- “…and I guess now we should turn right”
- “nope, that’s no possible, let me see the map”
- “look…there it is!”
- “over there! Let’s go!”
|Etam Cru, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
On 27th of July I turned 30 years old and I decided to celebrate with the ultimate graffiti hunting.
Since last year I have been reading about Memorie Urbane Street Art Festival in Gaeta and few more villages in the south of Lazio and I couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate my birthday than going on a proper graffiti hunting (we had even a map!!!) and meanwhile discovering a beautiful historic town stretching towards the Gulf of Gaeta, combining also an afternoon on a nice beach and a seafood dinner in a picturesque restaurant!
As soon as we arrived to Gaeta, we headed to Turismo Creativo office to get our map with all murals in town and a catalogue of the festival with artists’ bios and pictures from their live performances. At the office I met Memorie Urbane artistic director Davide Rossillo and we had a quick chat about the street art festival and where to find the murals, but honestly I was so excited to start my birthday graffiti hunting that I rushed away heading to the streets (but I’m planning to interview him soon, so…stay tuned!).
|Escif, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
The graffiti hunting was such a blast! We explored the town far and wide, we felt stupid when looking around for something just above our heads, we got excited when a colorful mural was peeking from behind a building, we took way too many pictures looking for the best framing (I always hate when cars park in front of a mural!) and we laugh a lot.
|Agostino Iacurci, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|DALeast, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|Alice, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
And I sincerely can’t imagine a better way to celebrate my birthday!
|Eime, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|Lex & Sten, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|Borondo + Sbagliato, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
It was getting really hot, and so after this first part of my birthday graffiti hunting we headed to a very cozy beach called l’Ultima Spiaggia (also known as "i 300 scalini", 300 stairs, because that’s how you get there…).
I really loved this beach: everybody was relaxed and the atmosphere was very peaceful (because…would you bring your son way and back for 300 stairs? Think twice…).
I bet this is one of the best beaches near Rome! (less than 2 hours by car…and it is even closer to Naples!)
For the aperitivo we went to the Ristoro dell’Arenauta, a beautiful kiosk on an even prettier terrace overlooking the sea. There we had some local specialties such as mozzarella di bufala (mozzarella cheese from buffalo milk), olive di Gaeta (a local variety of olives) and tielle di Gaeta (salty pie stuffed with onions, meat or vegetables) with some beer.
Could my special day be any better?
‘cause we still had the harbour area of Gaeta to explore, with our street art map in hand!
There we found works by some major street artists such as Borondo, Seth, Hyuro and Millo.
|Borondo, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|Seth, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
|Millo, Memorie Urbane | Gaeta|
We drank to my 30 years in a picturesque seafood restaurant on a narrow alley, and then we talked about where and when should we plan the next Memorie Urbane graffiti hunting.
Next stop: Terracina.
p.s. You can see more pictures from my birthday graffiti hunting around Gaeta on my facebook page and on my Instagram account.
p.p.s. People turn 30 only once in a lifetime, that’s why I keep celebrating and next week I will be in Serbia for 48 overwhelming hours between Belgrade and the crazy Trumpet Festival in Guča (western Serbia)… see you there, folks!