Cinema and spots
Did you know that Italy has always been one of the greatest homes for the cinema?
The Cinecittà, or Cinema City has been the location of a good number of both Italian and international films. It is a large film studio founded in 1937, by Benito Mussolini and his head of cinema, Luigi Freddi. There films on those days were mostly used for propaganda purposes. This complex was designed as a center of productions including, training, organizing and post productions. Although through its history, during World War II it was bombed by Western Allies and its structure had to be moved for a time to the city of Venice.
After the war was over, Cinecittà started to spread its work progressively. By the 1950’s American companies came in large numbers in search of cheap facilities. The beauty of Rome and the possibility to shoot in authentic locations, with the availability of a complete complex of studios, production and post production nearby has to this day attracted filmmakers from all over the world.
In the 1980’s the Italian government privatized the Cinecittà, then in the summer of 2007 another tragedy affected the studios, a fire burned and destroyed about 3000 meters of the lots and its surroundings. But this has not stopped the Cinecittà.
Rome has been the setting for some of the world's most memorable films. With stunning landmarks like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, it's easy for directors to choose Rome as a colorful backdrop.
A huge number of movies have been filmed and produced in Italy some of the more iconic sites and movies are listed below.
Lungo Tevere, Romes waterways of the Tiber, views of Rome from either side of the Tiber are emblematic of the cityscape and often used as visual reference in films.
Via Veneto, A varied mix of residential and high end shopping makes this spot one of the most expensive luxury roads in Rome. This street is an Icon of Italian films and is the home to the famous Café de Paris and Harry’s bar featured in Federico Fellinis’ La Dolce Vita.
Parco Degli Acquedotti, This15 hectares of land is named after the aqueducts, crossed on one side by the Aqua Felix and containing part of the Aqua Claudia and the remains of the Villa delle Vignacce, it is open to the public as a park in Rome and part of the Appian Way.
Villa del Priorato di Malta Villa is arguably best known for a keyhole of the arch-headed central portone, through which the dome of the Saint Peter’s can be viewed at the end of a garden allée framed in clipped cypresses
Sant’Agnese in Agone Sant’Agnese in Agone this Baroque church faces onto Piazza Navona, one of the most iconic urban space sin Rome built in the 17th century
Le Terme di Caracalla The Baths of Caracalla have remained as an architectural feature of Rome and a favored tourist attraction
Palazzo Spada Palazzo Spada today houses the Galleria Spada and is the meeting place of the Italian State Council.
Il Tempietto di Bramante The Church of San Pietro in Montorio, The church is decorated with artworks by prominent 16th- and 17th-century masters from Sebastiano del Piombo to Michelangelo, and Vasari. In the centre lies the The Tempietto a small commemorative tomb build by Milanese Baroque architect Donato Bramante.
La Grande Bellezza Italian Academy award winner 2014 with its larger than life characters, caricatures of today’s Roman high society, the true beauty of the film is Rome herself.
La Dolce Vita
Federico Fellini's 1960 classic chronicles the "sweet life" of Rome's elite and the journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who covers the social scene. One of the most famous scenes in La Dolce Vita is that of bombshell actress Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain. The posh Via Veneto also figures prominently in the film.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this Rome classic romance that has them traveling on a two-wheeler across the Eternal City and visiting some of Rome's most iconic monuments, including the Bocca della Verità, one of the best places in Rome for a photo op. Roman holiday launched the career of Audrey Hepburn - she won an Oscar - and is still one of the most beloved depictions of Rome on the silver screen.
Three Coins in the Fountain
Three American girls working in Italy throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, each wishing to find the man of her dreams. The premise of this romantic comedy set in Rome is simple and the setting – 1950s Rome –is breathtaking.
Angels and Demons Based on the blockbuster book by Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons" takes a trip through Rome and, specifically, her many churches.
Eat Pray Love
Julia Roberts plays the role of Elizabeth Gilbert, who set the "Eat" portion of her book in Rome. Read more about the restaurants, fountains, piazze, neighborhoods, and other Eat Pray Love Sites in Rome.
To Rome with Love
Rome itself is the star in this Woody Allen movie although there are several great actors including Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen himself. Enjoy a romp through Rome as you follow the stories of locals and tourists in the Eternal City.