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Films shot on location in Rome and some of the towns around Lazio. Films are American and Italian. Posters courtesey of IMBD. In chronological order with the most recent first!
To Rome With Love (2012) – Penelope Cruz, Alec Balwin, Roberto Benigni. Filmed entirely on location in Rome.
The opening scene is set in Piazza Venezia where American tourist Hayley (Pill), meets an Italian lawyer, Michelangelo (Parenti).
Other places featured are: the Trevi fountain, Spanish Steps (Hayley stands admiring the view and says "the city is really special" an "I could stand here all night, it's too beautiful"),
Milly (Mastronardi) is seen at Piazza del Popolo, Jack (Eisenberg) & Monica (Page) meet by the little lake in Villa Borghese Park. Leopoldo (Benigni) and Sophia (Nappo) walk the red carpet into the Cinema on Piazza della Repubblica, John (Baldwin) and Jack meet at Villa dei Quintili, Michelangelo and Hayley take a romantic walk by the Trevi Fountain. Leopoldo is persued by papparazzi along Via Veneto. The Grand Hotel on Via Veneto is also featured. Anna (Cruz) is seen on Via del Corso, and Leopoldo's house is in Garbatella.
Eat Pray Love (2010) – Julia Roberts. First scene is from the top of Castel Sant’Angelo, next you see the apartment she will rent which is said to be in Via dei Portoghesi, no 7, with her map she seems to be just behind Chiostro del Bramante, she has breakfast - cappuccino & Napolean cake - in the busy Caffè Domiziano, Piazza Navona 88, then also located in Piazza Navona is the marble bench she sits (left) in front of the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone to eat gelato, the fountain squirts her with water on Via del Orso.
Other brief scenes are: Via del Corso, Coliseum, Piazza del Biscone near Campo de’Fiori, she has a meal with her Italian instructor in Caffe della Pace, on Via della Pace behind Piazza Navona near Chiostro del Bramante.
We see her walk back to her apartment on Via del Orso, with Hotel Portoghese nearby and at Ristorante Santa Lucia (Largo Febo 12), Roberts shows off her Italian to her friends by reeling off the Italian on the menu. Roberts eats a plate of spaghetti “for one” in Osteria dell‘ Antiquario on Piazzetta di San Simeone!
Mission Impossible III (2006) – Tom Cruise. Shooting began in Rome. The first thrilling action sequence took place on the Tiber River. Filming in such a public place caused great excitement, with crowds of paparazzi and onlookers crowding the banks and bridges overlooking the river. Tom Cruise took part in a high speed motor boat chase on the Tiber, which featured the incredible backdrop of the Vatican itself. Jonathan Rhys Meyers describes the scene: "We're flying along in this speedboat, going through these archways, and all of a sudden I hear this sound in my head of the theme to Mission Impossible': dun dun, dun dun,
dun dun, dun dun, doodle doo, doodle doo - and realize, it's coming from Tom! Tom's actually singing it. He's still that same kid, sitting down with popcorn and ice cream to watch the show on a Friday evening. He still believes in the magic of it.” From Rome, the production moved south to the Palazzo Reale of the Reggia di Caserta, near Naples, which would double as the Vatican.
The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) - with Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law. The nightclub in Naples was actually Caffè Latino, via Monte Testaccio in Rome, and the Rome Opera House was actually Teatro San Carlo in Naples. The San Remo jazz festival is actually the seafront at Anzio (about 30 miles south of Rome - the real San Remo is on the coast at the Italy - France border). Ripley’s hotel in Rome is the sumptuous St Regis Grand Hotel, just off Piazza della Repubblica. The cafe where Freddie turns up is in Piazza Navona and is still a cafe today. When Ripley returns to Rome after Dickie’s murder you see the Forum from the Capitoline Hill and the monumental sculptures of the Capitoline Museum. Ripley stays in an apartment on fictitious ‘Piazza Gioia’, which is actually Piazza Mattei near the old Jewish Ghetto, and the interior of the apartment (which also functioned as the Grand Hotel suite) is 14th century Palazzo Taverna, via di Monte Giordano. The terrace cafe where Ripley arranges for Meredith and Marge to meet is Cafe Dinelli, Piazza Spagna, but today it's a clothes shop!
The Godfather III (1990) - directed by Francis Ford Coppola. With Al Pacino. Divided between various places in the USA and the Cinecittà Studios in Rome. Other scenes were shot in St. Peter’s Basilica inside Vatican City and also in Palermo, Sicily. In particular, the archbishop’s office is the map room of the pentagonal Villa Farnese (open to the public), at Caprarola, a small, historically important village near Viterbo, about 30 miles north of Rome. Michael is absolved by Cardinal Lamberto, the future Pope John Paul I, at the Church of Santa Maria della Quercia in Viterbo itself. The grandly operatic climax was filmed at Teatro Massimo, Piazza Verdi in Palermo, and though renovation work meant that the interior opera scenes had to be filmed at Cinecittá, but the tragic conclusion to the saga is staged on the actual opera house steps.
Ben Hur (1959) - directed by William Wyler. With Charlton Heston and Jack Hawkins. The famous chariot race in Circus Maximus was, disappointingly for many tourist, not filmed in the actual Circus Maximum but in fact in an amazing replica, constructed on over 18 acres of backlot space at Cinecitta Studios outside Rome. Filming of the sequence took about five weeks, and except for two of the most spectacular stunts, Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd did all of their own chariot driving in the carefully-choreographed sequence. The Hills of
Arcinazzo Romano quite close to Subiaco, is where Nazareth and the "Valley of the Lepers" was filmed.
Three Coins in a Fountain (1954) - with Clifton Webb and Dorothy McGuire. This
pleasant comedy-romance opens with a delightful view of the Trevi Fountain combined with another famous fountain garden at Villa d’Este in Tivoli. The villa where the three Americans live: Frances (Dorothy McGuire), Anita (Jean Peters) and Mary (Maggie McNamara) who work as secretaries in the capital, and which in the film is called Villa Eden is actually Villa Lante, located in Passeggiata del Gianicolo 10, Rome. Today it is home to the Finland Embassy to the Holy See. The villa where American writer, John Frederick Shadwell (Clifton Webb), lives and works, is opposite the one where his secretary, Miss Frances has just arrived, which is located in Via Garibaldi 35 on the Janiculum Hill right opposite the Janiculum Fountain (Fntanone per i Romani), this villa is home to the Spanish Embassy. There was also a TV remake of this in 1990 called simply: Coins in a Fountain, starring Stephanie Kramer, Loni Anderson & Shanna Reed, filmed in just about all the most famous landmarks in Rome.
Roman Holiday (1953) - with Audrey Hepburn & Gregory Peck. Filmed entirely on location. Main sites were: via Margutta 51, where Gregory Peck lived in a small apartment, the Spanish Steps, where Audrey tries ‘gelato’, the Mouth of Truth at the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, where Peck pretends to have his hand bitten off. She has her hair cut in via della Stamperia 85 but it’s not a hairdresser today. Sadly Bar Rocca, 24-25 Piazza del Pantheon, where Audrey has champagne is now a clothes shop. The plaques on the huge Roman wall were real as was Peck’s explanation of them, located on via del Policlinico, but they have since been relocated to the church at Divino Amore on the outskirts of Rome. Other filming took place inside Palazzo Brancaccio in viale di Monte Oppio; outside Palazzo Barberini (the embassy she exits from in the early part of the film) and Palazzo Colonna in Piazza Santa Apostoli where the film fades to an end.