Thursday, October 8, 2015

Street of Dreams

(Rome,

I first fell in love with Rome’s charming Via Margutta while on crutches from a skiing accident a few years ago.  Originally a sewer for villas and palaces 2,000 years ago, Via Margutta gradually was transformed to a street of famous artists.  Federico Fellini, Picasso, Puccini, Debussy, Wagner and Truman Capote once called it home. This quaint cobblestone street was Gregory Peck’s home in Billie Wyler’s 1953 romantic movie classic, “Roman Holiday”, with Audrey Hepburn. 

Piazza di Spagna, Via Condotti 

Marla and I escaped the hoard of tourists in the teeming Piazza di Spagna and Via Condotti and entered what must be Rome’s most beautiful street, Via Margutta. The 3 block long street is accessed by a number of small lanes off the Via de Babuino.

Gregory Peck, Roman Holiday

This is the entrance to Via Margutta #51, the apartment of Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) in “Roman Holiday.”

Via Margutta

Many artists have left Via Margutta because of the high rents, with a number high-end boutiques taking over.
boutique, Rome 

I love this boutique window, partially obscured by trailing vines.

fabric boutique, Rome

We passed a high-end decorative fabric boutique in the middle of a presentation.

antique plaques, Osteria Margutta
Rome, Osteria Margutta
Ancient plaques are attached to the walls next to the Osteria Margutta, a wonderful restaurant serving Roman classic cuisine.

Rome, Fountain of Artists

This is called the “Fountain of The Artists.”

Marla Gentry, Osteria Margutta, Rome

Marla loved dining late in the evening at the Osteria Margutta. Love the blue plates!

Hotel Art, Rome, Crystal Bar

A number of small and elegant hotels are on the street. The trendy Hotel Art has an inviting entrance. Their Crystal Bar is a nice place for cocktails.

Hotel Manfredi, Rome

We stayed at the charming Hotel Manfredi Suite, a perfect little jewel of a boutique hotel. Marla waits for our early morning taxi to the airport.

***Watch the movie trailer for “Roman Holiday.” I can’t wait to see it again!

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