Graffiti is inextricably linked to trains and therefore it comes as no surprise that the walls of the neighbourhood situated between the two main train stations in Rome – Termini and Tiburtina – are filled with tags and throw-ups.
The alleyways of Trastevere are the veins of Rome. Here, there is always a tavern or craft shop to visit, there are always card games played on street corners, and the exuberant style and culture of the district (now considered the “Historic Centre”) is manifested in its street art.
Finally back (R)home! As an Italian living abroad, the first months of 2020 were kind of tough. The only thing I could think about was if (worse moments) or when (brighter days) I could have seen my family again.
I did, eventually, and here are some memories from my first trip to Italy after lockdown, as well as some surreal images of Rome without tourists.
When I was 7 years old, the TRV Crew started tagging the walls of Rome. That’s how all this began for me; as an innocent hunt down the rabbit hole of Rome’s earliest graffiti scene. Little did I know that, almost 30 years later, I would once again be walking on TRV’s footsteps by going from Rome to Amsterdam, where I met Nico.
There is a no-place in Montesilvano where cars, trains, bikes and pedestrians frequently cross. Multi-level linear paths all intersect her before carrying on their trajectory towards the vanishing points. There is a beautiful park on both sides, and the blue sea rests not too far away, although once you are caught up in the traffic that flows through Sottopasso Aldo Moro, all you can hear is the noise of the cars, whose engines roar through the two tunnels that serve as the entrance and exit of the city, and a train clanking past every twenty minutes or so.