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Cinematic Roam through Rome

Roaming through Rome proves just why The Eternal City has been the focus of cinematic classics for decades.  So many movies have been filmed in Rome because there are endless photos ops on every corner.  What better movie set than the ruins of ancient Rome?

We viewed new and old movies and came up with our Top 5 list of movies filmed in Rome:

Roman Holiday (1953) – There’s nothing like driving through crazy Rome traffic on a Vespa with Gregory Peck as your guide.  This tops our list because of its nostalgic charm and quick spin around Rome’s top sites
La Dolce Vita (1960) – Oh to splash in the Trevi Fountain in a cocktail dress.  It’s every girl’s dream.  To be the star in your own love story.  We dare you  not to fall in love with life, love and Rome after watching this cinematic classic.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010) – It’s not one of our favorite movies but it does highlight The Eternal City at its beginning.  Hollywood favorite Julie Roberts eats her way around the city and that’s what anyone does when in Rome.

Bright Star (2009) – This is the true romance of 19th century poet John Keats and his paramour Fanny Brawne.  As Keats neared his end of days, sick and frail from tuberculosis, he traveled to Rome and took shelter in a small room adjacent to the Spanish Steps.  The 25-year-old literary giant, weak and broke, met with the other great minds and talents of his time, like Shelley and Liszt at the Antico Grecco Caffe.  The oldest cafe in Rome is just steps away from where Keats took his last breath at the museum now adjacent to the Spanish Steps (P. di Spagna, 26).


American Assassin (2017) – This is yet another movie sadly trying to break up a terrorist cell but the scenes of Rome are worth the look-see.  The film stars the yummy Michael Keaton training a CIA operative to enter deep cover.

The last part of the movie takes place in and around Rome including stops at Piazza Navonna, Piazza della Republica, Piazza Venezia, the Colosseum and a race down Via Luigi Petroselli.

There are way too many films in Rome to list them all here?  What are your favorites?


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