What does the word amusement mean?It means to have fun, to enjoy yourself
with friends and to have a good time.
Through the years the way to have fun has changed quite a lot.
History taught us that our parents enjoyed themselves in a completely different
way from their children.
To undestrand this mutation we have to go back a few decades.
• The studios were founded in 1937 by Benito Mussolini,
his son Vittorio, and his head of cinema Luigi Freddi
• They were created for propaganda purposes, under
the slogan "Il cinema è l'arma più forte" (Cinema is the
most powerful weapon).
• They had an important role in the regime
• The studios were bombed by the Western Allies during
World War II
• Following the war, between 1945 and 1947, the
studios were used as a displaced persons' camp for a
period of about two years
• In the 1950s, Cinecittà was the filming location for
several large American film productions like BenHur, Quo Vadis?
• Later Cinecittà became the studio most closely
associated with Federico Fellini
“La dolce vita” is one of his most famousfilms
• After a period of near-bankruptcy in the 1980s,
Cinecittà was privatized by the Italian government
• On August 9, 2007, a fire destroyed about 3000 m²
(32,000 sq. ft.) of the Cinecittà lot and surroundings
• Cinecittà is mostly used as a set for TV programmes
• In Italy, for example, especially after
the second world war, many clubs
were built: one of the most popular
one was and still is the “Piper”. It
was born in 1965.
• A lot of young adults from all around
Italy and some parts of Europe came
to the Piper to be a part of the
sixties generation; some famous
singers performed there to
partecipate in this revolution. In fact
the Piper became the icon of a
whole generation and a true cultural
• The Cinema also contributed to
this cultural change.
• It was one of the few
enetertainments and people
went to the movies more often
• The fifties and the sixties created
a series of classics that will live
• Some of these movies owe their
success to the cast of actors and
actresses that established
themselves as style icons,.
• In fact people tried to imitate
their way of living. “La dolce
Vita” or the “Sweet life” is the
perfect example of this period
• One of the biggest places of
amusement in Rome since
the Ancient Romans is the
“Terme di Caracalla” or
Baths of Caracalla.
• The Thermae Antoninianae,
one of the largest and best
preserved ancient thermal
complex, were built in the
southern part of the city on
the initiative of Caracalla,
who inaugurated the
building in 216 AD.
The rectangular shape is typical of the
"great imperial baths."
The baths were not just a building for
wash rooms, sport and body care, but
also a place for walking and study.
One entered from the main building
with four doors on the north-eastern
On the central axis we can observe in
sequence the caldarium with hot water,
the tepidarium with warm water ,
frigidarium with cold water, which are
the three large baths.
The sides of this axis are arranged
symmetrically around the two
• The Baths of Caracalla are very important for the Opera
• During the summer time, the baths turn into a platform
for breathtaking cultural sets:
• The fancy Teatro dell’ Opera love to held the most
• In 1937 the Baths became a real theatre which turned
into a usual event both for citizens and the international
• It was fundamental to give this ‘Teatro’ its final structure
and let all theatre artists and technicians work with some
Defined as the “Teatro del
popolo” or People’s theatre , it
became more and more an
expression of a rediscovered
and accomplished popular taste.
With its technological plans,
designed and set up by Pericle
Ansaldo, the stage was placed
within one of the large rooms
near the Tepidarium.
It became the biggest stage in
the world with 1,500sqm and a
22 metre proscenium (the place
in which the actors play). The
seating plans hosted 8.000
seats, divided into six sectors.
The first season was very brief, but
there were some good performances.
The opera season was interrupted
during the Second World War.
It reopened in 1945 in a triumphant
From 1945 to 1993 it was very
important for musical culture and the
most evocative venues for open air
On 14th August 1993, the curtain was
brought down for good over the
• Since 2001 many operas have
been performed at Terme di
Caracalla with new logistics.
• The monumental ruins are
not embedded into the stage,
• It is still a unique and
extraordinary frame for the
Summer ‘Teatro’ of Roma
and also the Ballet Season.
• The auditorium of Rome is a
dedicated to music. It is
characterized by three concert
• It was built in 2002 by Renzo
Piano, an important Italian
• The complex is composed by
three main halls and a cavea;
• There are also three recording
studios and a musical bookshop
• The acoustic is excellent thanks
to the form of the halls.
• The cavea is a reproduction of a
Greek theatre, it is located in the
center of the complex and it
accommodates 4000 people
organized on two levels.
The auditorium is located in the
north area of the city in a
beautiful place between the
Parioli neighborhood and the
Flaminio one. Every November it
becomes the place of the famous
“Festival Del Cinema” with a lot of
• It is a permanent structure dedicated to children (0-12 years), schools
• At Explora children can learn, play, interact and share in a stimulating
and joyful environment.
• It was designed according to the modern ‘in-the field’ learning
concept, instrumental in the cognitive development of children.
• Explora is in a network of more that 300 European Children’s
Museums and is also a member of Hands’ on International, an
association representing the Children’s Museums in Europe.
• Explora opened on May 12th 2001,
and has around 140,000 visitors a
• It is located in Via Flaminia 82, in
the centre of Rome, just a few
minutes’ walk from Piazza del
Popolo and Piazzale Flaminio.
• It has several special activities for
• There are many playgroups, in
which the children are assisted by
a member of staff and engaged in a
complete sensorial and motorial