Street art and community roots at Rome’s Quadraro neighborhood
Along with the beautiful murals of Ostiense, another famous urban redevelopment project in Rome is what made the street art of Quadraro see the light.
If you thought the things to do in Rome were only related to BC times and ancient artwork, take the metro to Quadraro/Porta Furba and get ready with your DSLR. Of course, if we only have one day in Rome, we will try our best to see as much as we can of the beauty and art and frescoes and carvings scattered all around town from imperial times to the Renaissance period. But as the city’s moniker suggests, the art production in the eternal city looks quite alive and kicking still today.
Discover the street art of Quadraro neighborhood in Rome
I love taking a photographers’ outing in Rome, and when I went to the Quadraro neighborhood, I was in the lookout of its famous murals.
Founded in 2010 by artist David “Diavù” Vecchiato, this street art project is known by the name of “MURo“, acronym for Museum of Urban Art of Rome that plays, in Italian, also with the word “muro” meaning “wall”, as these graffitis are precisely all over the walls of the neighborhood.
The main goal of MURo project has been to make artists relate to the community, specifically the one living in Quadraro neighborhood, interpreting and respecting the spirit of the place by being shared with the residents and confronted with their ideas and their personal stories.
As Rome’s city center is often described as an open-air museum thanks to its archaeological vestiges, Quadraro can easily be considered its contemporary counterpart. With the perks of being free, public, and starting from the bottom of the society, rather than being commissioned by emperors, kings, or popes.
Officially started in 2012 with the patronage of Comune di Roma, the project is always evolving, and new murals are being created by the day.
With the closest metro station being Porta Furba Quadraro along line A, start your tour from Largo dei Quintili, carrying on to Via dei Lentuli, Via dei Pisoni and the streets off the main ones to admire the work of Italian and international street artists.
Some of the names you will see are Nicola Alessandrini, Diavù, Marco About Bevivino, Alberto Corradi, Camilla Falsini, Massimo Giacon, Lucamaleonte, Alice Pasquini, Paolo Petrangeli, Gio Pistone, Irene Rinaldi, Alessandro Sardella and Mr. Thoms from Italy, Jim Avignon, Gary Baseman, Ron English and Beau Stanton from the US, Zelda Bomba from France, Dilkabear from Kazakhstan, and Malo Farfan from Mexico.