Monday, 16 October 2017

The famous Italian shop "Rinascente" opens its flagship store in Rome

150 years after the opening of the first store in Milan and 100 years after its birth with the name coined by Gabriele D'Annunzio in 1917, La Rinascente loses a piece of its name by eliminating 'La', but gains a new position in the luxury segment, opening in the capital its second space, in Via del Tritone, dedicated to the major clothing brands, design, jewelery and cosmetics. For Rinascente it is the second flagship store in Rome, to be added to that of Fiume Square. For Rinascente it is one of the largest stores: 15 thousand square meters.
"We are proud to open this department store in Rome - announces the CEO of Rinascente Pierluigi Cocchini - a palace which in the last 11 years underwent a complex work of renovation. The result is perfect harmony with the context that hosts it. We added value to the historical-cultural richness of the space. An element which is extraordinay is the possibility to visit the archaeological site in the basement which brings to light one of the treasures of Ancient Rome: the Virgin Aqueduct inaugurated by Augusto in the 19 century b.C.“

The store also incorporates a small building built in early XX century called 'Palazzetto' which on several floors becomes part of the architecture. Another distinctive element is the chariot that crosses all the floors in height by allowing the light to spread. Found and preserved also a domus of the IV century, mosaics, spa and a stretch of Salaria Street, the street where the salt was carried.
The façade on Tritone Street includes 96 windows and seven showcases. It was  redesigned by Vincent Van Duysen. On the ground floor are housed design objects, luxury accessories, jewelery and watches. On the first floor there is the perfumery. Second and third floors designed by the architect Paolo Lucchetta are dedicated to male collections. Fourth and fifth are for female lines. On the sixth floor two terraces are for the food and its restaurants.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

St. Patrick’s Day 2017 in Rome

Rome’s Irish community marks St. Patrick’s Day with numerous social events.

St Patrick’s Day in Rome begins officially on Friday 17 March at 10.00, with the annual Mass for Lá Fhéile Pádraig being celebrated by Cardinal Seán Brady at St Patrick’s Church on Via Boncompagni 31 in the Via Veneto area. The Mass is always well-attended by the city’s Irish community and friends of Ireland, who join together to sing a nostalgic rendition of Hail Glorious, St Patrick.

Later that evening, at 19.30, the students of the Pontifical Irish College present an adaptation of Reginald Rose’s classic courtroom drama Twelve Angry Men. The English-language production is repeated the next evening, 18 March, at the same time.

This year the Colosseum will be illuminated in green lights in honour of Saint Patrick, at 21.00 on 17 March, following a recent agreement between Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi and Ireland’s ambassador Bobby McDonagh, as part of Tourism Ireland’s internationalGlobal Greening initiative.

St Patrick’s Day festivities continue over the weekend with the 26th edition of the Celtic Ball– Rome’s biggest social occasion in Irish circles – on Saturday 18 March at 19.00. This year the annual black-tie ball moves to the Hotel Quirinale on Via Nazionale, providing the event with an “atmosphere of elegance and charm” according to Irish Club president Helen Harrington. Celtic Ball raffle proceeds will be donated to homeless charity Project Rome.

Meanwhile for those who wish to raise a toast to St Patrick with a pint of Guinness, some of the pubs most favoured by the capital’s Irish expats include the Druid’s Den, the Fiddler’s Elbow, Finnegan’s, and Scholars Lounge, all of which are sure to attract large crowds over St Patrick’s weekend.