Old and ancient stuff aside, there are some great contemporary projects in Rome – one of which, the Ara Pacis Museum by Richard Meier – is the site of our next on-site lecture (adjacent to the Mausoleum of Augustus on the Tiber). A little further north from the Centro Storico and Piazza del Popolo – near Nervi’s Olympic Stadium – there are a couple of well known newer works. Some of the students were able to get out to see the Le Corbusier exhibit at Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI museum last week and I dutifully made the pilgrimage up to Flaminio to see both – the building and Corbusier’s exhibit. This trek entailed a bus to the Ottaviano Metro Stop, Metro line “A” to Piazza del Popolo, then an unnecessary urban train to god-knows where, followed by , as a result, a long walk to the Museum. I doubled up with a visit to Renzo Piano’s Parco della Musica, just up the street.
There is, by the way, a much shorter, less involved way to get to MAXXI and Parco della Musica (Tram #2), but in addition to seeing two pretty interesting projects, I discovered – on my rambling walk to get to these projects – a great bowling alley and mini-golf course. Fore!