07 Nov Live your very own Roman Holiday
Unleash your inner Hepburn in Rome by exploring the locations of this icon film
One of our favourite travel films here at Coverontrip is Roman Holiday, the Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck classic that was filmed on location in the Italian capital Rome. In fact, the city is as much a lead character as the two actors are.
So in the spirit of the film, we thought we would explore some of the iconic locations featured in Roman Holiday, so you can experience the glamour of the golden age of cinema the next time you’re in Rome.
Before we delve into the first act, if you’re planning on exploring other cities during a trip to Italy, then have a look at some of our other Sherpa Diary posts, including the best places to visit in Tuscany and where to find the best fashion bargains in Milan.
And if you want some useful tips on what travel insurance to buy for Italy, read our post on three things to keep in mind when choosing a policy.
Now…on with the film
For anyone that hasn’t watched Roman Holiday, here’s a super quick summary (no spoilers!). Audrey Hepburn plays a princess, who whilst on an official visit to Italy secretly leaves her embassy after becoming frustrated by her lack of freedom.
Whilst on the streets of the Italian capital, she meets an American journalist played by Gregory Peck. After some convincing on Peck’s part, the pair explore the city incognito. As for the rest of the plot…you’ll have to watch the film (or you could Wiki it!).
The pair first meet in the Roman Forum, the iconic ruins in the centre of the city which during Roman times was the centre of civic and political life. It’s been described by many as the most celebrated meeting place in the world, so where better for our two protagonists to meet.
As with many of the grand monuments from this era, it fell into disrepair after the fall of the Roman Empire, but even the ruins of today retain the grandiosity of the past.
Next up on your tour of locations should be the Colosseum, without doubt, the most iconic monument in Rome. Our two protagonists come here to explore the secrets of this incredible amphitheatre, which is the largest in the world.
It’s also been the inspiration for plenty of other films, not least the Gladiator, where the production team built a one-third replica in Malta.
Audrey and Gregory then continue to the G. Rocca cafe for a light tipple. Unfortunately, the bar is no longer there, but visiting the location is a must, as it’s on the square next to the Pantheon.
Despite its 2,000 years of history, the Pantheon is one of the best-preserved Roman buildings anywhere in the world, so it’s the perfect contrast to the ruins of the Roman Forum.
The tour continues at the baroque masterpiece that is the Trevi Fountain, which is one of the most famous fountains in the world. For those of you who’ve seen the film, you’re sure to be reminded of the scene where the journalist tries to steal a camera from a girl so he can photograph Audrey the princess.
Also, whilst you’re here, be sure to toss a coin back into the fountain, as per tradition!
Close to the Trevi Fountain is the Palazzo Colonna, a palatial block of buildings constructed in the 12th Century. This is now an art gallery containing many classical frescoes, sculptures and paintings, and it’s also where Audrey says goodbye to Rome in the film.
Feel like a film star
Perhaps the best way to live the Roman Holiday experience is to ride through the streets of Rome on a Vespa scooter, à la Audrey. After all, a Vespa isn’t just a scooter brand; it’s a symbol of Italy. So don’t forget to travel with someone who has a motorbike license!
And if you are going to ride a scooter, remember to check that your travel insurance provides medical coverage for this. All Coverontrip Hazardous Activity add-ons cover you for medical emergencies if you injure yourself when riding a scooter, as long as it’s 125cc or under and the driver has held a motorbike licence for at least 3 years and is conviction-free.