ANN: Oh, you can't imagine... I'd, I'd like to do just whatever I'd like, the whole day long!
Your tour will begin at the Colosseum
where Joe Bradly brought Princess Ann for a tour inside Rome’s iconic monument that has endured for 2,000 years.
Your driver will provide historical information about the Colosseum, but is not permitted to guide you into the monument, only a licensed tour guide can do that. If you would like to reserve a private licensed tour guide for the Colosseum, please let us know and we’ll gladly make the arrangements for you as a complimentary service for our clients. The tour guide payment is made separately, and we do not make commission from from the guide.
From the Colosseum, you will proceed to Piazza Venezia
, one of Rome’s most distinguished squares featuring the imposing 440 foot tall white marble monument built in honor to unified Italy’s first king, Vittorio Emanuelle II
(or commonly called the Vittoriano
by the locals). Prominently featured in many films and widely recognized, the monument features Corinthian columns, stairways, fountains, pagan statues and a bronze equestrian sculpture of Vittorio Emmauele II himself. Due to it’s ornamentation and blindly white marble, it’s also nicknamed the “wedding cake
Next to the Vittoriano is Capitoline Hill
where you will stop for a postcard perfect view of the Roman Forum
, Palatine Hill
, and Colosseo
in the distance. This is one of the most picturesque spots in Rome, so be sure to have your cameras ready!
As you look below you will see the ruins of Temple of Saturn
and Temple of Vespasian and Titus
, near which took place the nighttime scene where Joe Bradley finds Princess Ann asleep and then hailed a taxi. However, when the movie was filmed there was a road on the other side of the ruins, which is why in the movie the ruins seem positioned differently. No such road exists anymore.
JOE. The Mouth of Truth. The legend is that if you're given to lying, you put you're hand in there it'll be bitten off.
Inside the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin
you’ll discover the usual long line of people waiting for their turn to stick their hand inside the ancient lie detector: Bocca della Verita
(Mouth of Truth
). Legend had it that if you told a lie and placed your hand inside the Mouth of Truth, it would bite your hand off. The Mouth of Truth supposedly lost its lie detecting power when it was tricked by a very clever married woman who was accused of having an affair. Moments prior to placing her hand inside the mouth of truth and confess the truth before her husband and townsfolk gathered around her, her lover disguised as a madman ran up to her and kissed her. The townsfolk chased the madman away and the woman “truthfully” admitted that the only men who ever touched her were her husband and the madman, therefore sparing her hand and her reputation. So give it a try and place your own hand inside the Mouth of Truth if you dare...afterall, what do you have to lose?
One the way to our next destination we’ll drive by Teatro di Marcello
, an ancient open air theater built in 13 BC, named after Emperor Augustus’ nephew, Marcello. We’ll also drive by Palazzo Colonna
where the last scene of the movie was filmed, where Princess Ann held the press conference in the great hall (Palazzo Colonna is restricted to public visits).
ANN Stop at the next corner, please.
JOE. 'K. [He slows down, stopping at a corner and leans forward
to see the Embassy gate visible down the street] Here?
We will drive by Piazza Barberini
and its centerpiece, Fontana del Tritone
) to a brief stop outside to view the stunning Palazzo Barberini
that played the role of the embassy of the country of Princess Ann. You will also have the opportunity to stand in the place where Joe Bradley and Princess Ann said their goodbyes and she then ran around the corner toward the embassy.
Palazzo Barberini was built in 1633 on the land purchased by Maffeo Barberini who then became Pope Urban VIII
. The three well known architects who worked on the palace all had contributed their talents to the building of St Peter’s Basilica
: Carlo Maderno, his nephew Francesco Borromini, and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Today Palazzo Barberini houses the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica
, one of the most significant collections of priceless paintings in Italy including Raphael
Just as Joe Bradely drove away from the palace after Princess Ann turned the corner, so shall we because now it’s time for lunch at a traditional restaurant or trattoria.
ANN I've heard of a wonderful place for dancing on a boat.
JOE. Oh, you mean the barges down by Saint Angelo.
ANN Yes! couldn't we go over tonight?
