A few months ago I finally made it out to Cinecitta - the Italian equivalent to Hollywood - for a screening of The Hateful Eight (70mm, which in case that means nothing to you =huge). I noticed the museum and studio tour option but didn't have time to squeeze them in so I recently went back to check things out. First things first, Cinecitta is easy to find - just take Metro line B to the Cinecitta stop and it'll be right at the entrance to the Metro, you really can't miss it. The ticket is 10 euros for the museums, and 10 more to add in the studio tour. I recommend the tour, as the museum was ok but fairly small. Mostly it seems to be a celebration of the past, rather than a peak into Italy's filmmaking present, but it's still a pretty impressive past!
I love this playground.
See if you can pick up on the pattern...
A portion of the boat used to film the galley shots in Ben Hur...I think.
Most tragic of all, one of the areas used to recreate the base camp scenes from Everest - try squinting (and imagining the digitally added Himalayas in the background).
So obviously, lots of sets were in seriously bad shape which is a shame.
However there were some more recent sets that were pretty fun to tour.
Honestly I forget the films/tv shows that they said had used this Italian village set, but there were several.
They did a pretty good job with this church - though it's smaller than real life otherwise it could definitely pass for the real thing.
And the biggest set of all:
Ancient Rome from the tv series Rome. While not fully historically accurate it does give a nice sense of what the forum might have looked like when it was in use - something I've struggled to picture whenever I've viewed the ruins in person.
They also had the Temple from Young Messiah but since it hasn't been released yet we weren't allowed to take any photos.
All in all an intersting visit. Again, not a 'must-see' unless you are a real film buff or will be in town a bit longer, but a perfect Saturday afternoon visit if you're living in Rome.