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Friday, June 19, 2009

Ultimo Mulino together with Peghera di Baccio and Poggio Antinora as a way of underlining the eno-gastronomical highlights of the Chianti region

The Ross Hotels, with the idea of continuously enhance the highlights and characteristics of its territory, has created this year a strategical joint venture with two of the main Chianti firms, leaders within the eno-gastronomical field, La Peghera di Baccio, a restaurant renown for its typical tuscan cusine, and Poggio Antinora, an agricultural-firm dating back to 1234 in the very heart of Chianti Classico, which has a wonderful canteen specialized in wine-making, ageing and bottling.

The structure of the Ross Hotels which has been involved into this agreement is Ultimo Mulino, a hotel in Gaiole in Chianti, immersed into the greenest country and rising from a careful restoration of an old original medieval mill, restoration which has led to a perfect fusion between the respect of history and the modern concept of hospitality.

The idea is to give the chance to the guests of the hotel, but not only, of enjoying the wide experience that La Peghera di Baccio and Poggio Antinora have acquired in these years, in order to guarantee them the highest quality during their holiday in Tuscany.
“Any hotel in the world can’t afford nowadays not to offer to its own guests cultural experiences and combinations, as examples of genuine expressions of the territory”, says Massimo Rossinelli, owner at Ross Hotels, “The eno-gastronomy has always been one the highest and involving cultural experiences”.

This maitre a penser is blossoming from Ultimo Mulino in a daily offer of recipes rich in harmonious and ancient flavours and of a varied canteen of the highest quality, together with particular events and happenings which revolve around the culture of wine and its making, along with taylor-made menus purposely studied for superlative combinations.

Futher info and contacts at:

Ross Hotels Group
Tel: +39 0577/738181
Fax: + 39 0577/738031
Web: www.rosshotels.com
E-Mail: info[at]rosshotels.com

Rome: Killers and Franz Ferdinand, 14 July 2009

The Killers and Franz Ferdinand have recently published their new albums, and this summer they will both go on tour to present their songs and make us dance. A concert of these two bands is always a thrilling experience, but try to imagine what it means to see them playing live on the same day and on the same stage: it cannot but be an unmissable event. For this reason the concert that the Killers and Franz Ferdinand will hold in Rome on the 14th of July is considered as one of the most awaited events of this summer.

A unique chance to kill two birds with one stone and attend the concert of two of the most appreciated bands of the last few years, simply planning a stay in Rome. The Killers and Franz Ferdinand, the meeting of two bands which are in some ways different and in some ways similar: American from Las Vegas, openly influenced by the music of the 80s the first, Scottish from Glasgow the latter, who have added some funky and electronic features to their sound in their latest album. Their common ground is probably the desire to play a kind of rock that makes people dance, and if you book a cheap hotel in Rome and attend the concert you will have proof that both bands have achieved their purpose.

The concert will take place at the Ippodromo delle Capannelle and is part of Rock in Roma, a music festival that will take place in June and July taking some of the most appreciated Italian and international bands and singers to the eternal city. One of the main scheduled events is the concert of Killers and Franz Ferdinand, who come back to Italy after the success achieved by their latest tours and albums. Both bands have already performed in Italy in March: the Killers in Milan (the concert was soon sold out) and Franz Ferdinand in Bologna and Milan. Both bands have recently released a successful record: Tonight: Franz Ferdinand was published at the beginning of the year by the Scottish band and includes successful singles like Ulysses and No You Girl, while the Killers have published Day & Age at the end of 2008, preceded by the single Human, which everybody knows. A great result for both bands, who in few years time have passed from anonymity to global success: the debut albums of both bands date back to 2004 (Hot Fuss and Franz Ferdinand), a debut that boded well (everybody remembers songs like Somebody Told Me and Mr Brightside by Killers, Take me out and Michael by Franz Ferdinand), and an evidence of this is given by the success achieved by the following records, Franz Ferdinand’s You Could Have it so much better (2005) and Killers’ Sam’s Town (2006), which included songs that have come down in music history like Do you Want to and When you Were Young.

The stories of the Killers and Franz Ferdinand, which have developed in a parallel way, will soon cross in Rome. Do not miss this event, book now a hostel in Rome.

Tickets: 40 euro
Date: 14th July 2009
Location: Ippodromo delle Capannelle, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Cheap hotel reservations in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to youth hostel.

Rome: Patti Smith Concert, 6 July 2009

The Seventies, the most fertile decade from the musical point of view, have given birth to bands and artists that have come down in music history and have become real icons for many generations. When we speak about the rock legends of that period, we cannot avoid thinking about Patti Smith, the “priestess of rock”, who has delighted us with her voice, music and words since 1975, when she released her first album Horses.

It is not possible to go back to the Seventies, to that period characterised by a great music ferment, but the concert that Patti Smith will hold in Rome on the 6th of July will give us the chance to enjoy the performance of an artist that has marked those years, and to take advantage of the event to take a journey to Rome.

Patti Smith, who was born in Chicago in 1946, is not only a passionate singer and interpreter, but also a poetess and artist (her works will be displayed at the Robert Miller Gallery) who has worked in New York’s underground theatres, has been a busker and has performed as an actress and as a poetess, then succeeding in combining the expressive power of music with that of words, realising records that are now considered ad landmarks of rock. Patti Smith began to approach the world of music in the early Seventies, when she began to perform with Lenny Kaye, a rock composer: he would play the guitar and she would sing her poems. Few years after piano player Richard Sohl joined them, and together they started performing more regularly, playing also at the CBGB and succeeding in signing a record deal with an emerging label. This happened in 1975, and Horses made people discover Patti Smith’s music and poetry, paving the way for other successful albums and songs, like Because the Night, very famous song which was born of the collaboration with Bruce Springsteen, and which was included in the album Easter (1978). In 1979 Patti retired from the scene, but her voluntary exile lasted only 10 years: in 1988 she released the album Dream of Life, which was written together with her husband Fred Smith. With songs like People have the Power this record marked the artist’s return to the world of music. She did not published any other records until 1996, when she released Gone Again, which was followed by other works and live performances.

The concert that Patti Smith will hold in the eternal city will give you the chance to book holiday apartments in Rome and to attend the live performance of a living legend of rock, who still has much to say after 30 years. In Villa Ada in Rome the artist will hold an acoustic concert, accompanied by guitar player Lenny Kaye, who has worked with her since the beginning, and by her daughter, piano player Jesse Smith. Do not miss one of the most exciting music events of this summer: benefit from hotels offers in Rome.

Tickets: 22 euro
Date: 6th July 2009
Location: Villa Ada, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from 2 stars hotels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel to Rome or for travel information have a look to Holiday apartments in Rome.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Rome, Without Borders Film Festival, 1 – 3 July 2009

One of the biggest contradictions of our time is to be found in the distances between people: geographically speaking the distances between foreign countries are reducing, both means of communication and means of transports give us the illusion of being close to any other part of the world, and that we only need to turn on the TV or to take a plane to go elsewhere. On the other hand this geographical proximity does not correspond to a real feeling of closeness between different peoples, and problems like prejudices, ignorance, intolerance and incomprehension are far from being solved.

The “Without Borders Film Festival”, which takes place in Rome from the 1st to the 3rd of July (book now hotels in Rome), is meant to show what human beings have in common, if they go beyond religious and cultural differences, and telling stories dealing with the encounter of different peoples, it is intended to show that it is possible to go beyond geographical and mental borders.

The festival, which will be held this year for the second time (the first edition achieved a great success, attracting many cinema lovers in Rome), takes inspiration from a documentary realised by Paul Smaczny, “Konwledge is the Beginning”: filming a tour of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which is made of musicians coming from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, the documentary shows how inhabitants of countries that fight against each other can travel, work and live together, learning something from each other.

