The Laneway of Artists and Art Lovers
In the midst of the bustling squares and streets around Piazza di Spagna and Piazza del Popolo lies a short street called Via Margutta, accessible through the blocks of Via del Babuino. Most notably recognized as the center of where Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck lived and shot the award winning film ‘Roman Holiday’, this narrow and picturesque street is also known for its rich history dating back to the 17th century. In the early years of Via Margutta, this street housed the finest craftsmen, workshops and stables. Due to these flourishing businesses, many foreign artists (Flemish, German) and those from other regions in Italy sought out a life on this street, and contributed to the street’s history as an art hub.
Famous names such as Federico Fellini, Giulietta Masina, Renato Guttuso were also residents of this street at one point. Other than the arts, this street also housed studios where composers such as Debussy, Liszt and Wagner worked. Today, this quaint lane hosts an array of art galleries and antique shops.