BLOG 5 Finding the Story

My classmates and I recently traveled to the wonderful city of Rome, Italy… very different from Florence, Italy I may add. In Rome, the streets and sidewalks were always filled to capacity with tourists and the environment always seemed chaotic (even though it probably did not help that is the peek of tourist season).

Throughout our trip we visited numerous places including the Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Spanish Steps and much more! Prior to coming to Rome, I initially thought I would want to write about 1) the Roman Colosseum and 2) St. Peter’s Basillica.

I thought the Colosseum would interest me because the glamorous idea of gladiators and soldiers, but sadly I did not get a story inspiration idea from that location. I also thought St. Peter’s Basillica would spark something in me because I grew up with catholic education my whole life, but unfortunately that location did not do it for me either.

Surprisingly two places that really stuck out to me was Cinecittà Studios and the Trevi Fountain. So upon my arrival back to Florence, I had to conduct some more research.


The entrance of Cinecittà Studios, located in Rome, Italy. Photo taken by LIz Griswold
The entrance of Cinecittà Studios, located in Rome, Italy. Photo taken by Liz Griswold

Cinecittà Studios really got my creative ideas flowing.

It was incredible to be put into an environment where so many brilliant film based projects have been made. This studio accounts for the largest movie production studio in Europe. It helps produce Italian and other international movies, television shows and music videos.

While visiting this site, I decided that Cinecittà is a place that would appeal greatly to the younger generation. The younger generation’s world consists of Netflix, movies, television shows and music videos, which is what Cinecittà company produces.

Sign located in Cinecittà Studios directing visitors and employees throughout the property. Photo taken by Liz Griswold
Sign located in Cinecittà Studios directing visitors and employees throughout the property. Photo taken by Liz Griswold

My story idea for Cinecittà would be, “Cinecittà! A place to add onto a teenager’s Italy bucket list.” It would be called this because when the younger generation thinks of bucket lists, they associate it with skydiving or something adventurous, but they need to broaden their horizons and explore more options.

For this story, since I would cater it to the younger generation, ideally a teenager or young adult would be perfect to interview. While i was at Cinecittà, luckily, that is what happened.

While I was touring Cinecittà, I ran into a female college student who is a junior at St. John’s University in New York. This female is a film major and showed a lot of interest in Cinecittà Studios. I briefly interviewed her asking why Cinecittà should be added to a young adults bucket list.

She answered by saying, “The younger generation loves movies and television shows, which makes this place appeal to their interests. Cinecittà is currently filming the sequel to Zoolander, so that is a reason by itself to come visit Cinecittà.”

I would agree to that because who doesn’t love Ben Stiller?!

This college student made a perfect point… popular movies, famous celebrities… those are perfect reasons for the younger generation to pay a visit to Cinecittà, making it a newsworthy story.


The infamous Trevi Fountain also got my attention, but not for the reasons of it blue, beautiful running water and marvelous statues… but for it’s empty concrete structure that was under construction.

The fountain is iconic for its rich history and appearance in many famous movies such as La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini, or my favorite, The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Me tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain display. Photo taken by Annie Lynch
Me tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain display. Photo taken by Annie Lynch

While visiting this structure with my classmates and professor, it dawned on me… why are hundreds of tourists and people here to see the Trevi Fountain when it is under construction and everything is covered up?

People still pushed and shoved to get to the front of the glass barrier to see the covered up fountain. Was this happening because people wanted to say they saw it? Or because they still wanted to through their coin into the little pond set off to the side to make their wish?

That is where my story idea inspiration came from, “Why still visit the Trevi Fountain, when you can’t see it’s natural beauty?”

I thought it would be a good idea to interview the younger generation or older generation to get their opinion on it.

I met a recently graduated high school senior from San Francisco, California who was visiting Rome for her graduation present. She seemed to be just as excited to see the fountain, even though it was covered up by construction. I proceeded to ask her why she thought it was still worth it to see the fountain even though it was under construction.

“Even though the fountain is under construction, I still wanted to see it. I can still say I saw the famous Trevi Fountain. The pictures might look different, but I would never pass up on the opportunity because I don’t know when I will be back in Rome.”

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