Millions of people visit Rome every year and see the historic centre. It is absolutely stunning and so worth the time but if you move a little from Central Rome and explore Rome in a unique way, there are many other things to do too! For instance, I took a Street Art Tour in Rome with PersonalizedItaly and think that was one of the best ways to see another side of Rome I wouldn’t have otherwise seen.
Street Art in Rome
Rome has street art across the city but there are two neighborhoods that stand out when it comes to graffiti and art. The most prevalent areas are highlighted below:
Ostiense is a neighborhood in the Eternal City that is popular because of the Pyramid of Cestius. Although not many people flock to this side of Rome, Ostiense is easy to get to and highly accessible from Rome Termini (there is a direct metro line!).
With PersonalizedItaly, I stopped in Ostiense to first see the modern office of Cartoon Network. The building is super striking and cute, the murals are life like. It is a unique experience to walk around and see this side of Rome.
Right opposite the Cartoon Network building is a “Wall of Fame” on Via dei Magazzini Generali. This includes murals and art of some of the top artists and celebrities! Some famous personalities on this wall include Frida Kahlo, Ray Charles, Dante Alighieri and Jimi Hendrix.
Another eye catching Street Art in Rome and one that is VERY popular is this colored graffiti done by the artist BLU. This huge panoramic street art is on Ostiense’s Via del Porto Fluviale and is the most prominent street art I have ever seen after Lodhi’s Colony street art in Delhi.
After Ostiense neighborhood, we visited the area of Pigneto where much of the bulk of Rome’s Street Art is honestly. Pigneto happens to be the neighborhood of the Italian Director Pier Paolo Pasolini who was in love with the area. Many street artists have therefore captured the visionary all along Via Fanfulla da Lodi.
For instance, Pasolini’s face behind this superhero image below is homage to a famous article he once wrote for a newspaper. The article was titled “Io so i nomi” (I know the names) and the same is reflected on the mural as well.
Another eye catching street art is that of actress Margherita Caruso who played the young Virgin Mary in Pier Pasolini’s film “Il vangelo secondo Matteo” (The gospel according to Matthew).
All in all, visiting these two Roman neighborhoods to see the Street Art was one of the best things I did with PersonalizedItaly & Linda from The Beehive. This was part of the Blog Tour called “WINTERINROME”.
What did you think of the street art?? Do you like it??
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