Rome has been the setting for some of the world's most memorable films. With stunning landmarks like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, it's easy for directors to choose Rome as a colorful backdrop. Following is a list of classic and recent movies that have been filmed in Rome.
Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this Rome classic romance that has them traveling on a two-wheeler across the Eternal City and visiting some of Rome's most iconic monuments, including the Bocca della Verità, one of the best places in Rome for a photo op. Roman Holiday launched the career of Audrey Hepburn - she won an Oscar - and is still one of the most beloved depictions of Rome on the silver screen.
Federico Fellini's 1960 classic chronicles the "sweet life" of Rome's elite and the journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who covers the social scene. One of the most famous scenes in La Dolce Vita is that of bombshell actress Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain. The posh Via Veneto also figures prominently in the film. To learn more about La Dolce Vita and its impact on the image of Italian life, read "50 Years of 'The Sweet Life' in the Italian Language" by linguist Dianne Hales.
Three American girls working in Italy throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, each wishing to find the man of her dreams. The premise of this romantic comedy set in Rome is simple and the setting – 1950s Rome – is breathtaking.
Based on the blockbuster book by Dan Brown, "Angels and Demons" takes a trip through Rome and, specifically, her many churches. See our list of Angels and Demons Top Sites in Rome and the Vatican for more details on the mystery's famous settings.
Julia Roberts plays the role of Elizabeth Gilbert, who set the "Eat" portion of her book in Rome. Read more about the restaurants, fountains, piazze, neighborhoods, and other Eat Pray Love Sites in Rome.
To Rome with Love
Rome itself is the star in this Woody Allen movie although there are several great actors including Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen himself. Enjoy a romp through Rome as you follow the stories of locals and tourists in the Eternal City. See Woody Allen Discusses To Rome with Love for more about the movie.