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THE ITINERARY ALONG THE FILMING LOCATIONS OF “I CESARONI”

If you are a fan of the Italian TV series “I Cesaroni,” be sure to add the filming locations of this famous comedy series to your itinerary for visiting Rome.
The outside scenes are mostly set in the popular neighborhood of Garbatella, one of the most beautiful districts of Rome. Built in the twenty-year fascist period, it was conceived as the ideal district, a garden city of social houses. In fact, there are no large buildings in this area, only small villas and colorful houses immersed in an oasis of peace. You can reach it easily through Metro line B, by getting off at the Garbatella stop.
Aside from those scenes filmed in the Garbatella district, other scenes were filmed at the Pigneto, the Prenestino, San Saba, and other areas of Rome.
Here is a list of locations that will guide you along the footsteps of “I Cesaroni”

THE SCHOOL ATTENDED BY ALICE AND RUDI

The Ugo Foscolo high school is actually the Cesare Battisti primary school, built during Mussolini’s reign in the 1930s. You can find it in Piazza Damiano Sauli. 1

THE BAR OF THE CESARONI

The wine shop, the bar of the Cesaroni, managed by the friendly Claudio Amendola, is located in Piazza Giovanni da Triora, 6, at the entrance of Roma Club Garbatella, one of the most famous bars of Rome.
This has become a tourist destination both for fans of the most-viewed Italian TV series and for people who come to visit it out of pure curiosity.
Next to the bar of the Cesaroni there is a beautiful stairway, which is actually located in Via Giovanni da Montecorvino. In the TV series, the stairway leads to the house of the Cesaroni (however, the inside is filmed in Cinecittà).

THE BAR WHERE THE GUYS MEET

You can find the bar in Piazza Sant’Eurosia, one of Garbatella’s iconic areas.

THE HOUSE OF THE CESARONI

The house is actually located in the Prenestino district, in Via di Villa Serventi, between Via Casilina and Via Straboni, the street with the garage of Max Tortora interpreted by Ezio Masett.

THE FOOTBALL FIELD

The football field is in Via Gordiani, 191, in the Prenesto district. This is actually the training field of Cisco Collatinus.

THE BOSTONIAN

The “Mo’mo’ Republic” is the beautiful bar where Alex works. A trendy spot in Rome, it’s located in Piazza Carlo Forlanini, 10, behind the hospital of the same name in the Portuense district.

PIAZZA NAVONA AND THE SQUARES OF THE HISTORIC CENTER – WALKING ITINERARY

Piazza Navona is one of the many wonderful squares in Rome’s historic center. Each square has its own singular style, and none should be missed. In order to visit them all, we created a walking itinerary you can include in your Rome holiday program, especially if your plan is to stay in Rome for 3 days.

The itinerary starts from Piazza Colonna, dominated by the 30-meter column of Marcus Aurelius. This is the heart of Italian politics, featuring the sixteenth-century Palazzo Chigi, which has been the official residence of the President of the Council of Ministers since 1961.

Right next to it is Piazza Montecitorio. Here you will find the seat of the House of Deputies, active since 1871. Before the Unification of Italy, the seventeenth-century palace housed the Pontifical Curia and the Ecclesiastical Tribunal. The obelisk in the center of the square was brought from Heliopolis in Egypt by Augustus to celebrate his victory over Cleopatra and Mark Antony in 30 B.C.

From Piazza Colonna, follow Via dei Bergamaschi to reach Piazza di Pietra, a charming square with the remains of the Tempio di Adriano, dating back to the 2nd century A.D.

Visit Rome in 3 days: the Pantheon

Piazza della Rotonda in Rome, right outside the Pantheon.
Walk through Via de’ Burro, past the majestic columns of the temple, and up to Piazza Sant’Ignazio and its eponymous church. Then, take Via del Seminario up to Piazza della Rotonda, a crowded square dominated by the amazing Pantheon, one of the most iconic buildings of Western architecture.

