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CITTÀ DEL GUSTO
Via Enrico Fermi, 161
This new foodie mecca is located in a 54,000-square-foot converted warehouse on the Tiber. Here you will find wine tastings, a formaggeria, a great restaurant, a shop, riverside terraces, and the studios of the Gambero Rosso food TV channel (gamberorosso.it). But the star is the cooking theater, where celebrity chefs perform their art—which you then eat for dinner.
CASTEL SANT' ANGELO
Lungotevere Castello, 50
It never tops lists of must-see sights, but this vast circular fortress by the Vatican, dating from 135 A.D., is incredibly atmospheric. To enjoy a beer with a view, visit the very basic café on top— it has peerless, 360-degree panoramas.
Piazza Montevecchio, 17
A newish insider bar for the Vespa set. Lutèce’s interiors are pretty standard—velvet banquettes, wooden tables, and whitewashed brick—but the rocking, boho-chic vibe is infectious.
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA
The rounded, gray exteriors of Renzo Piano's three concert halls—which playfully call to mind resting armadillos— are the centerpiece of this recently completed complex, which includes the Cavea, an outdoor amphitheater with room for 3,000. Whatever your preference—symphonies, hot jazz, hip bands—this is the place to hear it.
MACRO (MUSEO D'ARTE CONTEMPORANEA ROMA)
Via Reggio Emilia, 54
Rome's contemporary art museum eludes the average tourist. Maybe not for long, though: the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Roma in the old Peroni brewery near Piazza Fiume will triple in size in 2006.
MACRO AL MATTATOIO
Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4
A former slaughterhouse in the hip nightlife neighborhood of Testaccio now houses this 32,000-square-foot annex to the modern art museum, which specializes in cutting edge artwork. Admission is free, and Macro Al Mattatoio is open till midnight.
CASA DEL JAZZ
Viale di Porta Ardeatina, 55
This huge parkland villa confiscated from the mafia has become a mecca for jazz fans from all over the world. Enjoy a pre-concert meal at the very nice onsite restaurant.