Via Guido Reni, 4a, 00196 Roma
Designed by the late, great, Zaha Hadid, the MAXXI (Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, or National Museum of the 21st Century Arts) is the amazing and beautiful National Museum of contemporary art and architecture based in the Flaminio quartiere of Rome.
This outstanding building (and its amazing space inside) just keeps giving. It has a way of portraying what you would think was a much smaller space from the outside but once inside, we were amazed as to what it had to offer, as regards content, design and just sheer size and it was amazingly cool inside too, which was a total bonus from the ‘sweltering’ June heat going on outside.
Its curves, concrete and light bright mood all work together to create a space that was both a pleasure to be in and totally fit for purpose.
There’s also a cool bookshop, a lovely café and a stylish bar/restaurant and a the large public square outside is a lovely space to relax and chill before heading back to the hustle and bustle of the center of Rome.
*The MAXXI was acclaimed by The Guardian as Hadid's finest built work to date and a masterpiece fit to sit alongside Rome's ancient wonders. Go see!