Rome wasn’t built in a day. Which is a great news because it means one doesn’t need to stick with ancient ruins or Vatican palazzos, but can actually have some decent 20th century concrete fun.
Ara Pacis Museum | Art, Architecture
Luminous Richard Meier project (1995 - 2006) located on the Tiber river bank. Built as a shelter for an ancient altar, with contemporary photography shows and good souvenir shop - all this screams Go! to me.
Lido di Ostia | Beach, Chill
Yet another reason to take the EUR-escape from the over-crowded city center: proximity to the beach. Just continue with the train to the Lido and discover even more advantages: art-deco seaside architecture, sea food restaurants with holiday feel even outside the season (trust me, I got such holiday feel that I went for a swim mid-November) and - on the darker side - the Suburra series vibe. (Really.)
Necci 1924 | Drinks, Food
Spirito is located in Pigneto, which is a whole neighborhood worth discovering, not only because of its famous resident Pier Paolo Pasolini. This café boasts him being a patron - thing I quite understand given its nice outside seating area and good quality classic food from breakfast till evening. Not cheap but worth it.
MAXXI | Art, Architecture
As its name suggests (XXI = 21), this building is dedicated to contemporary art, represented by both big conceptual, cross-genre exhibitions (think food and its sociocultural consequences, artificial intelligence and the like) or smaller artist-dedicated shows. Highly recognisable Zaha Hadid (1998 - 2009, along with Patrick Schumacher) managed to create here a wonderfully naturally-lit, free-flowing space with diverse volumes to host all kinds and sizes of shows and functions. Gallery café de rigeur.
Palazetto dello Sport | Architecture
Stone throw from Maxxi lays an older ode to concrete - this convex sporting beauty is another Pier Luigi Nervi design for the 1960 Rome Olympics. It’s amanita-like fringy coupole almost dances on the Y-shaped pylons and offers impressively huge internal space without single support - watch the video in link above.