Rome is one of the most magical cities in the World: rich in history, culture, scenographic sites and much more. Italy also has a very long tradition of movie making. Owing to these reasons, the Eternal City has been chosen as the set for filming some of the most memorable scenes in the history of filmography.
Let us see together the five most famous films set in Rome:
Who can forget the image of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck touring Rome on a Vespa? In this classic movie, Audrey Hepburn plays a beautiful princess who is able to escape from her royal duties and meets a charming journalist (Gregory Peck) who will take her on the most wonderful tour of Rome. Filled with fun and romance, Roman Holiday is undoubtedly one of the most famous films set in Rome, as it says in the title!
La Dolce Vita (1960):
La Dolce Vita is a visually enchanting film by one of the most famous Italian movie directors: Federico Fellini. It narrates one week in the life of Marcello Rubini (played by Marcello Mastroianni), a reporter in search of happiness and love. The film is entirely set in Rome; however many scenes have been filmed in a studio. But do not worry, Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastroianni have actually jumped in the real Fontana Di Trevi: you will certainly be able to remember this scene as one of the most memorable in movie history.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999):
The Talented Mr. Ripley is one of the most famous films set in Rome. It is set in the ’50s and tells the story of Mr. Ripley (played by Matt Damon), on the hunt for Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law). Mr. Ripley has various talents, including impersonation and, arguably, the ability to murder. During his journey he takes the viewer to some of the most beautiful locations in Italy: Venice, Naples and Rome, of which you will be able to recognize various places, such as the Spanish Steps.
Recent famous films set in Rome: Eat, Pray, Love (2010):
Amongs the famous films set in Rome there is this adaptation of the best-seller by American author Elizabeth Gilbert. Unhappy with her life, Julia Roberts, who plays the main character, decides to leave on a journey to find herself. During this trip she spends four months in Italy, and in Rome she is able to enjoy the most delicious foods. The scenes set in Rome are a true feast for the eyes!
To Rome With Love (2012):
Directed by Woody Allen, To Rome With Love is a recent film filled with cutting wit and misunderstandings, as you would expect from a comedy by this acclaimed director. The film follows both locals and tourists, and is entirely set in the beautiful streets of Rome. Here I have mentioned only 5 of the most famous films set in Rome, but there are many others that have been filmed in the Eternal City. Have you seen these movies? Which is your favorite? Let me know leaving a comment below. And if you are planning on travelling to Italy, you could visit the most famous sites of this beautiful city on one of our tours; for example, on the Private Tour of Classic Rome. Are you interested? Simply fill in the form on the tour page to request a FREE QUOTE.