Nearby is the towering cylindrical mausoleum to Emperor Hadrian
that was later converted by popes into a fortress, a prison, and a castle. Legend has it it was dedicated to Archangel Michael and became known as Castel Sant’Angelo
because the archangel appeared above the mausoleum sheathing his sword signaling the end of the plague of 590. Today the mausoleum is the Museum Nazionale di Castel Sant’Angelo
You will have the opportunity for a stroll around the outside of castle and its bridge, Ponte Sant’Angelo
, that’s lined with 10 angels holding the passions of Christ, designed by Bernini. Standing on the opposite side of the bridge you will have a marvelous glimpse of the area where the barge was located in the movie with the castle as the backdrop.
Although not featured in Vacanze Romane, nearby is St Peter’s Basilica
where you can stop in its awe-inspiring square to admire the largest church in Christendom, Bernini’s embracing colonnades and the Egyptian obelisk in the center. (St Peter’s Basilica was featured in Federico Fellini’s classic “La Dolce Vita”
ANN. Yes, and I'd like to sit at a sidewalk cafe; and look in shop windows; Have fun, and maybe some excitement. It doesn't seem much to you, does it?
From here you will continue your Roman Holiday to the Trevi Fountain
. The Baroque fountain with stunning nautical statues was also featured prominently in other classics such as “Three Coins in A Fountain
” and “La Dolce Vita
”. Here is where Joe Bradley got a lesson in not trying to borrow other tourists’ cameras.
Be sure to toss a coin in the fountain to ensure another visit to Rome. Of course, all our returning guests have told us that it works!
We continue to the most famous stairway in Rome: The Spanish Steps
. Its 18th century winding steps connects the French church of Trinita dei Monti
and the Egyptian obelisk above to the piazza and the one of a kind fountain below. You’ll notice people gathered around what appears to be a stone boat overfilled with water. The early 1600’ Baroque “Fontana della Baraccio
” (The Fountain of the Old Boat
) is credited to Pietro Bernini, the father of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and resembles a type of boats popular for carrying wine to the port of Ripetta.
If you are facing the steps, to your right is the house where the famous poet Keats
lived and died in 1821.
Here you have the opportunity to enjoy a gelato on the steps...just like Princess Ann.
Across from the Spanish Steps is Rome’s fashionable street, Via dei Condotti
, lined with top designer boutiques for a window shopping extravaganza!
From the Spanish Steps we will take a drive through one of Rome’s most exquisite neighborhoods on Via Margutta
and pass by “51
”, the residence of Joe Bradley. Behind the big doors that are locked to the outside world, is a large atrium with a number of art galleries and multiple bohemian-like apartments stacked in apparently no particular order. Because this is a private residence, non-residents are not permitted to enter. That’s ok, because the narrow Via Margutta itself is far more fascinating with charming aged ochre buildings overtaken by green climbing and hanging ivy, galleries, artisan workshops, and boutiques. It’s by far one of the most charming, romantic, and picturesque streets in Rome.
Our last stop is the Pantheon
where Princess Ann and Joe Bradley sat at the outdoor cafe.
This magnificent rotund temple dedicated to all Roman gods was built in 126 AD and is the oldest standing domed structure in Rome as well as in continuous use throughout its extensive history. During the 7th century it was transformed into a Catholic church as well as a tomb for Italy’s kings and prominent artists like Raphael.
The only source of light inside the Pantheon, other than the entrance, is the Oculus
at the top of the coffered dome. Always open to the elements, the “eye
”, allows for rain to fall to the floor, where it is then carried away through the drains. You will enjoy a stop to admire this incredible ancient monument.
ANN. A little.
JOE. You've had quite a day.
ANN. A wonderful day
This marks the end of your Roman Holiday tour in Rome. Our sincere hope is that Rome has charmed you in ways it has so many others, and when asked upon your return from your trip: “Which of the cities visited did you enjoy the most?
”, you will answer with the same conviction as Princess Ann: “Rome, by all means, Rome. I will cherish my visit here, in memory, as long as I live”
Thank you for choosing Stefano Rome Tours
for your Tours
and Shore Excursions
in Rome and beyond. We look forward to meeting you in Rome!
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