She has spent her entire life in Rome, yet Margherita Buy still sees the city with fresh eyes. The popular film and television actress finds wonder in Italy’s city of cinema, where almost every street has a café, villa, or fountain, recognizable from its appearance in a movie. Of no surprise to her is that many of the world's most influential movie moguls—from Italian director Federico Fellini to American filmmaker William Wyler—found the city to be a perfect backdrop to add character to their films.
"Rome," she says, "has portrayed all of the most important human facts and themes in history."
When not busy on set or shooting on location, Buy takes to exploring Rome with her daughter, Caterina, finding great halls for music, watching live theater, or taking in a movie at one of the smaller, independent cinemas, which she much prefers over a large multiplex.