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Rome opens a new museum – and a stylish little inn

From a grand art opening to the airy suites of a smart new inn

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Rome opens a new museum – and a stylish little inn

March 08 2010
Maria Shollenbarger

In Rome, an eternal art city, the impressive form of the Zaha Hadid-designed Museum for the Art of the XXI Century – better known by its curious-spurious acronym, Maxxi ( – can now be admired. After a year-long prelude and several private vernissages, it will inaugurate its public exhibitions this May, commencing with a retrospective of Gino de Dominicis (Italy’s own 20th-century provocateur, who died in 1998).

From here, a stroll along the Via Flaminia leads you back to the centro storico and a new, very stylish little inn called Babuino 181 (; doubles from €245). The charms of the 19th-century palazzo’s meandering layout are fully exploited by a handful of large, airy suites filled with art deco reproductions and original photography – all on one of Rome’s loveliest streets.