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CHRISTMAS AT THE AUDITORIUM 2013
At the Auditorium Parco della Musica, events for more than a month to celebrate Christmas!
From 1 December 2013 to 6 January 2014, the Auditorium shall become a “metropolitan village” with Christmas lights and decorations, a Christmas market, an exhibitions and sales venue, a play area and a skating-rink.
Attractions have been planned for all – irrespective of interests and age: music, theatre, circus, skating, games, exhibitions, market!
On 27-30 December, for puppet master Mimmo Cuticchio, the artist-in-residence period – offered by Musica per Roma – comes to an end. It began during the Christmas period last year.
Between 25 and 27 December, Claudio Baglioni, with his “Dieci dita” (ten fingers) show, shall present his repertory once more.
On 17 December, Roberto Vecchioni shall appear at the sala Sinopoli hall to present his new album “Io non appartengo più” (I belong no more), and Fiorella Mannoia shall perform on 23 December, accompanied by the 30 musicians of the “Sesto Armonico” orchestra.
Over the last few years, the Gospel Festival – which has become a sure favourite with the public at large – has blossomed into Europe’s largest Gospel festival. It hosts some of the United States’ greatest spiritual and gospel performers.
On 8 December, the magic sound of the voices of more than 200 children shall fill the Sala Santa Cecilia hall at Rome’s Auditorium. Sounds to delight the ear and colours to delight the eye…. but don’t forget to also pay a visit to the traditional Caravanserraglio market dedicated to the works of artists and craftspeople (hosted in the “serra” area of the complex).
This year’s edition hosts a ‘new entry’, called Afrique. Afrique, a festival event dedicated to the African continent, welcomes folk dancers, the charismatic Dumisani Maraire, a renowned master of the folk traditions of Central Africa, and the South African composer, Kevin Volans.
CHRISTMAS IN ROME 2013
CHRISTMAS MARKET IN PIAZZA NAVONA FROM NOVEMBER THE 24TH TO JANUARY THE 6TH
MAGIC CHRISTMAS AT RAINBOW MAGICLAND FROM DECEMBER THE 21ST TO JANUARY THE 6TH
Every year, during the run-up to the Festive Season, as the city ‘dresses up’, to the delight of residents and visitors, a truly unique atmosphere pervades Rome.
Many of Rome’s squares host colourful stands displaying crafts, toys, and decorations for Christmas trees and cribs. In these squares you’re sure to find the gift you were looking for. While checking out the wares on display, why not also sample some of the delicious treats which are traditional at this time of the year?
The most well-known and popular street market is most surely piazza Navona.
The stands are arranged around the amazing ‘four rivers’ fountain, or fontana dei Quattro Fiumi. Look out for the decorations, the music, the toys, gifts, confectionery and sweets and the various specialities associated with the tradition of the kindly old witch bearing gifts, known as the ‘befana’ (including the witch’s broom-motif lucky charm)!
The square also provides the backdrop for many performances, plus the gorgeous old-style merry-go-round – a sure favourite among children and adults alike!
The market runs from 25 November 2013 to 6 January 2014, every day until 1.00 a.m. The key event occurs during the Epiphany, when the ‘befana’ hands out sweets and ‘coal’ (a treat, since it’s a actually a sugary sweet) to all the children in the piazza.
Christmas cheer also comes to many of the other squares in Rome, between 2 and 31 December 2013. The most famous and popular are the busy markets in piazza Mazzini, piazza Verdi and piazza Caprera.
The markets in piazzale Ennio Flaiano, largo Rina Morelli, via Monte Giberto Slitta shall open slightly later, running from 7 December 2013 to 6 January 2014.
The Torresina crafts exhibition/market runs between 1 December and 15 December 2013.
CINECITTA' SHOWS OFF
This exhibition will take you on a magical journey through cinema.
These historic film studios have played a giant part in the history of Italian and Hollywood cinema. Created back in the 30s by Mussolini under the timeless tagline, “Il cinema è l’arma più forte” (Cinema is the most powerful weapon), this is one part of Rome worth making a trip out to see.
