The world’s best street art uncovered

From the colourful streets of Lisbon to the heart of Barcelona, graffiti – or street art – is going through a cultural renaissance. Perhaps it would be more fitting to refer to graffiti as the ugly duckling of the art world.

Formerly seen as something gauche, this form of artistic expression has transformed from a public eyesore into something that should be taken very seriously. The slow rise of interest in graffiti means that many countries are now vying for the title of the world’s best street art.

Whether you’re Banksy in Bristol or Blu in Italy, there are hundreds of artists expressing themselves on walls around cities, old train carriages and buildings. For some, it’s seen as breathing life into a city, injecting it with a burst of colour and vibrancy that the city was lacking before yet for other, it’s seen as degradation and antisocial.


Whatever your opinion, it’s wholly clear that this art form is capturing the attention of the world, creating tourism in the unlikeliest of places. Objectively, it has to be appreciated for its form and style no matter what you think of it. And, if it creates discussion, is that the purpose of art?

Google has also got involved. Their street art project which aims to explore the stories behind artists and their artwork. Their interactive and encyclopedic map allows users to hone in one a city, a town or a place where their street art has struck. It gives detailed information and interactive walking tours with audio.

Absolutely brilliant for anyone who likes street art or anyone who wants to change their opinion on street art. Google’s got the answer. As usual. Let’s have a look at a few cities that are really popping when it comes to graffiti and urban art.

Where exactly can you find the world’s best street art?


Lisbon

Lisbon’s growing prominence in the street art scene is a testament to how good the art is that is coming out of the Portuguese capital. Not only that but the government supports this unique form of expression by being one of the few cities to have a government department for urban and street art.

The department deals with the preservation, promotion and encouragement of street art. But looking at pictures, it’s no wonder this place is a hotbed for those who love indulging in urban art.

And, if those pictures got you excited, then check out Filomena’s street art tour or let Patricia tell you all about the art explosion on her Lisbon street art tour.

Barcelona

Barcelona is getting in on the action, too. Walking around the city is like being in one very large contemporary art gallery, the walls adorned with beautiful imagery. The thriving skater scene goes hand in hand with the graffiti and it’s no surprise then that people from all over the world come here to indulge in the culture.
The city’s Raval neighbourhood was once seen a no-go zone for tourists but as time has gone on, this former dodgy district has slowly transformed itself into a trendy hub for the city’s coolest inhabitants. Its array of colourful art and personalities make this neighbourhood definitely one to explore. And Cayetana is one girl who knows the art scene in the city like the back of her hand on her Barcelona street art tour.

The city’s open attitude towards the alternative makes it canvas for artists alike. Barcelona is also home to a multitude of studios, workshops and galleries meaning that art runs through the veins of the city.


Rome

Rome has a beautiful relationship with art. Its architecture is a view into the past with buildings stemming from the Renaissance and art being the soul of Rome. It’s a dynamic and ever-changing scene that decorates the city, creating a contrast between traditional art and new, urban art.
Changing attitudes is no easy task and having locals view the art as something of value instead of vandalism is what the street art in Rome aims to do.

The alternative neighbourhood of Pigneto exemplifies this. It’s bohemian vibes permeate the city and is a hub for creatives and artists alike – whether it’s music, art or culture, this district is a place to get your fix of graffiti. Cultural explorers venture to Rome to get a glimpse of the subversive urban art and experience the alternative way of life.
Gianluca is one Roman who will take you around the city and show you the Rome street art in all its glory. And together you can discover the history behind the emerging and flourishing art scene. Highly recommended.

It’s clear that there is no one city that excels at having the world’s best street art but within Europe, there are certain cities like Rome, Lisbon and Barcelona that are embracing urban art. And it’s paying off, people are coming to take part in street art tours in those cities; creating a new type of art tourism. Getting people out of the museums and galleries and into the street to experience a different kind of art, to deepen their appreciation and understand more about the politics and culture of a city.

10 Strange and Wonderful Things You Didn’t Know About Rome

Rome is a city full of history. The city is decorated with relics from the past. Whether it’s the Colosseum that once housed famous battles between ancient Romans and fearless lions or the Trevi Fountain where one coin can make your dreams come true… you’re never short on things to do in Rome.

