Italian movie director Federico Fellini was relentless in creating memorable feasts for the eyes in his films. Who could forget the opening sequence of La Dolce Vita—in which a statue of Jesus flies over ancient Roman aqueducts, concrete construction sites, and bikini-clad bodies? Or the scene in 8½ in which an endless stream of quirky characters sip spa waters in the eye-watering brightness of day? Or when priests roller skated onto the runway in an ecclesiastical fashion show in Roma?
Many of Fellini’s films were shot at a studio on the outskirts of Rome, but Italy is full of real places that evoke his elaborate sets. From modern cemeteries to historic fountains, here are 20 places with a dash of the dramatic, where one can perhaps imagine the movie maestro calling for lights, camera, and action.
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