CINECITTA’ SHOWS OFF
This exhibition will take you on a magical journey through cinema.
These historic film studios have played a giant part in the history of Italian and Hollywood cinema. Created back in the 30s by Mussolini under the timeless tagline, “Il cinema è l’arma più forte” (Cinema is the most powerful weapon), this is one part of Rome worth making a trip out to see.
There have been some veritable classics shot here over the years, including the epic Ben-Hur and Cleopatra modern films such as Mel Gibson’s The Passion of Christ , Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York and Rob Marshall musical Nine. However, perhaps it is most renowned for being the home of Italy’s most internationally recognized director of all time: Federico Fellini. It doesn’t get more Roman or more acclaimed in cinema history than La Dolce Vita.
The grounds are actually the largest studio in the whole of Europe and you can enjoy private or group tours of the entire area. It’s located just 9km out of Rome making it an easy day trip for any cinema buff.
Cinecittà shows off
You will be guided through monumental sets and a precious collection of set dressing items coming from the most significant films shot at Cinecittà.
You can get up close to costumes worn by international stars such as Marcello Mastroianni and Anita Ekberg ; be enchanted by the wonderful sketches of the most renowned designers; and be taken directly into the heart of the Dream Factory.
The exhibition traces the history of Italian and International cinema, explaining the crafts necessary to make a movie.
It allows interactions with the different audiovisual languages in the section called ‘Backstage– An Educational Path to Cinecittà’ .
It’s an exhaustive homage to the most important costume and production designers, allowing visitors to perfectly understand how many professionals are required to make a movie successful. It is also possible to take a complete tour through the resident sets that are still used today for all kinds of audiovisual, domestic feature films and international productions. Expert guides will accompany visitors to the set of Broadway/New York, previously used by Martin Scorsese’s ‘Gangs of New York’ and recently revamped for Paul Haggi’s ‘Third Person’.
Guests can be taken through Florence in the 15th century and to the incredible ‘Ancient Rome’ location, which hosted the renowned period TV series, with your guide providing insight into all the details of this mammoth production.
“Why Cinecittà” is the exhibition dedicated to the origin of the Studios and revealing – through evocative pictures and videos – Cinecitta’s history from 1936 to 1945. Now a permanent exhibition, “Cinecittà Shows Off” has widened its horizons. Three new exhibits uncover the reasons behind Cinecittà’s birth and the re-launch of the world cinema. An entire room is dedicated to the great Federico Fellini, who chose Cinecittà as the place where his vivid imagination would take shape
Shooting in Cinecittà: 1937-1989
The newest installment inaugurated in January, Shooting in Cinecittà: 1937-1989, covers a span of 70 years of filming in Cinecitta and highlights the many movie genres that left their mark on the global imagination. The exhibit takes you on a journey starting with great films from the early days of cinema, through Italian comedy, US production, which generated the stardom phenomenon, Hollywood on the Tiber, to Spaghetti westerns from the Sixties, and even touches on Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained.
The new exhibition also presents a previously unreleased selection of original costumes worn by Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew. In tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini, costumes from Storie Scellerate designed by Danilo Donati are also displayed. The exhibition ends with a focus on future projects and the return of big international productions, such as the remake of Ben Hur and the filming of Zoolander 2, to the studios this coming year.
The opening of the prestigious Il Caffè di Cinecittà will allow a relaxing break in the stylish café and a quick visit to the bookshop where you can pick up some unique souvenirs.
Via Tuscolana, 1055
Metro A Cinecittà
Open every day but Tuesday: 9.30am-6.30pm
Guided tours: 10am (Italian) – 11.30am (Italian and English) – 1pm (Italian) – 2.30pm (Italian) – 4pm (Italian and English) – 5.30pm (Italian) –