After an eight-year renovation, Rome's modern art gallery reopened in 2011. The completely overhauled space—which happens to be the lovely, 18th-century convent of the Discalced Carmelites—perfectly shows off the gem of a collection, which focuses on Roman 19th- and 20th-century paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures. With more than 3,000 pieces by artists like Giorgio de Chirico, Gino Severini, Scipione, Antonio Donghi, and Giacomo Manzù, the permanent collection
is too large all to be on display at once, so exhibits rotate. Regardless of what the particular exhibit is, stop by to soak in another side of the city: one where, in the near-empty halls, tranquillity and contemplation reign.