Tuesday, 10 June 2014

True Colours

After breakfast on the terrace, our first job this morning is to pick up some fresh pasta for dinner.
Shopping duly done we take the metro from Cavour to Cinecitta. No map needed here as the film studios are right by the metro exit.

While waiting for the guided tour in English  at 11.30  we take in the exhibitions of the history of Cinecitta as well as  one dedicated to Federico Fellini including costumes from his films such as 'Dolce Vita'.

The tour guide meets us in the bookshop, the walls of which are covered in scripts. ' The Talented Mr Ripley'  is featured - one of our favourite films.

The backlot tour starts with the set of 'Gangs of New York' and moves on to the HBO series 'Rome'. It is amazing to see the Forum recreated, especially the buildings decorated in full blown colour as they would have been in Imperial

The Suburra is also recreated which happens to be modern day Monti.

The tour ends at lot number 5 used by Fellini for all of his films. The Via Veneto was recreated here for 'Dolce Vita'. After his death Fellini lay in state here.

We return on the metro to our apartment for lunch on the terrace where we also spend the afternoon relaxing.

Our aperitivo spot this evening is in the Botanical Gardens in Trastevere. What a delightful hidden treasure they are. Difficult to choose where to sit as there are so many idyllic places amongst palms, bamboos, roses - even a Japanese garden. From the top of the garden the views are spectacular.

Our entertainment this evening is of the aerial variety - butterflies dancing in the breeze .......and military aircraft flying in display formation.
As we leave the gardens we glance up to see the Paolo Fountain & Garibaldi looking down upon us.

We then wander through Trastevere, picking up potato pizza from Forno Renella then biscotti from Innocenti.
Back to the apartment on the tram & 117 electric bus to prepare dinner which turns out not to be tradtional but delicious all the same.
Pasta Puttanesca (so far, so good) is served with potato pizza. The mandorla (almond) cookies were bought for a friend but prove too much a temptation and end up as dessert (sorry, sorry!!)

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