And the films that are selected every year to take part in the festival deal with similar themes, and telling stories they try to find a common humanity between people, which goes beyond any border. About 15 films of all genres (feature, short, animation films and documentaries) are projected during the festival, and projections are accompanied by meetings and discussions with directors, which give tourists in Rome the possibility to look into important issues and to exchange ideas with other people.

Among the themes discussed in this edition of the festival, the role of women in different societies (in the movie “Feminin – Masculin” by Sadaf Foroughi), censorship (“Head Wind” by Mohammad Rasoulof), the negative opinion that too often people have of Islam (“I Bring what I Love” by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi), peace and non-violence as means to achieve important aims (Kashmir: Journey to Freedom” by Udi Aloni), questions about identity (“Off and Running” by Nicole Opper), and much more. Do not miss the short films realised by some Roman students dealing with the theme of “walls”, in the 20th anniversary of the fall of Berlin wall: this works, together with a photo essay realised by some New York’s students which will be presented during the festival, highlights the importance of learning to destroy borders from an early age.

During the festival you will also have the possibility to visit the exhibition “The Course of History”, with the photos took by Belgian photographer Bart Michiels, who visited the most famous European battlefields and took photos of those landscapes as they appear today, to show how the passing of time covers the traces of those fights, while men cannot find a “cure” for war.

Date: 1st – 3rd July 2009
Location: Casa del Cinema, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from 4 stars hotels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel to Rome or for travel information have a look to Holiday apartments in Rome.

Cheap flights to Rome from New York with Meridiana-Eurofly

A new cheap offer by Meridiana-Eurofly: among some promotions, flights to Rome from New York at 238 $ one way, all inclusive.

Rome (2.700.000 inhabitants) named also “ The Eternal City”, is the Italian Republic capital. Rome rises on the banks of the Tiber river; the original settlement developed on the hills in front of the bend on which rises the Tiberine island, the only natural ford of the river. The historical centre of the city is built upon the famous “Seven Hills” : Palatine, Aventino, Capitol, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline and Celio.

According to tradition it was founded the 21st April 753 BC, during her history course (near three millenniums) Rome has hold an essential role in Italy and Europe ( the first settlements may be go back to the X century BC).

Caput Mundi during the Roman era (that is, it was at the time known as the world capital) it is a politic and spiritual reference point on international level up till now, in fact, Rome gives hospitality to the enclave of the Vatican City, the heart of the catholic Christianity. The old part of the city centre, is a evidences superimposition of over 2.800 years of history, is part of UNESCO heritage, and has made the city one of the most visited destination in the world.

Not to be missed a visit to the ever-popular “Fontana di Trevi”, to the Colosseum, from were it is possible to admire the wonderful view of the “Fori Imperiali”, to the Phanteon, to the Capitol square designed by Michelangelo; and Rome’s numerous museums: starting from the museo Capitolino, to the Vatican museums, where is highly recommended a visit to the “Stanze di Raffaello” (decorated by Raphael and his pupils), to the most magnificent of all the frescoes, the famed chapel ceiling of Sistine Chapel lavishly decorated with fine frescoes by Michelangelo. Being nightlife in Rome varied and vivacious, it could be a way of discovering the taste of the roman “Dolce Vita”.

Rome: Giotto and the 14th Century, 6 March – 29 June 2009

Giotto, one of the most important innovators in art, is the protagonist of a splendid exhibition in Rome, at Vittoriano Museum.

The exhibition “Giotto and the 14th century”, which will take place in the eternal city from March the 6th to June the 29th, is an unmissable event for all art lovers and scholars, who will not miss the chance to book a hostel in Rome and visit an exhibition that is meant to deal not only with Giotto’s works and the influence that the artist had on his contemporaries and on subsequent art, but also with Italian art between the end of the 12th and the first half of the 14th century. As the title of the exhibition suggests, indeed, the exhibition is not only dedicated to Giotto, but more in general to the time when he lived, and it includes not only works realised by this great artist (about 20), but also those of other artists: painters (Cimabue, who was Giotto’s master, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti), sculptors (Arnolfo di Cambio, Giovanni Pisano, Giovanni di Balduccio), and goldsmiths (Guccio di Mannaia and Andrea Puvvi Sardi), totalling 150 works.

