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Roman Holiday: Strolling Rome with the Movie’s Heroes

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For over 60 years, thousands of tourists have followed in Princess Ann’s footsteps, discovering the romantic side of Rome by walking or riding a Vespa scooter. You and your loved one or friend can stroll through the same landmarks because everyone’s first visit to the capital should be as unforgettable as Princess Ann’s “Roman Holiday.”

The movie starts with Princess Anna arriving in another city during her tour. Exhausted by the endless string of receptions, balls, and the pressure to smile like a porcelain doll, she decides to escape and grant herself a day of “vacation.” Along her path, she encounters Joe Bradley, a reporter who initially has less-than-noble intentions but ends up taking the inexperienced princess on a whirlwind tour of the Eternal City. In just one day, they wander through Rome together, and even in such a short time, a genuine connection begins to blossom…

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The Spanish Steps

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Via Margutta

In the movie, reporter Joe Bradley rented an apartment on this street. Via Margutta is a serene and picturesque lane nestled amidst lush greenery and has been a favorite haunt of creative minds. Federico Fellini, actress Anna Magnani, writer Gianni Rodari, and Pablo Picasso have fallen in love with it. It’s a must-visit spot on many excursions, and you’ll undoubtedly enrich your Instagram feed with stunning snapshots. 

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Palazzo Barberini

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The Pantheon

Within these sacred walls, statues of all the pagan gods once found their divine abode, revered across the vast expanse of the empire. Remarkably, the Pantheon is the only surviving ancient Roman building that has endured the test of time, defying the fate of crumbling ruins. It’s a pity that Joe Bradley didn’t take Princess Ann inside! Among all Rome’s marvels, the enchanting princess only knew one: the Colosseum. She escaped from the embassy just to catch a glimpse of it. As fate would have it, she only partially made it to the Colosseum, settling instead upon a stone bench, where the journalist discovered her.

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The Colosseum

However, the world-famous ruins receive only a fleeting moment of attention in the film. It can be rather dull there if you’re not a professional archaeologist but just a princess on vacation. Yet, embarking on a thrilling scooter ride from the Colosseum to Piazza Venezia? Now, that’s something truly exhilarating!

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“The Mouth of Truth” (Bocca della Verità)

This ancient round marble plaque depicting the mask of Triton is situated at the entrance of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin church in Rome. According to legend, anyone who places their hand inside the mask’s mouth and tells a lie will lose their hand. The film beautifully portrays this moment, and Audrey Hepburn’s emotions are genuine. Imagine the same heartfelt emotions a girl could experience when discovering a ring box in the “Mouth of Truth” (a fantastic idea for an unconventional marriage proposal).

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