Via Margutta is a small street in the center of Rome, near to Piazza del Popolo, accessible as a small alley from Via del Babbuino, in the old quarter of Campo Marzio, also known as "the foreigner's quarter". It is a place with many art galleries and fashionable restaurants, where before the Renaissance there were only modest craftsmen workshops and stables.
In the 1950s, after the film Roman Holiday it became an exclusive road, and a residence of many famous people, like film director Federico Fellini. It can be reached from the north traveling by the Via Cassia or by Flaminia until arriving to the large square Piazzale Flaminio, and then passing through the city door in the wall that leads to Piazza del Popolo square, from this point it is a walk of several meters to the left of the Flaminio Obelisk towards Via del Babuino, on the left side of this road there is an alley that leads to Via Margutta.
Yearly exposition of "100 Painters of Via Margutta"
"One hundred painters of Via Margutta", is a traditional arts festival usually warmly acclaimed by citizens. The expo is sponsored by the Major and Province of Rome, the Lazio Region, and for many years has been an interesting opportunity to help critics discover new artists.
The meeting makes Via Margutta a true public art gallery, presenting more than 1,000 works, including oil paintings, drawings, watercolors, also of unknown or less-famous artists, accurately chosen by a jury, coming from many countries. They work in every expressive typology like figuration, abstractionism, portrait, symbolism, surrealism, etc.
Admission is free, the exposition is open to everybody, the viewing of the works is casual and an easygoing attitude is the norm.
Between the historical inhabitants of the street we can remember Giulietta Masina, Federico Fellini, Renato Guttuso.