Rome on Location: the Eternal City as a Movie Set

Rome on Location: the Eternal City as a movie set.

17 of Rome’s famous film locations

Often times when one thinks of Rome, the first image that comes to mind is the Colosseum- rightly so. The second thought may involve food, and the various delicious culinary options that Rome offers. The third instead may have something to do with a little thing called the Vatican and its Sistine Chapel, which automatically brings you to think about all the art in Rome as well. And what about the fountains? The hand gesturing as part of the language? The vespas scurrying through the narrow side streets? The list goes on, but the point of the matter is: Rome is picture-perfect.

When I say “picture-perfect”, I mean picture as in movie. With all of its monuments, scenic neighborhoods, and cobblestones everywhere, is the Eternal City not a movie set already? Not only does Rome look good on camera, but it also has an impressive cinematic history. Thanks to Cinecittà (the leading Italian cinema studios established back in 1937) Rome has welcomed numerous directors and their respective visions. During the 1950s it was even named “Hollywood on the Tiber” due to the many international films being shot in Rome at the time. From Federico Fellini, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Paolo Sorrentino and more, Roma has been home to many.

And speaking of R(h)ome, October is the month of cinema nella capitale thanks to the acclaimed Rome Film Fest. This year marks the 13th edition of the Festival del Cinema di Roma, and like always, the expected guests and films stir up quite the excitement. Held at Renzo Piano’s Auditiorium Parco della Musica, the official program has yet to be announced. However, big names like Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, and Sigourney Weaver have already been announced as expected guests.

On that note, it is safe to say that whether the scenes were shot on location or at Cinecittà, Rome’s cinematic influence and history is without a doubt, monumental. And much like the other monument-based tours in Rome, here’s an additional, yet equally picturesque tour to go on as you’re #romeing around.

CIAK SI GIRA!

 

Cinecittà 

Before you start strolling around town going from one spot to the next, what better way to start the tour than at Cinecittà itself? Visit the studios for a dip in the past and the chance to see the stages with your own eyes. Some of the films shot at the studios include:

Cleopatra directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963

The English Patient directed by Anthony Minghella, 1992

Gangs of New York directed by Martin Scorsese, 2002

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou directed by Wes Anderson, 2004

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Roma Città Aperta (Rome, Open City)

Directed by Roberto Rossellini, 1945

  When Don Pietro walks into the antique shop to collect the money destined to the partisans.

  Via Margutta 41

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Ladri di Biciclette (Bicycle Thieves)

Directed by Vittorio De Sica, 1948

 First attempt at finding the stolen bike.

Piazza Vittorio

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Roman Holiday

Directed by William Wyler, 1953

 When Joe Bradley pretends to lose his hand to the Mouth of Truth statue.

Bocca della Verità statue

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La Dolce Vita

Directed by Federico Fellini, 1960

 When Anita Ekberg walks into the fountain, followed by Marcello Mastroianni

Trevi Fountain

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Accattone

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1961

 When the Accattone professes his love for Stella

The church of S. Felice da Cantalice

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L’Eclisse

Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962

 Where Piero offers Vittoria a drink

Piazza di Pietra

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C’eravamo Tanto Amati (We All Loved Each Other So Much)

Directed by Ettore Scola, 1974

 When the four protagonists, towards the end of the film, meet again in front of the school.

Scuola elementare Cesare Battisti, Piazza Sauli

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Caro Diario

Directed by Nanni Moretti, 1993

  The last scene of Nanni’s vespa ride when he reaches Pasolini’s commemorative statue

Pasolini Commemorative Statue, Via dell’Idroscalo, Ostia

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The Talented Mr Ripley

Directed by Anthony Minghella, 1999

 When Tom and Meredith walk over the bridge aligned with statues

Ponte Sant’Angelo

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Oceans 12

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, 2004

 When Brad Pitt meets Catherine Zeta-Jones for the first time

Pantheon

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Angels & Demons

Directed by Ron Howard, 2009

 When Tom Hanks understands the first clue

Piazza del Popolo

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Eat Pray Love

Directed by Ryan Murphy, 2010

 Where Julia Roberts enjoys her famous pasta dish

Osteria dell’Antiquario, Piazza di San Simeone

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To Rome With Love

Directed by Woody Allen, 2012

 Where Monica and Jack shop for groceries at the market

Piazza Campo De Fiori

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La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty)

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, 2013

 The fountain where Jep washes up

 Fontana del Mascherone di Santa Sabina, Piazza Pietro D’Illiria

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Rome on Location: the Eternal City as a movie set.

Spectre (James Bond)

Directed by Sam Mendes, 2015

 Where James Bond’s Aston Martin car disappears into the Tiber River

Lungotevere della Farnesina, right near Ponte Sisto

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The Young Pope

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, 2016

 The garden strolls that Jude Law and Diane Keaton go on

The gardens at Villa Pamphili

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  • Wonderful .. informations .fab pictures , , well written articles in all details .. it is a book of art and hearth ., Keep Writing ..just amazing , dear Emily ❤️Francesca Piccirilli ☘️

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