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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Unearth Avant-Garde Art in Old-World Rome

The contemporary MAXII museum opens in May to bolster the city's growing modern-art scene.


1. Where to Stay

Hotel Art is a former chapel strewn with modern paintings and sculptures.  

Follow in the footsteps of great Italian artists at Hotel Art (from $390), a chapel turned hotel on the Via Margutta, where Fellini, Stravinsky, Picasso, and Puccini once lived. Find frescoed ceilings, neon-hued hallways, and modern paintings throughout.

Relax in the Turkish bath at Casa Howard (from $190), an internationally inspired guesthouse with rooms decorated in fabrics and knickknacks from India, China, and France. Save 30 percent by paying with U.S. dollars.

Escape the bustle of the city from the secluded rooftop bar at Hotel San Francesco (from $93), a ten-minute walk from the Piazza Campo de' Fiori market. The breakfast rooms overlook an ornate fifteenth-century cloister.

Published on Apr 1, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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