Cinecittà is a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema.
As the home of Italian cinema, Cinecittà has seen the production of many classic films such as La dolce vita and Satyricon.
Since the days of Ben Hur, the studios have welcomed international productions, recent examples include Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
Cinecittà also hosts TV productions, such as Grande Fratello, the Italian version of Big Brother, where the Big Brother house is built on Cinecittà's premises. It has also been home to the filming of the Passion of the Christ, starring James Caviezel and directed by Mel Gibson.
Additionally, the BBC/HBO series Rome was filmed there from 2004-2007, the show being widely acclaimed for its sets and designs.