Italy: Rome’s Hollywood on the Tiber

Cinecittà – Rome’s Cinema City: not just a simple “Hollywood” or a lonely “Pinetree”, but an entire metropolis dedicated to film-making. Twenty years ago I lived in Rome and longed to visit, but back then it was a forbidden city where only the chosen entered.

Now I am stepping out of the metro station bearing Cinecittà’s name and heading through its main entrance. The studios now welcome paying visitors, and I join a group of film fans eager to discover the secrets of Rome’s “Hollywood on the Tiber”.

Cinecittà’s main square features a sedate green lawn shaded by umbrella pines. I was expecting to be greeted by a riot of clapper boards, costumed extras, pampered stars and screaming producers. But now we mortals are allowed through the front door, the talent comes in round the back.

Italy: Rome’s Hollywood on the Tiber via @Telegraph http://soc.li/8GI1JfT

Four streets built for the film Gangs of New York are a permanent legacy at Cinecittà

Four streets built for the film Gangs of New York are a permanent legacy at Cinecittà

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