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Gospel in Rome – M&J Place Hostel Rome

Emotional, spiritual and jubilant, that’s what is Gospel music like. Celebration of God’s love…B-U is a home of International Urban Gospel Artists, who are doing a World tour, with their songs and great spirit, performing all over the world!

They are bringing the truth about Jesus Christ over blazing hot tracks. B-U is a truly a special duo that GOD has chosen to reach the youth & young at heart through the ministry of music.  Their sound is like none you’ve ever heard before with exciting adlibs and their performances are unforgettable. As the words minister to the spirit, the music enhances the praise. And the Children of God , the Glory Gospel Singers.

Gospel style makes use of choral singing in unison or harmony. The songs are performed with fervent enthusiasm, vigor, and spiritual inspiration, with much ornamentation in the solo vocal lines. They all were performing also in Rome and stayed at M&J Place Hostel. We were pleased to have them here. They are heading to their next destination, and we wish them best luck!

Gospel @ M&J Place Hostel Rome

M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy


The Streetles at M&J Place Hostel Rome

Markus Rieger and Oli Spielberger are currently on a 7week musical tour around Europe.
They rely solely on the money the make from their street music to pay for everything from transport to accommodation and food. Both boys come from Aschaffenburg in Germany and are taking a gap year to travel round with their music and hopefully improve on some of their skills.

Markus plays the guitar while Oli plays the upright bass and they both sing. Mainly they specialize in songs from English bands including the Beatles and the kooks but they also perform German songs among a range of others.

This is the first long solo trip that the guys have done together and they have planned it all themselves. They have even got postcards and their own website which is which they set up all for the tour. They are 3weeks in on the trip so far and it has all been a smooth ride in which they have already visited Prague, Berlin, Toulouse, Barcelona, and Rome just to name a few places.

In Rome, they selected M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy

as a base to discover Rome.

They have a planned itinerary for there tour but only decide on how long they will stay in each place once they are there. So there are no set dates on where they will be at what time. The best way to follow their progress would be to check out their website as they regularly update it with what is happening on their travels. Some major cities they are still to visit are Venice, Paris, Amsterdam and Hamburg with more stops in between, so keep an ear out for them as they are hugely enjoyable to listen to.
We wish the boys best of luck with they rest of their travels round Europe.

Here we are, M&J Hostel Rome 2011 – 753 B.C.

Michael Nolte is travelling with his “Romae Armatura” to discover and enjoy the eternal city of Rome as the first Roma Backpackers did 3000 years ago.

Michael Nolte is a 26 y.o. German guy, who has always loved a lot the ancient Roman Empire. His passion led him to leave for a week his “normal” life in Cologne, Germany, to live in Rome as a real Legionario, wearing a typical “Romae Armatura” (Roman armour) while walking in the streets of the Eternal City and enjoying it, as the ancient “Roman Backpackers” did 3000 years ago.

He travelled to Rome following the Roman road (all roads lead to Rome) from the city of Cologne through the road Via Appia . Around he Colosseum, tourists take pictures and videos of this real Legionario: he belongs to the Legion II Augusta (under Neron’s Kingdom), and his Roman name is Gaius Julius Baccus.

He carries with him a special bundle, with all an ancient Roman needs to survive: enough bread for a week, some old coins, and some little games (stones, dice), to spend a nice time in case he meets new Legionari.
During his stay in Rome Michael slept at M&J Hostel, and he really enjoyed its services and also the drinks at the bar downstairs, The Living Room Café. Michael will keep on visiting other roman cities and hopefully staying in friendly hostels like the M&J, where he taught to guests some special stories about Romans’ habits and life, becoming the hostlel’s live logo. And, who knows, maybe in the future he’ll send to Rome other Legionari friends, and we’ll enjoy their presence here, taking more pictures and videos, and learning something more about ancient Rome.

M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy

Flavian Anphitheatre, the Coloseum

Originally called Flavian Anphitheatre, the name with which it is worldwide known derives from the bronze statue that was standing at its side, the huge “Colosso” of Nerone.

Its construction began with Vespasiano and ended in the 80 AD With a 100 days opening party; gladiators fights and public contests (as mock sea battles and animal hunts) could now take place in a noteworthy structure, after that the big fire of 64 AD burned out the previous amphitheater.

It was, and still is one of the most important works of roman architecture and engineering.

With an elliptical form (189m long and 156m wide), it is made up of three stories of superimposed arcades covered with travertin stone and framed by half-colums of the Tuscan, Ionic and Corinthian orders and statues, with a tall attic at the top.

Originally, a huge retractable awning, the velarium, was opened to protect the spectators from sun and rain.

It could accommodate around 50,000 spectators, seated on in a tiered arrangement that reflected the rigidly stratified nature of Roman society (the wealthy citizens in the lower part, the poor ones on the upper), whereas the gladiators, the slaves and the animals were in a complex structure of galleries right under the terraces and the arena.

It immediately became the symbol of the imperial Rome, but it wasn’t always a golden time. It suffered under different stone and metal robbers, and even earthquakes; families lived into it using it as a castle during the middle age, and it needed to be restored several times.

