Lonely squares, fountains shining in the summer sun, churches and noble palaces, secret gardens: there are many Rome places mentioned in the film The Great Beauty by Paolo Sorrentino that won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2014.
From the Flavio amphitheater to Via Veneto, from the Monumental Cemetery of Verano to the Baths of Caracalla, Sorrentino's film unfolds like a long, unusual journey through the Capital.
Following Jep Gambardella’s steps – the film main character - you can become part of The Great Beauty and discover the most charming and fascinating aspects of Rome.
To help you find them, we suggest you to follow the Official Great Beauty Itineraries recommended by the Municipality of Rome.
ROUTE 1: FROM PALAZZO BARBERINI TO VILLA GIULIA
This route winds through the northern part of the city. It starts from the beautiful baroque residence of Palazzo Barberini passing by Via Bissolati to Via Veneto, the famous shopping street. Villa Medici, near the Pincio, is worth a stop. Completely renovated by Cardinal Ferdinando de 'Medici in ‘500, it boasts the same style of the Medici Villas in Florence. In the end reach VILLA GIULIA, with its decorations in Pompeian style, the garden and the National Etruscan Museum, which houses, among other works, the famous Sarcophagus of the Spouses.
ROUTE 2: FROM THE VERANO CEMETERY TO SANTA SABINA
This longer route winds at the center of the city starting from the Monumental Cemetery of Verano, where you can visit the graves of famous Italian artistis like Ungaretti, Trilussa, Vittorio Gassman and Sibilla. It comes down to the Scala Santa and reaches the Angelicum, the Capitoline Museums and the Colosseum. Keep on walking until you arrive at the ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, at the ORANGE GARDEN - SAVELLO PARK, one of Rome's most beautiful terraces, and the Christian Basilica of Santa Sabina. Here, among other things, there is a museum that hosts some works of great value, such as a sculpture of Arnolfo di Cambio.
ROUTE 3: FROM THE JANICULUM TO THE PALACE OF PENITENTARIES
The places of this route are all located in the west part of Rome. You can start from the Janiculum Hill, with its magnificent view of Trastevere and of the city center, and keep walking until the Fontanone and the Temple of Bramante, one of the most beautiful works of the great artist, built on the site where, according to the legend, St. Peter's was crucified upside down. Continue along the embankments of the Tiber to Palazzo Spada, and the Palazzo Braschi, today the Museum of Rome, which houses on the top floor a reconstruction of the antechamber of the Alcova Torlonia, with beautiful decorative panels. You cannot miss Piazza Navona, Palazzo Altemps, which hosts the Museum of sculpture, and Palazzo Taverna. The last section of the route will lead you to Palazzo Sacchetti, which hosts one of the most beautiful noble apartments of Rome, with its famous Hall of globes painted by Salviati, and finally to the Palace of Penitentiaries, where you can see the mysterious demigods paintings by Pinturicchio on the ceilings. Part of the building is now a hotel and restaurant, which retains Baroque frescoes and Renaissance arches.