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JULIUS CAESAR Chiostro del Bramante DARWIN Palazzo delle Esposizioni FUTURISM Scuderie del Quirinale

Music
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VALERY GERGIEV Parco della Musica KENNY BARRON Parco della Musica SKA P Palalottomatica WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET Parco della Musica ALExANDER LONQUICH Parco della Musica OMARA PORTUONDO “GRACIAS” Parco della Musica IPHIGéNIE EN AULIDE Teatro dell’opera

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A. S. ROMA VS ARSENAL Football ITALY VS WALES Rugby ITALY VS FRANCE Rugby A. S. ROMA VS JUVENTUS Football

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JULIUS CAESAR
Chiostro del Bramante

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ITALY VS WALES
Stadio Flaminio

10.00/20.00 E 7/10 Via della Pace 06 68809035

VALERY GERGIEV

16.00 E 20 / 99 Viale Maresciallo Pilsudski www.listicket.it

ALExANDER LONQUICH

Parco della musica

18.00 E 18/33 Viale P de Coubertin . 06 8082058

Parco della musica

Stadio Flaminio 18.00 E 18/47 Viale P de Coubertin 14.15 E 20 / 99 . Viale Maresciallo 06 8082058 Pilsudski www.listicket.it DARWIN Palazzo delle esposizioni

ITALY VS FRANCE

OMARA PORTUONDO “GRACIAS”
Parco della musica

21.00 E 20 / 30 Viale P de Coubertin . 199.109.783

10.00/210.00 E 7.50 / 12.50 Via Nazionale 194 06 39967200

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Palalottomatica

21.00 E 28.75 P le dello Sport . www.greenticket.it

IPHIGéNIE EN AULIDE

Teatro dell’Opera

A. S. ROMA – ARSENAL
Stadio Olimpico

20.45 E 20/250 Via Foro Italico 1 199.109.783

WAYNE SHORTER QUARTET

16.30 E 17 / 100 P zza B. Gigli 7 . 06 48160255

Parco della musica

FUTURISM

21.00 E 20/30 Viale P de Coubertin . 199.109.783

Scuderie del Quirinale

10.00/20.00 E 7/10 Via xxIV Maggio 16 06 39967500

A. S. ROMA VS JUVENTUS

Stadio Olimpico

K. BARRON JAZZ

Parco della musica

20.30 E 20 / 250 Via Foro Italico 1 06 6786514

21.00 E 15 Viale P de Coubertin . 199.109.783
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Futurism
Avanguardia Avanguardie

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the exhibit boasts numerous historic works coming from the most important international collections. FEBRUARY 20TH MAY 24TH 2009

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t the centennial of the publication of the manifest – which appeared on the Parisian newspaper “Le Figaro” on February 20th 1909 – the Quirinal Stables dedicate a very important exposition to Futurism.

along the lines of a modern vision.

Interestingly, the exhibit exalts the cultural bonds and the tight formal relationships between cubism and futurism, with a large selection of cubistic works able to testify the similarities and differences The exhibition between the two gathers an artistic movements. impressive number Amongst the most of masterpieces of famous works we early Futurism, and may find: Le grand holds even those nu by G. Braque, or works exposed at Picasso’s Femme the grand Futurism assise dans un exhibition held in fauteuil. U. Boccioni Paris in 1912, and is present with exhibition that his Costruzione caused quite a orizzontale and Le rumour. In only forze di una strada a short time the whereas we also ideas of “speed” see Le nuotatrici and ”dynamism” by C. Carrà and were spread across Nu descendant the world, helping l’escalier of M. the redefine Duchamp. Apart contemporary art from those masters,

Scuderie del Quirinale

Opening Hours / 10-20 Tickets / E 7/10 Address / Via xxIV Maggio 16 Telephone / 06 39967500 Closed / Mondays

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Julius Caesar
The man, the exploits, the myth
greatness. The exhibit parts from Caesar himself and his closest spheres, both political and cultural, signing the most important moments in his rise to power: the military campaigns that gave him glory, the Egyptian adventure and the encounter with Cleopatra. It also shows the cultural and artistic environment in Rome in these days, up to Caesar’s death in 44 BC. Numerous archaeological artefacts and artistic representations document the story and the legend of Caesar from medieval times to our days. The world chronicles abound in entries on Caesar, being a key personality in the transition from Roman republic to Roman Empire. Though never becoming Emperor himself, he laid the foundations of a new order that would’ve made Rome the greatest power of antique times and an important factor in the development of European civilization. FEBRUARY 20TH UNTIL MAY 3RD 2009
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or the first time ever, both for Ital and the world, an exhibit dedicated to one of the most important figures in Roman history: Julius Caesar, the first “dictator”, creator of the empire and of its

