On receiving the Marco Aurelio award for lifetime achievement at the inaugural International Rome Film Festival in October 2006, Scottish actor Sean Connery joked that it was hard to believe the city had never hosted such an event before.

He had a point. After all, this was the city immortalised in the films of Roberto Rossellini, Federico Fellini and, more recently, Nanni Moretti. Countless postcards of Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita and Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday are posted from Rome each year, perpetuating the city