The Cinecitta Studios are part of one of the biggest production communities in the world, second only to Hollywood. More than 3,000 productions have been made on the lot, including features like The Passion of The Christ and Gangs of New York. Tours of the studios are available to groups of ten or more people, but there is an exhibition open daily with props from different shows over the years. The studios were founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini and his head of cinema Luigi Freddi for propaganda purposes, under the slogan "Il cinema è l'arma più forte" (Cinema is the most powerful weapon). In the 1950s, Cinecittà was the filming location for several large American film productions like Ben-Hur, and then became the studio most closely associated with Federico Fellini. Booking in advance is necessary.
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