Opening Hours / 10-20 Tickets / E 7/10 Address / Via della Pace Telephone / 06 68809035 Closed / Mondays

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Darwin
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his day and his fiveyear trip around the world, which all contribute to the creation of this revolutionary idea. The exhibit tells us about Darwin’s initial questions, the encouraging discoveries, the first phases of shaping the “idea”, the insecurities and fears, the long silence and finally the publication of “On the origin of species” that caused quite a row, as well as sensation, in 1859. Tattersall, director of the Hall of Human Evolution at the same museum. FEBRUARY 12TH MAY 3TH 2009
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t the 200th anniversary of his birth the city of Rome hosts the greatest exhibit ever organised in the honour of the famous English naturalist Charles Darwin, whose theories today are still a hot topic in the cultural debate. The exhibit combines different ways of looking at Darwin using the languages of history, storytelling, naturalism, scientific philosophy and contemporary experimental research.

Opening Hours / 10-20 Tickets / E 7,5 /12,5 Address / Via Nazionale 194 Telephone / 06 39967500 Closed / Mondays

The exhibit, first presented in New York, in its Italian version has been Among the cured by Niels many features of Eldredge, head of Darwin’s life we the department of find his adventures invertebrae of the as a young man, his American Museum family relations, his of Natural History immersion into the in New York, with English culture of the help of Ian
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The “talking” apostles
The legend of the Sant’Angelo bridge

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ope Sixtus V (1585-1590) has gone down in history as a very sever man. Indeed right after his election he gave a taste of things to come when he had for citizens of the closeby town of Cori decapitated on the square between the bridge and Castel Sant’Angelo, for having been found in possession of arms. Only a few months later ha managed to track down and ask for the extradiction of a certain Blaschi, guilty of various murders, for a murder he had commited in Bologna 36 years earlier. The man had fled to Florence (a united Italy did not exist yet) but the Pope

had him captured and beheaded on the same Piazza of Castel Sant’Angelo.

On that occasion, the sense of humour of the Roman people made that the two statues of Saints Peter and Paul – located on the side of the bridge facing the square where so many had been executed – started talking.
One morning people found Saint Peter’s statue covered in a cloack, as if he were leaving town, and underneath Paul’s statue a note read: “What’s up Peter, are you leaving?”. Underneath Peter’s statue another note answered: “I’m leaving Paul, I’m fleeing from

Rome. Now that the Pope has been reviewing all these very old crimes I’m afraid he wants to convict me for the ear I cut off in the Garden of Getsemani 1585 years ago!

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A curious autograph.
Michelangelo’s play on Raphael
It is also an unlimited source of anecdotes, most hardly verifiable, some definitely legendary, but always born out of the love that the Romans had for this Tuscan artist ever since he arrived. Among the most famous stories, and also the least confirmed, we find the legend of the “visiting card”.

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ichelangelo’s stay in Rome, started in 1496 when he was called by Cardinal Riario and ending with his death in 1564, is in itself one of the most important chapters in European Art History.

his pupil Daniele da Volterra, who was working with Raphael. The youngster wasn’t there though, and to leave note of his visit he took a piece of charcoal and drew a beautiful little angel in a lunette, after which he left the building unseen.

When Raphael came back, he saw the small masterpiece and recognised it as As famed artist Michelangelo’s Raphael was work right away; working on the however instead famous frescoes of telling off the at the Farnesina guard for letting palace, being someone in and jealous of nature, he forbade anyone erasing the picture, he appreciated to come check its quality and on his “work in decided to leave it progress”. intact.

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One day, as Raphael was temporarily out So much for the of town, Michelange- legend, which lo passed by to go see however as
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do, contains an element of truth. The charcoal drawing, in obvious Michelangelo style, survived an can still be seen today, in the ninth lunette on the left wall of the loggia. However, according to historians, the drawing was not made by Michelangelo but by Sebastiano del Piombo or Baldassare Peruzzi. In saying so they leave the reason for inserting a charcoal drawing in frescoed hall unexplained though. So yes, it may be a legend, but we do have some doubts…

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Piazza Navona
the rivalry between Bernini and Borromini
Girolamo and Carlo Rainaldi in those same years, but was taken over by Borromini shortly after. This is obviously a legend since the curch was finished some years after the fountain’s completion. Another statue, the Nile, according to the same theories is hiding his head under a veil so he would not have to see Borromini’s horrific bulding. In realilty though it is an allegory to the fact that in those days the source of the Nile was still unknown, it would only be discovered in the 19th century. At the base if the right belltower of the curch a small statue of Saint Agnes hold het hand to her chest, which was understood as a sign of

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n the center of Piazza Navona we find the famous “fountain of the four rivers” (1651) made by Bernini. The fountain, topped by an ancient Roman obelisk (a copy of an Egyptain original), is decorated byfour allegoric statues that satnd as symbols for the main rivers of the four regions of the world as it was then known. The Danube for Europe, the Nile for Africa, the Ganges for Asia and the Rio de la Plata for the Americas. Right in front of the fountain, on the western side of the square, rises the church if Saint Agnes, whose construction was started by
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Using a very interesting technique he projected the facade of the church to be concave, that way when seen from below, the cupola on top of the church would seem to stand closer to the square than it actually was and would therefore be more visible, due to an effect of perspective. It is said that Bernini made fun of his rival through one of the statues, the Rio de la Plata, who raises his arm towards the church as if he wanted to protect himself from the impending collapse of the building.

