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Rome's museums Italy
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Rome's museums

Thought of by many as the world's largest open air museum, Rome is striking combination of the old and the new. Although it is world famous for being the birthplace of the Roman Empire and the Catholic capital of the world, being home to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, it is now rich in contemporary art too. The Maxxi National Museum of twenty-first century Art consists of a 27,000m▓ glass, steel and concrete structure designed by Anglo-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid. It is the first in Rome to have been dedicated solely to contemporary Art and is now home to 58 works by the late Milanese art dealer Claudia Gian Ferrari. CineCittÓ Studios is another spot for those interested in Italian twentieth century culture. Created by Mussolini for propaganda purposes in 1937, this film studio and set complex is no longer at the forefront of the industry as it once was, but is still very impressive to look round. Films such as Cleopatra and Ben-Hur were made here, and although it was bombed during World War II, still remains one of Rome's most intriguing museums. For those more interested in Rome's ancient history, the Palazzo Altemps boasts a collection of classic Roman and Greek sculptures dating back to the fourth century BC.

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