With technology from the fascist era and modeled on Hollywood, so many international films were made there in the 1950s that it became known as “Hollywood of the Tiber”.
Films like Fellini’s La Dolce Vita were filmed primarily on Cinecittà lots, but the famous Trevi Fountain scene was made on location. And though much of Roman Holiday was shot at famous Roman locations, much of it was made at Cinecittà.
The chariot arena in Ben Hur was built at Cinecittà by more than 1,000 workers beginning in January 1958, according to some reports. It was 2,000 feet long by 65 feet wide and covered 18 acres, the largest single set in motion picture history to that time. Reputedly, 40,000 tons of white sand was imported from Mexico for the track.
48 of the films that have been made, in whole or in part, at Cinecittà have received Oscar Awards and 83 have received Oscar Nominations.