Italy // Rome and Lazio //


A ten-minute tram journey north of Piazza del Popolo, MAXXI opened to much fanfare in 2010 in a landmark building by the Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid – a great modern accompaniment to Renzo Piano’s nearby Auditorium complex. Built around a former military barracks, it’s primarily a venue for temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and architecture (though it does have small collections of its own), but the building, a simultaneously jagged and curvy affair, is worth a visit in its own right, with its long, unravelling galleries and a towering lobby encompassing the inevitable café and bookstore.