rome and cinema

ROME IN THE MOVIES
Since the beginnins of the cinema, Rome called the interest of directors and producers who, with their work, have contributed in great measure to fix the images of some parts of the city in the popular imagination. Primarily it figures the historical Rome with all its architectural heritage but, in this context, there is also space for common areas, urban spaces arose outside the walls, which are part of the history of "the modern and contemporary Rome."
The insights offered by the cinema are numerous. In this section we propose tours both historically and architecturally interest, walks around the city appropriate to be placed in the frame of the movies

Old Town itineraries:
a) Angels & Demons (2009)
b) Roman Holiday (1953)
c) The great beauty (2014)

A) ANGELS AND DEMONS
Suspense, revelations, mysteries and twists are the ingredients of the intricate and fascinating novel by Dan Brown, made even more famous by the film version produced by the director Ron Howard in 2009.
Rome and the Vatican are the undisputed protagonists of the story and it's around a specific map that the sect of the Illuminati operates, determined to destroy the Catholic Church by hitting it during the delicate moment of the conclave. The kidnapping of four cardinals aspiring to the papacy will bring the protagonist to follow and to interpret difficult clues placed in buildings in the city and that , at the end, will be the initial four elements, earth, fire, air, and water, all of which related to the fate of a Cardinal and a work by the famous artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, a member of the Illuminati himself.
Inside the Chigi Chapel in Santa Maria del Popolo the first cardinal will be killed, branded by the simbol "earth", in St. Peter's Square and in front of the ecstasy of St. Theresa in Santa Maria della Vittoria, respectively the second and third cardinal, while the fourth site involved is the Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona; finally, Castel Sant'Angelo, the place where once met the Illuminati.
The route largely carried out on foot, will offer an overview of the historical and artistic monuments included in the frame of the novel.

B) ROMAN HOLIDAYS
A classic, pretty well known, Roman Holiday keep on fascinating: the adventure of a princess who discovers Rome on "Vespa"(brand of motor scooter), a Rome simple and fun that becomes a symbol of freedom and carefree.
In the film appear places very famous and others less well known but all worthy of a less rushed visit. Among them:
-Palazzo Barberini, in the movie the embassy from which Anna evades, now it houses the National Gallery of Ancient Art which houses masterpieces of painting by Raphael, Caravaggio, Tintoretto, Titian, Pietro da Cortona and many others-

-Arch of Septimius Severus (site of the first meeting between Anna and Joe Bradley) where the charm of the ruins and the reference to Rome as the capital of the world increases every emotion! The arch can be admired walking around the archaeological area of ??the Roman Forum, the heart of ancient Rome. The monument was dedicated to the Emperor Septimius Severus and his two sons, Caracalla and Geta in the early third century to celebrate the victories over the Parties.

-via Margutta (where the American journalist lives). The street was not a random choice: here, from the Seventeenth century and on, many artists arrived from all over the world to devote themselves to art and to stay in Rome. Compared to the film, via Margutta is today a quiet and hidden street, preserved in its appearance and in its artistic vocation.

-Mouth of the Truth (the most famous scene) Thanks to the two protagonists the Mouth of the Truth has become famous in all over the world! in the film, Joe tells Anna about the legend of the stone mask: who sticks his hand into the jaws of the bearded character and minds, is bitten and his hand is severed!

-Galleria Colonna (final scene)
The palace of the Colonna family was inhabited by the Princess Isabella who came from Lebanon in the Twenties to marry the Prince Marcantonio Colonna. Furniture and art works last in place inside the rooms that hosted the high society events as well as meetings among close friends.

C)THE GREAT BEAUTY
Winner of the Oscar awards in 2013 as the best foreign film and of many other international awards, "The great beauty" by the director Paolo Sorrentino brings in an original way the eternal and unquestionable beauty of the city of Rome, almost a sort of element in its own in comparizon with the vulgarity and the insensitivity of the Roman people who, accustomed to being surrounded by so many traces, show no being more able to appreciate this unique landscape.
Sorrentino likes to tell a city unknown to most people, offering its best side at dawn or at night, when desert and tinged with melancholy it offers to Jep, the protagonist, a lover of night walks and solitary, spaces to reflect.
The director offers proof of his originality even when he comes into the palaces of the great Roman families or museums, embracing places and works of art ranging in different historical periods and creating new spaces that only in the cinema can become real.

The tour of the places of the movie, as the art critic Constantino D'Orazio suggests, can be organized in four itineraries to be carried out on foot or by a vehicle; the visit to the palaces indicated in the various itineraries requires dedicated paths, most part of the cases depending on the specific access mode.

Route 1
Gianicolo's terrace -Fontain dell'Acqua Paola-Temple of Bramante - Palazzo Spada - Palazzo Braschi- Piazza Navona - Palazzo Pamphili - Palazzo Altemps - Palazzo Taverna - Palazzo Sacchetti - Palazzo della Rovere

Route 2
Palazzo Barberini- Via Veneto - Villa Medici-Villa Giulia

Route 3
Square of the Knights of Malta-Santa Sabina and the Garden of Aranci- Baths of Caracalla - Palace of Jep Gambardella- Colosseum Scala Santa- Verano Cemetery

Route 4
Palazzo Brancaccio - Angelicum- Capitoline Museums - Basilica of San Lorenzo in Lucina

In addition
Aqueducts Park and Hall of Fountains - Eur

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