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reassurance of the stability of the church. From their part the followers of Borromini didn’t spare Bernini in their criticism of his fountain, claiming that since it had a hollow base, it wouldn’t have been able to cope with the weight of the obelisk, and it would’ve fallen apart. Bernini responded, overnight, by attaching four little strings to the pinnacle for its “stability”, making fun of his rival once again. What we see today shows that Bernini knew exactely what he was doing.

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Santa Maria Maggiore
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mongst the oldest of all legends that are told about Rome, one regards a curious case in which snow fell on Agust 5th 358 AD, covering the area where today the church of Santa Maria Maggiore stands. A nobleman named Giovanni and his wife prayed to the Vrigin Mary every day hoping she would give them a child. They promised that if the managed to have a child they would’ve have built a church to thank the mother of God. On the night of the 5th of August, in high summer, the Virgin appeared in their dreams reassuring the spouses and telling them “build a church in my

name on the place where tomorrow morning you’ll find snow”. On that same night Pope Liberio had the exact same dream. At dawn Giovanni and his wife went out to look for the mysterious snow. On the Esquiline hill they found a rectangular field covered in snow, a divine sign indicating the place where a church dedicated to Mary should be built. Today the only evidence of this miraculous event is a bronze bas-relief above the altar of the Borghesiana chapel, in which we see Pope Liberio tracing the groundplan of the church in the snow.

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Piazza Fiammetta
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n a “holy” city, as Papal Rome was qualified in the days, one may be surprised that a square can be named after a courtesan. This is the case with Piazza Fiametta, near Via de’ Coronari which wa once a street used by the many piglrims directed towards Saint Peter’s.

(little flame) was the first important Roman courtesan, forerunner of all those “ladies of pleasure” that flock to Rome from the end of the 15th century. So many were they, that Rome was dubbed “the land of women”, a triumph of luxurity in the Holy City.

Ammannati. This is enough to make her fortune, since when the cardinal dies in 1479, he leaves her all his possessions.
The execution of his will however is blocked by Pope Sixtus IV, who sets up a committee for it, and in the end only a part of it actually goes to Fiametta. However “for the love of God, and to provide her with a dowry” - as it was written in the final verdict, hiding that it was a “pension” for the Cardinal’s “beautiful lady”– Fiametta still recieves four houses. A vineyard with a villa, a house with a tower, another house in Via de’ Cornari 157 which
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All this partially explains the name of the square, appearOne might say that ing on a city map this is where holy as early as 1625. and profane come In fact Fiamette de together. Fiametta Micaelis, born in Florence, had been “performing her art” in Rome since 1478, where she arrives only 13 years old, following her mother - a prostitute just like her, and becoming for a year and a half the mistress of Cardinal Jacopo

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still stands, and another one in Via Acquasparta 16, on the corner of the square that was named after her. She usually lives in the first three, leaving the last one up for rent. Fiametta’s star rises with the years and in 1493 she becomes the mistress of Cardinal Cesare Borgia. The later Pope Alexander VI meets with her at night in the Vatican vineyards, carrying his purple robe and a sword, to defend himself from rogue bandits and anyone who might be spying on their love affair. As always in Rome, the holy and the profane come together.

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“Si fueris Romae, Romano vivito more.”

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GALLERIA BORGHESE
Opening Hours / 8.30 - 19.30 closed on Mondays Address / Piazzale del Museo Borghese Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 8.50 Tickets need to be booked by telephone in advance.

