|Via Mario de' Fiori|
No one pays particular attention to the name of this street believing it was dedicated to some famous member of the family "De Fiori" ("Mario De Fiori" is an Italian name and is translatable to something like "Marius O'Flowers"). But the names of the streets of Rome, especially in the old city, often reveal some curiosity. This is true for Via Mario de’ Fiori.
In the second half of the 1600s Mario Nuzzi lived on the street now known as Via Mario de’ Fiori. He was a rather good painter from the Abruzzi region of Italy who specialized in portraying a single subject ... You may have already figured out the subject we're talking about: yes, the flowers!
Romans, always shrewd in spirit, were not particularly fond of the painter’s real name. They preferred to pin a nickname on him, and as a result, the painter was referred to by everyone as the Mario "of the flowers" (in italian, Mario "dei fiori"). Thus, Via Mario de’ Fiori could easily have been called Via Mario Nuzzi.
|A painting by Mario De' Fiori (Florence, palazzo Pitti)|
For this reason, there are few "surviving" paintings by our friend Mario making them very highly valued and sought after works for collectors.
Via Mario de' Fiori is here.