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My name is Nancy Aiello and back in 1997, after many exciting years working as Travel Director for major American luxury tour companies, I decided to create NancyAielloTours.com to share my passion and expertise on Rome & Italy with all Travelista. If you have any question, comment or query please contact me at info@nancyaiellotours.com Ciao Nancy Aiello

Tour Rome Golden Treasures Exhibition | Rome Art Exhibitions of 2011

Rome visitors in 2011 will enjoy a great deal of art exhibitions ranging from Van Gogh to contemporary art, from Palazzo Farnese Renaissance art to futurist artist Pablo Echaurren via Teotihuacan City of Gods at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the amazing Golden treasures from Romania’s Museums at the Imperial Forum museum. 2011 is going to be another year of unforgettable shows in Rome.

Ancient Treasures from Dacia in Rome at the Imperial Forum Museum

Until April 3, 2011 the ancient ruins of the Trajan’s Market form the backdrop for the exhibition of over 140 gold and silver priceless artifacts all discovered within the territory of Romania, known as Dacia during ancient Rome times. Famous for its goldmines since prehistoric times the Dacia region became known throughout the world for its goldsmiths and this exhibition features gold spiraled bracelets (2nd Century B.C.) each one weighting 2,2 pounds, a ceremonial sword (17th Century B.C.), religious artifacts, exceptional treasures like a beautiful Greek-style helmet (4th Century B.C.), and little gold plaques (2nd Century A.D.) together with jewels from the tombs of the Barbarian princes and the Pietroasa treasures that belonged to the Ostrogoth or Visigoth (5 Century A.D.) royal family.

On display abroad for the first time in more than 30 years the artifacts of this priceless collection are on loan from the National History Museum in Bucharest and seven other Romanian museums. In hosting the show the Imperial Fora Museum is also displaying for the first time 6 sculptures of Dacians that used to be standing in the Trajan’s forum almost 2000 years ago. Due to the stunning settings this exhibition is especially suitable for families visiting Rome with children who want to get out off the beaten path and enjoy a day in the life of ancient Rome.

Eat, drink and relax in/around the Trajan’s Market in Rome

Next to the Monti district this area offers a lot of foodie options from a quick sandwich to a gourmet lunch or dinner. Rome food lovers can enjoy a set menu lunch ($) or gourmet dinner ($$$) at Open by Antonello Colonna, exceptional Roman and Lazio food at the Provincial wine bar right in front of the Trajan’s column, a sandwich at Tricolore (haven’t tried yet), a glass of wine with cheese platter at 313 Cavour ($/$$) or even Indian fares at Maharajah ($$) along with Urbana 47 ($$) and the several grocery stores and pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice) places located on Via dei Serpenti, Via Urbana, and Via del Boschetto.

Tickets and Info

Official Website: www.mercatiditraiano.it

Call Center 060608 (Daily from 9.00 AM to 9.00 PM)

Nearest Metro Station: Line B Cavour

Opening hours

  • Tuesday- Sunday: 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
  • December 24 and 31: 9.00 am – 2.00 pm
  • (last admission 1 hour before closing time)

Closed: Mondays

Entrance Fees

  • Adults: € 11,00
  • Concessions: € 9,00

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided tours designed for the independent traveler visiting Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our privileged guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy V.I.P. concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Tour Italy at Your Own Pace with Nancy Aiello Tours!

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Provincial Wine Bar in Rome located just in front of the Trajan's column

Tour Rome Contemporary Art Exhibitions | Rome Art Exhibitions of 2011

Rome offers art lovers visiting Rome in 2011 a remarkable list of art exhibitions ranging from Van Gogh to Italian contemporary artists, from Palazzo Farnese Renaissance art to futurist artist Pablo Echaurren via Teotihuacan City of Gods at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni and the Golden treasures from Dacia on loan from the Romanian History Museums at the Imperial Fora museum. For the Eternal City of Rome and its guests 2011 is going to be another year of unforgettable shows.

