Post by kerouac2 on Aug 5, 2019 5:06:31 GMT
Visiting Cinecittà was not part of the original plan except for the fact that there was no plan. The heat wave did not really incite us to plan major sightseeing projects and in any case, we had made a point of seeing the majority of the iconic piazze, fountains and ruins the previous day. What activity could be better than taking the air conditioned metro line from one end to the other to get a glimpse of Cinecittà, at least from the outside? This was easier said than done. As it turned out, the Cinecittà metro station was closed due to track renovations. It was actually marked on the information screens, but who looks at those? It reminded me how exasperated I get in Paris at the tourists who never know what is going on with the metro network because they don't look at the screen. But there was a shuttle bus to replace the two stations that were not served. As soon as it filled up, we took off. It was nice to see where we were actually going instead of being underground. And we sped right past Cinecittà without stopping, because it was the weekend with nobody working there, and the tourist visits would not start until more than an hour later, not that we were planning on doing that. Once again attempting to apply my Parisian experience to Rome, I just assumed that the bus would automatically stop wherever a metro station was -- but no. Nobody had indicated that they wanted to go there and nobody was waiting at the bus stop to get on. Lesson learned.
We soon arrived at the metro terminus, i.e. the middle of nowhere. Actually, it was a quite busy middle of nowhere because it was a big bus depot for people continuing their journey, and there was a utilitarian outdoor market underway, the sort of market where you buy indispensable plastic buckets or cheap toilet paper for your hovel in the outer suburbs. We located the bus in the other direction and arrived at Cinecittà with no further incident.
We weren't even the first tourists there as there were already people at the ticket office. Having nothing better to do, the decision to buy a ticket was automatic, even though the first English language tour wouldn't be for more than an hour. We were free to walk around the grounds and even enter a couple of buildings before following a guide into the actual studios.
The front gardens were quite pleasant, and of course there was a snack bar and gift shop awaiting. In any case, it was also the rendezvous point for the tours.
After a bit of wandering, it was time to sit and relax.