Via Cibele, Quadraro
Oil on Panel
© Kelly Medford, 2011
This neighborhood, quadraro, or better known as "the wasps' nest" is one of my favorites in Rome. It's one of my favorites because of the small, brightly colored houses, each with its own garden. It got its name wasps' nest from the Germans in World War II, who hated this neighborhood becaused it housed many of the partisans fighting a guerilla or popular war against the Nazis and fascist party.
It has a small town feel, a sunny quiet place is what can otherwise be a frenetic and noisy town.
No one seemed to think it strange at all that I was painting on the street corner, and of course I just couldn't resist this gorgeous yellow building with it's awning and vines growing off the terrace: it's unique Italy and a one-of-a-kind litttle haven in the world. I wouldn't mind living there myself.