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January 09, 2013 11:52 ET

CORRECTION FROM SOURCE: Rome's Maxxi Museum Introduces an Exciting Programme for 2013

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 9, 2013) - This document corrects and replaces the press release that was sent December 27, 2012 at 4:00 AM EST.

We are resubmitting the attached digital press release in order to amend certain incorrect statements from the original article. The Maxxi Museum has informed us that the museum was in fact not in need of being saved from closure and that it was already part of the heritage of the Italian Ministry of Culture. For this reason, in this new version, we have added a few more details about the museum's foundation and we have highlighted information about its programme for 2013.

The Maxxi Museum in Rome, the first Italian museum devoted to contemporary creativity, is looking forward to an exciting programme for 2013. Themes this year will include tributes to two renowned Italian artists Alighiero Boetti and Luigi Ghirri, a retrospective dedicated to Francesco Vezzoli-an Italian contemporary art champion, and homage to the international scene with exhibitions by the celebrated artists Fiona Tan and Clemens von Wedemeyer.

The museum is a wonderful feat of modern architecture and a gift to the world of contemporary art. The museum, which is run by its founder member and promoter Fundazione MAXXI-constituted in 2009 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities-has won awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and houses work from acclaimed artists including Anish Kapoor, Gerhard Richter, Marlene Dumas and Vanessa Beecroft. On the basis of statute, the ministry performs a supervisory role. The Fondazione is currently presided over by Giovanna Melandri, while the board of directors comprises Giovanna Melandri (President), Monique Veaute and Beatrice Trussardi.

Designed by Zaha Hadid as an interdisciplinary arts space, this building offers the perfect antidote for visitors to Rome who yearn for a change after being immersed in historic architecture. However, those who still like a bit of tradition alongside their hyper-modern art should visit the Villa Medici, which offers a 16th-century garden with a beautiful view of St Peter's Basilica. The building now houses the French Academy in Rome, making it a fabulous destination for culture vultures looking to soak up some art while on holiday.

After a day of enjoying Rome's art scene, relax in style at the Hotel Hassler. This super-chic hotel offers fine dining and a spa, so even if you're not staying there, you can revel in some of its top-notch facilities. As well as being a fabulous spot to meet for a drink or a meal, it's also located at the top of the Spanish Steps, a stone's-throw away from the Via Condotti, where all of the major designer brands have their stores.

For an atmospheric dinner after your day of cultural indulgence, try the Enoteca Il Goccetto near Campo de Fiori, where the owner, Sergio Ceccarelli, carefully selects wines from smaller Italian vineyards - there's a list of more than 1,000 to choose from. Look out for real gourmet treats on the menu, such as mortadella with truffles.

Alternatively, if a Roman holiday doesn't appeal, you could always vacate to Venice, another of Italy's best-loved destinations for arts and culture, boasting the iconic Basilica of San Marco as well as the prestigious Peggy Guggenheim Museum, located at the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, home to famous works from artists such as Picasso, Mondrian, Kandinsky, Pollock and Max Ernst.

Flights to Rome with Monarch Airlines start from just £36 per person, departing from London Luton and Birmingham airports. Flights to Venice with Monarch are also available from just £34 per person. For more information about affordable flights to Rome, Venice and other great destinations worldwide, visit

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