Street Art in Rome

It was a cool crisp morning during #WinterInRome and our group was heading out to see Street Art in Rome with PersonalizedItaly.

OSTIENSE

Our first stop for Street Art in Rome tour was the neighborhood of Ostiense. The tour started with this 25th Anniversary Special Mural outside Cartoon Network’s office. I thought it was striking and super cute since cartoons capture expressions in the best way.

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Street Art Rome: Cartoon Network Office, Ostiense

Then came the Wall of Fame….

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Street Art Rome: Wall of Fame, Ostiense
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Street Art Rome: Frida Kahlo and me
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Street Art Rome: Wall of Fame, Ostiense
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Street Art Rome: Wall of Fame, Ostiense

Another eye catching Street Art in Rome was this building below done by the artist BLU. It is on Ostiense’s Via del Porto Fluviale and is the most prominent street art I have ever seen!

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Street Art Rome: Ostiense

PIGNETO

Next stop for Street Art in Rome tour was the neighborhood of Pigneto where Italian Director and artist Pier Paolo Pasolini rules! He was in love with the neighborhood and artists have made sure to capture the visionary all along Via Fanfulla da Lodi.
For instance, Pasolini’s face is behind this superhero and symbolizes a very famous article Pasoli once wrote for a newspaper. The title of the article was “Io so i nomi” (I know the names) and hence on the mural as well.

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Street Art Rome: Pasolini depicted as a superhero
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Street Art Rome: Pasolini’s famous eye

This famous face below, of the actress Margherita Caruso, is another popular Street Art in Rome. She played the young Virgin Mary in Pier Pasolini’s film “Il vangelo secondo Matteo” (The gospel according to Matthew).

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Street Art Rome: Margherita Caruso in Pigneto

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Rome Street Art: Pasolini

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Street Art Rome: Pigneto

All in all, it was very interesting to see Rome’s Street Art, definitely a fad and a great way to get off the tourist track. Special thanks to PersonalizedItaly and Linda from The Beehive who got this planned for our group.
What about you…. Do you like street art?? Do you enjoy this new “movement” of beautifying abandoned buildings and spaces to better a neighborhood??

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41 thoughts on “Street Art in Rome

  1. Yes, yes, I do love it, and I have already acquired maps and addresses to do a proper tour of Rome’s street art one day. For now I have only seen some of that in Ostiense. Did you go to some other districts as well and you are saving it for another post? 🙂 I was there but didn’t know to look for either the Cartoon Network or the Wall of Fame. Next time. 🙂 I saw the portraits of Keats and Shelley near the Non-Catholic Cemetery though.

    1. 🙂 When are you planning to visit?? It would be so cool to read your take on this. I haven’t seen the others but I have saved them for next time 😉 There were a few in Testaccio that I saw last year.

          1. Hehe, good. No, I live in the south of Tuscany, 1h40 min northwest by train/car. From your photos I love the most the eye of Pasolini, the door and that girl with Lasciare libero passagio. 🙂

  2. Street Art is very well known and has become a global phenomenon in a few years. From the canvas, this new generation of urban artists has passed to the walls and I do not mean the usual frescoes, so a step forward but also backwards. It is a new form of visual expressiveness but above all artistic and also communicative. There are many neighborhoods in Rome where you can admire the Street Art. However, Ostiense is the most emblematic place and there have not yet been episodes like in New York where they repainted the buildings of a neighborhood famous for its Street Art. I am glad that you could see this “different” Rome.

  3. Good idea for a post, because sometimes old buildings can get, well, old. As to your question, I do like street art and I just want to say that there’s such a difference between street art and tagging, which I hate, and people too often try to blur that line in their interpretation of said vandalism.

    1. What do you mean by tagging?? Sorry I couldn’t understand. Thank you for your comment. I love this side of Rome. Everyone isn’t into history and architecture so maybe they can see this

      1. I was referring to the type of graffiti that you see all over cities that was started by gangs where they “initial” their turf with their characteristic sign. You know, when I read your response, I realized that the word “tagging” is probably used more now on social media than in this urban context.

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  4. I adore street art! The Wall of Fame is amazing! There is some interesting street art here in Cosenza but not on this level. There is a seaside town called Diamante which is known as the city of murales, it’s quite interesting!

  5. Love seeing how different countries go about street art. I’m based in Bristol and we have a bear statue (in the Bearpit) that’s the spitting image of your picture!

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