When Art meets people. Tor Marancia, a (Roman) story of beauty and authenticity

Rome can tell a lot of stories. It’s easy for a city that has such a great past and continue surprising the world with its Eternal soul.

Today we want to tell you a contemporary story, which only has a couple of years. It takes place in Tor Marancia, a neighborhood close to the more famous Eur. There’s a built up area of council houses, which were erected a the beginning of the Fifties in order to restore it to a healthy condition, that is now celebrating a second life.

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“Shanghai” (the ancient name of this area) by Caratoes.

Tor Marancia is a stunning open air museum thanks to the “Big City Life” Project, which brought International street artists in Rome. They spent some time in that special neighborhood, They had lunch with the Romans who live there. They were a big family for a while. Traditions, inspirations and passion are on those walls: a human and artistic experience which left a deep mark.

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“Il bambino redentore” by Seth

This paint is dedicated to a child who used to live in Tor Marancia and was hit by a car while playing with his ball.

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“Il peso della storia” by Jaz

"Hic sunt adamentes" by Diamond

“Hic sunt adamentes” by Diamond

“There are diamonds here”. A very strong message for a place which is considered not equal to other neighborhood of the city for economic and social reasons.

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“Veni Vidi Vinci” by Lek & Sowat

No mistakes. “Vinci” is a guy with disability who lives in this building.

"Il vento" by Moneyless

“Il vento” by Moneyless

“Il vento” (The wind): a title chosen by a old lady who lives in this building.

We spent two hours surrounded by the authentic Roman atmosphere, looking at the magnificence of Art, breathing joy and real emotions. Thanks to Roma Sparita, that organized this tour, we discovered a lot of nice anedoctes on this project.

Give yourself a really special gift: visit Tor Marancia for an unique experience.

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Food traditions: Easter in Rome

Easter is coming as well as Spring, which is probably the most beautiful season in Rome. The climate’s warmer and flowers are everywhere. You can eat outside, visit monuments and walk around parks enjoying the city at its highest level.

Easter is the main celebration of this magic season, with its deep religious meaning and its traditions, even for food. From the Palm Sunday, with its ceremonies in various areas of the city and Good Friday, with the “Via Crucis” to the Coliseum walked by the Pope in person, we get to Easter Sunday, which is a day full of joy and delicacies. Romans have their culinary traditions: do you know them?

First of all, breakfast is really peculiar. Forget cappuccino and croissants. After 40 days of Lenten Diet, every member of the family can have a boiled egg, some “Corallina” salami with “Pizza Pasqualina”- which is a sweetish cake-, chocolate eggs- a great classic!- and even some “coratella di abbacchio”, that is lamb offals.

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Corallina and Pizza Pasqualina

This is a very rich breakfast but hey, it’s Easter and we have to celebrate, so lunch is as rich as breakfast.

The first course is obviously pasta: fettuccine with ragù. The second is lamb, prepared in different ways, with green salad. The Artichokes in the Roman (with mint and garlic) or in the Jewish style are a must. The Easter lunch ends (in the afternoon, of course) with two main desserts: “colomba di Pasqua” and chocolate eggs.

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Colomba di Pasqua

The leftovers can be eaten for dinner or the day after, The Easter Monday or “Pasquetta”, a day dedicated to pic-nics, trips to the lake, the countryside or even to the beach.

We look forward to Easter and Spring time, one of the best Roman moments.