But whilst the history of Rome is well documented, there are a few things that may have gone under the radar. We’ve rounded up 15 strange and wonderful things you didn’t know about Rome. After all, it’s not all pizza and ice cream…

Rome’s moniker is the “Eternal City”

Whilst the history of Rome spans over 3,000 years, the Romans back then even referred to the city as the “Eternal City”… slightly arrogant or scarily clairvoyant?

All of Rome’s city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Yep. All of it. Every last corner is protected under UNESCO. That includes famous landmarks such as Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Mausoleum of Hadrian, the Pantheon, Trajan’s Column, the Column of Marcus Aurelius, Santa Maria Maggiore, St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and, of course, all of the Vatican City.

The famous Spanish Steps were not built by the Spanish

That’s right, the famous Spanish steps that you’ve heard of were not created by the Spanish. In fact, it is because right by the steps you can find the Spanish Embassy.

The Vatican City is not apart of Rome

 

The Vatican City is not apart of Rome or even Italy. It is its own sovereign state.

People collectively throw over 3,000 euros into the Trevi Fountain

 

So, who’s jumping in for the spare change? Every day tourists throw up to 3,000€ into the fountain… that’s a lot of wishes.

Rome wasn’t always the capital of Italy.

 

Before Rome was declared the capital of Rome in 1870, it was Florence which held the title.

Roman’s kind of invented the media.

 

OK, not really. But before any form of media, Rome would use coins to publicize the emperor, his achievements and his family. How’s that for self promotion?

Ancient Romans imitated turtles.

 

During battles in olden times, ancient Romans would huddle together in a circular formation and use their shield as protection. This formation was called the tortoise.

Roman husbands kissed their wives to make sure they weren’t drunk.

 

At the end of a long day, husbands would give their wives a kiss. Not because they hadn’t seen each other all day. But instead to determine whether the wife was drunk. And they say romance is dead…

Romans invented capitalism

Emperor Trajan built the first shopping center in Rome. That’s right. The shopping center had a large range of different stalls from spices to textiles and fabrics.

 

A Story of Travel and Dreams in California

cali

Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away, there once lived a young boy. This boy, also known as 21 Savage, is a rapper and downright gangster. Once famously quoted saying: “Mad Max, ye, I hang with the killers. Planet of the Apes, ye, I hang with gorillas.”

This inspirational quote by the young savage led to him being accepted into the School of Gangster. After a successful career and completion of his Gangsters Degree, young Savage headed out to the ‘streetz’ to find his first victims.

After stopping by ‘the sewers’, young Savage was armed and dangerous with his United States Army Core commissioned Uzi-11(also known as a Lil Uzi Vert, as it was sometimes fired into the air, with the intention of striking the heavens.)

lil uzi

After taking a ‘fat hit’ from the ‘blunt’ 21 Savage was ready to find some hoes, he headed to his nearest barn where the pimps keep the ladies. Ready for action at any time.

21 walking in spraying his Lil Uzi Vert in every direction, unsurprisingly, no one gave him any attention and operations continued as normal. Once he pulled out his Gangsters Degree from the honorary school that is School of the Gangster, many assistants came to his assistance.

Post was then assigned to the 21st Battalion of the 4th Swagger Squadron, a Nort East American division tasked with taking out high-value targets in the California district, also known as Cali.

Once in the air young Post headed up to about an altitude of 24000 feet, where he proceeded to analyze the horizon and look for targets. Once within 420km of the target, Post proceeded to drop his 4000 pound EFF bombs on the unsuspecting targets below.

EFF Bomb

These EFF bombs, once they reached their target, would suddenly expand to the size of 20 Rolls Royce Dawn Black Badge editions, which would then proceed to lift the entire target area into the air, flipping everything on it over in a wave of rage.

Due to the deadly effect of these bombs, the United Stations banned their use in 3024, after the 4th War of Rodeo Drive. The first War of Rodeo Drive took place in late 2017, when Africa’s capital, Cape Town, ran out of any water supplies and where forced to drink the blood of their ancestors.

Obviously, some of the “mane” weren’t very keen on this and proceeded to slaughter everything in sight. Due to this influx of violence in the area, many tourists from Europe, South East Asia, China, and Mexico proceeded into the area, trying to get in on the action.

After 20 years of hard fighting, the war has become a major tourist attraction and many foreigners have come from afar to witness the massacre. Thanks to our friends at spacex.com, we are able to offer five 40% discount codes for the BFR intercontinental rocket flight, so you can also have the opportunity to see the amazing event.

Dreams do come true and this is your chance if you’re lucky you might even get to meet Post and the boys.