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We are based in the heart of Rome in close proximity to some of Rome's finest points of interest. While staying with us visitors can enjoy ease of access to the many events and activities. Below is a taster of what is currently in our beautiful city. Please explore and enjoy.
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

Lungotevere di Castello, 50, 00193, Roma, Italia

Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo

In the district of St. Peter’s, at one end of the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge, on the right bank of the Tiber, we find the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo. The structure was originally a mausoleum. It had probably been commissioned and built by Hadrian as ...
Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant'Angelo
In the district of St. Peter’s, at one end of the Ponte Sant’Angelo bridge, on the right bank of the Tiber, we find the imposing Castel Sant’Angelo. The structure was originally a mausoleum. It had probably been commissioned and built by Hadrian as a tomb for himself and for his successors. The work was initially undertaken by the architect, Demetrianus, around the year 123. It was completed by Antoninus Pius a year after the Emperor’s death. Since 1925, the structure has hosted the Museo Nazionale di Castel S. Angelo and its historical and arts collections, including relics and other objects of interest regarding the Italian Army, in a monumental setting restored for this purpose. The complex history of this monument, with its many additions and extensions, can be broken down into three principal periods. These periods are represented by the Ancient Roman remains of the imperial mausoleum, by the fortified castle, and by the Papal apartments. These structures host the varied range of exhibits, including sculptures, paintings, works in marble, arms, and furniture and objects acquired from various sources, and in part also recovered during excavation of the spiral ramp of the mausoleum, or transferred from the museums, Museo Nazionale Romano delle Terme di Diocleziano, or the former Museo Artistico Industriale. Some exhibits were purchased from the market for antiquaries or were acquired following the shows set up on the occasion of the universal exhibition, or Esposizione Universale, of 1911. At certain times of the year, the famous “Passetto di Borgo” or “er Corridore” (the corridor) – the fortified and elevated passage on the Mura Vaticane (Vatican walls), linking the Vatican to Castel Sant’Angelo – is open to visitors. With this corridor, leading directly to the castle from the Palaces of the Vatican, Popes were provided with an escape route to the fortress in times of particular unrest. The fortified structure also permitted control of the surrounding district. The strategic importance of the “Passetto” was revealed during the darkest, most mysterious and painful moments of the history of Rome and of the Church itself. Alexander VI Borgia used it in 1494, retreating to the Castello when Rome was overrun by the militias of Charles VIII of France. In 1527, Clement VII Medici (1523-1534) used the passageway to reach the Castello during the Sack of Rome at the hands of the Landsknecht mercenary pikemen under Charles VIII. The passageway’s significance, when its function as a means of defence came to an end at the close of the sixteenth century, then declined. CURIOSITY: In 1527, Pope Clement VII grew a beard, in mourning for Rome, which had been sacked. There are those who say that he grew his beard as a disguise, to facilitate his escape. All the Popes following Clement VII were bearded, up to the time of Paul V.
Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor

Via Nizza, 138, Roma

Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor is back at long last for his first exhibition in an Italian museum in 10 years. Curated by Mario Codognato The exhibition is a testimony to Kapoor’s unflagging research in the formal and conceptual spheres, which has informed his ar...
Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor is back at long last for his first exhibition in an Italian museum in 10 years. Curated by Mario Codognato The exhibition is a testimony to Kapoor’s unflagging research in the formal and conceptual spheres, which has informed his artistic practice from the start, contrasting the highly engineered and more organic processes of his work. The exhibition will comprise a series of reliefs and paintings made up of jutting layers of red and white silicone and paint, as well as monumental architectural sculptures, including the extraordinary “Sectional Body Preparing for Monadic Singularity”, displayed last year outdoors in the park of the Palace of Versailles, and proposed here at the MACRO in a dialogue with the museum’s architecture. Archetypal, intimate, imposing and dialectic, Kapoor’s work presents, confronts and explores the conditions of matter, the dynamics of perception and the power of metaphor. Among the other works on exhibit are "Internal Objects in Three Parts" (2013-15), a painted silicone and wax triptych, which was shown this year in Amsterdam, amid celebrated paintings by Rembrandt at the Rijksmuseum. Visceral, brutal and sensual at the same time, Kapoor’s images are a contemporary continuation of the inexhaustible tradition of literal and metaphorical depiction of flesh and blood, found in painting from every era and latitude. Art becomes the mediator between the essence of myth and its representation, between its long-term continuity and interchangeability and the contemporary condition, between one’s individual path through the terra incognita of life and collective experience, between the immanent and the transcendent. Anish Kapoor’s artistic career has developed around these polarities, engendering and expanding a language in continuous balance between the transposition of grand existential questions and the Promethean impulse to transform the matter around us and, consequently, reality. His poetics implodes, intensifies and probes the binary relationships, opposing energies and antitheses that make up the visible world and abstract thought through a vision which, while never narrative or didactic, coagulates, contrasts or harmonizes the dynamic tension and the subtle interaction between antithetical forces, bodies and appearances. Light and shadow, negative and positive, male and female, material and immaterial, full and empty, concave and convex, glossy and opaque, smooth and rough, natural and artificial, rigid and soft, solid and liquid, active and inert, and ultimately order and disorder: these are just some of the polarities that concretize the perceptible universe and, activated or generated in the synoptic potential and sensual forms of Kapoor’s art, metaphorize and metabolize the mystery of life. The catalogue of the exhibition is published by Manfredi Edizioni.
Vigamus - The Video Game Museum
Vigamus - The Video Game Museum

via Sabotino, 4 - 00100 ROMA (RM)

