Roman Architecture, Beyond the Colosseum

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Roman Architecture, Beyond the Colosseum
Aerial view of the Flaminio residential area, northwest of the city center, with the Ponte della Musica over the Tiber / © Giulio Piscitelli for The New York Times
Roman Architecture, Beyond the Colosseum
Aerial view of the Flaminio residential area, northwest of the city center, with the Ponte della Musica over the Tiber / © Giulio Piscitelli for The New York Times

For people who love contemporary architecture, trying to find striking new buildings in the historic center of Rome is about as easy as trying to go gluten-free there. But if you move a little farther out — or a lot — there are stunning treasures to find, from museums to stadiums to churches, not to mention animated new neighborhoods that you probably would have never explored in the first place.

I undertook a breakneck tour of these newly completed structures, in widely varying districts, last summer with two on-call critics: my septuagenarian parents, self-professed architecture lovers who are not shy about their opinions. We traveled the streets of Rome largely by car, a method of transportation that brought out the, let’s say, raw side of the Roman population. Luckily, the buildings were as dramatic as the drive, but much less stressful. ….

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