The Museo di Urban Art di Roma (or MURo) was born in 2010, thanks to an idea by artist David "Diavù" Vecchiato. It is a site-specific project, designed to connect artists and their art with the communities where they create their works. It’s also the first museum project fully dedicated to street art in Rome. MURo is committed to respecting the ‘spirit of places’ and the murals that make up the area of Torpignattara, where we’ll tour, belong to the community. Works are proposed and discussed with representatives of neighbourhood committees and with citizens themselves. Stimulating a renaissance of contemporary public art is one of the goals of MURo.
This tour will take you to the eastern end of the district of Torpignattara. Considered one of the multiethnic quarters of Rome, this neighbourhood is a true tangle of 1930s buildings that had been all but forgotten until recently. It’s also now home to some 21 murals by international artists.
It’s here that we’ll see the first piece of work from MURo: some small stencils and illegal posters. Your guide (a volunteer with MURo) will explain the tradition of street art in Rome and beyond, clarify legal versus illegal works, and discuss with you how this form of contemporary art is changing cities all around the world.
We’ll also discuss how, since the 1970s, Torpignattara has been a place of paint on storefronts, bringing colour to this peripheral, oft-ignored corner of the city.
After a few steps heading towards Tuscolana we will go over to Baracca. On a wall you can admire the great work of Stan and Lex, pioneers of Roman street art and so respected that they were invited by Banksy to one of the first street art festivals in London in 2008.
Just a few steps away, we’ll observe the work left by Draw (real name Fredrico Soares Campos), a piece that displays his “street life” in Rome by way of sprays and brushes.
As we walk through the streets of the neighbourhood, you’ll see the degradation alongside murals and stencils created by artists like MP5, C215, Agostino Iacurci, and Escif, a Spanish artist whose surreal style makes him one of the most unusual and relevant street artists on the world scene.
Finally, we’ll arrive at work done by a pioneer and master in the technique of stencil: Jef Aerosol from France. In 2014, he created this piece of a boy (Tom Sawyer) who creates an ideal bridge between the famous "American street boy" and the restless boys who swept the streets of the neighbourhood. The writing on the side of “You cannot touch the ground until you’ve reached the sky” reminds us how important it is to continue dreaming and to imagine a better world.
To finish off our tour, we’ll grab a cold beer (or another drink if you prefer) at a local bar, where we can continue our chat about street art in Rome, or just offer you some tips for the city in general.
Note: This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, a glass of beer (or soft drink).
Exclusions: Food and drinks, items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher
Child Policy: This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6. You can do so in the special request box on the checkout page.