Dolce Vita Turns 50 And Rome Celebrates It With Photos and Exhibitions. [Update]

Linda Christian and Tyrone Power got married in Rome in 1949 under the eyes of the international press. In 1950 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer chose Cinecittà to shoot Quo Vadis. Stardom, celebrity and gossip become part of daily life. Nostalgic of the La Dolce Vita, this is the perfect time to go to Rome and enjoy the 50th birthday of this worldwide famous film and lifestyle. Besides the International Film Festival that is dedicating this year’s edition to Fellini’s movie, Rome teems with events about La Dolce Vita.                                             

The undiscussed star of the Dolce Vita is movie director Federico Fellini. If you want to look into this era, then, you can’t miss “Labirinto Fellini”, an exhibition that reviews the great artistic heritage left by Italy’s most famous cinema artist. The show is both intended for newcomers and for those who are familiar with Fellini’s works. It was organized by two of his long-time assistants and is divided in two parts. The first features rare material, photos, stills and drawings showing the depth and modernity of Fellini’s art. The second one takes the visitor onto the set of the films directed by Fellini through a special installation. Labirinto Fellini is on show until January 30 at 4, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani. From 4 pm until midnight, everyday except Monday.

Fellini fans will also be glad to know that there is another exhibition about him and his movies in the Cinecittà Due Shopping Mall, close to where many of his works were done: the Cinecittà Studios. 100 pictures showing Fellini at work on the sets of his films will be on display until March 5. Free entrance. From 11 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday. Open on December and January 9 Sundays. Closed on Dec. 25-26, Jan. 1 and 6.

But this legendary period for Rome was also marked by another key event: the Olympic Games. Pictures about that event, and how it changed Rome, are on show at the free exhibition “1960. Le Olimpiadi di Roma. Una Nazione in Festa” until December 30 in Palazzo Ruspoli, 418 Via del Corso. 

Finally, if you are into subtler analyses of this fascinating time, there is a documentary and photo exposition in the prestigious Senate’s Library that explains why 1960 was a turning point for Italian society, arts and politics. Italy told by the press of time with articles and pictures showing the major changes of a booming country. “1960” will run until December 20 at 38 piazza della Minerva. 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Friday. Free entrance.