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MUSEO DI ROMA IN TRASTEVERE
Opening Hours / 10.00 - 20.00, closed on Mondays Address / Piazza Sant’Egidio 1/b Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 3

GALLERIA NAZIONALE DI ARTE MODERNA
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30, closed on Mondays Address / Viale delle Belle Arti, 131 Telephone / 06 32298221 Ticket / E 7 – 9

The museum shows you some of the main aspects of The National GalRoman city life at This gallery holds lery of Modern Art the end of the 18th sculptures, bas-reliefs was founded in and 19th centuries. and antique mosa1883 and holds a The collection ics, apart from paint- collection of mainly consists of a number ings and sculptures Italian artists from of paintings, prints, from the 15th to the 19th and 20th drawings and 18th centuries. The centuries, but the collection, begun at work of some of the watercolours, amongst which the start of the 17th best foreign artists a selection of century by cardinal may also be found the famous Scipione Borghese, here. Absolutely to “disappeared Rome” features masterbe seen are the series by Ettore pieces by artists with works by Morandi, Roesler Franz, and a names such as AnDe Chirico, De Pisis, 19th century nativity tonello da Messina, Balla, Rosai, Sironi, scene. Interesting are Giovanni Bellini, Guttuso, Consagra, Raphael, Titian, CorSoldati, Mastroianni, also the so-called “Roman scenes”, six reggio, Caravaggio Guerrini, Corpora, and holds a number Perilli, Novelli, Pollock, life-size scenes that of splendid marble Cézanne, Mirò, Kan- reproduce aspects of popular Roman works by Gian dinsky, Utrilo, Monet, culture and life in the Lorenzo Bernini and Van Gogh and 19th century. Canova. many others still.
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MUSEO NAZIONALE ROMANO PALAZZO ALTEMPS
Opening Hours / 9 – 19.45, closed on Mondays Address / Via Sant’Apollinare 46 Telephone / 06 39967700 Ticket / E 7 This museum offers some of the most important collections of ancient sculptures, including Egyptian statues, masterpieces of Magna Grecia, works from the Hellenistic period, and pieces of the Roman Republican and Imperial ages.

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MUSEO NAZIONALE DEGLI STRUMENTI MUSICALI
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30, closed on Mondays Address / Piazza Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, 9/a Telephone / 06 7014796 Ticket / E 4 The National Museum of musical instruments is the biggest of its kind in Europe Over a thousand pieces from all over the world are on display here, ranging from the far east to archaeological sites in the Etruscan region. The collection is displayed through a chronological arch that spans from the late Hellenistic age to the 20th century Some examples of particular historic and artistic value include a piano built by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1723 and the famous “Barberini harp”.

MUSEO STORICO VATICANO
Opening Hours / 9 – 12, closed on Sundays Address / Piazza San Giovanni in Laterano Telephone / 06 69886467 Ticket / E 5 The historical museum of the Vatican resides in the Palazzo Apostolico Lateranense, at the St. John in Lateran church. This interesting museum conserves the historical legacy of the Papacy and it’s court. The collection is built up in three sections: the Papal iconographic collection, a section dedicated to ceremonial at the Papal court, and a collection of arms and uniforms of the former Papal armies.

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MUSEO NAZIONALE D’ARTE ORIENTALE
Opening Hours / Tue, Wed, Fri 9:0014:00; Thu, Sat, Sun- and holidays 9:00-19:30; closed on Mondays Address / Via Merulana, 248 Telephone / 06 46974832 Ticket / E 6 The National Oriental Art Museum ‘Giuseppe Tucci’ guards the findings of various Italian archaeological missions to Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, apart from a number of objects that were purchased in Nepal and Tibet Giuseppe Tucci (one of the most important orient-experts of the 20th century) between 1928 and 1954.

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Opening Hours / 9 – 19, closed on Mondays Address / Via P S. . Mancini 20 Telephone / 06 32 19 089 Ticket / Free entrace The home and studio of H.C. Andersen holds a collection of 200 statues, 200 paintings and some 300 graphic designs, that testify the artistic genius of this Norwegian master.

GALLERIA COMUNALE MUSEO H. C. D’ARTE MODERNA E ANDERSEN CONTEMPORANEA
Opening Hours / Tue-Fri: 9.00 – 19.00; Sundays and holidays: 9.00 – 14.00; closed on Mondays. Address / Via F. Crispi, 24 Telephone / 06 4742848 Ticket / E 2,60 The municipal gallery of modern and contemporary art is home to a number of works belonging to the municipality’s collections, datable from 1883 to 1945. The museum’s exhibit, divided in three floors hosts some 4000 works of art by the most famous Italian artists of the 19th and 20th centuries such as Balla, Depero, Trampolini, Scipione, Mafai, De Pisis, Morandi, De Chirico, Sironi and Guttuso.

