Italy has a long history of graffiti. In fact, the word itself is Italian and was first coined in the 1850s to describe writings on the walls of ill-fated Pompeii. Today, street artists come from Italy as well as all corners of the world to put their mark on Rome, where fine arts academies abound. The graffiti here is so technical and gorgeous that entire tours are centered around viewing it. When in Rome, check out the Google maps locator to find art, and if not, then visit the Facebook and Pinterest pages devoted to it.
In this image, French street artist Christian Guemy, also known as C215, represents Pope Francis next to an advertisement for swimsuits at the Piazza di Spagna metro station in Rome.
A lesser-known painter tags the work of US artist Gaia in a tunnel in Rome.
Brazilian street artist Herbert Baglione is based in São Paulo, but has painted street art all over the world, including this piece in Rome.
Graffiti by Italian artist Blu covers the facade of a former military barrack.
Work done by French street artist Christian Guemy, also known as C215, can be found in Rome as well as in dozens of cities around the world.
The piece entitled Logout was done by Spanish artist Borondo.
A mural by Italian artist Alice covers the wall of the Circolo degli in Rome.
Pisa-born artist Ozmo has been painting walls in Italy since the 1990s.
Graffiti depicting Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini was painted on the facade of the Cinema Impero -- which has been closed and abandoned for over thirty years -- by Italian artist David 'Diavù' Vecchiato
The piece, Black and White Power, is by Italian artists Sten&Lex, who have been painting street art since 2000.