Monday, 29 February 2016

Sting to play in Rome on 27 July 2016

To paraphrase one of his evergreen, we can say that everything he does is magic. Gordon Matthew Sumner, aka Sting, after the tandem last year with Paul Simon, will return in the summer in Italy for three concerts: July 27 at the Cavea of ​​the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, 28 on the stage of Visarno Arena - Park Cascine in Florence and July 29 to Assago Summer Arena of Milan, in the context of Music Street Art.

With The Police Sting was able to soften the harshness of punk in an unusual rock-reggae, creating masterpieces like Outlandos d'amour, Reggatta de blanc and Synchronicity.

Since 1985 the English artist, who lives several months a year at his villa in Figline Valadarno (FI), continued to reap success as a solo artist, winning 10 Grammys, 2 Brits, 1 Golden Globe, one Emmy, three Oscar nominations , the Billboard Magazine Century Award, and MusiCares Person of the Year in 2004. He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2014 received the Kennedy Center Honors. During his long career he has sold nearly 100 million albums between albums released with The Police and as a solo.

At the threshold of sixty (he will be 65 next October 2), brought beautifully thanks to a physical athlete, has reinvented the "classical" musician with the album Songs from the Labyrinth in 2006, brave crossover between pop and classical, If on a winter's night in 2009, dedicated to the songs of the English and Irish Christmas tradition, and Symphonicities of 2010, a mix of greatest hits and rare songs from his repertoire rearranged into orchestral key.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Coleen Rooney wife of footballer Wayne enjoys trip to Rome with eldest son Kai

Coleen Rooney wants to make sure that her first son doesn't feel left out after the birth of his baby brother. The mum took Kai on a trip to Rome during school holidays and shared a selection of pics of their vacation on social media.

Read the full article on Hello Magazine

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Tiber Island, another hidden gem overlooked by Romans

Tiber Island, Isola Tiberina. is a very small island, according to some the smallest inhabited in the world. The island, long a little more than 300 meters wide and not more than 90 emerges from the Roman Tiber river and it is connected to the banks of the Tiber by two bridges: the Cestius bridge to Trastevere, with the central arch which dates from 46 BC. In the direction of the Jewish Ghetto is the Fabricio bridge, built in the 62 BC, called bridge Quattro Capi, for the Roman herms that adorn the edges. It has the shape of a ship, hence the legend that the island is located in the place of a boat submerged.

But there are many other legends about the origin of this small island: one takes us back in 509 BC when, the last king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, was ousted by the people and as a sign of hatred towards the tyrant the mob tossed into the Tiber a huge quantity of grain belonging to the king and enough to form an island.

But the best known legend is the one linked to the cult of Asclepius, god of medicine. This would explain the connection, which always existed, between the island and the activity of assistance to the sick. In 291 BC the city of Rome was hit by a terrible plague that claimed many victims and the priests, after having consulted the Sibylline books, sent a delegation to Epidaurus, a place of worship of Aesculapius.

The ambassadors returned to Rome on the ship carrying a snake, an animal sacred to the god. When he was closed to the Tiber Island, as reported by Ovid in Metamorphosis, the snake leaped and at the point where he took refuge it was erected a temple dedicated to Aesculapius and the island itself was made architecturally like a ship. On the ruins of the temple it was later built the church of St. Bartholomew on the Island, which preserves a Romanesque bell tower of the twelfth century and, down the aisle of the church, the temple columns.

The ancient medical traditions of that time did not die out with time. In the Middle Ages the island became a shelter for sick run by monks, and continue to this day. Today the island is home for the hospital "Fatebenefratelli" and the Rome's Israelite Hospital.

This lovely island is very beautiful and it is often overlooked by romans. There are nice cafes and a very good ice cream place. 

To reach Tiber Island from Penthouse Apartment Monteverde Rome take tram 8 and get off at Belli stop. Then walk for about 500 meters.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Ales and beer come to Rome in February for the Londinium Cask Festival

From February 25th to February 28th, a few steps from the Colosseum, will take place a long weekend dedicated to ales and homegrown beers, all strictly "cask". England is one of the lead nations in the brewing culture, with its unique beers known throughout the world.

