On 31 October 2013, Rimini celebrated the anniversary of the death of one of its most famous sons, Federico Fellini.
Film director Fellini created such masterpieces as La Dolce Vita (winner of the Palme d’Or in 1960), and 8½ (listed by Sight & Sound as the 10th-greatest film of all time).
So how to find Fellini’s Rimini beyond the beach? Start at the Parco Federico Fellini at the end of the Lungomare. The giant-sized camera nearby was actually once small film-developing shop. It was installed in 1948 by photographer, Elio Guerra, who believed that building his shop in the shape of a camera would attract more custom. He was right, but by 2002 business had dwindled and the structure was donated to the Comune by its then current owner.
The park lies beside the palatial 5-star Grand Hotel, which has a starring role in his comedy-drama Amarcord (1973). The story goes that, as a kid, Fellini used to gaze through the gates of the Liberty-style Grand Hotel. Following his success as a filmmaker, Fellini became a regular guest, with his own favourite suite.
The Grand Hotel celebrated its centenary in 2008. Though recently renovated, it has retained much of the original Italian and French furnishing, paintings, marble flooring and Venetian glass chandeliers. Today it’s possible to stay in Fellini’s room and even sample his favourite menu.
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