In recent years Rome has gained importance in the contemporary arts area, with the openings of Maxxi and Macro Museum. MACRO means Museum Art Contemporary of ROme and it has two buildings, one in the Nomentano zone (which is the main one) and the other one in Testaccio called Macro Future (at the moment it’s absolutely worth a visit for the big outdoor structure made with bamboo wood, that you can climb and enjoy a great view of the Ostiense area).
An extension to the main one was recently added by the French architect Odile Decq that gave it a futuristic look.
I love this museum for many reasons, for its strange structure with an open roof where they usually put art installations and because there are always great temporary exhibitions besides the permanent collection. A well-stocked bookshop is present too, where it’s possible to find many architecture/art books and many design objects.
But here is the fun part: don’t forget to go to the bathrooms. I know it sounds strange but try to wash your hands and see what happens, white sinks turn red! Damn strange architects!
There is also a restaurant (Mon – Fri & Sun 12:30 – 15:00) and a cafeteria on the roof (Tue – Sat 11:00 – 19:00) with private access on Via Nizza 138.
Getting there: Tram lines 3 and 19 stop at Regina Margherita/Nizza.