Giotto, who was born in Vespignano, in the province of Florence, moved to many Italian cities throughout his life, leaving an indelible trace in every place that he visited. The exhibition can be seen as a sort of reconstruction of Giotto’s travels in Italy, which can make us discover how the artist spread his artistic language in various Italian regions (Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Lombardy, Lazio, Campania), and how his works influenced the painting schools of the cities he visited. This is a large and exhaustive exhibition, which features works coming from all over Italy and from all over the world to make the tourists who plan to visit Rome discover the innovative features of Giotto’s style, from three-dimensional representation of space to the return to naturalism and human figure.

The displayed works will include Giotto’s “Madonna with Child on a Throne and Two Angels”, “God the Father Enthroned”, “Christ blessing St John the Evangelist and the Virgin”, Cimabue’s “Virgin and Child”, Puppio Capanna’s “Crucifixion”, Taddeo Gaddi’s “Greggio Crib”, and some recently restored works which will be displayed for the first time after the restoration, like Giotto’s “Badia Polyptich”. Besides the works that will be displayed at the Vittoriano, which have already convinced many art lovers to book cheap hotels in Rome, the exhibition will also include some “virtual” works which, due to their frailty or to their big size (Giotto was not only a great painter, but also a great architect, and an evidence of that is given by Santa Maria del Fiore bell tower, in Florence) have not been taken to Rome, but which are necessary to present Giotto’s work in an exhaustive way. These works make up the interesting and innovative educational section “L’altro Giotto” (the other Giotto), which is meant to introduce visitors into the exhibition and into Giotto’s world and art.

Tickets: 10 euro, reduced 7,50 euro
Date: 6th March – 29th June 2009
Location: Vittoriano Museum, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Youth hostel in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel to Rome or for travel information have a look to Cheap hotel reservations in Rome.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Rome: Metallica Concert, 24th June 2009

Summer in Rome will be fired up by Metallica’s music: the world tour of the American band will arrive in Rome on June the 24th.

The concert of Metallica in the eternal city will give thousands of fans the chance to spend a low cost holiday in Rome and to listen to the songs of the latest album of the band, Death Magnetic, released in September 2008. The 9th studio album of the band, the first one to be recorded with current bass player Robert Trujillo, who was hired after the defection of Jason Newsted, has achieved a great success, hitting number one of the charts in 25 countries, including Italy, and has been described by critics as a return to the style of the beginning and to a sound which makes it similar to albums like Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All, respectively released in 1986 and 1988.

The new album has been published 27 years after the formation of the band and 25 years after the first album (Kill ‘Em All, indeed, was published in 1983), but the band seems not to suffer the passing of time: Metallica are always at work, although they have had to face various difficult moments in their career, like the death of bass player Cliff Barton in 1986, alcohol problems (in 2001 James Hetfield temporarily left the band to take part in an alcohol rehabilitation program), the change of some members of the band (besides Jason Newsted, in 1983 guitarist Kirk Hammett replaced Dave Mustaine, then founder of Megadeth, with whom the band had an argument about the authorship of some songs realised while Mustaine was still part of Metallica). In 2001 Metallica also had to deal with a lawsuit against Napster, which had distributed via internet some songs of the band for free, and this contributed in creating the image of a band only interested in money. Nonetheless Metallica are still on the crest of the wave, and each published album has achieved a great success, although many old-guard fans did not really appreciate albums like Load and Re-Load, respectively published in 1996 and in 1997, which marked a change in the style of the band, visible also in their renewed look, cleared of long hair and leather clothes. Despite criticism, Metallica have always gone on, marking three decades with songs that everyone remembers (from The Four Horsemen to Fuel, from Nothing Else Matters to Until it Sleeps, from One to St Anger, just to give few examples), and receiving important awards also 25 years after their formation (in 2009 the band was awarded with a grammy for “Best Metal Performance”).

