All world is a stage, Rome is the best!

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 in On your own | No Comments


La Dolce Vita

Many films were shooted in Rome, offering a great set to directors and a long tradition in the movie industry. Therefore a good way to prepare your trip to Rome or to remember the sites you just visited is simply watching one of those immortal movies:

  • Rome Open City by Rossellini: about the nazi occupation during IIWW, a masterpiece of Italian neo-realism
  • A Roman Holiday by Wyler: simply unforgettable, delicious, brilliant and funny. You can feel like Audrey Hepburn booking our Vespa tour!
  • Three Coins in the Fountain by Negulesco: the movie that made famous the Trevi fountain worldwide (and – by the way – the title is about 3 coins because there are 3 girls involved in the plot, but you just have to toss one coin in the fountain!)
  • La Dolce Vita by Fellini: nothing to add, who doesn’t know this one? An insight on the Sixties in Rome – now the city is very different, do not expect “paparazzi” along Via Veneto anymore.
  • Ben Hur by Wyler: you have to watch at least the famous scene of the race of the chariots in the Circo Massimo! And now the archaeological site opened finally to the visitors, so do not miss it!
  • The Gladiator by Scott: an accurate reconstruction of the life of gladiators in ancient Rome
  • Angels and Demons by Howard: little  history here, and less memorable than the above movies,  but an occasion to get to know some less famous corners of the city and Bernini’s masterpieces.
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Murphy: in the first section Julia Roberts eats in Rome,  in the little alleys of the Renaissance district between Piazza Navona and Campo dei Fiori. And we can do the same while you are here!
  • Caro Diario by Moretti: signed by a famous italian film director. The first section is just focusing on images of several neighborhoods of the “real Rome”, while the director/actor Nanni Moretti is driving his Vespa along a deserted Rome in the month of August.
  • The Great Beauty by Sorrentino: this movie was awarded as “Best Foreign Language Film” in 2014. The main character is Jep Gambardella, who once wrote a famous novel only to retire into a comfortable life writing cultural columns and throwing parties in Rome. After his 65th birthday party, he walks through the ruins and city streets, encountering the various characters, reflecting on his life, his first love, and sense of unfulfillment.