If you want a break from classical churches and historical sites (and have an interest in art), the Pinchuk Art Centre is a great museum in the center of the city with a rotating display by contemporary artists. (And it's free.)
On view was a fascinating and thought-provoking exhibition by sculptor Anish Kapoor, whose work ranges from Joseph Beuys-like accumulations of red wax hurled into the corner of the room to large-scale works that blur and challenge the boundaries between landscape, sculpture, and architecture.
Also notable were Takashi Murakami's provocative Lonesome Cowboy fiberglass sculpture of an anime-styled protagonist in full release and Maurizio Cattelan's whose three arms appearing to stick through the wall in a fascist salute, combined with its title "Ave Maria," succinctly and shockingly collapses the distance between Italy's Roman Catholic historical context and the rise of fascism.
And on the top floor there's a trendy-looking bar that is floor-to-ceiling white, like a milk bar out of A Clockwork Orange.
(FYI - I actually visited in September 2012, but TripAdvisor date selections don't go that far back.)
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