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Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30; closed on Mondays Address / Via delle Quattro Fontane 13 Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 5 - 6 The gallery is rich in masterpieces of the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the most famous paintings include the “Fornarina” by Raphael apart from works by Andrea del Sarto, Bronzino and Lotto. Also Tintoretto, Titian and El Greco feature among the artists whose works can be admired here. Furthermore we see some Bolognese art, to arrive at the end of the 16th century with the splendid “Judith beheading Holophernes” by Caravaggio. The 17th century is represented by works of artist like, Domenichino, Guercino and Bernini.
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Address / Via del Corso, 305 Telephone / 06 6797323 Ticket / E 9 The Doria Pamphilj gallery is home to a grand number of 17th century masterpieces with works form the likes of Caravaggio, A. Carracci, G. Reni, Guercino, J. Bruegel, J. Ribera, Velázquez, C. Lorrain, G. Dughet, and renaissance paintings by Titian, Raphael, Garofalo, L. Lotto, P Brueghel, . Correggio and Parmigianino. The collection of paintings is accompanied by a number of absolute masterpieces of sculptural art Alessandro Algardi and the famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and a collection of antique sculptures of the Archaic and Hellenistic ages. Opening Hours / 9-19.45; closed on Mondays Address / Via delle Botteghe Oscure 31 Telephone / 06 39967700 Ticket / E 7 The Crypta Balbi is one of Rome’s most extraordinary museums on urban archaeology. Particular attention is paid to the findings that document the handicraft activities in the area (materials, tools, produce) in postantique and highmedieval times. The exhibits give a profile of the continuity and quality of these produces, from the 8th to 10th century, a period commonly indicated as the “dark ages”.

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MUSEO PALATINO
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 16.30 Address / Via di San Gregorio 30 Telephone / 06 39967700 Ticket / E 9 (valid also for the Coliseum and Roman Forum) The museums hosts sculptures, frescoes and findings of the Archaic age that tell the story of Rome. On the ground floor findings form the Iron age and of the Republican age of the Roman state may be found, whilst the first floor pays attention to the frescoes, panels coming from the “Domus Transitoria”, statues from the Imperial Age,a fragment of the “Doryphoros” by Polykleitos as well as some splendid architectural terracotta’s recovered from buildings belonging to the age of August.

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GALLERIA NAZIONALE DI PALAZZO CORSINI
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30; closed on Mondays Address / Via della Lungara 10 Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 4 This collection of paintings from the 14th to 18th centuries was donated to the Italian State by the family of Cardinal Neri Maria Corsini. The Cardinal accumulated his collection in the 17th century and it was later enriched with more contemporary works. The museum is home to works by the likes of Beato Angelico, Rubens, Murillo and Luca Giordano.

MUSEO DELL’ALTO MEDIOEVO
Opening Hours / 9 – 14; closed on Mondays Address / Viale Lincoln 3 Telephone / 06 54228199 Ticket / E 2 The Museum of the Early Middle Ages presents a collection of materials dating from the 4th to the 14th centuries, coming mainly from central Italy and Rome itself. In the museum’s eight rooms, findings from the Roman, Lombard and Carolingian ages may be seen.

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MUSEO DI ROMA PALAZZO BRASCHI
Opening Hours / 9 – 19; closed on Mondays Address / Via di San Pantaleo (near Piazza Navona) Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 6 - 8

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MUSEI CAPITOLINI
Opening Hours / 9 – 20; closed on Mondays Address / Piazza del Campidoglio1 Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 6,50

MUSEO DELLA CIVILTÀ ROMANA
Opening Hours / 9 – 13.30; closed on Mondays Address / Piazza G. Agnelli, 10 Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 6.50 The exposed materials are reproductions and reconstructive plastics of the architectural complexes and monuments of the Roman Empire. Divided in 59 sections, it occupies some 12.00 square metres and has rooms 10 metres high, to allow for 1:1 reconstructions of the façades of several monuments. The first 15 rooms tell the story of Rome from its origins up to the 5th century AD, the others document various aspects of the Roman civilisation and its material culture.

The Capitoline Museums are the oldest antique collection The Palazzo Braschi that was opened to collection holds the public. It holds numerous manufacpieces of sculptural tures the tell Rome’s art of immeasurable story from the late medieval period until value such as the statue of Oceanus, the second half of the 20th century, such the equestrian statue as furniture, carriages, of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the Capitoline elements of urban Venus, 65 busts of and architectural decoration, mosaics, Roman Emperors and the famous “Dying frescoes and mediGaul”.The collection of eval ceramics. Also quite important is the paintings holds works of Caravaggio, Guercollection of paintings that, outside the cino, Annibale Carworks of Andrea Sac- racci, Veronese, Titian, Rubens, Antonio van chi, Pierre Subleyras, Dyck and Calvaert. Pier Leone Ghezzi, Marco Benefial and Pompeo Batoni, holds a number of paintings with a great documentary value.
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MUSEO NAZIONALE DI GALLERIA SPADA CASTEL SANT’ANGELO
Opening Hours / 9 – 19; closed on Mondays Address / Lungotevere Castello, 50 Telephone / 06 6819111 Ticket / E 5 From Mausoleum to a fortified position, from dark and feared dungeon to the splendid renaissance residence that saw Michelangelo work inside its walls, and from a prison during the ‘Risorgimento’ to a museum. Rome’s Castel Sant’Angelo has stood tall during most of the city’s history and its solemn Roman rooms, its imposing walls and its luxuriously frescoed hallways make it a place where present and past of the eternal city are inseparably linked. Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30; closed on Mondays Address / Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13 Telephone / 06 6832409 Ticket / E 5 Recomposed after the events of the Second World War, the gallery holds the private collection of Cardinal Bernardino Spada and comprises paintings (mainly of the 17th century), antique statues and original furniture of the Cardinals time. The museum has works by Guercino, Baciccia, Orazio Gentileschi and Guido Reni. In the courtyard the famous tromp l’oeil hallway by Borromini may be admired.