But its glory is still intact; belonging to the UNESCO cultural heritage, the Colosseum is one of the most popular tourist attractions, and probably the most defining emblem of the eternal city during the centuries.

M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy

M&J Place Hostel Rome Anniversary of 16 years

M&J Place Hostel is a home away from home for those who stay with us on their journey through Italy and we are now celebrating 16 years of service to backpackers and travelers from around the world. Our doors have been open since 1995, welcoming all cultures and nationalities to our eternal hometown of Roma.

M&J Place Hostel is one of the most populare hostels in Roma, known for its welcoming atmosphere and closeness to the greatest attractions. At M&J we offer a range of accommodation from shared dormitory rooms with or without private bathrooms as well as high class private rooms with private bathrooms. We are centrally located minutes walking distance from Termini and some of Roma’s most famous monuments such as the enchanting Colosseum and Fontana di Trevi.

Our bar and restaurant is a great place to meet people from all over the world. Enjoy a glass of wine and pasta or a beer and panino while watching the city life of Roma outside or surfing the web with the use of our wifi. Together, our friendly staff speaks a wide variety of languages and the reception is open 24 hours a day so we are always available to help you navigate our lovely city of Roma.

Come and join us to celebrate M&J Place Hostel’s 16th Birthday on May 11th at 9pm! There will be free drinks and food for all, as well as live music with a dj and tons of fun! There is no where else to be then at the party meeting new people and having a great time in Roma!


M&J Place Hostel Rome, Italy

17th Rome Marathon 20 March 2011

Held annually in March, when nice days exceed hot days and the herds of tourists haven’t arrived yet, Rome Marathon attracts more and more runners each year. On March 21 2010, when the last version of Rome Marathon – or to be exact, Maratona di Roma – took place, more than 15,000 runners showed up. Ethiopian winner Siraj Gena finished the race barefoot to honour his countryman Abebe Bikila who won the Olympic marathon in Rome exactly 50 years earlier. On March 20, the 17th annual Rome Marathon will be run.

More than 7,000 participants from eighty countries are expected to participate! The marathon is more than just a single event. There is also a RomaFun run called “La Stracittadina.” This is a non-competitive, 4k race. For some folks, it’s just a leisurely walk! Everyone participates including adults, children, grandparent, folks with pets, and even those on rollerblades. Last year, more than 80,000 people “ran” in La Stracittadina. You can register until the day BEFORE the race. Entry fee is € 7,00 and includes an official Race t-shirt. La Stracittadina begins immediately following the start of the Marathon.

Throughout the years, Rome Marathon has been making good use of its unique status as the capital of the catholic church. For example, the turn of the millenium was celebrated by moving the start area to Saint Peter’s Square and having the pope himself wish all the runners good luck before the run. And even though the start line is now back in the gladiatorial ambience of the Coliseum, the word has it that priests and cardinals are among the cheering crowds when the runners pass Saint Peter’s Church. And if you need more than spiritual nourishment for finishing a marathon, just arrive a day or two early and feast on the many temptations in a city where it is almost impossible not to carb load.

And the best news is that you – or maybe your less marathon-passionate travel partner – don’t have to cover 42 km of narrow, Roman streets to experience the special atmosphere on marathon day. According to tradition, 15 minutes after the bold marathoners are sent on their way, 80,000 children, adults and seniors head out for the non-competitive Stracittadina Fun Run. The 4 km course shares its start line at the Coliseum with the marathon and cruises around the ancient city’s streets before finishing outside of Domus Aurea – the ruins of emperor Nero’s Golden House.

If you’re looking for the ideal combination of athletic challenges and a nice weekend of sight-seeing, Rome Marathon is the place to go.

After the run you can relax at M&J Place Hostel Rome

Mark Delval cycling the world

When he came up the stairs, he asked us if there was a place to park his bicycle. We, ofcourse thought it was simply just a bike and asked him to lock it upat the balcony near our reception desk, until he started bringing up the 2nd, 3rd and 4th heavy bags, we knew there was something more.

Mark Delval, an athletic man from france, one day decided to pick up his bicycle and give it a spin; not just around the neighborhood, but around planet earth. He waited all his life for this experience, and at age 53 he decided to make it come true.

This remarkable journey started in the south of cuba in the spring of 2003, where he found himself suffocating from the humidity right away on landing. In a duration of 3 months, he had travelled 5500km of the caribbean solely on his bike. But this was just the begninning. He has done 4043km of the United States over a period of two moths, Canada, 9721km in 5; from Mexico, to China, to Egypt. Having cycled a total of 41,000km by autumn 2010, he’s still got Asia and the Pacific on the list.

Expecting to end the journey roughly by 2013, he is still going, seeing his own face now and again on newspapers, as the colourful world of cultures and seasons pass him by with his feet pressed on the pedals, he found his way all to the way here to be with us, to the anceint city of Rome, sharing his stories and taking walks around the museum-like city, recharging his batteries on a coasy bed at M&J Place Hostel Rome