bonora’s “Roma 1564″ is authoritative and educational but is also as entertaining as the best thriller. The book documents with great historical rigour a conspiracy to kill pope Pious IV and unveils through its reconstructions the sometimes brutal past of the city and the peculiar worldview of its inhabitants (there are astrologers and treasure hunts involved!)

Unfortunately the book is yet to be translated in English. If you know italian, get it; if you don’t, keep checking for the translation: it’s an indispensable read for those who believe that reality is stranger (and sometimes more intriguing) than fiction.

Crosby, Stills & Nash in Rome

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It was more than rock or folk. It was more than the sum of elements from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, some of the most influential bands of the 60’s and 70’s. Crosby, Stills & Nash was way more than the sum of its parts, as is always the case with legendary groups.

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash first got together in 1969 and were joined in 1970 by Neil Young, also a former member of Buffalo Springfield and a rock and roll legend on his own right. The affair beetwen the trio and Young was on-and-off but with and without him the band has earned a foremost place in the rock and roll canon.

The original trio will be touring the United States and Europe this year and will reach Italy this summer. They’ll stop by in Rome July 19 to offer a concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica.

The Auditorium, designed by famous Italian Architect Renzo Piano, is located at Viale Piero de Coubertain, and can be easily reached from our hotel, located near the station Termini: just take the red subway line until Flaminio and then take the tram 2 and get off at the stop “Apollodoro”.

A Summer Under The Shadow Of The Colosseum

tajoPeople visiting Rome this summer can’t complain for lack of entertainment options. Besides the SoyLatino Festival, Rock in Roma,  Luglio Suona Bene at the Auditorium Parco della Musica and the New 900 Lab open-air club, visitors will be able to enjoy the festival All’Ombra del Colosseo (Under the Shadow of the Colosseum) that will take place at the enchanting Parco del Celio, located just beside the famous monument and a very nice place to visit on its own right.

The festival features mostly Italian comedians (in fact the motto this year is “Che Tajo””, Roman for “So funny!”) , so you might not be interested in the performances unless you have a pretty good grasp of Italian. However, the atmosphere will be worth it and besides, an open air restaurant and club has just been opened so you will be able to enjoy the evening through the universal languages of food and music!

The Parco del Celio is located almost literally under the shade of the Colosseum, a short subway ride away from Hotel Des Artistes or Yes Hotel. The festival will run from June 30 to September 8, 2013.

Rome’s Party Bus

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The other night I was waiting to catch my bus to get back home at the Station Termini. There are many things you can expect to see there after midnight, but a glowing flamingo-pink bus with people dancing inside is not one of them. After convincing myself that Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters (link for the lazy) disbanded a long time ago I decided to take a mental note and inquire further into the matter for the profit of our readers.

Turns out that the flamboyant bus is the Fashion Bus, a club on wheels you can rent to celebrate whatever you deem worth celebrating, and if you are the type who considers seriously to rent it I’m sure you are in no shortage of reasons. According to their website a 3-hour party for 25 people with snacks, music and illimited drinks would cost you 700Eur on weekdays or 800Eur on Friday,. Saturday or Sunday. Reasonable, if you ask me.

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