The bond between Rome and Cinema has developed since the 40s, when the capital of Italy became one of the top destinations for movies. After the war there has been a massive growth of Cinecittà Studios and Italy, Rome in particular, for a few years became the center of Cinema. Even in recent years the charm of Rome has seduced producers and directors, who often decided to make movies here. In all the city you can find traces of movie scenes and this itinerary is a guide of the places where you can see points of memorable scenes.
Is absolutely recommended to walk from one place to another.
To visit the sites it takes about 4 hours. If you want to make a few visits to the monuments along the route you’ll need an entire day.
1945: "Roma città aperta". Roberto Rossellini, with Aldo Fabrizi and Anna Magnani. The movie is set in a Rome in which the fascist regime has just fallen but the Allies have not arrived yet in the capital and the resistance is more active than ever. In Spain's Square you can still see the guest house from which the partisan, surprised at night by the nazis, escapes on the roofs of the Spanish Embassy.
1953: "Roman Holidays". With this movie, directed by William Wyler, Audrey Hepburn became famous all around the world and won the Oscar as best actress for her performance. Shot entirely in Rome and in Cinecittà studios, Wyler's movie tells the story of Princess Anne who faces a diplomatic journey to Rome and one night, exhausted by all the obligations that her role requires, has a nervous breakdown. Her doctor gives her a sedative, but she is alone she decides to run away and start roaming in the streets of Rome where she meets the young Gregory Peck that takes her around the city on a Vespa. In one of the most famous scenes, the protagonists visit the Mouth of Truth. The scene where Peck puts his hand into the mouth, pretending to have lost it hiding it in his jacket, was not foreseen. It was an invention of the actor who did not warned Hepburn. Her reaction of terror in the movie, when she shouts and tries to help Peck is real. Today you can still see the house where Joe takes Princess Anne, located in via Margutta 51.
1969: "La Dolce Vita", directed by Federico Fellini. The route includes Via Veneto, which has been in the past the symbol of actors’ nightlife. Via Veneto is easy to reach and is surrounded with smart hotels and buildings where Vips and Paparazzi meet. The most famous scene is when Anita Ekberg takes a bath/jumps in Trevi Fountain.
1976: "Febbre da cavallo", in english "horse fever", directed by Steno. It’s a cult with Gigi Proietti (Mandrake) and Enrico Montesano (er Pomata), two friends addicted to horse racing. Together with Felice (de Rosa), Mandrake and Er Pomata, they invent all types of tricks to make money to spend on bets. The most famous scene is the one filmed in Via Giulia, where Gigi Proietti (Mandrake) tries to shoot a spot in which he pretends to be a policeman.
1981: "The Marquis of Grillo", directed by Mario Monicelli. The movie recounts the exploits of the Marquis Onofrio del Grillo (Alberto Sordi), a noble Roman who lives in papal Rome of 1809 and spends his days in idleness, attending taverns, cultivating illicit love affairs, with a rebellious attitude towards his mother and his conservative family. The real palace of the Marquis is in "Salita del Grillo" just behind the Roman Forum and the famous execution scene was shot in Velabro Square near St George at Velabrum Church.
1999: "The Gladiator". This historical action movie, directed by Ridley Scott, was played by Russell Crowe who plays Massimo Decimo meridio. Massimo is a loyal general of the emperor Marcus Aurelius, who is betrayed by his ambitious son, Commodus, who murders his father to take the throne. He also tries to kill Massimo, who reappears in the ranks of the gladiatorial arena to avenge the murder of his family and his Emperor. The director tried to shot some fight scenes in the Roman Colosseum, but he couldn’t. All the sets of the were rebuilt in Malta. The movie, one of the most successful movies in the last years, unfortunately was not shot in the eternal city, although the faithful reconstructions allow us to enjoy the fascinating imperial Rome.
2009: "Angels & Demons", directed by Ron Howard. This movie is based on the novel written by Dan Brown. The plot tells the story of Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks), a brilliant professor who is urgently summoned by the Vatican to decipher the meaning of a symbol delivered along with a threatening letter. The symbol belongs to the sect of the "enlightened", a secret society made up by scientists and artists whose goal is the destruction of the Catholic Church. The Pantheon has been used as a location for the shootings. The intention of the director was also to shoot in some churches, but the Vatican didn’t give its permission, so he decided to recreate part of St. Peter's Square and the Vatican in the Royal Palace of Caserta.
From here we recommend the following itineraries:
Ancient Rome Part 1
Ancient Rome Part 2
Walking up the Pincio
The Museums of Villa Borghese