With the month of November welcoming the 7th edition of Rome’s International Film Festival, we are reminded that numerous spots in Rome have been and continue to be cinematically significant. Too many to name, we have picked three spots for cinephiles to visit.
Largo Marcello Mastroianni, 1 – entrance at Piazzale del Brasile
Metro A to Spagna or Barberini
Buses: 490, 491, C3, 88, 95, 116
Nestled in the beautiful Villa Borghese, the history behind the Casa del Cinema goes back to 1833 when the house was purchased by the Italian noble family, the Borghese. Through its years, the building was turned from a farmhouse, to a battleground between Mazzini’s troops and the French, to a high class restaurant, and lastly to an event hall, all before being abandoned in the 1970s. Only in 2001, Roma Capitale began to fund a restoration of the house, leading to its official inauguration in 2004. Now, Casa del Cinema houses four screening rooms, a 200-seat outdoor cinema, a DVD-viewing room, a cafè, and a bookstore.
Via di Monserrato, 107 – Campo de’ Fiori area
Mon – Sat 10am-7.30pm
Buses: 40, 46, 62, 64, tram 8
Since 1983, Hollywood has been the go-to store for those looking for films and anything related to cinema. Its collection of films is vast; reaching as far back as silent movies, all the way up to current releases. The store’s large catalogue of films, posters, and rare photos makes it a great source for anyone studying or working in film, or for the cinema lovers looking to lose themselves in all things movie related. Marco, the store’s owner is all too happy to help any browsers, and with his expert knowledge of film at hand, you won’t leave disappointed.
Via dei Fienaroli, 31 – Trastevere area
Mon – Fri 2-10pm, Sat – Sun 6pm-12am
Buses: 8 tram, 23, 280, 271
Opening a creative space in Trastevere dedicated to cinema was the brainchild of four friends in summer of 2004. Not only a space for lovers of cinema to meet, but Libreria del Cinema also holds conferences and video projections for the public. Operating for almost 10 years now, the Libreria offers its patrons CDs, DVDs, rare and used books, texts in original language, and reference books. Furthermore, there are always conferences and workshops scheduled, accepting all curious and cinema-minded people. You can also have a seat in the store and peruse the books while enjoying a coffee and pastry from the Libreria’s cafe’.