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MUSEO BARRACCO
Opening Hours / 9 – 19; closed on Mondays Address / Corso Vittorio Emanuele 166/A Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 3 The museum holds a prestigious collection of antique sculptures. In the Assyrian section some priceless ornaments of the palaces of Assurbanipal and Senacherib can be seen, while the Egyptian section of the museum holds pieces that cover some 3000 years up until Roman times. Greek Art is explained through a series of works of the artist Polykleitos and his school, of the 5th century BC. As for Roman Art, one of the finer works is the head of a young boy belonging to the Julii family, testifying the portrait art of the early Imperial Age.
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MUSEO DI PALAZZO VENEZIA
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30; closed on Mondays Address / Via del Plebiscito, 118 Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 4 The Museum conserves a number of paintings on canvas and on wooden panel dating back to the 15th-18th centuries, a rich collection of Italian and German woodcarvings, early medieval and renaissance marbles as well as more general collection of antique furniture. Furthermore the collection boasts a number of wrought irons and a rich collection of antique weapons and armours.

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MUSEO D’ARTE CONTEMPORANEA ROMA – MACRO
Opening Hours / 9 – 19, closed on Mondays Address / Via Reggio Emilia, 54 Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / Free entrance

MUSEO MONTEMARTINI
Opening Hours / 9 – 19, closed on Mondays Address / Via Ostiense 106 Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 4.50

The former thermoelectric power plant The MACRO, an of Montemartini is acronym for the an extraordinary Roman Museum of example of industrial Contemporary Art, archaeology turned holds a collection of into a museum. which the first part Through a clever includes the works arrangement of artists such as of contrasts, Accardi, Sanfilippo, masterpieces of Perilli, Dorazio, Festa, sculptural and Schifano, Rotella, archaeological finds Maselli, Pascali, Pizzi from the late 19th Cannella, Dessì, century and 1930’s Bianchi, Ceccobelli are exposed next to and Tirelli. The timeline the old machinery of of the second part the power plant. The of the collection museum reconstructs the monumental runs for 2001 up until complexes and today, and hosts the illustrates the works of great artists development of the such as Asdrubali, ancient city from Albanese, Pintaldi, the Republican Age Ontani, Abate, Erlich, through to the late Sissi and Ciracì. Imperial Age.

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MUSEO NAZIONALE ETRUSCO
Opening Hours / 8.30 – 19.30, closed on Mondays Address / Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 93 Telephone / 06 32810 Ticket / E 4 The collection of the National Etruscan Museum, divided into geographical areas, holds some of the masterpieces of the ancient Etruscan civilisation, such as the sarcophagus of the spouses (6th century BC) and the statue of the Apollo of Veio (6th century BC). Besides these, the museum offers some prized historical collections such as the “Castellani collection” with its ceramics, bronzes and famous golden jewellery and artwork. A recent restoration has opened up the main floor as an exposition space for the antiques of Pyrgi.

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MUSEO DELL’ARA PACIS
Opening Hours / 9 – 19, closed on Mondays Address / Lungotevere in Augusta Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 6.50 The Ara Pacis or “altar of peace” is one of the finest examples of antique art. Its construction was decreed by the Roman senate in 13 AD to honour emperor Augusts return for the provinces of Gaul and Spain, where he had been working for three years to consolidate Rome’s power, as much as his own, by building new roads and setting up Roman colonies.

PALAZZO MASSIMO ALLE TERME
Opening Hours / 9 – 19.45, closed on Mondays Address / Largo di Villa Peretti 1 Telephone / 06 39967700 Ticket / E 7 At the Palazzo Massimo one will find true treasures of Roman coins and jewellery. It also features unique examples of Roman sculptures and portraits and even holds some original Greek statues. Apart from that it has a collection of Roman sculptures from the Republican as well as the late-imperial periods. After years of restorations visitors can now behold the splendid frescoes that have been recovered from the Villa of Livia and from the cellars of the Farnesina, the Italian ministry of foreign affairs.

