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
pages devoted to it.
In this image, French street artist Christian Guemy, also known as
, represents Pope Francis next to an advertisement for swimsuits at the Piazza di Spagna metro station in Rome.