Visitors are sometimes surprised by the amount of graffiti in Rome, with illegible squiggles scrolled across most walls. I’m not a fan of the spray paint on every door, but I do appreciate Rome’s growing street art scene, especially when the murals are part of a social project the way they are in Tor Marancia.
Entrance to the neighboorhood area with these impressive street art murals is completely free. To find them, simply head for Via Tor Marancia 63.
It is pretty easy to know when you are in the right place because the art is several stories high.
Tor Marancia is not an area of Rome that most people visit, which is the whole point of the art project that was created here in 2015.
The street art project was dreamed up by 999Contemporary and is known as Big City Life.
The organizers worked with the community and the City of Rome to bring a bit of brightness to this just outside the center neighborhood. The under-appreciated area was often overlooked because it is characterized by public housing. Luckily, the city granted permission for the art project to take place because it is the capital that actually owns the buildings.
The residents were involved and then 999Contemporary brought in the international street artists to create the four-story-high designs.
There are 22 works centered around this one block of apartments and each is done in a style unique to each artist.
You can book a tour with 999Contemporary, or visit the site yourself and examine the plaques that give the name of the work and the artist.
Rome is certainly best known for its more classical art and ancient history, but I love that this project focused on highlighting a part of Rome that does not get as much attention.
A trip out to Tor Marancia can be a welcome break from the crowds of the historic center and gives you a glimpse into the Rome of real Romans.
For that reason, we shot parts of the video about the other side of Rome in the courtyard.
A map might make the murals look deceptively close to Garbatella but they are on the other side of a major road. I would suggest a taxi or private transportation in order to get here.