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    The Great Beauty Tour in Rome: the places of Sorrentino's film

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    Made in Italy is already a brand: it is in fashion, it is in the kitchen, it is also in ... yes, we understand each other ... Italians do it better, they say! But let's face it, despite Sofia Loren, despite Benigni and her masterpiece "Life is Beautiful", it's not that cinema has ever been the strong point of the Bel Paese!
    Yet, 17 years later, here it is another Oscar which testifies that, after all, there is also good here! We miss that we also learn to govern the country and ... no, come on, let's be realistic!
    And on the basis of the blockbuster de "The Great Beauty", Sorrentino's film that is making a lot of talk about itself, for better or for worse (Oscar Wilde would be proud of it), the tours in Rome that retrace the places of the award-winning film. Because, at least on this, we are not afraid of comparison ... the Great Beauty of Rome, Oscar, would buy up with any jury!
    So here's a Tour of the Rome of La Grande Bellezza!


    1. The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola
    2. Park of the Aqueducts
    3. Cloister or Temple of San Pietro in Montorio
    4. Giardino degli Aranci and Villa of the Priory of the Knights of Malta
    5. Barberini Palace and Spada Palace
    6. Baths of Caracalla
    7. Villa Medici
    8. Trevi Fountain
    9. Coliseum
    10. Piazza Navona and Palazzo Pamphilj
    11. User questions and comments

    The Fontana dell'Acqua Paola

    We are on the top of the Janiculum, one of the hills from which you can enjoy a truly breathtaking view. Er Fontanone, for the Romans, earns the opening scene of the film. Splendid Baroque marble monument, it is the terminal part of the homonymous aqueduct.

    Park of the Aqueducts

    It is part of the Appia Antica Regional Park, in the Cinecittà district. It is one of the most beautiful green areas in Rome, and in the film the actress Anita Kravos heads a piece of the Claudio aqueduct during a surreal theatrical performance. In general, the Park of the Aqueducts it is one of the most suitable places for those who love cycling and breathtaking sunsets that go out on Castelli Romani.

    Cloister or Temple of San Pietro in Montorio

    Still in the Janiculum, it is a small church that recalls the classical canons. Here Jep meets a little girl who is hiding from her mother. By Bramante, it is an example ofRenaissance art, characterized by perfect symmetries. In this very place, according to tradition, the apostle Peter was crucified upside down.

    Giardino degli Aranci and Villa of the Priory of the Knights of Malta

    It is no longer a mystery to anyone, but anyway ... this is where Stefano leads Jep and Ramona at the door of this Villa, showing him a truly exceptional show. A scene that many tourists will surely have recognized with some familiarity, since there is not one that has not tried to approach the eye to the door lock of the Priory of the Order of the Knights of Malta, through which you can see the dome of St. Peter.

    Barberini Palace and Spada Palace

    In this scene we still find Jep, Ramona and Stefano, walking through museums, first stopping to admire La Fornarina by Raffaello Sanzio, kept in Palazzo Barberini, and after the Borromini gallery, a masterpiece of perspective: although in fact the corridor is only 8 meters long, this one seems longer thanks, in fact, to perspective measures. In fact, the floor is uphill and the barrel vault is lowered.

    Baths of Caracalla

    In imperial times they were among the 7 wonders, with a capacity of over 1.500 people and fantastic decorations. This is where it is consumed the meeting with the magician, engaged in the enterprise of making a giraffe disappear.
    Today the complex hosts, especially in the summer season, concerts of classical and opera music.

    Villa Medici

    We move on Pincio hill, in a real open-air museum. From the buildings, with bas-reliefs adorning the main façade, to the gardens, which extend for 7 hectares, where the masonry aviary and the group of Niobids, the Villa is one of the most intense places in the Eternal City.

    It couldn't have been a better location for the night walk of Jep and Ramona. Here, in front of a statue of contemporary art, the protagonist pauses to reflect on the inexorable passage of time.

    Trevi Fountain

    It might seem like a Deja-vu of the Fellini Dolce Vita, but it couldn't be otherwise. Together with the Colosseum, it is perhaps the most famous and visited monument in Rome, for which a nocturnal walk by the protagonists could not miss here. It shows itself in all its glory, and in scenes like these more than ever one thinks that the title of the film could not have been more apt.


    The Colosseum rises in all its majesty from a privileged perspective. There terrace of Jep, in a 20s building, offers an exceptional view of theFlavian Amphitheatre, and inspires the chat between the protagonists about history, art and today's world. Certainly the background of the Colosseum at sunset while Jep relaxes in his hammock, is one of the most beautiful photographs of the film.

    Piazza Navona and Palazzo Pamphilj

    Another night walk in a practically deserted Piazza Navona. Jep walks with Orietta, played by the beautiful Elisabetta Ferrari, pausing in front of the baroque church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. The two then move to the magnificent Palazzo Pamphilj, where they will spend a night of passion. The palace can only be visited with an organized tour, and today it houses the Brazilian embassy.

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