Although Via Margutta, one of Rome's most picturesque streets, lies close to the feverishly busy Spanish Steps, it remains a relative haven of peace and tranquillity.
For centuries, Via Margutta was a favourite residence for Rome's community of artists, hence the presence of the quirky Fontana degli Artisti, which was installed in 1927.
Via Margutta shot to international fame following the release, in 1953, of the film Roman Holiday, which stars Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The latter plays the journalist Joe Bradley, who resides in the street at number 51.
For decades, the film director Federico Fellini and his wife, the actress Giulietta Masina, lived in Via Margutta.
It is thought that Margutta comes from the word Marisgutta (Sea Drop), a tongue-in-cheek name for a dirty stream that flowed down from the Pincio.
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