Visit the Cinecittà Studios! Founded in 1937 by Mussolini for propaganda purposes, the Cinecittà Studios have been the witness of Italian history for over 75 years. After many ups and downs, they are again known as the hub of Italian cinema, a complex of sound stages of excellence and international importance. Over 3000 movies were filmed here, many of them monumental productions, many of them among the absolute best known movies worldwide.
The new exhibition welcomes you with famous quotes from Italian movie screenplays produced here.
The first room is dedicated to the world of set design and is set up as a prop shop – a place where set designers go to retrieve objects to decorate sets. The room is also set up as a studio, with preparatory drawings for famous scenes. You'll see drawings by three times Oscar winner Dante Ferretti (The Aviator, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Hugo), and by others such as Giantito Burchiellaro (Harrison's Flowers, Modigliani).
The second room is a tribute to the set for Rome, the major American TV series shot at Cinecittà (2005) in one of the largest and most impressive sets built in recent history. You'll see outdoors parts of the set as you continue your journey through the Dream Factory.
Your tour continues through the real set that reproduces an eighteenth century atmosphere built for the mockumentary Post, produced by CSC Production to reveal some of the secrets of Post Production. You'll see the mockumentary in the next room.
The last two rooms are dedicated to the world of costume design, a very important part of the film industry. The new selection of clothes and accessories was chosen to give more emphasis to both Italian and foreign costume drama. The impressive collection gives you an overview over historical costumes from ancient Rome until 1900, and all the clothes on display have been worn by famous actors – such as:
- Monica Bellucci in The Brothers Grimm by Terry Gilliam (2005), produced by the Oscar winner Gabriella Pescucci and Carlo Poggioli
- Sophia Loren in the role of Isabella Candeloro in More Than a Miracle by Francesco Rosi (1967)
- Cameron Diaz in the role of Jenny Everdeane in Gangs of New York by Martin Scorsese (2002)
In this same area, you’ll find some costumes made for Fellini’s movies exhibited in honor of the special relationship the great director always had with Cinecittà. The display is a small preview of an exhibition dedicated to the director opened at the end of 2013. Among the costumes exhibited, you’ll see costumes for the Toby Dammit Episode of Spirits of the Dead (1968), created by Pietro Tosi, as well as the costume worn by Marcello Mastroianni as the “Mandrake” in Intervista (1986), created by Danilo Donati.
Backstage is an educational and interactive environment that will help you discover the world of filmmaking. The first five rooms are devoted to the major aspects of filmmaking: directing, screenwriting, audio, costume, and illusion. The last room tells the story of 75 years of Cinecittà.
The Director’s Room
Discover the role of the director by entering into a kind of atelier. Books, photos, and personal objects form a collection that reflects the imagination of famous filmmakers such as Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, Lina Wertmüller, Martin Scorsese, Carlo Verdone, and Roberto Benigni.
The Script Room
This room will help you understand the translation process from words into a movie. An installation in the room allows you to compare scenarios, storyboards, and movie sequences.
The Audio Room
Here, you’ll discover how the soundtrack is essential to the movie, and how it helps to bring out the story. Moving between the different stations located in the room, you’ll hear the sound breakdown of the individual audio tracks - dialogues, sound, and background music. All audio materials are taken from movies processed in the laboratories of the Audio Department of Cinecittà.
The Costume Room
The dream to create costumes virtually, combining clothes, accessories, and wigs taken from major movies shot in Cinecittà comes to life in this room. The touch-screen tables allow you to learn how costumes are designed by the great masters, and how they are realized in important ateliers, by specialized tailors.
The Illusion Room
Discover how movie illusions are created – from the first special effects, to the big reconstructions of the sets at Cinecittà, to the transformation of an actor through make up.
Cinecittà by Numbers
In this last room, you’ll explore the myth of Cinecittà through the numbers that have made it a legendary place in its over 75 years of history.
The tour ends with the visit to a beautiful surprise set...
Cinebimbicittà is dedicated to children aged 5 to 10, and is open every Sunday, from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
Cinebimbicittà is a film workshop for kids. Cinebimbicittà offers creative activities and games designed to bring children closer to the world of film. They will learn about developing a story, creating a character, and the magic of costumes – all these activities are part of a wonderful game where young filmmakers can hone their imaginative skills.
The little ones can discover the secrets of filmmaking and stepping into the shoes of the protagonists. Cinebimbicittà is a service dedicated to families who want to visit the exhibition and the studios knowing that their children are in a safe and fun place for up to one and a half hours.
Cost included in the entrance ticket (some special activities available upon payment).