There have been some veritable classics shot here over the years, including the epic Ben-Hur and Cleopatra modern films such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ , Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Rob Marshall musical Nine. However, perhaps it is most renowned for being the home of Italy’s most internationally recognized director of all time: Federico Fellini. It doesn’t get more Roman or more acclaimed in cinema history than La Dolce Vita.
The grounds are actually the largest studio in the whole of Europe and you can enjoy private or group tours of the entire area. It’s located just 9km out of Rome making it an easy day trip for any cinema buff.
CINECITTA' SHOWS OFF:
You will be guided through monumental sets and a precious collection of set dressing items coming from the most significant films shot at Cinecittà.
You can get up close to costumes and accessories worn by international stars such as Sophia Loren and Alberto Sordi; be enchanted by the wonderful
sketches of the most renowned designers; and be taken directly into the heart of the Dream Factory.
The exhibition is divided into three sections and traces the history of Italian and International cinema, explaining the crafts necessary to make a movie.
It allows interactions with the different audiovisual languages in the last section called ‘Backstage’.
It’s an exhaustive homage to the most important costume and production designers, allowing visitors to perfectly understand how many professionals are required to make a movie successful. It is also possible to take a complete tour through the resident sets that are still used today for all kinds of audiovisual, domestic feature films and international productions. Expert guides will accompany visitors to the set of Broadway/New York, previously used by Martin Scorsese’s ‘Gangs of New York’ and recently revamped for Paul Haggi’s ‘Third Person’.
Guests can be taken through Florence in the 15th century and to the incredible ‘Ancient Rome’ location, which hosted the renowned period TV
series, with your guide providing insight into all the details of this mammoth production.
The opening of the prestigious Caffè Cinecittà will allow a relaxing break in the stylish café and a quick visit to the bookshop where you can pick up some unique souvenirs.
Via Tuscolana, 1055
Metro A Cinecittà
From Monday to Sunday: from 9.30 am until 5.30 pm (ticket office close at 4.30 pm)
10.00 (in Italian)
11.00 (both Italian and English)
13.00 (in Italian)
14.00 (in Italian)
15.15 (both Italian and English)
16.30 (in Italian)
Close on: Tuesdays
CineBimbiCittà: Opening days: Sunday from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm
AXEL - ICE RINK IN ROME
AXEL - ICE RINK
Ice sketing is now possible in Rome. Bring your children to the big olympic ice rink in Piazza Mancini,
How to get there:
from the hotel get subway A line at Cipro station until Flaminio and from there get tram number 2 to final destination Piazza Mancini.
ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL - THE ART REACTS
ROMAEUROPA FESTIVAL - FROM SEPTEMBER 25TH TO NOVEMBER 24TH
From the 25th of September to the 24th of November you are invited to engage with art for one of the biggest festivals in Rome, RomaEuropa Festival. The festival will showcase all outlets of art with 41 events in 76 days. RomaEuropa celebrates performance art, theatre, dance, film and music. This year, the festival is called ‘The Art Reacts’, allowing for carefully curated events to evoke emotion and create a reaction through each journey. With the help of many international artists the festival displays the diversity of contemporary with risky pieces breaking down barriers between the performers and the viewer.
You can see the boundaries broken down in a few events featured by Belgian born artist Jan Fabre – including Stigmata at the MAXXI museum and two theatrical works (16-17th and 20th October at Teatro Eliseo) . Fabre has been fascinated with the human body and believes that performance art explores the limits of our bodies. You can delve into a dreamlike fantasy with “The Bush”, an album by Diego Buongiorno, that gives birth to contemporary art and sound through music – or listen to the live version of it, “My Heart is a Forest” performed at Palladium theatre on 19 and 20 October. Allow dance to take you on a journey of the unknown through our bodies in Tabea Martin’s “Duet for Two Dancers” (25 October at Palladium), or catch Dada Masilo’s rendition of the classic “Swan Lake” (from 6th to 10th November at Teatro Argentina).
