© Cinecittà Parchi S.p.A. - Artwork by Dante Ferretti - Cinecittà World – Entrance

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Cinecittà World, Rome

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The Eternal City has no shortage of attractions, from amazing architecture to The Vatican. But what it doesn’t have is a theme park—until now. Organizers say the much-delayed movie-themed Cinecittà World will finally open in the first half of 2014 just south of Rome, in a lot near to where classics such as Ben-Hur, La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra, and, more recently, Gangs of New York and the HBO series Rome were shot. The first phase of the $700 million project will include family-friendly rides with designs by Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti, while following phases will add more thrill rides, restaurants, retail, and, naturally, movie theaters. cinecittaworld.it

World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2014

Cinecittà World, Rome

The Eternal City has no shortage of attractions, from amazing architecture to The Vatican. But what it doesn’t have is a theme park—until now. Organizers say the much-delayed movie-themed Cinecittà World will finally open in the first half of 2014 just south of Rome, in a lot near to where classics such as Ben-Hur, La Dolce Vita, Cleopatra, and, more recently, Gangs of New York and the HBO series Rome were shot. The first phase of the $700 million project will include family-friendly rides with designs by Oscar-winning production designer Dante Ferretti, while following phases will add more thrill rides, restaurants, retail, and, naturally, movie theaters. cinecittaworld.it

© Cinecittà Parchi S.p.A. - Artwork by Dante Ferretti - Cinecittà World – Entrance

World's Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2014

Imagine viewing London’s eclectic skyline—the soaring glass Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern—as you cycle three stories above the street on an elevated pathway reminiscent of New York City’s High Line. When architect and cycling enthusiast Sir Norman Foster released his bold plan for the SkyCycle just before the new year, it sent the blogosphere abuzz, even if it might not be realized till 2030.

Similar futurist leanings pepper our list of cool new tourist attractions you can actually check out. From an office building in China that glints in the sunlight like a giant gold coin to a glass-bottomed platform that knee-quakingly arcs out over a 1,000-foot-high cliff, there is plenty to capture the imagination in 2014. Thrill seekers can strap on a pair of aqua rockets or strap into a wooden roller coaster with an almost 90-degree drop. More sedate travelers can check into a tropical archipelago turned eco-resort or kick back for a Rocky Mountain high.

Museum lovers can especially rejoice: lots of projects we’ve been looking forward to will finally open their doors to the public this year. Blame the financial downturn, complicated architecture, or overoptimistic launch dates, but this particular scourge of tourism—the ever-shifting completion date—was a frequent theme among our picks.

From Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s Museum of Image and Sound in Rio to Paris’s long-delayed Picasso Museum and Gehry’s BioMuseo in Panama: all prove the old adage that the best things come to those who wait.

Well, the waiting is over. Read on for some of 2014’s must-see new attractions worth adding to your bucket list.

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