If you want to see one of the most important bands of the last few decades at work you only need to book a 3 star hotel in Rome and enjoy the concert of Metallica, a band that can best express the power of its music live. The band’s performance, which has already convinced many fans to book a cheap guest house in Rome and to buy a ticket, will be preceded by two interesting bands: Lamb of God and Mastodon.

Tickets: 46,00 – 63,25 euro
Date: 24th June 2009
Location: Palalottomatica, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from 3 star hotels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel to Rome or for travel information have a look to Discount guest house in Rome.

Rome: 77th International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena, from the 28th to the 31st of May 2009

Since 1922 Piazza di Siena, at Villa Borghese (one of the largest and most fascinating parks in Rome), hosts an important horse event: the International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena.

The 77th edition of the International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena will take place from May the 28th to the 31st in the eternal city, attracting many turfmen and VIPs, who will probably lodge in luxury hotels in Rome, and who will not want to miss one of the most important and fascinating horse competitions in the world.

Both the race and the location where it takes place have a long and interesting story, which dates back to the end of the 18th century, when Prince Marcantonio Borghese commissioned from the architects Mario and Antonio Asprucci the project of a space where to organise events and palios which could remind him of Siena, the city of origin of Borghese family. Although the prince died before works were finished, his son carried on his project, and Villa Borghese became an ideal place to host feasts, celebrations and spectacular events. Piazza di Siena, at Villa Borghese, its name deriving from the family’s city of origin, has hosted horse events since 1922. Six years later, in 1928, the International Horse Show at Piazza di Siena was officially held for the first time: the first edition featured races between 4 teams (France, Poland, Spain and Italy), and with the passing of time the event has hosted unforgettable challenges between some of the best riders in the world, like Bettoni, D’Inzeo brothers and Graziano Mancinelli. Since 1928 the event has taken place every year except between 1940 and 1947, achieving a great success and confirming Piazza Di Siena to be one of the “sacred” locations of Italian horse racing. An evidence of the international importance of the event is given by the fact that in 2003 the show has been inserted in the Samsung Super League, which includes the 8 best international horse shows.

The tourists who will take advantage of Rome travel deals will take part in an event where history, show and competitive spirit mix, an event that can attract up to 50,000 people, who are interested in races but also in other happenings that make the event unmissable. Besides races, in which the 8 best classified teams of the season will take part, and which will give people the possibility to admire the ability of some of the best riders in the world, Piazza di Siena will host also other interesting shows, like the famous “Carosello dei Carabinieri” (Mounted Carabinieri Display): about 145 horses and riders take part in a very suggestive historical re-enactment. Many people book a guest house in Rome and join the event just not to miss this display, which traditionally closes the event. This show remains engraved on spectators’ memory: re-enacting ancient medieval tournaments, as well as the historic battle of Pastrengo (30th of April 1848), in which mounted Carabinieri played a very important role, Carabinieri parade and perform a series of extraordinary evolutions on horse.

Tickets: 12 – 60 euro
Date: 28th – 30th March 2009
Location: Piazza di Siena, Villa Borghese, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Exclusive cheap B&B in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to 3 stars Hotels in Rome.

Who is responsible for social media marketing?

social mediaWith the massive increasing popularity of Social Media and Social Media Marketing, online marketing professionals are now asking a couple of questions:

- “who is responsible for marketing and contents in this new challenge?”
- "Does this sit entirely within the marketing department?"

Traditional marketing teams have usually managed brand and marketing campaigns within their companies.
Now it's time for a more coordinated effort.