ROMA EUROPA FESTIVAL
Till 24 November
Various locations around Rome
DIGITAL LIFE EXHIBITION
Till 1 December at Macro Testaccio
Till 10 November at MAXXI
To get more info about the festival
AUGUSTO at SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE
AUGUSTO - SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE FROM 18TH OCTOBER 2013 TO 9TH FEBRURY 2014
The exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale to mark the 2,000th anniversary of Augustus's death tells the parallel stories of his dazzling career and of the birth of a new era. The adopted son and great-nephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus was a man endowed both with exceptional charisma and with extraordinary political intuition. Where even Julius Caesar had failed, he succeeded in putting an end to the decades of internecine strife that had brought the Roman Republic to its knees, and in inaugurating a new political era: the Empire. His reign, which lasted over forty years, was to be the longest in the city's entire history. Under Augustus the Empire achieved its greatest expansion, spreading to cover the whole of the Mediterranean basin, from Spain to Turkey and from the Maghreb to Greece, and Germany. The details of his life and dazzling career are known to us both from the emperor himself and from historians as Velleius Paterculus, Suetonius, Tacitus and Cassius Dio. In fact there are very few other Roman emperors for whose life we have such a large number of written sources. This allows us to reconstruct the stages of a political career in the course of which Augustus held all of the most important public offices, and at the same time to track the disastrous series of deaths in his family that robbed him, in the space of a few decades, both of Agrippa, his son-in-law and deputy, and of the heirs designated to succeed him: his nephew Marcellus, the son of his sister Octavia, and Gaius and Lucius Caesar, the sons of Julia and Agrippa. Thus on his death the Empire passed into the hands of Tiberius, the son of his third and much-loved wife Livia. The end of civil strife was skilfully marketed as an era of peace, prosperity and abundance. It was then that such crucial concepts as pax, pietas and concordia began to circulate, sung by poets of the calibre of Virgil, Horace and the entire coterie of intellectuals gathered around Maecenas. The exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale will be using a selection of works of art of the highest artistic quality including statues, portraits, household objects in bronze, silver and glass, golden jewellery and precious stones, to offer visitors the chance to explore the emperor's life and career, which coincided with the birth a new artistic culture and language that continues even today to lie at the very root of Western civilisation.
Scuderie del Quirinale
Via XXIV Maggio 16, Roma
Full price € 12.00
Reduced price € 9.50
ARCHIMEDES - ART AND INVENTION SCIENCE
ARCHIMEDES - MUSEI CAPITOLINI FROM 31ST MAY 2013 TO 14TH JANUARY 2014
An exhibition on the figure of Archimedes organized in collaboration with the Museo Galileo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science in Florence, with models he invented and archaeological findings from the ancient Syracuse, where the scientist lived in third century BC.
This exhibition presents Archimedes - a key figure of universal culture - to the wider public for the very first time. The staggering significance of his writings matched by his phenomenal intuition in the field of mechanical technology made Archimedes the precursor of the genius and inventor. His name is still synonymous with invention and innovation in industrial production and design.
This prompted the idea for an exhibition that would offer concrete testimony not only of his studies but of the city where he lived and of the technical and scientific civilisation that gained ground in the Mediterranean area in the 3rd century BC - and of which Syracuse was a splendid example. In the background are the relations between Syracuse and Alexandria in Egypt, a city visited by Archimedes and many learned figures in the 3rd century BC.
Archimedes' death at the hand of a Roman soldier during the siege of Syracuse in 212 BC was an epoch-making moment for the Ancient world and, paradoxically, marked Archimedes' rebirth, as the Romans started the process that turned him into a legend and celebrated the "divine genius" behind the concept of machines never previously seen.
The exhibition then narrates the second rebirth of Archimedes, commenced in the 13th century with the gradual rediscovery of his writings. After catalysing scholars, artists and scientists, Archimedes became a point of reference for the leading lights of the Scientific Revolution, who employed Archimedes' writings to lay the bases for the new science popularised in the 17th century.
