It is said that Paris has Montmartre, and Rome has Margutta Street. Passing through the most lively Piazza di Spagna in Rome, Italy, you will stray into this street where love and art flow freely.
This is a not-so-spacious stone street. The houses on both sides have arched gates. Ivy grows wantonly on the wall. The sun shines in and the light and shadow are reflected on the mottled wall, making this noise quiet. The streets exude a strong historical and cultural atmosphere.
On both sides of the street, a marble nameplate is inlaid on the wall of each building. The nameplate on the entire street comes from a marble workshop on this street that has been operating for more than half a century. And there are many shops with a long history like this on Margutta Street. For example, in the late Renaissance, there was a famous Italian painter Titian Vecellio, and his descendants have run family galleries here for generations. , And there are still an endless stream of visitors.
In addition to the well-known old shops, the new small shops on the street are also quite attractive, such as antique shops, shoe shops, handicraft workshops, open-air coffee shops and restaurants… People love to sit on both sides of the street and enjoy the sun, food and leisure time. . During the stroll, sometimes three or two tourists pass by, and sometimes pedestrians are bustling with joy and laughter. In the bustling city, isn’t this street mingled with the atmosphere of the market and the artistic atmosphere the epitome of the city of Rome?
Perhaps it is because the years have precipitated all the stories here that it has become a veritable art street. If you go back in time, you can see the scene of literati and inkmen gathering here. Goethe, Stendhal, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Balzac, “Little Spaniard” Ribera, and film master Fellini, they have all lived and created here, using words, painting, Music and images build their art world.
Therefore, since the 1980s, painters on this street have used the last weekend of each month as an “exhibition day”. On this day, they will select their favorite works and sell them along the street. It’s no wonder that people who walk into Margutta Street can always see many painters from all over the world erecting easels here and painting for pedestrians. Now, “Painting Exhibition Day” has become a traditional cultural event on Magtta Street. Residents of the street will also allow painters to flush their paintbrushes with street fountains on this day.
However, what really made this street famous was the movie “Roman Holiday” shot by Paramount in 1953. The famous film critic Molly Haskell once said that this movie actually has three protagonists: Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), reporter Joe (Gregory Parker) and Rome City. And one of the main filming locations of the film-51 Magtta Street, has since become the most well-known house number in the city of Rome. This hut is where Anne and Joe’s Roman holiday begins, and it is also where Pocahontas ends.
The director chose Margutta Street, perhaps because it has the most representative artistic atmosphere and the atmosphere of the city of Rome. Today, it has become a memorial place for people to remember the two superstars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Parker.