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The Modern Face of the Eternal City

The Modern Face of the Eternal City ( The Visconti Palace Hotel and Capo d’Africa Hotel in Rome: the preferred venues
for tourists and travellers who love culture.

In 2007 Rome beat the all-time record with a tourist presence of twenty million. This is a consequence of the cultural transformation of the city from an ‘eternal’ indolence to a fervent dynamism which has made it a favourite destination for watching international standard events in unrivalled settings. But this time it is not just a short-lived triumph as in the days of Nicolini (a former Rome commissioner of culture): for Rome has become the city of the Houses – the House of Literature, of Cinema, of Theatre, and Jazz: the appointed place for meetings and encounters that feed a cultural debate quivering with eagerness to express itself. Great names from the world of architecture are participating in the facelift that is underway in the city, from Fuksas to Renzo Piano, who designed the Auditorium Parco della Musica, and Tommaso Valle, designer of the new Fiera (Exhibition centre). The new face of contemporary Rome is manifesting itself in buildings of international renown, from the Chiesa di Tor Tre Teste and Richard Meier’s Ara Pacis museum to Rome’s two museums for contemporary art, the MACRO designed by Odile Decq on the site of the former Peroni brewery, and the MAXXI, the National Museum of Art of the Twenty-first Century, designed by architect Zaha Hadid on the site of an old military barracks in 1998, and due to be completed in 2008 or later. And last October the Palazzo delle Esposizioni was reopened after a restoration lasting several years.

Placing this creative melting pot within this context may help to explain why Rome is now preparing to welcome a project which goes beyond all boundaries: the Nuvola, Massimiliano Fuksas’s design for the new congress centre in the Eur area of Rome. But there is more to come. Future designs will mark the transition from “Houses” to “Cities”: the City of the Giovani (young people) on the site of the old General Market at Ostiense, and, not far away, the City of the Arts, on the site of the old abattoir at Testaccio. And then there is the new Fiera (Exhibition Centre) on the Rome-Fiumicino motorway and rail link, which will come into full operation in 2009.

Moreover a short trip to Rome is often motivated by an important exhibition of international scope, such as a mega concert by a star from the world of rock or classical music, or a reading by a celebrated writer in the Basilica di Massenzio. The Visconti Palace Hotel and Hotel Capo d’Africa are well-placed to follow this new international and cosmopolitan dimension from close to, making them a sought after destination for tourists and travellers who love culture.

And the hotels in Rome have themselves followed the same route, from the classic style of the late nineteenth century or early twentieth century to the dynamic, contemporary style of hotels such as the Visconti Palace Hotel and the Capo d’Africa, which house collections of works by avant-garde Roman artists of the calibre of Paolo Canevari, Giancarlo Limoni and Pizzi Cannella.

The Hotel Capo d’Africa is in the heart of imperial Rome, between the Colosseum and the Domus Aurea. This is the Celio district, where churches, monuments and parks alternate with typical and trendy restaurants and bars. The hotel is in an attractive early nineteenth century building, providing an elegant setting for the classic-contemporary luxury. One of the distinctive features of the hotel is its collection of works by Roman artists, including an original installation of black roses by Paolo Canevari. The large roof area decorated with plants, where the breakfast room is situated, offers guests a splendid panorama over the monuments of Rome.
Prices for a double room start from 290 euros a night including breakfast.
Reservations via the SALES AND RESERVATIONS OFFICE at tel. +39.06.594848, fax +39.06.32111478 or via e-mail: href="">

The Visconti Palace Hotel is in the heart of the capital, in the Prati district, just a short walk from Piazza di Spagna, Piazza del Popolo, Piazza Navona and St. Peter’s. The hotel is dynamic and contemporary, with a wealth of art works by avant-garde Roman artists. Recent restyling has completely renovated the hotel, enhancing its special features. The top floor, the seventh, has recently been restructured and now offers 6 one-bedroom suites and 1 double superior room, all with their own private terrace, offering chic contemporary luxury, as well as the Rooftop Lounge&Terrace, a large, 400 square metre, triangular-shaped terrace which can be used for coffee breaks and cocktails. Gym. Garage and valet parking available for guests arriving by car.
Prices for a double room start from 230 euros a night including breakfast.
Reservations via SALES AND RESERVATIONS OFFICE at tel. +39.06.594848, fax +39.06.32111478 or via e-mail: href="">

Visconti Palace Hotel, Via Federico Cesi 37, 00193 Rome
Tel. +39.06.3684 – Fax+39. 06.3200551
E-mail href=""> - Internet

Hotel Capo d’Africa, Via Capo d’Africa 54, 00184 Rome
Tel. +39.06.772801, fax +39.06.77780801
E-mail: href=""> Internet:

Press Office Marina Tavolato, Travel Marketing, Rome Tel.+39. 06.822940, Mob. +39.333.1299646, E-mail

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