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Rome's Dolce Vita and Paparazzi Life Style During the 60's!

Your guru: Marco
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  • Rome
  • Available in: English, Spanish, French, Italian

About the guru Marco

I'm a journalist and a professional writer. I live in Rome since 50 years and many of the books I wrote are about the ancient and modern city history. The stratification of several ages requires a deep knowledge of the mysteries and of the events that took place between the ruins, the ancient buildings and districts grown up and destroyed into more than 2000 years of life. I... More »

I'm a journalist and a professional writer. I live in Rome since 50 years and many of the books I wrote are about the ancient and modern city history. The stratification of several ages requires a deep knowledge of the mysteries and of the events that took place between the ruins, the ancient buildings and districts grown up and destroyed into more than 2000 years of life. I like to tell my guests and friends the many histories that link the past to the more recent times of the eternal city. In this particular period characterized by the aftermath of the pandemic from Covid 19, of course, we will take all the necessary measures to ensure that the tour takes place in absolute safety. We will wear the appropriate masks, maintain the social distance of a couple of meters and limit our stay in crowded places as much as possible. If the itinerary has been to your liking you can leave an offer for the visit.

About the tour

Come and visit the center of Rome and immerse yourself in the charm of the cinema that made the 'Dolce Vita' famous between the 1950s and 1960s!!

The production of blockbuster films such as 'Ben Hur' and 'Spartacus', dedicated to the ancients glories of the metropolis, recalled in the most luxurious hotels in Via Veneto, the adjacent streets and stars who helped spread the magic of the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the terrace of the Villa Borghese throughout the world.

Travel back in time and let yourself be carried away by the elegant and sinful atmosphere of a post-war period, accompanied by the notes of jazz and the songs of Paul Anka and the Platters, but played by celluloid protagonists and politicians who confronted each other on opposite sides in the dark and long 'Cold War' season between the United States and the Soviet Union.

"Smile, always smiling my darling, and now please take to the scene! ". With these words, Federico Fellini, the great director of the cult film that gave the name to the Dolce Vita, turned to the beautiful Anita Ekberg while in a lace dress she bathed in the historic Trevi Fountain lit up by the 10,000 watt spotlights that accompanied the birth of a legendary world. An era interwoven with transgressions, stripteases, scandals, great loves and great betrayals of the international jet set. Facts, episodes and dramas immortalized by photographers who have also been made famous by a Madonna song. But who invented and above all who were the Paparazzi who stole forbidden shots along the sidewalks and outside the bars and night clubs of the Roman Dolce Vita?

Despised and loved at the same time by the great characters of the time, these easy-going guys helped to found the myth of actors and actresses of the caliber of Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Mansfield. These camera had a life made of tiring waits, cunning disgueses and hectic escape, but they were always ready to snap away. These portraitist of modern society were not just opposed and occasionally attacked: they were often loved and sought by their victims.

Finally, also discover the dark charm of these ancient buildings in Rome that served as a backdrop to passionate crimes such as the assassination of the rich Egyptian businessman, Farouk, at the hands of the Bebawi couple.

The itinerary will be the following:

1. Via Veneto that was the hearth of Dolce Vita age and the American embassy

2. Hotels, bars and nightclub that made famous the Dolce vita's stars and myth

3. Dolce vita's crime story: the murder of Farouk by Bebawy married couple

4. Spanish steps and streets of the luxury in past and modern age: via Condotti, via Frattina.

5. The best panoramic view of downtown city in Villa Borghese's balcony

6. Unusual and very special picture point of Colosseo and Fori imperiali's Memory of broadcasting movies about ancient Rome

Meeting point
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How to find me: In front of the statue of the Triton in Piazza Barberini
Tour duration: 3 hours

What's the price?

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Ratings 8

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Serfio

1 month ago

Marco cuenta con mucha pasion todo lo que explica, sabe mucho de historia y arte, es muy agradable y adapta el tour a tus necesidades. Muy recomendable y volveria a contar con él si vuelvo a Roma.

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Response from Marco:

A sido un verdadero placer visitar con Serfio todos los lugares mas importante de este itinerario y seria logicamente un placer descovrir todo eso de nuevo cuando el volvera en la Ciudad Eterna!!!
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Manuel

2 months ago

El tour me pareció inolvidable ya que marco mantuvo la magia en todo momento.

Explicaciones plenas de sabiduría y buen hacer, sentido del humor inmejorable y caballerosidad extrema.

Muchas gracias, Marco

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Response from Marco:

Muchas gracias por haber aprovechado con mucha curiosidad a esta esperiencia!! Marco
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Marino

3 months ago

Marco è stato molto gentile e disponibile. Estremamente preparato, consiglio a tutti

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Response from Marco:

Grazie mille Marino sono contento che tutti voi abbiate apprezzato il tour e il fascino cosi particolare di Roma in questo periodo!!!
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Joanna

4 months ago

Marco is one of the best tour guides I have ever encountered- he is well versed in a wide range of topics, has a personal connection with this beautiful city and is extremely generous with his time and knowledge. Would highly recommend this tour to everyone.

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Response from Marco:

Thank you so much Joanna!!! It's been a real pleasure to meet an awsome person like you spending time to answer your deep curiosity about the great and long life of an old town like Rome!!
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Marianeve

4 months ago

È stata una bellissima passeggiata nel tempo. Marco è molto preparato e anche disponibile a variazioni sul percorso o sull' orario di inizio del tour. Lo consiglio sicuramente come guru.

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Response from Marco:

Grazie davvero Marianeve per avermi dato la possibilità di accompagnarti in questo scorcio della vita di Roma. Sono felice di essere riuscito a destare l interesse di una persona culturalmente molto preparata come te!!
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Luiza

8 months ago

Great tour! Marco showed us another beautiful and interesting side of Rome. He was very kind and I learned a lot about Rome in the 60’s

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Response from Marco:

Ciao Luiza I'm very happy you've enjoyed the tour. It's been a great pleasure to be your guruwalk!! :-)

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