Cinecittà World

by Danilo Brunetti

Rome is a city rich not just in ancient history, but film history too. After all, it was here that classic favorites like Roman Holiday, Cleopatra, and Ben Hur took shape, and where legendary lm director Federico Fellini launched his proli c career. Inspired by Cinecittà, the lm studio that was once dubbed “Hollywood on the Tiber,” Cinecittà World is Rome’s debut amusement park, seeking to bring a little of the city’s movie magic to tourists and locals alike. Located on Dino De Laurentiis’s former film lot, Cinecittà World was conceptualized by famed production designer Dante Ferretti (perhaps best known for his collaborations with Fellini and Martin Scorsese), and features re-makes of Ferretti’s original designs and sets in addition to well-placed homages to some of the lm industry’s most groundbreaking movies. Start o at Cabiria Square, the park’s jaw-dropping entrance modeled on the Moloch Temple of Giovanni Pastrone’s 1914 silent epic Cabiria. Once inside, you’re free to be the director of your own day: adrenaline junkies should make a beeline for Altair: Back to Earth, a looming roller coaster that climbs to 108 feet and boasts an unprecedented trajectory of 10 consecutive spirals meant to mimic the sensation of intergalactic travel. If you’ve been inspired by all the ancient history you’ve soaked up during your time in the Eternal City, step aboard one of the ships of the Aktium water ride and help your commander Marcus Octavius determine the destiny of Rome. A fan of the horror genre? Hop onto the Darkmare indoor roller coaster, a spooky recreation of Dante’s Inferno. Kids can get in on the fun too, with plenty of family-friendly shows, playgrounds, and rides. Light Speed, a futuristic race track where little ones can go for a spin, is perfect for your mini-daredevil. After a fun-packed day, wander through one or more of the park’s eight lm sets, including Cinecittà Square (based on the roaring ‘20s in New York) and Ennio’s Creek, a frontier village taken straight from a spa- ghetti western and featuring music by the legendary Ennio Morricone. Really want to feel like a movie star? The park’s barbershop will do your hair and makeup and get you ready for your close-up.

Via di Castel Romano, 200 – Roma Tel. 06 4041 1541