After admiring the Pantheon, walk along Via Salita dei Crescenzi, turn left unto Via di Sant’Eustachio, and reach Piazza Sant’Eustachio. Have a break at Caffè Eustachio and enjoy their espresso, considered the best in Rome. Continue through Via degli Staderari until you reach Corso del Rinascimento, then turn left, then immediately turn right.

You will finally arrive in the beautiful Piazza Navona, an exhibition of Rome’s historic center, featuring sculpted fountains, gorgeous baroque palaces and outdoor cafes. The square is always crowded with tourists, street performers and vendors. Piazza Navona has been the Rome’s main market place for 300 years. The works of two great Baroque artists can be compared here: Bernini’s Fontana Dei Quattro Fiumi and the Church of Sant’Agnes in Agone of Borromini.
After leaving the square, follow Via del Governo Vecchio, a street filled with boutiques, second-hand shops and trattorias. At the end of it turn left unto Via dei Filippini. Then continue up to Corso Vittorio Emanuele, a road that splits the historic center in two parts.
Cross it, follow Via dei Cartari up to Via del Pellegrino and you will reach Campo dei Fiori. This loud and colorful square is one of the hearts of Roman life. In the daytime it hosts one of the most famous markets of the city. In the evening it turns into an outdoor bar.

The philosopher Giordano Bruno died here as heretic on the stake in 1600.
End the itinerary in Piazza Farnese, a square in the historic center right outside of the eponymous Renaissance-style Palace.

The Colosseo (Colosseum) – What is it like?

Symbol of the capital par excellence and architectural masterpiece of ancient Rome, the Colosseum, with nearly five million visitors a year, is the most visited attraction in Rome.
Whether you’re visiting the capital for a couple of days or planning to stay longer, don’t forget to add this attraction to your itinerary for visiting Rome.

The Colosseum will surely leave you breathless, thanks to its spectacular dimensions (it’s the largest Roman amphitheatre in the world) and the emotional impact it will have on you (the evidence of so much cruelty and ferocity is something that cannot be ignored).

Long waits for entering this attraction are the norm. We recommend buying an online ticket that lets you skip the queue, saving time for visiting the other wonders of the capital.

But what did the Colosseum look like?

Below we offer some details about the structure of what became the model for all future sport stadiums.

THE OUTER WALLS

Once entirely covered with travertine, the exterior is divided into three levels of arches, framed by pilasters (rectangular columns embedded into the wall). The intermediate and higher level arches were sculpted with statues, while the highest part, with its Corinthian windows and pilasters, is characterized by supports for the 240 masts that once sustained the velarium, a huge fabric awning that covered the arena.

On the ground floor there are 80 arched entrances (vomitoria), which allowed spectators to enter and take seats in a few minutes.

THE ARENA

The ground had a wooden floor covered in sand to prevent the gladiators from slipping and to soak up the blood.

The arena could be flooded during re-enactment of sea battles (Naumachie). The underground complex of corridors that constituted the hypogeum could be accessed through trapdoors.

THE CAVEA

The Cavea, for spectator seating, was divided into three parts: the lower rows were dedicated to the Senators, the middle rows for wealthy citizens, and the upper rows for lower-class plebeians. All women—excluding the vestal virgins—were placed at the very top.
Much as they are today, entrance tickets were marked with the seat number of a specific sector.

The podium, a broad terrace in front of the seating rows, was reserved for the Emperor, Senators, and other elite Romans.

THE HYPOGEUM

The underground complex system stretching under the entire structure was used as a backstage. Here props and set pieces for naval battles were built and then lifted with a complex system of ropes and pulleys. Gladiators would reach the Hypogeum directly from the nearby gladiator school, and wild animals were transported to the Colosseum from a “zoo” on Monte Celio, where they were kept in cages built directly into the wall.

For more news about the most visited attraction in Rome, visit the page: Ten Interesting Facts About The Colosseo That You May Not Know