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

Your guru: Marco
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  • 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. And if you liked the tour you can give what you want or what you can leave 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?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

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Thomas

9 days ago

I highly recommend the dolce vita tour, offered by marco. it will let you know the most famous places in the filming, it will give you many details on the social reality of Italy after the war. Marco is a very cultivated man, passionate about cinema and the quality of his visit proves it! it was my first « free walking tour » and I’m very happy! he has a lot to teach you about Rome, which he knows perfectly!

je recommande vivement le tour sur « la dolce vita », proposé par marco. il vous fera connaitre les places les plus fameuses du tournage du film, il vous donnera beaucoup de détails sur la réalité sociale de l’Italie après la guerre. Marco est un homme très cultivé, passionné par le cinéma et la qualité de sa visite le démontre ! c’était mon premier « free walking tour » et je suis très content ! il a beaucoup à vous apprendre sur Rome, qu’il connaît parfaitement ! De plus il maîtrise parfaitement le français.

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Response from Marco:

Thank you very much Tomas to appreciate the time we spent toghether in this wonderful city!!! Marco
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