1960 Rome Olympics



We are just back from a few days in Rome. The city is full of the most spectacular architecture - it is just mind-blowing looking at the Pantheon and the Colosseum. My most exciting discovery though was well off the tourist track. We were just on our way to the Maxxi when we stumbled across this extraordinary building. It is the basketball arena from the Rome Olympics in 1960. It has such a pleasing modern feel - beautiful shapes that really make you smile. Luckily we were there just as they were cutting the long grass and were able to pop our heads in. The interior is just as spectacular - a lovely honey coloured light and a roof that makes you feel as though you are in the centre of a sunflower. Bellissima!