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Eat Pray Love Sites in Rome

Rome and Naples in the Movie, Eat Pray Love

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Eat Pray Love, the movie based on the book by Elizabeth Gilbert, has scenes set in Rome and Naples, Italy. Elizabeth Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts in the movie, spends her time in Rome searching for beauty and exploring Italian food in the first section, Eat. Here are Rome locations you'll see in the movie, Eat Pray Love, although some of them feature more prominently in the book.

Roman Colosseum

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Colosseum Picture © 2006 by James Martin

In the movie you'll see a great shot of the Roman Colosseum, the most popular tourist site in Rome. If you plan to visit the Colosseum, be sure to read how to buy Colosseum tickets to avoid the ticket line which can be very long.

Piazza Navona

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© 2006 by Martha Bakerjian

Piazza Navona is home to more of Rome's famous fountains including Bernini's Fontana Dei Fiumi. The large square still retains its oval shape from when it was built by the Romans for chariot races and athletic competitions. Today, in addition to several churches, it's ringed by expensive restaurants and cafes. If you're on a food quest in Rome, be sure to try the famous tartufo dessert.

Pantheon

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by James Martin, Europe Travel

The Pantheon, the best preserved building of ancient Rome, has a spectacular dome and free admission. In ancient Rome it was the temple of all the gods but it was turned into a church in the 7th century. For dinner try Armando al Pantheon, Salita de' Crescenzi, 31. After dinner, splurge on a drink outside in the Pantheon's lively Piazza di Rotonda, one of my favorite Rome squares at night.

Trevi Fountain

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by James Martin, Europe Travel

Everyone who visits Rome has to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome's most famous tourist stops, to ensure a return to Rome. Other movies that feature a Trevi Fountain scene are Three Coins in the Fountain and La Dolce Vita. The ornate Baroque fountain was completed in 1762 at the end point of an ancient Roman aqueduct.

San Crispino Gelato

© 2006 by Martha Bakerjian

San Crispino has long been touted as the best gelateria in Rome and Elizabeth Gilbert's description of tasting their gelato (in the book) will make you wish you were there. Here you'll eat only gelato, no cones to interfere with the flavors. I've read that there are three San Crispino shops, this one is near the Trevi Fountain.

Jewish Ghetto

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by James Martin, Europe Travel

Rome's Jewish Ghetto is home to the intereting Roman Jewish cuisine that includes the famous fried artichokes, Carciofi alla Giudia. The area became a ghetto for Jews in the 16th century and you can visit the Synagoge and Jewish museum as well as the many bakeries, restaurants, and shops.

Borghese Gardens

The beautiful Borghese Gardens are a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. It's hard to believe you are still in the city. Inside the gardens is the Villa Borghese, now an art museum.

Shopping in Rome

You'll see a few shots of Rome's fashionable shopping streets, including Via Condotti, in the movie.

Antica Pizzeria da Michele in Naples

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by James Martin, Europe Travel

During her time in Rome, Elizabeth Gilbert takes a trip to Naples, the birthplace of pizza. I've been told by many people, including my neighbor who is a Naples native, that da Michele, in business since 1870, serves the best pizza in the world. They serve only two kinds of pizza - margherita (said to be the original pizza made for Queen Margarita) and marinara (without Mozzarella but with lots of garlic and oregano). On Via Colletta just off Corso Umberto, inexpensive. More Restaurants and Pizza in Naples

More Movies That Take Place in Rome

The link above goes to best movies set in Rome. Here are my picks for best movies set in Italy.

Read the Book - Eat Pray Love

I enjoyed the book much more than the movie, especially Elizabeth Gilbert's description of food and eating in Italy.

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Angels and Demons Sites in Rome

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