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MUSEO DELLE MURA
Opening Hours / 9 – 14, closed on Monday Address / Via di Porta San Sebastiano Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 6.50 This exhibition tells the story of Rome’s city walls. The informative panels cover the history of the fortification of the city in the period of the Kings of Rome, the Roman Republic and finally of the Aurelian Walls built in the 3rd century AD. The museum describes the historical and political events that brought about the construction of the Aurelian Walls, and talks about the strategic choices that were made in choosing its path. Finally it analyzes the building techniques, the various gates, the restorations and later transformations.
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MERCATI DI TRAIANO
Opening Hours / 9 – 19, closed on Mondays Address / Via IV Novembre 94 Telephone / 06 0608 Ticket / E 6.50 Trajan’s markets are the main museum on antique architecture that offers the visitor a number of replicas and recomposures of parts of the ancient forum and its architectural decorations, through the use of original parts, limestone copies and modern plain stone integrations, following the theory of “reversibility”. These pieces manage to give the visitor a perception of the greatness and the richness of the forums, as well as an idea of the imagery that was a strong instrument of imperial propaganda.

MUSEO EBRAICO DI ROMA
Opening Hours / 10 – 16, Friday 9- 13, closed on Saturday Address / Lungotevere Cenci Telephone / 06 68400661 Ticket / E 7.50 The Jewish Museum in Rome, located in the complex of the Grand Temple, has been open to the public since 1960 and hosts the collections of Rome’s Jewish community. Roman silverware of the 17th and 18th centuries, valuable textiles from all over Europe, scrolls with miniatures and marbles that survived the destructions of the “Five schools” of the Roman ghetto.

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RELAZIONI CULINARIE
Address / Via Panisperna 75 Phone / 06 48930554 Medium Price / E 30 Closed / Never Right in the heart of one of Rome’s oldest quarters, Monti, you’ll find this lovely restaurant that offers some intriguing recipes from Southern Italy. The freshly made pasta everyday, served with artichokes and salmon or sausage, lemon and Parmesan cheese are worth trying, as are the meat dishes (try the pork with sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts and black olives) and the fish (swordfish with lemon). For dessert the Relazioni Culinarie offers a lovely chestnut mousse or sorbets made with fresh fruit. The restaurant’s original nature is reflected in the continuous contemporary art exhibits inside its walls.

BIR E FUD
Address / Via Benedetta 23 Phone / 06 5894016 Medium Price / E 25 Closed / Never This interesting hotspot for lovers of good beer and good food gets its name from beer & food, albeit in phonetic Italian. It’s rather different from your average restaurant but home to a very vast and everchanging choice of excellent dishes and pizza’s made from first quality ingredients. Bir & Fud always has at least ten craft beers (artisanal, abbey, small breweries) on draught, and an impressive collection of bottled beers from all over the world. Situated right in the heart of Trastevere this is really one to try out, whether in romantic company or with friends, to get a taste of great beers and equally good food.
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OSTERIA DELL’ANGELO
Address / Via Bettolo 24/32 Phone / 06 3729470 Medium Price / E 25 Closed / on Sunday, Monday and Saturday (only dinner) Close to metrostop Ottaviano, this restaurant offers you a place to try some original Roman dishes. The ambient is as typical as it gets for a Roman trattoria,simple and a bit rough around the edges, including the well-known redand-white chequered tablecloths. The walls are lined with various items connected to both boxing and rugby, the latter being the sport practiced by its owner, Angelo Croce. The cuisine is Roman, period, tasty and rich in flavour, no extravaganza’s or fancy things. The price is fixed: 25 for a complete meal.

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Opening Hours / 10 – 13 / 17 – 1 Address / Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice 46 Phone / 06 45421608 This concept store offers its clients the chance to enjoy – without hurry - the many available books while warming up with a nice cup of tea or having a glass of good wine. But not only the books are for sale, you’ll also find designer objects and furniture, made by young creative artists from all over the world. The in-house gallery provides room for exhibits and performances by both emerging and acclaimed artists, and proposes itself as a cultural meeting point for painters, photographers, poets and actors.

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SENZA FONDO
Opening Hours / 20.00 – 2.00 Address / Via Germanico 168/c Phone / 06 3211415 This warm and welcoming oasis for the thirsty can be found in the basement of a 1920’s building near St. Peter’s basilica. The ancient, chestnut-covered brick walls welcome those who enter to quench their thirst on the wide range of draught beers. Apart from the many abbey and trappist beers, Senza fondo (bottomless, in Italian) also boasts a wide range of traditional cheeses, sausages, sliced meets and more. Of culinary intrest are also the sandwiches, salads, traditional bruschette, and cold dishes. It also has a tearoom.

