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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.
I Fori dopo i Fori
I Fori dopo i Fori

Via IV Novembre, 94, 00187 Roma

I Fori dopo i Fori

A portrayal of the events that have taken place in the archaeological area of the Imperial Forum through the objects found during 25 years of excavations. The biggest “archaeological site of ancient times in today’s world”. The area in which the...
I Fori dopo i Fori
A portrayal of the events that have taken place in the archaeological area of the Imperial Forum through the objects found during 25 years of excavations. The biggest “archaeological site of ancient times in today’s world”. The area in which the Imperial Form is located, in the ancient heart of the city of Rome and now an architectural complex like no other in the world in terms of size and urban continuity, has been subject to extraordinarily intensive excavations, studies and research over the years. Digs in the last twenty five years inparticular have brought items of immeasurable value to light. The discovery of an exceptional variety of artefacts, some of them unique, has made it possible to find out more about what went on in the forum in medieval and modern times. What happened in those historical periods is less well known with respect to ancient times, but they provide an amazing insight about what being an urban settlement, uninterrupted over time, means. An interesting and more diverse selection than usual of these artefacts – including pottery, sculptures, money, items used for worship and objects in daily use – has been made from the thousands unearthed, most of which are being exhibited here for the first time ever. They show, under the umbrella of the I Fori dopo i Fori event, the reality of daily life in important historic periods that came after Roman times. Like a journey back in time, the archaeological excavations have revealed the rich layers of rock - that took centuries to build up - over the majestic ruins of the Forum. Even before the epoch making year 1000, there were a few settlements and small churches here. The urban landscape changed again at the end of the 16th century when the area was subjected to reclamation work and ordered urban structures followed. The Quartiere Alessandrino, (district) was named after the nickname of Cardinal Michele Bonelli, the man who pushed for the work to be done. During the 1930s, the houses and churches in the district were flattened in order to make the building of a road, the via dei Fori Imperiali, and the “freeing” of structures from Roman times, possible. It took just a moment to erase centuries of history, life and art from the face of the earth. Daily life, the comings and goings of people- including some who were famous - and places will be recreated thanks to some 310 archaeological artefacts comprising objects belonging to the people who lived in the area or the shops in which they were produced. Many of these items have been safeguarded in the Imperial Forum’s depositories whilst others were held in other museums in the purview of the Capitoline Supervisory Body, namely the depositories of the Museum of the Imperial Forum’s Trajan’s Markets and the Medagliere Capitolino (medal/coin collection). The opening section of the exhibition shows, with the help of four educational panels and a video of historical images, how the area in which the Imperial Forum is located changed from when it was built in ancient times right through to when it was razed to the ground during the Fascist era and the “Great Jubilee” (in 2000) excavations. Four additional sections complete the exhibition trail.
HOLLYWOOD ICONS
HOLLYWOOD ICONS

Via Milano, 9/a, 00184 Roma, Italia

HOLLYWOOD ICONS

Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies highlighting the work of the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images. The exhibition pre...
HOLLYWOOD ICONS
Hollywood Icons. Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is a rich survey of the great stars of the classic era of Hollywood movies highlighting the work of the photographers responsible for creating their glittering images. The exhibition presents 161 portraits from the biggest names in motion picture history beginning with silent legends Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, continuing with brilliant performers of the early talkie era such as Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and concluding with the post war giants like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. Organized in decades, from the 1920’s through the 1960’s, which feature the major stars of each period, Hollywood Icons also includes galleries dedicated to the Hollywood Studio photographers, the star making process and introduces the life and career of collector and film historian, John Kobal, who brought this work out of dusty archives into the public arena and critical acclaim. Motion picture history is usually written from the point of view of actors or directors with little attention given to the enormous enterprise that makes motion pictures possible. Hollywood Icons presents the largely unheralded portrait and still photographers who worked quietly behind the scenes but whose glamorous photographs were critical to the creation of stars and promotion of the movies. Millions upon millions of images distributed by Hollywood studios throughout the golden age were all the work of camera artists working quickly, efficiently and most of the times brilliantly to promote Hollywood style worldwide. George Hurrell’s portraits of Joan Crawford helped shape her thrilling screen presence. The indelible image of Garbo was created in Ruth Harriet Louise’s portrait studio. The work of more than 50 distinct photographers will be presented in this exhibition including Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Robert Richee, Robert Coburn, William Walling Jr, John Engstead, Elmer Fryer, Laszlo Willinger, A.L. “Whitey” Schafer and Ted Allan. No one understood the importance of this critical body of Hollywood material better than John Kobal. Starting out as a film enthusiast, he became a journalist, later a writer and finally, before his early death in 1991 at 51 years old, was acknowledged as among the pre-eminent film historians. Ultimately his reputation rests on his pioneering work resurrecting the careers of some of these masters of classic Hollywood era photography. Beginning in the late 1960’s Kobal sought to reunite these forgotten artists with their original negatives and encouraged them to produce new prints for exhibitions he mounted worldwide at venues such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles. A selection of these prints, along with original vintage prints dating back to the studio days form the core of this exhibition.
CineCitta' Si Mostra
CineCitta' Si Mostra

Via Tuscolana 1055, 00173, Roma, Italia

CineCitta' Si Mostra

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 “...
CineCitta' Si Mostra
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.
L'Ara com'era
L'Ara com'era

Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186 Roma, Italia

L'Ara com'era

Using special AR visors (Samsung GearVR) and the devices' camera inserted in them, virtual elements and real elements mix together into the visitors' field of vision leading them on a multisensory and immersive visit of the altar built by Augustus to...
L'Ara com'era
Using special AR visors (Samsung GearVR) and the devices' camera inserted in them, virtual elements and real elements mix together into the visitors' field of vision leading them on a multisensory and immersive visit of the altar built by Augustus to celebrate the peace he imposed on one of the largest Empires that ever existed. The route, divided into 9 points of interest (POI), begins with the models of the Northern Campus Martius, and the Ara Pacis which are populated by small characters intent on celebrating a sacrifice. By looking at the models, the peculiarities of the Campus Martius in Roman times can also be discovered and the history of the altar can be relived, while the casts of the imperial family come to life to tell you their stories first-hand. Its marble characters, deities, plants and animals come to life in 3D and find the colour that enriched the reliefs, according to a restitution hypothesis elaborated in specialised studies. On the Ara Pacis, as an extraordinary message to posterity, the origins of Rome merge with that of the Augustus family, to represent the fate of a city that becomes an empire and those of a dynasty that dominates it.
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