Over the weekend, I was talking to a friend that did the same study abroad program, but last summer. Her class was not able to visit Cinecittà because its management is currently discussing remodeling the studios in order to compete with lower cost facilities in Eastern Europe.
Workers & industry influencers, fearing a de-emphasis on film, protested last summer. HBO's Rome set also partially burned down, although online reports say that the protests and fire are not connected. Hollywood Reporter and Cinecittà's media center provide reports that explain the issue at hand and damage.