The Italian Almanac

Monica Bellucci


Screen siren Monica Bellucci, pop tenor Andrea Bocelli and legendary stage and film director Franco Zeffirelli will join forces to shoot a video promo for Rome, Mayor Gianni Alemanno announced. The video will feature the eternal city`s best-loved tourist spots - the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona - as well as sites showing contemporary Rome at its best. Alemanno said he was leaving all the details of the video in Zeffirelli`s hands, stressing that the director of Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew was donating his time to the project.

``Don`t ask me how long it will take to make this video, I want it to be a work of art. My only fear is that loving Rome as much as I do, I`ll ignore its flaws,`` said the Tuscan-born director. But in an aside to the mayor, Zeffirelli quipped: ``We do know there are some wee flaws so you`ll have to work to fix them``. Bocelli, who has sold some 65 million albums worldwide, said he was also available to sing for the Champions Cup final at Rome`s Stadio Olimpico on May 27.

Bellucci, whose credits include Malena, Matrix Reloaded, The Passion of the Christ and The Brothers Grimm, was recently awarded the prestigious World Actress Award ``for outstanding merit``. Zeffirelli, a long-time Rome resident, has a villa on the Appian way while Bellucci lives in Paris but owns a house in Rome.