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Gazebike: A bike tour company in Rome that takes you off the beaten path

2016-06-12

Gazebike is a family owned and operated bike shop and tour company that works together with The Museum of Urban Art in Rome or as it is commonly called, "muromuseum.” The aim is to bring tourist and locals together in discovering the over twenty works created by leading contemporary artist from around the world.

MARCO BURATTI
Gazebike APS, Co-Founder
"This project was a project that was created by a local artist named "Diavu,” who lives here, still now-a-days and he had the idea to give a rebirth to his neighborhood.”

The collection of works of Street Art murals and graffiti art, serves as an open-air museum that is free to the public. 

The Murals are not only interesting and beautiful to look at. They also hold a symbolic meaning, by paying homage to the once Nazi raided Quadraro neighborhood during WWII. 

Other artists like Gary Baseman and Lucamaleonte have demonstrated this through their works. The acronym Q44,  is indicative to the Nazi round-up that occurred on April 17, 1944, an event that left a profound impact on the neighborhood and its inhabitants.

More than 700 men from Quadraro were taken by the Nazi's and deported to concentration camps in Poland. For Rome, this was one of  biggest raids, second only to the events that took place in the Ghetto district on October of 1943, when more than 1,000 Jews were deported to Auschwitz.

MARCO BURATTI
Gazebike APS, Co-Founder

"The difference between our official tour and the other ones is that our guide is a person, who knows very well the artist because he is the assistant of every artist that came here from Italy, sometimes from Rome, but sometimes also from US, from all over the world.”

Gazebike serves as an alternative way of taking a tour in Rome, by providing a historical insight on  a quaint neighborhood's emergence from a dark past.

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