Comfort Hotel Bolivar
Via della Cordonata, 6
Phone: (39) 06 6791614
Fax: (39) 06 6791025
Via della Cordonata, 6, Rome, IT, 00187
- Phone: (39) 06 6791614
- Fax: (39) 06 6791025
Arts & Museums
Such vibrant and expressive are the works of art at Galleria Tartaglia Art that you could almost reach forward and hold on to them. The exhibits at the gallery are an extension of one's wild and carefree nature with a riot of colors and a contrast of expressiveness. Artist Piero Tartaglia's brainchild is one of the best galleries in all of Rome and you can always view the work of the artist and his students as a part of the permanent collection too. The gallery has the works of quite a few artists who have dedicated themselves to promoting contemporary art.
This museum, situated within the Treasury, contains a collection of more than 20,000 items including coins, medallions, wax models and equipment used in the minting process. The papal medallions begin with Pope Martin V who started the first mint. Amongst the wax models the series by Benedetto Pistrucci is worth noting; he was a famous Roman engraver who worked at the London mint and he is responsible for the St. George on horseback that is found on the English pound coin. Take an identification card with you because you will need to leave it with the concierge after filling out a form. Admission: Free.
Creepy, bizarre and completely captivating, the crypt of the Capuchin Friars is worth the venture off the well beaten tourist path in Rome. The crypt, or cemetery of sorts, lies under the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. Since 1764 the bones of over 4000 deceased Capuchin Franciscans were arranged in elaborate, decorative floor to ceiling designs spread throughout five rooms. Each room highlights certain bones, and the designs even extend onto the light fixtures. Skulls flanked by shoulder blades create angelic figures looming above on the ceiling and the final room contains the skeleton of a child grim reaper and the inscription "what you are, we once were too and what we are now, you will be". Morbid, but like nothing you have ever seen before or could even imagine.
This is Italy's first collection dedicated to the decorative arts. It exhibits objects from architecture, fashion and design from 1700 to the modern day. One of the most famous pieces is the silver and gilded bronze cradle given by the Comune of Rome to King Vittorio Emanuele III and Queen Elena on the birth of Princess Iolanda. There are objects of glassware, pottery, furniture and clothes, some donated by famous designers such as Galitzine, Valentino, Lancetti, Gattinoni and the Fontana sisters. Admission: Free.
The National Gallery of Ancient Art (Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica) houses works by Caravaggio, Raffaello, Tintoretto, and Holbein, among many others. These paintings belong to the Barberini family's massive collection, most of which is scattered all over the world. Baroque architects Maderno, Bernini, and Borromini designed the palace. Two grand staircases lead to the main floor: the larger one was designed by Bernini and the smaller, oval construction by Borromini. On the first floor, the large ceiling of the Salone (main hall) was covered in frescoed by Piertro da Cortona and depicts the triumph of Pope Urban VIII. You'll notice the Bernini family symbol, a bee, painted or sculpted almost everywhere in the building.
Ever since Galleria Tondinelli opened shop in Italy, they have been dedicated with a single mind of nurturing and promoting contemporary art from within Italy and all around the world. Collaborating with over a dozen countries including United Sates, Germany, India, Monaco, Switzerland to name a few, Galleria Tondinelli has been leaving its mark across the globe. Among the long list of artists who have associated themselves with Tondinelli are Bruno Ceccobelli, Giovanni Frangi, Ugo Riva, Alberto Sughi and Renzo Vespignani. You can get an idea of the work they promote and display from the list of their artists. Visit this place to savor flavors of art from around the world. Check website for schedules.
The Baths of Diocletian are a group of public baths that were built in 298 CE and 306 CE. The huge structures could allow 3000 people to bathe at one time, making it one of the largest baths in the city. There are a series of cold baths and hot baths along with gyms and libraries for the people. The water for the baths were sourced via aqueducts. It is one of the four sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano.There are various exhibitions held here are worth seeing. The price is inclusive of the other sites of the Museo Nazionale Romano.
Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Istituto Svizzero di Roma promotes artistic and cultural influences between Switzerland and Italy. This institution, inaugurated in 1947, was founded by the Swiss Confederation. Villa Maraini is where the main office is, to manage the operations. The library that was functional by 1948 consists of books exhibiting great historical and modern knowledge about the cultures of the Swiss land. Being a venue for a lot of exhibitions, seminars and lectures, this is a must visit! For event schedules and more information, visit the website or call ahead.
This museum is one of the four seats of the Museo Nazionale Romano. The enormous spa complex was built around 300 CE and nowadays lies in front of the Termini railway station. It is still possible to see the ruins of the huge hall used for hot baths, while the one used for warm baths is now part of the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli. The Museum houses a large collection of epigraphs, inscriptions and sarcophagi. Visit also the Olearie Papali, the rooms housing gigantic earthenware jars to preserve oil for the papal court.
Located in the neighborhood of Monti, Gagosian Gallery is definitely one of the must visit galleries while in Rome. The lavish ambiance of this gallery promotes typical Roman features and its nature. After the success of this gallery all over, director/owner Larry Gagosian set up this space in Rome in 2007, to exhibit the works of fresh budding talents as well as famous artists. Some of the artists who have showcased their art here are Cy Twombly, Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon to name a few. To know more about the event schedules and other information, check out the website or call ahead.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni with its statues and Corinthian columns, designed by Piacentini, hosts temporary exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and graphics, which are changed every three months. There is also a small cinema that shows foreign-language films and the occasional theatrical performance at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. In addition, there is a well-stocked bookshop, a design shop, a bar and a restaurant on the terrace. Next to the complex is the Visual Arts Research and Documentation Center, an archive that contains data on contemporary Italian and international art.
Italy's most famous food, pasta, has been granted a museum of its own. On entry to Museo Nazionale delle Paste Alimentari, located just a short while away from Fontana di Trevi, the visitor is given a portable CD player that explains all the exhibits in Italian, English, French, German and Japanese. The collection includes pasta making machines from the distant past to modern times, and prints and photos of people, whether famous or not, tucking into a good plate of pasta.