March 08 2010
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 (www.maxxi.beniculturali.it) – 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 (www.chicretreats.com; 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.