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Italian Cinema in Rome

Mussolini created important structures for Italian cinema. An area was founded in southeast Rome to build a town exclusively for cinema, dubbed the Cinecitta. The town was conceived in order to provide everything necessary for filmmaking: theaters, technical services, and even a cinematography school for younger apprentices. Even today, many films are shot entirely in Cinecitta. At the same time Vittorio Mussolini, the son of the dictator, created a national production company and organized the work of the most gifted authors, directors and actors , thereby creating an interesting communication network among them, resulting in several famous friendships and, beyond that, stimulating cultural interaction. Notable directors that worked at Cinecitta include Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Private Guided Movie Tours in Rome

"I dreamed I was imprisoned in an oubliette deep under Rome. I heard unearthly voices coming through the walls. They said, 'We are the ancient Romans. We are still here.' " Fellini.

Duration: 4 hrs
When: 9am - 1pm and on request
Min 2 people

Cost: 195euro per group up to 4

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Route 1 - Pantheon

The tour begins in Piazza del Gesù with the tour of the amazing baroque church Chiesa del Gesù.

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Walking down Corso Vittorio Emanuele you will then visit the church Santa Maria sopra Minerva and get to the Pantheon square, location of the movie The Belly of an Architect (1987) by the English director Peter Greenway.

In this movie the famous roman monument is turned into the alter ego of the protagonist, the American architect Kracklite (Brian Dennehy).

Walking through the small ancient streets of Rome and crossing Corso Rinascimento, you will arrive at Piazza Navona, wonderful location of the movie The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) by Anthony Minghella. In that scene Freddy (Philip Seymour Hoffman), rival of the protagonist (Matt Damon), arrived by driving a red spider. Another movie was shot in this square: Poveri ma belli (1956) by the famous Italian director Dino Risi.

Near Piazza Navona, between Via di Monte Giordano and Via dei Coronari, you can see Palazzo Taverna, majestic palace that in the movie Portrait of a lady (1996) by Jane Campion was the roman residence of Isabel Archer (Nicole Kidman). Exactly in this palace the heroin spent the days of her sad marriage to Gilbert Osmond (John Malkovich).

Finally, crossing Piazza Campo dei Fiori, famous for its daily market, you will arrive at Piazza Farnese, where, at number 44, the movie Un Maledetto Imbroglio by Pietro Germi was shot. It was the adaptation of the novel Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda.

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Route 2 - Pz del Popolo

The tour starts in the location of one of the most popular Italian movies ever, La Dolce Vita (1960) by Federico Fellini. In this scene Anita Ekberg had a bath in the Fontana di Trevi while Marcello Mastroianni admired her completely captivated by her charm.

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Walking down Via del Tritone you will arrive at Piazza Barberini: in the movie Roman Holidays (1953) by William Wyler, Palazzo Barberini was the embassy where stayed Anna (Audrey Hepburn), bored princess spending her holidays in Rome; during the night she ran away from the palace (that now is the National Gallery of Ancient Art) and met Gregory Peck.

Going on Via Sistina you will arrive at Trinità dei Monti and, walking down the wonderful steps, you will reach Piazza di Spagna, location of the movie The talented Mr Ripley (1999) by Anthony Minghella. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) met Marge (Gwyneth Paltrow) in Piazza di Spagna.

Walking down Via del Babbuino you will arrive at Piazza del Popolo, where is set the first roman scene of the movie The beautiful and damned (1991) by Gus Van Sant: Mike (River Phoenix) arrives in Rome looking for his mother and wakes up at the foot of the obelisk in Piazza del Popolo.

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Route 3 - Colosseum

The Colosseum is the background of the funny comedy Un Americano a Roma (1954), with Alberto Sordi playing the part of a Roman boy obsessed by the American world.

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The tour starts from the Colosseum, the most famous roman monument, that was chosen as a location for serveral movies, such as The Gladiator (2000) by Ridley Scott (that decided to set here Russel Crowe’s bloody duel), and the epic movie Ben Hur (1959) by William Wyler.

Walking down Via dei Fori Imperiali you will admire the ancient roman forum, location for a famous scene by William Wyler’s movie Roman Holidays (1953), with Gregory Peck meeting Audrey Hepburn near the arch of Settimio Severo.

Going on the picturesque Via di San Pietro in Carcere, that houses the ancient prison Mamertino where Saint Peter was imprisoned, you will arrive at Piazza del Campidoglio, Michelangelo’s masterpiece, where the Palazzo dei Conservatori stands today. The director Jane Campion decided to set here an important dialogue between the protagonist (Nicole Kidman) and Barbara Hershey in Portrait of a Lady (1996).

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Route 4 - Vatican Area

The itinerary begins in Piazza Cavour, near the cinema Adriano, where Bernardo Bertolucci shot a romantic scene from the movie La Luna (1979) with Matthew Barry.

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The itinerary begins in Piazza Cavour, near the cinema Adriano, where Bernardo Bertolucci shot a romantic scene from the movie La luna (1979) with Matthew Barry.

The monumental Castel Sant’Angelo reminds us of another scene from the movie Roman Holidays (1953) by William Wyler: in fact Audrey Hepburn danced with Gregory Peck on a boat floating under Sant’Angelo bridge.

Walking down Via della Conciliazione you will arrive at Piazza San Pietro, framed by the majestic colonnade by Bernini. In the movie The Godfather III (1990) by Frances Ford Coppola, in this square Al Pacino goes through imaginary customs to enter the mysterious palaces belonging to the Vatican.

On the right side of Saint Peter’s Cathedral there is the entry of the stairs to reach the dome by Michelangelo. In the movie La dolce vita (1960) by Federico Fellini, Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg walked up these stairs.

Walking down Via della Lungara you will arrive in the district Trastevere, characterized by very typical roman restaurants.

Going on Via della Scala you will reach Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere, that was recently chosen as a location for three American movies to represent the most picturesque part of Rome. These movies are Nurse Betty (2000) by Neil Laute, Hudson Hawk (1990) by Michael Lehmann and Only you (1996) by Norman Jewison. In the first film the protagonist (Renée Zellwegger) arrives in Rome, the city she has always dreamed of; in the second one Rome is the location for the adventures of the thief Bruce Willis; finally, in the third movie, with Robert Downey Jr., Piazza Santa Maria in Trastevere is the place where the protagonists first meet.

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