Travellers can now visit some of the places featured in Paolo Sorrentino's Oscar-winning film The Great Beauty in a new tour in Rome.
15 Mar 2014 - 3:51 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2014 - 10:53 AM

The Great Beauty director Paolo Sorrentino on Friday was made an honorary citizen of Rome, the backdrop for his Oscar-winning film.

Part ode to the architectural and artistic glory of the Italian capital, part indictment of the decadence of its elite, Sorrentino's film has won a string of awards, including the Oscar for the best foreign film in February.

And officials of Rome have now launched tours featuring some of the private palaces, secret gardens and undiscovered churches seen in the movie, which contains numerous nods to another Rome-set masterpiece, Federico Fellini's 1960 La Dolce Vita.

Sorrentino, who hails from Rome's southern rival Naples, accepted the award by paying tribute to his adopted home as "a place of harmony and beauty".

Rome mayor Ignazio Marino acknowledged the double-edged nature of Sorrentino's paean to the city.

"He showed the magic of Rome, its magnetism and its sublime nature," the mayor said. "But Rome is also sick and culture is the best medicine."

The Great Beauty tours kick off on Sunday.