MAXXI Museum of the 21st Century | Italian Contemporary Art | Nervi at the MAXXI

The MAXXI museum is a stunning piece of architecture and an amazing venue for exhibitions of contemporary art but it is also a place to experiment innovative visual and linguistic forms of art. Until March 20th 2011 Maxxi hosts an exhibition of works by the 4 finalists of the Italian Contemporary Art Award. These four young Italian artists bring to life with their art recent Italian events from the so called “anni di piombo” in the 1970′ to the current immigration concerns offering the opportunity to discover some of the new creative talents of the under 40’s generation.

Until March 20th 2011 the Maxxi Museum dedicates a deepened show to Italian architect and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi focusing on Nervi’s works for the 1960 Rome Olympics. Out of curiosity do not miss the nearby Corso Francia Bridge designed by Nervi in the late 50′ best viewed from the nearby Ponte Milvio Bridge.

Alongside these works the museum is inaugurating a new archive project to document and promote the materials preserved in the collections of MAXXI Architecture that will be made available on-line in the Study Room of the Central Archives.

If you need any additional reason to visit the Maxxi Museum in Rome just consider that the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona just declared Zaha Hadid Architects’ MAXXI “Building of the Year 2010” defined by the jury of the WAF as an “Unwound Guggenheim”.

Eat, drink and relax in/around the Maxxi Museum in Rome

Foodies visiting the Maxxi after a tour of the museum should head straight to the nearby Ponte Milvio district (photo gallery) just across the river Tiber to enjoy a tasty thin crust pizza at Il Grappolo d’oro, a cheese platter paired with a glass of wine at Peccati di Gola or just a great simple sandwich at Gondi’s.

MAXXI Tickets and Info

Official Website: www.fondazionemaxxi.it/en/index.aspx

Call Center 06 32810

How to reach MAXXI

  • Metro A stop Flaminio followed by tram n. 2 stop Apollodoro
    Bus n. 53, 217, 280, 910

Opening hours

  • Tue-Wed-Fri-Sun 11.00-19.00
  • Thur-Sat 11.00-22.00
  • The ticket office is open until 1 hour before museum closing

Closed

  • Mondays | 1 May | 25 December

Ticket prices

  • Adults €11
  • Concessions €7 for groups of 20 to 30 people and associate groups; 2×1: 2 young people between 15 and 26 years of age may enter by purchasing just 1 €11 ticket (not valid for groups);
    €4 per student (over 14 years old) for class groups (first and second level secondary schools, universities) acquiring educational activity packages (excluding bank holidays);
  • Free under 14 years old, disabled visitors requiring accompaniment, companions of disabled visitors, employees of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, Lazio Region tour guides and couriers, 1 teacher per class group, ICOM members, AMACI members, adults over 65 (Tuesdays only)

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided tours designed for the independent traveler visiting Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our privileged guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy V.I.P. concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Tour Italy at Your Own Pace with Nancy Aiello Tours!

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Farnese Palace Exhibition in Rome | Winter in Rome

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As 2010 draws to an end and 2011 begins Rome offers art lovers visiting Rome this winter an exceptional array of exhibitions ranging from Van Gogh to Italian contemporary artists, from Palazzo Farnese Renaissance art to Pablo Echaurren via the City of Gods and the Golden treasures from the National History Museum in Bucharest and much more this winter well into 2011. Let’s begin with Palazzo Farnese and its five hundred years of history between art and politics to discover the colorful history of the “fasti farnesiani”.

