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Cinecittà is a large film studio in Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema. The studios were constructed during the Fascist (1937) era as part of a scheme to revive the Italian film industry.

The studios were bombed by the Western Allies during the bombing of Rome in World War II.

Following the war, between 1945 and 1947, the studios of Cinecittà were used as a displaced persons' camp for a period of about two years, following German occupation and Allied bombing that destroyed parts of the studio.

An estimated 3,000 refugees lived there, divided into two camps: an Italian camp housing Italians as well as displaced people from colonized Libya and Dalmatia, and an international camp, including refugees from Yugoslavia, Poland, Egypt, Iran, and China. Some even play extras in movies such as Quo Vadis.

Federico Fellini established Cinecittà as his city, and Stage 5 his home. Nowadays amongst the biggest Sound Stages in Europe, 31.000 square feet, has hosted more than 2.500 people in convention, and can reach more than 3.000 in gala dinners.

Its features help to build majors constructions for spectacular events.

An inside pool measuring 4.300 square feet can help creating major special effects from the bottom.

Other movies such as gang of New York were shot inside Stage 5.

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