Dream of la dolce vita in Fellini’s Rimini

The original setting for some of Italian film director Fellini’s most famous films, the ‘Riviera Romagnola’ and its elegant centrepiece, the Grand Hotel, retain their magic to this day, writes Isabel Conway

11th November, 2018

Renowned Italian film director Federico Fellini must have arisen from his grave to direct the scene unfolding in a Rimini seaside café before me. A voluptuous barmaid fluffs up her dark mane of hair, then adjusts her yellow top.

As I sip my glass of Prosecco, a group of sharply dressed Italian males arrives. The leader flashes gold-nugget rings and a killer smile. His hair is slicked back and he’s wearing a knee-length frock...

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