The doors of Rome’s Palazzo Farnese just opened last week on December 17th for a landmark exhibition to celebrate the Farnese building’s 500 years of history: from the Renaissance to the French Embassy. “The most imposing Italian palace of the 16th century”, according to Sir Banister Fletcher, it was designed for the Farnese family in 1517 and later expanded when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534. Built and decorated by the most important and famous architects of the Renaissance age, including including Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola, Giacomo della Porta, and Michelangelo who redesigned the courtyard and the third story of this monumental building adding an architrave to give a central focus to the facade, above which is the largest coat-of-arms with papal tiara Rome had ever seen. While admiring the Farnese palace facade do not miss the two large granite basins moved here during the 16th century from the Baths of Caracalla to stand as fountains in the Piazza Farnese. Palazzo Farnese housed the famous Farnese family collection of classical sculptures, including the famous sculpture from Greco-Roman antiquity known as the Farnese Hercules, paintings and frescoes, precious gems and other treasures. Most of the Farnese collection ended up in Naples at the National Archeological Museum and at the Capodimonte Museum but are now back in Rome for the exhibition to be displayed on their Renaissance settings. French museums like Louvre, Chambord and Ecouen along with other Italian and international art galleries have also contributed to the 150 paintings, statues, drawings, tapestries and coins included in this remarkable exhibition that runs until April 27, 2011.

Please be informed that booking is mandatory.

Address:

French Embassy in Italy

Palazzo Farnese, Via Giulia 186 – Rome

Info and bookings:

Tel. 06.32810

Palazzo Farnese Exhibition Official Website

Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided tours designed for the independent travelers visiting Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our privileged guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy V.I.P. concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Tour Italy at Your Own Pace with Nancy Aiello Tours!

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Five Magnificent Boutique Hotels in Florence | Tour Italy in Style

Romantic Italy Vacations | Florence Romantic Getaway

Florence is a wonderful city that offers so many historic sights and cultural venues regardless you’re a Florence first timer or a seasoned Medici aficionado. Florence is also a renowned romantic getaway and perfect for a special holiday so it makes sense to treat yourself to one of these memorable Florence boutique hotels, stylishly decorated with absolutely gorgeous atmosphere and breathtaking locations.

Hotel River

The elegant and classy River hotel is located on the Arno River and provides some exceptional views over Santa Croce (in the centre of Renaissance Florence). This lovely hotel is a great place to stay when visiting Florence as it offers that special Florentine charm combined with the excellent location close to the main Florence must see sights. In the 19th century this was the grand home of a family of Florentine aristocrats. The whole building has been carefully renovated in a classic high end Italian style with some wonderfully romantic touches such as the intricate cast iron beds and antique furnitures.

Top Quality Florence Hotels | Hotel river terrace overlooking the Arno in Florence

Villa Mangiacane

You will enjoy the magic of Tuscany in this romantic family run hotel set right in the heart of the colorful Tuscan countryside. At Villa Mangiacane guests are surrounded by picturesque olive groves, vineyards and rolling lush hills. This luxury property, built in the 15th century, was once the magnificent stately home of the world renowned Machiavelli family. This luxury property has been fully renovated to provide the elegance and grandeur of its long history and offers some stunning luxury suites and spacious public areas to relax and unwind in after a long day under the Tuscan sun.

Best Accommodations in Florence | Villa Mangiacane in Florence

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

Staying at the Palazzo Magnani Feroni hotel makes a breathtaking experience from the moment you reach enter. This stunning historic building used to be the grand residence of a powerful Florence family but has now been transformed into a beautiful small luxury hotel. The beautiful façade opens up to reveal an elegant and exquisitely decorated interior complete with the standard of antiques you would expect to find locked away in museums and art galleries. There is also a stunning terrace where guets can relax over a light dinner and enjoy great views out over the Renaissance sky line of Florence. Treat your beloved ones to a well deserved holiday at this amazing 5 star hotel which offers some of the best accommodation in Florence.

Best Accommodations in Florence | Palazzo Magnani Feroni

Hotel Villa Stanley

Stay away from the crowds of Florence by choosing the stylish Villa Stanley hotel. Villa Stanley is conveniently located in the peaceful Florence suburbs offering a convenient place to stay whilst visiting Florence and the Tuscan countryside. This lovely 4 star hotel is set within a well tended park and provides a historic and relaxing experience with easy access to both the city and the beautiful surrounding countryside. Guests will enjoy the traditional 18th century style décor and taste some fine Tuscan delicacies at the hotel delicious restaurant.