MA CHE SIETE VENUTI A FA
Opening Hours / 15.00 -2.00 Address / Via Benedetta 25 Phone / 3805074938 The “Ma che siete venuti a fà” can easily be called a reference point for all beer aficionados of Rome and province. In the heart of Trastevere we find this fine pub, entirely dedicated to good, artisanal beer. They dispose of 10 draughts and two original English hand operated pumpdraughts, which poor out unique beers of undisputable quality. Some of the best Belgian, German, Danish, American and, more interestingly, Italian beers. The “Ma che siete venuti a fa” offers a range of beers that has no parallels in all of Rome.

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ALExANDER PLATZ
Hours / 20.00 – 2.00 Address / Via Ostia 9 Phone / 06 58335781 One of the better known addresses in Rome famous for it active concertscene and its leading role in a number of great Jazz Festivals. The ambient is distinctly international and very warm, and the old walls are lined with the writings and autographs of the world’s most famous jazz artists. If you’re looking for an interesting night out, meeting new people and hearing new stories, Alexander Platz is the place to be. Clients are assured of cordial service, an international kitchen with an Italian touch and a fine American Bar.
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BIG MAMA
Hours / 21 – 1.30 Address / Vicolo San Francesco a Ripa 18 Phone / 06 5812551 Since March 30th 1984 the Big Mama has been an important reference point for the Roman music scene. Known for its varied programming, crossing over to many different styles with quality as its only criteria, you’ll regularly hear some good old blues, but don’t forget about jazz, rock, ethnic and singer-songwriters. Over its 25 year long history the Big Mama has been more than just any place to go to a concert, it has seen many young artists emerge and mature.

FONCLEA
Hours / 19.00 – 2.00 Address / Via Crescenzio 82/a Phone / 06 6896302 For over the last 30 years Fonclea has been considered one of the best known live music clubs of Rome, and an important reference point for lovers of music. Since its opening in ‘77 it has hosted (and will continue to do so) a musicrelated event every night, ranging from the many concerts to, presentations, festivals and retrospective exhibits about blues and soul music... also songwriters, rock and jazz. The Fonclea is more than just that however, presenting a fine Italian kitchen and a broad choice of drinks.

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ANTICA ERBORISTERIA AL SOGNO ROMANA
Address / Via di Torre Argentina Phone / 06 6879493 The oldest herbalist in Rome, this shop was founded in 1752. Noteworthy is the original furniture in Italian walnut, amongst which we find a magnificent cupboard with drawers where one can find 350 different medicinal herbs, and a beautifully decorated panelled ceiling. Apart from the wide range of herbs, one can also find lovely fruited teas, essential oils, fluidextracts and over 20 different qualities of honey. The shop’s vast choice is further completed by products for aromatherapy and hydro massage as well as liquors, herbal spirits, incense and a wide range of lovely gift items! Address / Piazza Navona 53 Phone / 06 6864198 Since over five decades, right on one of the world’s most beautiful squares, one can find the fairy-tale world of Al Sogno. This lovely shop offers a range of fluffy animals, collectable dolls and gift items of extraordinary quality and beauty. Passing this shop’s threshold means entering a fantasy-like dimension in which you’ll come eye-to-eye with trolls, elves and fairies. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Piazza Navona we highly recommend you to make a little detour and discover the magic world of Al Sogno.

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LIBRERIA DEL VIAGGIATORE
Address / Via del Pellegrino Phone / 06 68801048 The “traveller’s bookshop” is unique in Rome, and ideal for those who are about to go on holiday, or visit places they’ve never seen. Or simply for the curious, who can easily spend hours between its many racks. At this lovely libreria you will find tourist guides and maps of every imaginable part of the world, but also travel stories, foreign literature, essays and even philosophical writings. The racks are ordered by geographic area but our advise would be to just nose around everywhere; the choice of books is wide, varied and in many cases quite original.
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CHILDREN EMERGENCY
118

DRUG ADICT AID
06 65741188

BUS
800 431784

FIRST AID STATION POLICE
113 06 58201030

TRAMBUS
06 46954695

CHANGE BUREAU CARABINIERI
112 06 722821

TAxI
06 3570

FIRE SERVICE
115

ITALIAN AGENCY FOR TOURISM
06 49711

TRAINS
892021

TRAFFIC POLICE
06 67691

FIUMICINO AIRPORT
06 794941

060606 is the telephone

FINANCIAL POLICE
06 67691

CIAMPINO AIRPORT
06 794941

CREDIT CARD ITALIAN ROAD RESCUE BLOCKING
803 116 800 822056

number to call for information on the services provided by the City of Rome. The service is available in English from Monday to Saturday, from 4pm to 7pm.

LOST AND FOUND OFFICE (BUS)
06 5816040

SANITARY EMERGENCY
118

LOST AND FOUND OFFICE (SUBWAY)
06 57532264

POISON UNIT HOSPITAL
06 3054343

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