Finally my post about urbex in Rome! There is this thing with visiting places that are in your town: procrastination. It’s like the paradox of arriving late if you live close-by. I’ve simply begun accepting it, looking to enjoy some local explorations and keep the focus on a place that I thought I knew rather well. And so, here are four long-put-off urban explorations in Rome –and another similar post is coming soon. How soon, we’ll see.
I could never buy my food in the cool and perfect indifference of a supermarket, which is why I’m always keen to explore a different farmers’ market in town. I like it when the nose-tingling aroma of spices mixes with the smell of freshly slaughtered meat, baked goods and unique cheeses. I breath in all those aromas while walking in the dense, colourful throng, with my huge ‘market bag’ swinging into people’s legs and getting fuller by the minute.
As the numbers of legal walls and self-proclaimed art curators slowly increase in the capital, Rome’s street art scene is beginning to attract internationally renowned street artists, curious street art lovers eager to discover a less classical side to Rome, and growing attention from the institutions.
Some of our local artists are now invited to paint abroad, so we can say that Rome’s proverbial parochialism is fading away year after year, although the majority of the works realized on the streets of Rome are still amateurish, especially when compared to those abroad.
It seems like only yesterday that I saw Addfuel painting his first mural in Rome, and consequently met the Forgotten team, and now, a few crazy adventures later, it’s already time to say goodbye. The last Portuguese street artist that we have invited to paint his first mural in Rome was Daniel Eime, and he arrived just one week before the group exhibition at MACRO Testaccio, so our schedule was a bit hectic –but you should know by now that that’s how we like it.
Once the travel bug has bitten you, there is no turning back. But, unfortunately, real life doesn’t allow me to travel full-time. That’s why I’ve come up with a special list of places in Rome that make me feel as if I’m stepping into another country. I’ve already told you about the beautiful Mosque of Rome and the charming Orthodox Church, which are among my favourite religious places in town, so now let’s dig a bit deeper into Rome’s multicultural soul.