The townspeople of Rimini gather on the water to salute the SS Rex - a transatlantic liner built during the reign of fascist dictator Benito Mussolini - as it passes.
The town lawyer recounts how the local beauty, Gradisca, acquired her nickname.
Aurelio is forced to submit to the typical fascist punisment of drinking castor oil.
The town turns out for the arrival of the local fascist federale.
The town priest hears Titta's confession.
Dandelion-like puffballs arrive on the breeze in a small coastal town, announcing spring.
Paola and Marcello attempt to communicate across the estuary at the beach, but he cannot understand her.
The paparazzi try to capture photos of the family who first tell them about the children who saw the Madonna.
Steiner philosophises to Marcello about his hopes and worries.
Marcello and Steiner talk on Steiner's balcony.
The famous actress, Sylvia, lands in Rome.
Marcello's news helicopter follows another helicopter carrying a Christ statue, while a group of girls watch.
A cherubic narrator provides an overview of Roman society in the early 1960s.