Small Luxury Hotels in Florence | Villa Stanley Hotel in Florence

Palazzo Vecchietti

Palazzo Vecchietti hotel is located in one of the classic Florentine stately homes and offers its guests stylish and elegant surroundings. This is a very private hotel that provides top class luxury amenities such as a personal butler service and some stunning views out over the city of Florence. The stylish Italian décor and classical architecture of this 15th century palace are combined with a wonderful ambience to provide a rich taste of Florentine noble culture and history.

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Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in providing personalized Italy travel services designed for the independent traveler visiting Italy with family and children, with his/her business partners or simply on his/her own! Based in Rome, Italy Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding Italy visitor who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our privileged guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy V.I.P. concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line Italy museum private guided visits, and more.

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When in Florence treat yourself to one of these memorable Florence boutique hotels with top quality service, atmosphere and memorable Florence locations to enjoy the best Florence has to offer.

Van Gogh Exhibition in Rome | Art Lovers in Rome

Nancy Aiello Private Guided Van Gogh Exhibition Tour | Tour Rome at family pace

Few months after the breathtaking Caravaggio Exhibition Rome hosts another exceptional event: Vincent Van Gogh!

The great Dutch post-impressionist Vincent van Gogh returns to Rome after more than 20 years with a new comprehensive exhibition at the Vittoriano complex marking the genius of Van Gogh.

From October 8 to February 6, 2011 the Eternal City of Rome is the protagonist of this world class show: “Vincent van Gogh Timeless Countryside – Modern City”

If you love art and plan to visit Rome between October 2010 and February 2011 do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this memorable van Gogh exhibition at the Vittoriano complex in Rome, AKA the Typewriter or Wedding Cake by the Imperial Forum in Rome, showcasing more than 110 masterpieces celebrating art.

The Van Gogh exhibition that runs until Feb. 6th 2011 at the Vittoriano monument in Rome features seventy of Van Gogh’s masterpieces brought together by the exhibition curator Cornelia Homburg, one of the leading experts of the Dutch genius, in cooperation with museums and art galleries from across Europe and North America in addition to some 30 works by other major artists who provided inspiration for his art, from Pissarro and Millet to Cèzanne, Seurat and Gauguin also to highlight Van Gogh’s relationship with past masters and contemporaries.

The bulk of the exhibition focuses on Van Gogh’s own artwork explored through his favorite subject matters and the rural-urban dichotomy: his love for the timeless countryside and its unchanging environment contrasted with his fascination with the fast moving modern city life.

“There won’t be the Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Still Life” – said Ms. Homburg – “But, next to best known works, audience will also be able to watch for the first time paintings from private collections.”

Van Gogh exhibition in Rome until Feb. 6th 2011 opening hours, tickets and info :

  • Monday to Thursday 9:30am to 7:30 pm
  • Friday and Saturday 9:30am to 11:30pm
  • Sunday 9:30am to 8:30pm
  • Admission is allowed until one hour before closing time.

  • Tickets cost Euro 12,00
  • Official Website
  • For further details and booking info: Tel. (+39) 06 6780664

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Since 1997 Nancy Aiello Tours specializes in personalized Italy travel services and private guided designed for the independent travelers visiting Italy. Nancy Aiello Tours offers a wide range of top quality Italy travel services for the demanding guest who wants to enjoy Italy art and history, Italian food and made in Italy shopping in comfort and style. We are glad to offer our privileged guests private Italy transfers by fully insured a/c Mercedes Benz limo and minivans, Italy V.I.P. concierge services, Italy accommodation tips, Italy tour planning services, private guided skip the line tours to explore Italy museums and exhibitions. Tour Italy at Your Own Pace with Nancy Aiello Tours

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