The new culture of participation gives us the opportunity for using the new instruments of Social Network to the benefit of the whole organization.
  • How does the HR team use Social Media to attract new talents?
  • How does the Operational Team use the Social Network tools to stay in touch with employees and maintain engagement?
  • How can Social Media help the R&D team in tapping into new ideas and testing responses to new products?
  • How does the Merchandising team use Social Media to test or seed new sample product?
With so many potential and challenging oportunities companies need now to develop a new overall Social Media strategy for their business.

The next question is whether the CEO is up to date with the shift in the way consumers now interact with social media...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Rome: God Save the Punk, from the 12th to the 24th of May 2009

Is it possible to bring punk to theatre? Is it possible to represent one of the most deflagrating music phenomena ever with the limits of a play, without losing its explosive power? The show “God Save the Punk”, in Rome from May the 12th to the 24th, is an evidence of the fact that it is possible to tell the story of punk on a theatre stage mixing words and music, images and drama.

Carmen Giardina, an Italian actress and director, had the idea of realising a play inspired to punk music and culture after having read Please Kill Me by Legs McNeil e Gillian McCain, a book that deals with punk and gives voice to those who have really experienced this world, gathering interviews and statements issued by those people who can be somehow considered as the protagonists of punk: musicians, artists, but also groupies, record industrialists and journalists. The tales gathered in Please Kill Me are very lively, and they have inspired an even more involving play, which adds music and images to narration, in order to make this phenomenon live again, a phenomenon that was born at the end of the 60s, reached its climax in the 70s and keeps having followers all over the world and influencing contemporary music, fashion and culture.

Book now a bed and breakfast in Rome and get ready to enjoy a unique play where three actors (Nicole De Leo, Fabio Gomiero and Enrico Salimbeni) play the main figures of punk, give voice to their thoughts and tell their, often tragic, stories: from Lou Reed’s shock treatment to the death of Sid Vicious, Johnny Thunder and Nico, not forgetting a wide range of other people who have come down in musical history, like Iggy Pop, Patty Smith, the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, Malcolm McLaren, the Clash. Actors act on an innovative, digital scene, which features only various screens where images and performances of punk musicians are projected. Planning a vacation in Rome and watching the show means immersing oneself in punk music: in such a show, indeed, music cannot but play a main role. Songs have been selected by Pivio & Aldo de Scalzi, composers of many successful soundtracks, and these songs give spectators the possibility to rediscover, if necessary, the rebel sound of those artists who were not able to play perfectly, and yet succeeded in shaking up the world of music.

The show “God Save the Punk”, which was successfully staged in 2008, will be enacted at Vascello Theatre: every evening the show will feature a 15 minutes video called “Il video racconta il punk” (Videos tell punk), which glances at Italian punk panorama and which will be updated every evening.

Book a hotel in Rome city centre and enjoy a show that will take you to the heart of punk, and which will tell you something more about this music, social and cultural phenomenon, giving voice to the words and music of the protagonists of punk.

Date: 12th – 24th May 2009
Location: Teatro Vascelli, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Cheap Hostels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to Summer camp in Rome.

Rome: Letterature – International Literature Festival, from the 26th of May to the 25th of June 2009

The first summer cultural event in Rome is “Letterature”, an international literature festival that has hosted some of the best Italian and international writers since 2002.

“Letterature” will take place in the eternal city from May the 26th to June the 25th (save these dates: 26-29 May, 4, 5, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 June), and will gather in a beautiful venue (Basilica di Massenzio at Foro Romano) 16 narrators, 8 poets and 2 scientists, besides a number of spectators, who book 3 stars hotel in Rome every year to immerse themselves in literature. The event formula is unvaried: authors, who have been chosen because of their literary importance or in virtue of the success achieved by their works, will present brand new works inspired by a common theme which has been suggested by the organisers of the event. This year the theme will be “Terra Luna, una infinita risonanza” (“Earth Moon, an endless resonance”), which gives us the possibility to think about the dichotomy ourselves-elsewhere, and which is meant to celebrate a theme that has always inspired scientists, writers and poets, from Galileo to Leopardi and Pirandello.