The Londinium Cask Festival will take place at the Folk Tree's (Via Capo D'Africa 29) in the presence of 30 breweries (10 from London, 10 in and around Rome, 5 Italian and 5 from England). Each brewery will carry two types of beer, for a total of 60 active cask in 4 days. Italian guests include White Dog, Ethnicity, Brewery Arches, Mk-77 and Malt Cross, while, from England, will arrive Burning Sky, Anarchy, The Celt, Hopback and North Riding.

During the event there will be a kind of friendly match between Italy and England, and in particular between their Cities, Rome and London. In fact, you will have the opportunity to taste both the Real Ale "original" English and the Roman "homegrown" produced according to the tradition of the Anglo-Saxon methods.

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Sunday, 14 February 2016

A typical character in Rome: itinerant knife grinder, l'arrotino

An itinerant knife grinder works from his bycicle on the streets of Rome near the Colisseum. In Rome  Knife sharpeners are known as 'arrotino' and they announce themselves in this customary manner shouting: "Donne √® arrivato l'arrotino!" (Women the knife grinder has arrived!). They sharpen knifes for restaurants and housewives who come down from their homes when they hear his call and gingle from loud speakers. 

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Friday, 12 February 2016

The world of inflatables drones comes to Rome on 17th February 2016

The inflatable drones are the latest revolution in the world of drones, but also have a glorious past. They are the ones who increasingly are replacing more complex multirotors when requested to fly over urban areas or crowded areas.

These drones are small inflatable balloons or radio-controlled blimps that are used for TV filming, aerial surveys, traffic control, such as radio repeaters and even advertising. In fact they guarantee lower costs and considerable security, albeit have limitations in speed and maneuver. The point about using these inflatable drones will be done in Italy for the first time, at the Rome Drone Conference, which will take place next Wednesday 17 February at the Auditorium of the Link Campus University of Rome (Via Bolzano 38, from 2pm). The Rome Conference Drone program provides for a focus on inflatable drones.

Participants will include universities, laboratories and companies who are studying or have already started using these particular flying machines, from simple radio-controlled blimp tethered to up to metaplano. There will be a presentations of the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA), Parthenope University of Naples, the Association Blimps Archimedes and, on the face of the companies, Nimbus, the Next Fly Consortium of Italdron, Images to flight, Droinwork, and TecnoFly2008 Salento Drones.

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Thursday, 11 February 2016

St. Valentine's day in Rome: Sex and the City

Immerse yourself at the heart of the Roman Empire, delve into the world of couples in ancient Rome: wedlock, the laws against betrayals, homosexual love...

We will refer to examples of famous people and stories with verses of the Latin poets, we will try to figure out what they thought and how they lived love in ancient Rome.

A visit between the romantic and the cynical, designed for couples of any gender and nature, but also for people  who do not really want to know about couples.

For further information please visit Rome Underground

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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Saturday, 6 February 2016

The ring in the stomach

A woman in Rome could not find her wedding ring. She looked everywhere but the ring would not come out. Then one day, she decided that his son, just 14 months, had to have an X-ray. Surprisingly, the ring was right in his stomach. The father has posted on Reddit the photo of the X-ray screen explaining what had happened. The child had swallowed the ring. "Do not be too critical with us - her father writes - is our third child."
And in the comments someone suggested: "One day you will be asked to give a speech at the wedding of your son. I would start with that. "

Friday, 5 February 2016

Where to watch Broncos vs Panthers Super Bowl 50 if you are in Rome on 7 February 2016

Everyone is ready, the teams, their supporters, Coldplay, Bruno Mars and Beyonc√®. The Super Bowl 50 will kickoff at 3.25 pm on 7th February 2016 at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Carolina Panthers and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos

If you happen to be in Rome and want to watch it at home you can open you can of beer in front of Italian TV Channel SportItalia 2 on digital terrestrial channel number 61. But if you want to venture outside, below there is a list of places where you can follow the match in good company:

1) La Botticella, in via di Tor Millina 32, veri close to Piazza Navona. This is a small lovely pub and it is also the Roman base of Pittsburgh Steelers supporters.

