In The White Sheik, a 1952 film by the great Italian director Federico Fellini, a young newlywed wanders onto the set of her favorite television show. She watches, star struck, as actors parade through in elaborate costumes, getting ready to shoot a scene. Her feeling of awe is palpable, and familiar to many of us who have caught a glimpse of a favorite TV show or movie being filmed.
Cinecittà World, a new theme park opened last month in Rome—a city rich in film history—aims to bring some movie magic to the public. Inspired by Cinecittà, the film studio that was once called Hollywood on the Tiber, it offers twenty attractions, eight film sets, and four theaters.
Located on the former site of Dinocittà—the film studio founded by Dino De Laurentiis in the 1960s—the amusement park pays homage to the many films shot at the great Italian studio. Academy Award winning production designer Dante Ferretti designed the park, recreating the wonder of the films he worked on with Fellini, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Martin Scorsese. Oscar winning composer Ennio Morricone created the theme park’s musical score.
For more info about visiting Cinecittà World, visit the official website.
Laura Itzkowitz is a research assistant at Travel + Leisure.