Rome and the great cinema

Rome and the great cinema

Have you ever heard about film tourism? It is a real cinema-tourism experience through the locations of movie or television settings, finding the scenes used for the filming of movie or TV series. Would you like to immerse yourself in some of the most charming places in Rome, and take pictures as you were a famous actor?

Think of Roman Holiday with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck and La dolce vita (The Sweet Life) by Federico Fellini, two masterpieces of cinema, but also to the more recent thriller Angels & Demons based on the bestselling novel by Dan Brown.

In Roman Holiday the naïve Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) arrives in Rome. We first see her in St. Peter’s Square. During his stay in the Italian city, Ann assists a parade in Via dei Fori Imperiali, escapes from the Fountain of the Naiads on Piazza della Repubblica, and meets by chance Joe (Gregory Peck) at the Arch of Septimius Severus, who thinks she is a drunker. We also see via Margutta where Joe resides, and the streets around the Trevi Fountain, where the princess discovers the daily lives of normal people. And then the Spanish Steps, the steps of Trinità dei Monti, where she eats an ice-cream as she were a normal tourist, the square of the Pantheon (the temple dedicated to the gods of Olympus) where they can’t miss a breakfast made of champagne and the famous scootering around on a Vespa that brings the two protagonists at the Colosseum, in Piazza Venezia and at the Mouth of Truth... that attracts hundreds of tourists who want to have their picture taken with their hand in the mouth considered magical.

And what about La dolce vita set in the streets of Rome? Marcello Mastroianni is a journalist working in Rome in search of new thrills and adventures and flirting with Sylvia (Anita Ekberg). It is true that many locations were set up at Cinecittà, but it seems real the famous scene at the Trevi Fountain, the great and magical masterpiece that will leave you breathless, where she immersed for hours without suffering the cold water, even if it was March.
Don’t forget the thriller Angels and Demons directed by Ron Howard and filmed in Italy between Rome and the Royal Palace of Caserta. Some locations were recreated in the studio, as St. Peter’s Square and the Sistine Chapel, for religious reasons. But some of the shooting was made in Rome, in Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, in the Pantheon, around the Lungo Tevere and Ponte Sant’Angelo. Some sequences were also filmed in Piazza San Bernardo, in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria, and in Via Torino.

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