The festival is meant to look into the different aspects of the dichotomy earth-moon, giving space to all literary genres, from fantasy novels to poetry: literature lovers cannot miss the chance to enjoy a trip to Rome and meet some of the most appreciated Italian and international authors. The festival will kick off with an extraordinary couple: America Andrew Sean Greer, whose novel The Story of a Marriage has been very appreciated both by readers and by critics, and Margaret Mazzantini, one of the most appreciated and awarded contemporary Italian writers (Don’t Move and Venuto al Mondo are only two of her best-known novels). The festival will include also many other interesting events: “Lunar Park, scritture stralunate” will host Edoardo Albinati and Vinicio Capossela, while Swede John Ajvide Lindqvist and Italian fantasy novelist Licia Troisi will participate in the event named “L’ombra della luna, scritture dell’immaginario”. “Il verso della luna” is the name of the evening dedicated to poetry, while “La luna nel pozzo” will host Roberto Piumini, a fairy tales writer, and Andrea Vitali. Space will be given also to legal thriller, with John Grisham, the author that has sold the most during the 90s, and to crime fiction, with Swede Bjorn Larsson and American Matthew Pearl. Petros Markaris, Antonio Muñoz Molina and Ermanno Cavazioni too will take part in the event, while the physicist Carlo Rovelli and the geologist Mario Tozzi will close the festival dealing with the theme “Earth Moon” from a scientific point of view.

“Letterature” is a festival where authors read out passages of their own works, and where words and other expression means mix together: different kinds of music played by djs and bands (like Giardini di Mirò, Luna Riverse, Port Royal) will accompany the readings, and every meeting will be introduced by a trailer made up of images and music. However, the focus will always be on the main feature of the festival, i.e. on words, in particular words in tales and poetry, to highlight their importance not only as expression means, but also as matter to be moulded into art. Book now an apartment in Rome.

Tickets: free event
Date: 26th May – 25th June 2009
Location: Basilica di Massenzio, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Cheap Hostels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to Bed breakfast Rome near Coliseum.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Rome: Brazil through its Artists from the 21st of April to the 23rd of May 2009

Brazil is a wonderful and fascinating country, pervaded as it is by amazing colours and landscapes and captivating music and rhythm. A melting-pot of cultures characterised by deep-rooted traditions, Brazil is one of the most longed-for travel destinations for travellers from all over the world, and it is universally appreciated and well-known for Rio Carnival, for its beaches, for the Amazon Forest, but also for the art and culture which emanate from this country.

To make people discover the best of Brazilian art, but also to present Brazil from the point of view of those artists who were born or have lived in Brazil, and who have taken inspiration from their homeland, from the 21st of April to the 23rd of May Rome will host the exhibition “Brazil through its Artists”.

The visitors of the exhibition, which will be held in the Brazilian Embassy, will take advantage of their holiday in Rome to take a journey to a more distant land, to discover landscapes which are sometimes made even more magic by the brush of some of the most appreciated Brazilian artists in the world: Roberto Burle Marx, who is considered as one of the best contemporary landscapists, and who is well-known also for having projected the UNESCO gardens in Paris; Carybé, a painter, engraver and sculptor who realised some murals for New York’s John F. Kennedy airport; João Henrique, who with his extraordinary technique in using colours has succeeded in displaying his works all over the world; Antônio Maia, whose works, which are characterised by strong colours and precise symbols, reveal the country’s folkloristic traditions; Lia Mittarakis, who is well-known for her bright works representing folkloristic scenes; Cândido Portinari, who is considered as the most important painter in Brazil, and who has also realised the murals “War” and “Peace” for the United Nations building; Marylu Prado, an abstract artist who has been dedicated various personal exhibitions also in some European cities ; Francisco Da Silva, who was awarded a prize at the Venice Biennale in 1966; Rubem Valentim, an abstract-geometrical artist who often used the signs of Afro-American rituals.

