Cineccità – Where dreams come true

These Italian film studios hide Europe’s biggest indoor studio – teatro 5 – also known as Federico Fellini’s second home.

Filmmakers from all over the world come to shoot their films at Cinecittà.

The studios were created by dictator Benito Mussolini during the Fascist period. For the first time ever since Cinecittà was built in 1937, it has opened its doors to the public.

Big box office successes, such as “Ben Hur” or “Cleopatra”, have been filmed here,  as the guides will tell you on this exclusive tour.

Also modern film such as “Gangs of New York” or contemporary Italian films make use of Cinecittà’s endless possibilities. You’re only able to walk behind the scenes with a tour guide.

However, you can stroll around the gardens in front of Cinecittà’s main building and follow the red carpet at your own pace.

You will find such things as “Marte”, the statue used in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator” (2000) or “Venusia” from a scene in Federico Fellini’s “Il Casanova” (1976). The red carpet will lead you to the main building, where you will see a number of props, costumes, and an educational video on how to make a movie. There is a whole room dedicated to Fellini, who spent much of his life here.

Cinecittà was supposed to close its doors to the public today. But with more than 70 thousand visitors in six months, the organizers have decided to extend the exhibition until March 31st 2012. “The great interest of national and international visitors has confirmed what we thought – that there is big curiosity into how we work. We felt the need to communicate the greatness of this company to everyone, including those who experience the myth from the outside”, says Giuseppe Basso, project creator and deputy general manager of the Studios.

If you are in Rome or planning a trip to the Italian capital, make sure not to miss this great opportunity, which will give you an insight to one of the world’s biggest film industries.

Author: Josephine Landertinger Forero

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