Uncovering authentic local finds and having experiences that make you feel like you’ve really connected with a place are important elements in ensuring an extraordinary vacation. We’re taking advantage of our partnership with Travel + Leisure to get their editors’ recommendations and insider tips on the places you will want to visit. Here are their picks for just one of the 150 destinations they covered.
Though there may no longer be gladiators and staged naval battles at Rome’s iconic Colosseum, it’s still a great hive of activity in central Rome. Built by Emperor Vespasian in 72 A.D. on the site of Nero’s palace, the Colosseum entertained Romans with spectacles and contests until the fall of the empire. Since then, it’s served as a cemetery, castle, convent, and quarry.
The National Museum of Twenty-First Century Arts, which opened in the summer of 2010, has a resolutely contemporary agenda: solo shows from first-rate artists such as South African William Kentridge and Arte Povera movement founder Michelangelo Pistoletto share gallery space in the soaring, vibrantly elastic Zaha Hadid–designed building. The lovely alfresco café and an excellent bookshop are housed in the facing building—one Hadid preserved from the original plan of the square.
Dedicated to all the gods by Marcus Agrippa in 27 B.C., the iconic Pantheon in Rome’s centro storico has twice burned and been rebuilt before assuming its current appearance under the reign of Hadrian. Conversion to a church in 609 A.D. saved the building from the fate suffered by most other “pagan” buildings. Ever since, its architecture has impressed visitors including Michelangelo, who declared it “angelic and not human design.”
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