Rome inaugurates a route in tribute to the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez

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BOGOTÁ (Sputnik) – Rome inaugurated the Gabriel García Márquez road, in homage to the Colombian Nobel Prize in Literature and author of ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’, reported the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

“The inauguration of Calle Gabriel García Márquez is a great honor and privilege for Colombia, which, without a doubt, represents a gesture of recognition by the Italian people to the great legacy of our Nobel Prize in literature,” said the vice president and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, in a statement.

The road is close to Villa Borghese Park, a central place in the Italian capital, and its opening ceremony featured yellow butterflies, insects that accompanied one of the characters in the Nobel Prize’s debut, Mauricio Babilonia.

The tribute, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was due to “the influence of Italy in his work, his time in Rome and the fascination generated by neorealism and Italian culture,” the text added.

García Márquez lived in that city for a year and a half, when he was a correspondent for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, in 1955.

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Rome inaugurates a route in tribute to the Colombian Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez