Top Movies Set in Rome

The Best Films for Armchair Travel to Rome, Italy

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Rome has been the setting for some of the world's most memorable films. With stunning landmarks like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, it's easy for directors to choose Rome as a colorful backdrop. You'll also feel like you are on vacation without packing your suitcase! Here is a list of classic and recent movies that have been filmed in Rome.

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Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck star in this Rome classic romance that has them traveling on a two-wheeler across the Eternal City and visiting some of Rome's most iconic monuments, including the Bocca della Verità, one of the best places in Rome for a photo op. Roman Holiday launched the career of Audrey Hepburn - she won an Oscar - and is still one of the most beloved depictions of Rome on the silver screen.​

02 of 07

Three Coins in the Fountain

Three American girls working in Italy throw coins in the Trevi Fountain, each wishing to find the man of her dreams. The premise of this romantic comedy set in Rome is simple and the setting – 1950s Rome – is breathtaking.

03 of 07

La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini's 1960 classic chronicles the "sweet life" of Rome's elite and the journalist (played by Marcello Mastroianni) who covers the social scene. One of the most famous scenes in La Dolce Vita is that of bombshell actress Anita Ekberg cavorting in the Trevi Fountain. The posh Via Veneto also figures prominently in the film.

04 of 07

Angels and Demons

Based on the blockbuster book by Dan Brown, Angels and Demons takes a trip through Rome and, specifically, her many churches. See our list of Angels and Demons Top Sites in Rome and the Vatican for more details on the mystery's famous settings.

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05 of 07

Eat Pray Love

Julia Roberts plays the role of Elizabeth Gilbert, who set the "Eat" portion of her book in Rome. In the story, Elizabeth Gilbert spends a few months living in Rome, studying Italian, and having adventures often based around food. Here's a look at Eat Pray Love Sites in Rome that include restaurants, fountains, piazze (squares), and neighborhoods in the book and movie.

06 of 07

La Grande Bellezza

La Grande Bellezza, the Great Beauty, is a 2013 film about a 65-year old Roman reflecting on his life as he wanders through Rome. The movie got mixed reviews with some people loving it while others hate it but it did win the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. There are some beautiful shots of Rome in the film.

07 of 07

To Rome with Love

Rome itself is the star in this Woody Allen movie although there are several great actors including Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, and Woody Allen himself. Enjoy a romp through Rome as you follow the stories of locals and tourists in the Eternal City.