The Great Beauty, More Show than Movie, Has Just Turned Into Rome’s Trendiest Tour

The Great Beauty, More Show than Movie, Has Just Turned Into Rome’s Trendiest Tour

La_grande_bellezzaWe’re not big fans of this movie nor of its director Sorrentino but we can’t help writing about it and see if and what effects it will have on our city.

We saw this film in Autumn, before it started collecting international awards, and found it too ambitious and extreme. Hugely helped by Rome’s beauty, the movie wouldn’t have had any meaning in another setting. We don’t particularly like the excessive use of music, in particular dance music, it does and the fact that it only shows lack of values and morality without providing any hint of a solution, remedy, whatever. And that The Great Beauty is more show than movie, that it impresses more than it convinces, is also confirmed by the fact that upon receiving the Oscar the director thanked Diego Maradona, the former football star, since he embodied the modern, complete showman. Furthermore, it owes too much to La Dolce Vita, it’s like a sequel of Fellini’s film.


Anyway, there are many better film critics than BuzzInRome you will want to read for this movie. Let’s go to something more concrete. First of all the places, being a movie where photography is crucial. We’d like to look into those places that could be hard to recognize and that you may be curious about.

The party on the terrace is held on top of a building very close to the US embassy, at the corner of Via Sallustiana and Via Bissolati, belonging to a major Italian insurance company.

The scene with the giraffe was shot in the Baths of Caracalla, one of the most underrated landmarks of Rome, a fantastic place to have a relaxing walk especially at springtime.

The museum is the Etruscan Museum, within the Renaissance Villa Giulia. Beautiful building with jaw-dropping collections of this sophisticated civilization that predated ancient Rome, the Etruscans. A must if you like archaeology and want to see something more than Roman stuff while here.

When Romano (played by Carlo Verdone) takes his girlfriend back home you see Piazza dell’Orologio, a lovely square of downtown Rome with a surprising public library.

The funeral takes place in the church of San Domenico e Sisto which is more famous for its façade and position than for its interior also because it is often closed, but we took you inside it a few months ago on a Sunday morning.

The frescoed restaurant, La Veranda, is very close to St. Peter’s square, inside the Hotel Columbus, in Via della Conciliazione.

The surreal theatre performance takes place on the drop back of the ancient Roman aqueduct of Parco degli Acquedotti, in southern Rome, south of the Appian Way monuments.


The mayor of Rome Ignazio Marino has officially declared that the city hall will soon set up tours of the movie locations and we discovered that private tour guides have already jumped on it, in case you’re interested. The same had happened in the 60s with La Dolce Vita.

Film tourism is a big worldwide trend, including in Italy. But a city like Rome doesn’t need such a marketing tool to boost its tourism figures. Romans are way better than those sad, empty figures you see in the movie and Rome’s beauty is not simply great, it is much more than that!


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