The city of Rome will open on October 26 a street named after the Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez in the Roman Villa Borghese park with an official ceremony to honor the Nobel Prize winner, who lived in the Italian capital in the 1950s.
The tribute to the novelist, which will feature guests such as the Colombian musician from Vallenato Camilo Molina and the Italian flute player Andrea GriminelliIt will be chaired by the Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, who will be accompanied by the Colombian Ambassador to Italy, Gloria Isabel Ramírez.
The Rome City Council supported the initiative to dedicate a street to García Márquez for “the influence of Italy in the work of Gabo, his time in Rome and the fascination generated by neorealism and Italian culture, which served as inspiration for the consolidation of his literary style “explained the Colombian embassy in a statement.
Garcia Marquez lhe bequeathed to Rome in 1955 as a correspondent for El Espectador to follow the state of health of Pope Pius XII, and he stayed for more than a year to study cinema in the city, a training that strengthened “his relationship with the seventh art.”
The Colombian ambassador considered “an honor for the country” and a “great achievement” to have achieved this tribute for the writer in Rome, a city that he said “felt like home”, the embassy recalled.
This event will take place after the 10th Italy-Latin America Conference, of a biennial nature, which brings together Foreign Ministers or other representatives of the different countries, in collaboration with the Italian-Latin American Institute (IILA).