2)  Irish pub Abbey Theatre in via del Governo Vecchio 51.

3) Irish pub Scholars Lounge, in via del Plebiscito 101.

4) Scottish pub Highlandervicolo di San Biagio 9, near Via dl Corso.

5) Hard Rock Cafe  in Via Veneto 62, but you need to book in advance.

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Ryanair is betting on Rome

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Ryanair is betting on Rome. Like every year the famous low-cost airline has presented the 2016 winter season well in advance. For winter 2016 they have announced 4 new routes to Lanzarote, Nuremberg, Prague and Sofia and new winter connections for Alicante, East Midlands, Malaga and Trapani. They have also increased the flights to Athens, Bari, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Edinburgh and Manchester.

Edie Wilson, Chief People Officer of Ryanair, said: "We are pleased to launch our winter program in 2016 from Rome, with four new routes to Lanzarote, Nuremberg, Prague and Sofia, new winter routes to Alicante, East Midlands, Malaga and Trapani, and more flights to Athens, Bari, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Edinburgh and Manchester, which allow the transport of more than 9 million customers a year and will support over 6,900 jobs at the airports of Rome Ciampino and Fiumicino".

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Zoolander 2 makes its appearance in Rome

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Zoolander 2 is definitely one of the most waited for films of the year and in the past few days gone Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, protagonists of this funny comedy, landed in the Italian capital to present the film and meet the fans.

Their most amazing sighting was yesterday near Via Condotti in Rome and in particular in the windows of the historical maison Valentino. The two actors were "exposed" as two mannequins and let themselves go with irreverent poses and bright smiles to the delight of fans and photographers flocked in hundreds.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Free museums in Rome, the first Sunday of every month

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Free museums in Rome, the first Sunday of every month

Take advantage of this opportunity for the free museums in Rome.

Like every first Sunday of the month, the State cultural places (museums, galleries, archaeological digs, parks and monumental gardens) provide free admission for all categories of visitors.

Before making your visit, you should always call the museum to ensure its opening.

The event 'Free Museums in Rome' does not always include a visit to the current exhibitions for which instead could remain in place the appropriate pricing.

List of free museums in Rome

List valid for Sunday, February 7, 2016

- Colosseo e Foro Romano / Palatino (entrance with quotas)
- Domus Aurea (visita al cantiere di restauro, accesso solo con prenotazione obbligatoria on line at or with the dedicated call center on 06 39967700)
- Galleria Borghese (with a compulsory booking fee of € 2,00)
- GNAM Galleria Nazionale Arte Moderna
- Museo nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia
- Museo HC Andersen, Museo M. Praz, Museo Boncompagni Ludovisi per le Arti decorative e il Costume
- Museo nazionale Romano (Palazzo Massimo, Palazzo Altemps, Crypta Balbi, Terme di Diocleziano)
- Galleria nazionale d'Arte Antica Palazzo Barberini
- Galleria nazionale d'Arte Antica Palazzo Corsini
- Galleria Spada
- Museo nazionale di Palazzo Venezia
- Museo nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo (entrance with quotas)
- Museo nazionale d'Arte Orientale "G. Tucci"
- Museo nazionale Preistorico Etnografico "L. Pigorini"
- Museo nazionale delle Arti e Tradizioni Popolari
- Museo nazionale dell'Alto Medioevo
- Museo nazionale degli Strumenti Musicali
- Scavi di Ostia Antica
- Museo Ostiense
- Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella
- Terme di Caracalla
- Villa dei Quintili
- Santa Maria Nova sull'Appia Antica
- Villa Adriana a Tivoli
- Villa d'Este a Tivoli
However, it remains payable at usual prices the admission at MAXXI.