One of the more unlikely – and arguably most satisfying – venues in Rome’s panoply of ancient offerings, this decommissioned power station has had its huge turbines, boilers and cogs polished up to provide a dramatic backdrop for choice pieces from the Capitoline Museums’ storerooms. What counts as a ‘minor’ ancient artwork or architectural decoration in Rome, of course, would be a major centrepiece elsewhere: the dreamy muse Polymnia and a towering statue of the goddess Fortuna are cases in point. The Centrale is visitable on a joint ticket (€11.50/€9.50) with the Capitoline Museums. Visit the museum’s website for updates on kids’ activities and the occasional jazz concert.
Via Ostiense 106, 00154
00 39 06 0608