San Crispino is one of Rome’s best ice cream parlours and in the Eat, Pray, Love book, Elizabeth Gilbert describes it as a divine place. The owner runs three gelato shops in Rome; the one that Julia Roberts visits in the film is located on Via della Panetteria, close to the Fontana di Trevi.
San Crispino, Via della Panetteria 42, 00187 Rome, +39 06 679 3924
In the film Angels and Demons there is a secret passage used by the Illuminati: the Passetto di Borgo. The Passetto in fact connects the Vatican to the former residence of the Pope, the glorious Castel Sant’Angelo, which was built as a tomb for the Emperor Hadrian. Both the Castle and the passage can be visited (closed on Mondays).
Castel Sant’Angelo, Lungotevere Castello 50, 00193 Rome, +39 06 689 6003
Piazza Navona, with its crowded bars and pastry shops, is the setting of the Talented Mr Ripley’s opening scene. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) has been charged with convincing millionaire’s son, Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) to return to the US, but Tom is straightaway fascinated by the boy’s lifestyle. The nearby Palazzo Taverna was Nicole kidman’s home in the movie Portrait of a Lady. It was built in the 13th century and mentioned by Dante in his literary masterpiece the Divine Comedy. The palace, which boasts a picturesque courtyard and a magnificent 17th-century fountain, can be rented for special events.
Palazzo Taverna, Via Monte Giordano 36, 00186 Rome, +39 06 683 3785
The Palazzo Barberini, located on the square of the same name, was the holiday home of Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn) in the movie Roman Holiday. Today the palazzo houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica (National Gallery of Ancient Arts).
Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica, Palazzo Barberini,
Via delle Quattro Fontane 13,
00184 Rome, +39 06 32810
Rome’s version of Hollywood was the location of many of the most famous European movies of the 50s and 60s. Federico Fellini produced a major portion of his work in Cinecitta's Studio 5, the largest in Europe. The studio has recently rediscoved some of its former glamour: Martin Scorsese’s film Gangs of New York, was created here. Cinecittà si Mostra (Cinecittà Shows Off), a spectacular exhibition and tour of the studios, is open until 30 November, every day apart from Tuesday. Cinecittà also offers guided tours of its permanent sets for groups; these must be arranged in advance.
Cinecittà Studios, Via Tuscolana 1055, 00173 Roma, +39 06 722931