MUSEI CAPITOLINI: Palazzo dei Conservatori and Palazzo Caffarelli
from 9 am to 8 pm ( ticket office close at 7 pm )
Exhibition “Archimede. Arte e scienza dell’invenzione (31.5.2013-12.1.2014)” e Musei Capitolini:
€ 13,00 full price ; € 11,00 reduced;
EVERY WEDNESDAY THE PAPAL AUDIENCE
EVERY SUNDAY MEET PAPA FRANCESCO DURING THE ANGELUS ( PAPAL BLESSING ) AT 12:00 IN SAN PETER SQUARE
Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi":
"Brothers and sisters, good evening!
You know that it was the duty of the Conclave to give Rome a Bishop. It seems that my brother Cardinals have gone to the ends of the earth to get one... but here we are... I thank you for your welcome. The diocesan community of Rome now has its Bishop. Thank you! And first of all, I would like to offer a prayer for our Bishop Emeritus, Benedict XVI. Let us pray together for him, that the Lord may bless him and that Our Lady may keep him.
And now, we take up this journey: Bishop and People. This journey of the Church of Rome which presides in charity over all the Churches. A journey of fraternity, of love, of trust among us. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world, that there may be a great spirit of fraternity. It is my hope for you that this journey of the Church, which we start today, and in which my Cardinal Vicar, here present, will assist me, will be fruitful for the evangelization of this most beautiful city.
And now I would like to give the blessing, but first - first I ask a favour of you: before the Bishop blesses his people, I ask you to pray to the Lord that he will bless me: the prayer of the people asking the blessing for their Bishop. Let us make, in silence, this prayer: your prayer over me.
Now I will give the Blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will.
Brothers and sisters, I leave you now. Thank you for your welcome. Pray for me and until we meet again. We will see each other soon. Tomorrow I wish to go and pray to Our Lady, that she may watch over all of Rome. Good night and sleep well!"
Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum;
Eminentissimum ac Reverendissimum Dominum,
Dominum Georgium Marium
Sanctae Romanae Ecclesiae Cardinalem Bergoglio
qui sibi nomen imposuit Franciscum
17th March The first Angelus of Papa Francesco 12:00 am in Saint Peter's square
19th March Intronizzazione di Papa Francesco 9:30 am in Saint Peter's square
13th May Holy Mass and Canonization of the Blesseds in Saint Peter's square:
- Antonio Primaldo and Companions
- Laura of Saint Catherine of Siena
- María Guadalupe García Zavala
VATICAN MUSEUMS AND SISTINE CHAPEL
Just 3 minutes walking from our hotel ............
The magnificent and immense Vatican Museums are among the greatest and most important in the world. This explains the extremely long queues tailing back from the the entrance, especially in the high seasons such as at Christmas, Easter and during spring.
Rest assured however, your patience will be rewarded inside.
In order to avoid the queues and save time, it is therefore a good idea booking your admission ticket or guided tour online.
The Vatican Museums in fact encompass a number of different museums: the Pio-Clementino Museum, the Chiaramonti Museum, the Gregorian Etruscan Museum, the Gregorian Egyptian Museum, the Gregorian Profane Museum, the Pio-Christian Museum, the Ethnological Missionary Museum, the Collection of Modern Religious Art, the Upper Galleries Museum, the Vatican Library Museum, the Pinacoteca (Art Gallery) and of course the exquisite and unique Sistine Chapel.
An entire day will not be long enough to see everything, so you would do well to dress comfortably and have a clear idea of what you really want to visit before embarking of this “expedition”.
The Vatican Museums are also open on the last Sunday of every month when admission is free
Viale Vaticano, 100
Fax: +39 06 69885100
Telephone: +39 06 69883145 - 06 69884676 info - 06 6982
Web site: www.museivaticani.va
Vatican Museums - Sistine Chapel
Monday-Saturday: 9:00 - 18:00;
Last admission 16:00;
Last Sunday of the month: open and free of charge from 9:00 to 14:00, last admission 12:30. Closed if it falls on Easter, 29 June (Saints Peter and Paul), 25 or 26 December (Christmas Day or Boxing Day).
THE BEST WESTERN HOTEL SPRING HOUSE WINS “THE MOST UNIQUE ROOM” IN
Thousands Cast Their Votes for Their Favorite Hotels on Facebook
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