Nine artists who will convince contemporary art lovers to book an apartment in Rome and go to the eternal city to visit a unique exhibition, which mixes styles and subjects which are very different from each other, and for this reason they can perfectly describe the diversity of Brazilian landscape, characterised as it is by lush vegetation but also by conurbations, and the traditions and rituals rooted in the culture of the country. An unmissable chance to learn something more not only about Brazilian art, but also about some of Brazil’s main features: since the 16th century Brazil has been a multiethnic and multicultural country, characterised by the mix of religions and cultures of African, European and indigenous people, and able to absorb all the different influences coming from various parts of the world to create a new, typically Brazilian, culture and identity. And this Brazilian capacity of fusion is particularly evident in this exhibition, which shows how Brazilian art has assimilated and reworked some of the most important European artistic currents, like impressionism, fauvism, cubism and surrealism, but also abstractionism, expressionism and concretism.

Book now a hotel in the centre of Rome and get ready to discover Brazil.

Tickets: free event
Date: 21st April – 23rd May 2009
Location: Brazilian Embassy, Cândido Portinari Gallery, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Cheap Hostels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to Cheap Hotel reservations in Rome.

Rome: World Press Photo from the 8th to the 28th of May 2009

If you have a passion for photography do not miss the World Press Photo exhibition, which will be held in Rome in May, from the 8th to the 28th of May 2009.

World Press Photo is a non-profit organization created in Amsterdam in 1955, and it is meant to promote high-level photojournalism and contribute to the free exchange of information. The famous, homonymous photo contest is one of the main activities organised by the association, and for over 50 years it has awarded prizes to the best photos realised by press photographers from all over the world. Nowadays it is considered as the largest and most prestigious press photography contest in the world, an evidence of this being given by the numbers of the contest, which in this edition has reached record levels: 5,508 professional photographers coming from 124 different countries have presented their works (96,000 images). Moreover a great number of Asian photographers (Chinese and Indians in particular) have taken part in this year’s edition, 14% more than the previous edition. All photos have been divided into 10 categories (Spot News, General News, People in the News, Sports Action, Sports Features, Contemporary Issues, Daily Life, Portraits, Arts and Entertainment, Nature) and have undergone the evaluation of an international jury, which has awarded prizes to 62 photographers coming from 27 different counties, confirming that images, more than any other means of communication, can go beyond geographical, cultural and language boundaries.

The photos that are awarded a prize are always published in a book and displayed all over the world: also this year the World Press Photo exhibition, after being held in Amsterdam, will be set up in many other cities, like Rome: book now a hotel in Rome and find the time to watch some of the best and most representative photos of 2008, images that have been describing the most meaningful events of the year. The visitors who are planning a trip to Rome will have the possibility to admire the image that has been awarded the first prize: the picture, which was took by American Anthony Suau, is a black and white image featuring an officer in an apartment in Cleveland, Ohio. The man holds a gun and walks in a chaotic room, as if it was a war image. In fact the officer is simply checking that the people who have been turned out of their home have left the apartment, but the fact that the image reminds us of war is very meaningful, and the photo has been awarded because it is a sort of symbol of the world crisis, which brings war into the houses of those who cannot pay their debts. Also in this edition, then, the jury has awarded the main prize to a photographer who uses his ability to portray important contemporary issues.

Spend some days in the eternal city (you can stay in a campsite in Rome), and watch the photos taken by Italian photographers. Many Italian photographers have been awarded this year: Giulio Di Sturco, Davide Monteleone, Paolo Verzone, Massimo Siragusa, Mattia Insolera, Carlo Gianferro.

Tickets: 5,50 euro, reduced 4,00
Date: 8 – 28 May 2009
Location: Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome, Italy

This article was written by Francesca Tessarollo with support from Cheap Hostels in Rome. For any information, please visit Travel in Rome or for travel information have a look to Holiday apartments in Rome.