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Milan might be the design capital of Italy, but Rome can certainly hold its own in the style stakes. From the National Institute for Graphic Design to cutting edge architecture from Zaha Hadid and Richard Meier, there’s plenty going on for art and design lovers in the Eternal City. Here’s how to spend a day of design in Rome.
From the MAXXI take a short tram ride south and head to the Museo dell’Ara Pacis. The Ara Pacis, or Altar of Peace, dates back to 13 BC and was commissioned by the Senate to celebrate Augustus’ return to Rome. This truly ancient monument today stands in one of Rome’s most modern buildings. Designed by American architect Richard Meier to replace a Fascist-era pavilion, the new structure is predominantly steel and glass, with two travertine stone feature walls providing a nod to the ancient artifacts housed within.
Part art gallery, part vegetarian restaurant, Il Margutta has been feeding hungry Romans since 1979. Visitors can not only satisfy hungry stomachs but also get their cultural fill from the artworks on display throughout this locale – often spotlighting local artists and young designers. Order à la carte or help yourself to the colourful buffet and sample a range of fresh seasonal vegetarian and vegan dishes.