Vigamus - The Video Game Museum

The Video Game Museum of Rome, is managed by VIGAMUS Foundation, body recognized by the Prefecture of Rome with a positive opinion of the Ministry of Arts and Culture and Tourist - Protocol 976/2014 - set up in June 2013 and committed to the preserv...
Vigamus - The Video Game Museum
The Video Game Museum of Rome, is managed by VIGAMUS Foundation, body recognized by the Prefecture of Rome with a positive opinion of the Ministry of Arts and Culture and Tourist - Protocol 976/2014 - set up in June 2013 and committed to the preservation, research and divulgation of physical and digital works linked to the digital medium. Mass phenomenon, artistic expression and interactive medium of the digital Era, Games are part of the contemporary imagination, becoming one of the most complex meanings production systems. By nature related to the technological component, Games are constantly evolving, revolutionizing the whole system of Arts, and combining with it. The aim of the Foundation is to promote VIGAMUS and spread awareness of the cultural value of video games in Italy, a country characterized by a wide audience of players. Video games are going to be included into the historical and artistical heritage of our beautiful country, whose primacy in the world is absolutely indisputable. Cultural innovation, rather than the technology, is the basis for the emergence of a true Game Culture. Interactive artifacts that deserves to be known and studied, and first of all, preserved.
Circo Massimo
Circo Massimo

Via del Circo Massimo

Circo Massimo

An impressive archaeological site located at Circus Maximus will open to the public on November 17th. After 2800 years of history, this hidden treasure will finally be unveiled. Over the centuries, this imposing site has been the scene of many tran...
Circo Massimo
An impressive archaeological site located at Circus Maximus will open to the public on November 17th. After 2800 years of history, this hidden treasure will finally be unveiled. Over the centuries, this imposing site has been the scene of many transformations. Indeed, horse races, public executions, religious processions and theatrical performances have taken place in this central area of Rome. Circus Maximus also transformed itself during the nineteenth century to host agricultural productions, mills and small craft shops. Visitors may access the site by Piazza di Porta Capena.
Contemporary Cluster #02 feat. Mustafa Sabbagh
Contemporary Cluster #02 feat. Mustafa Sabbagh

Via Casilina Vecchia 96/c, 00182 Roma

Contemporary Cluster #02 feat. Mustafa Sabbagh

With the Cinecittà Shows Off exhibition, cinema reveals its tricks and secrets. It retraces the history of Cinecittà through the scenery, costumes, sets and characters – actors, directors, producers – that have passed through what was known as the “...
Contemporary Cluster #02 feat. Mustafa Sabbagh
With the Cinecittà Shows Off exhibition, cinema reveals its tricks and secrets. It retraces the history of Cinecittà through the scenery, costumes, sets and characters – actors, directors, producers – that have passed through what was known as the “dream factory”. Cinecittà Shows Off leads visitors through various routes using displays to discover what went on behind the scenes and the anecdotes that made sets such as Broadway and Ancient Rome famous: “Filming at Cinecittà” This section pays tribute to the most famous actors and well-known films through a rich selection of photographic images, montages of film extracts and a careful selection of costumes (1937 – 1989). “Why Cinecittà?” Using three different settings, this section describes the history of Cinecittà and the historical, political and cultural reasons for its establishment, focusing on the beginning of the great productions of the 1930s until the outbreak of the second world war. From silent films to talkies, from the fire at the Cines film company to the designing of a modern cinema city. “Federico Fellini” The work of one of the greatest Italian directors is presented in a decidedly picturesque way, amid the metaphysical arches of the “Square Colosseum”, one of the names for the EUR building that was much admired by Fellini and recreated by the scenery in the display. In the niches are symbolic objects taken from some of Fellini’s most famous films, and at the end is a fitting selection of costumes worn by some of the actors who made cinema history. “Tenants of Cinecittà” The Visconti room, transformed into a cinema, features a selection of clips and montages on the protagonists of Cinecittà, with information on its history. “Backstage” An educational and interactive journey of discovery into the world of cinematographic creation. Finally, there are lots of educational activities in store from Cinebimbicittà, the children’s workshop open at weekends (excluding July and August) where parents can leave their children to enjoy activities inspired by film themes.
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