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"Roman Holiday" Movie Tour, Rome
Guide Location: Italy » Rome
Guide Type: Self-guided city tour
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.9 km
Image Courtesy of Wikimedia and Roman Holiday Trailer Screenshot
Author: ChristineT
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"Roman Holiday" (1953) is a movie, filmed entirely in Rome and beloved by generations of people. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, the film won three Oscars, giving Hepburn a boost to her glorious film career. The main storyline centers around a day of freedom in the beautiful Italian capital for an otherwise duty-bound Princess Ann. Take the following tour to live the happiest day of her life in Rome!
Attractions Map
Tour Stops and Attractions
1) Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin (The Mouth of Truth)
The Mouth of Truth (Bocca della Verita), considered the funniest scene in the movie, is where Joe Bradley puts his hand into the sculpture's mouth at Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin. According to legend, it would nip off the hand of a liar who'd put it in its mouth. In the film, Audrey Hepburn's reaction to the nipped Gregory Peck's hand was not an act, as he decided to pull a gag without telling her beforehand.

Located at Piazza della Bocca della Verita, the...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
2) Roman Forum (Joe Encounters Ann)
The Roman Forum would be a convenient place for Princess Ann and Joe Bradley to meet: she, on the escape from the palace; he, from a poker game at Irving Radovich's apartment. As Ann feels the effects of a sleeping pill, she rests on a brick bench near the Temple of Saturn (4th century BC) and the Arch of Septimus Severus (203 AD). That's where Joe finds her, takes pity on her and tries to take her home. Never managing to get her address, he takes her to his place by taxi. The road...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
3) Palazzo Colonna (The Interview)
Palazzo Colonna, featured in the final scene of the film, is where Princess Ann gives her interview to the press, finally choosing duty over love. One of the largest palaces in Rome, Palazzo Colonna acquired its present Baroque design in the 17th and 18th centuries, although some parts have been there since the 13th century. It is a palatial block of buildings in central Rome, at the base of the Quirinal Hill, and adjacent to the church of Santi Apostoli. It is built in part over ruins of an old...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
4) Palazzo della Consulta (Int. Police Station)
As Joe, Ann and Irving take off from G. Rocca Café, the wild Vespa ride through the city begins! And while Joe has no trouble driving the stylish vehicle through Rome’s traffic, Ann smashes into a few sidewalk café tables and some street vendor stalls. Palazzo della Consulta is the where the police station they were taken to was. While not much of it is seen, it is evidenced in the glimpses of Fontana dei Dioscuri, the fountain and obelisk in front of Palazzo della Consulta at Piazza...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
5) Barber Shop at Trevi Fountain (The Haircut)
After leaving Joe Bradley's apartment, Ann goes for a walk back to her palace. As she is enjoying her stroll through Rome’s narrow streets looking into shop windows and observing street life, her eye is caught by a young Italian woman with a short, trendy haircut coming out of a barber shop. She doesn’t hesitate to enter and ask the barber, Mario Delani, to cut her hair. That shop was located east of Trevi Fountain (1629), at Via della Stamperia 85, just left of the large rectangular...
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6) Galleria Alberto Sordi (American News Service Office)
In the film, Joe Bradley is a journalist at the American News Service Office in Rome. And if you have ever wondered where the actual headquarters is, it was located in Galleria Alberto Sordi (formerly Palazzo della Galleria Colonna) at Piazza Colonna. Although the actual filming of the interior of Mr. Hennessey’s office was shot in the studio, the view through his window is unmistakably the marble Column of Marcus Aurelius (193 AD) and the fountain in Piazza de Colonna (1577) in front of...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
7) G. Rocca Cafe at Pantheon (Meeting Irving)
After Joe runs into Ann eating gelato at the Spanish Steps, and the two of them agree to spend a holiday, "sit at a sidewalk café and look in shop windows, walk in the rain—have fun, and maybe some excitement," Joe claims to know "just the place. Rocca's" to fulfill her first wish. G. Rocca Café next to the Pantheon (126 AD) at the northwest corner of its façade, is the place where Ann drinks champagne at breakfast, meets Irving Radovich, Joe's colleague and...
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8) Oratorio dei Filippini (The Bell Tower Moment)
If you happen to be on one of Via Margutta's numerous balconies facing south, you can see the beautiful Baroque bell tower seen from the window of Joe's apartment. The one that rings to awaken Joe the day the Princess' interview is canceled. It is really located on the opposite side of downtown. The bell tower, which is actually a turret, belongs to the Oratorio dei Filippini (Oratory of Saint Phillip Neri), a building erected between 1637 and 1650 under the supervision of...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
9) Castel Sant'Angelo (Night of Dancing on the River)
You surely remember when Princess Ann is invited to a night of dancing on a barge on the Tiber River by Mario Delani, the barber who gave her the new haircut. The excitement and fun of the scene is truly terrific, especially the scuffle and mess created by secret agents chasing the Princess, and her priceless move, hitting an agent with a guitar, making him the "crowned head" of the night. Although it is no longer there, the barge used to be moored between Ponte Vittorio Emanuele II...
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10) Via Margutta 51 (Joe Bradley’s Apartment)
Joe Bradley’s apartment on Via Margutta 51 is a famous address. And while the apartment's interior, along with the spiral staircase were a studio set, all the outside features of its courtyard are real. The arched wooden entrance is just two doors north from Vicolo dell'Orto di Napoli. If you go inside you'll find yourself in a wide court, on the right is the apartment that was featured as an artist’s studio, and far in the back a tunnel passageway (note the eagle sculpture...
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11) Piazza di Spagna (Joe Meets Ann Again)
Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish Steps are among the most popular tourist attractions in Rome, a popular meeting point for many. Completed in 1725, these famous 138 famous steps (the widest staircase in Europe) link Piazza di Spagna and Piazza Trinità dei Monti with Chiesa della Trinità dei Monti. Fresh after a haircut, Princess Ann sits on the steps, enjoying the sight, eating gelato. After taking compliments for her new look, she confesses to Joe Bradley that she had run away from school and...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
12) Palazzo Barberini (Princess Ann's Embassy)
Palazzo Barberini, Via delle Quattro Fontane, is where Princess Ann’s Embassy is during her stay in Rome. This magnificent Renaissance palace completed in 1633, with several generations of architects working on its design, Carlo Maderno and Francesco Borromini among them, today houses Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, one of the most important painting collections in Italy. The palace also houses the Italian Institute of Numismatics. Note its wonderfully ornate gate featured in the film...
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Sight description based on wikipedia
13) Palazzo Brancaccio (Princess Ann's Embassy)
Palazzo Brancaccio was the filming location of all the interior shots of Princess Ann’s Embassy. Although the location is supposed to be Palazzo Barberini (and we see its exterior in the movie), Palazzo Brancaccio's rooms were chosen to be the inner set. Built in 1880 and considered to be the last noble palace of Rome ever constructed, several rooms are featured in the film. Most remarkable would be the magnificent Baroque room where the Reception Ball was held, Her Highness'...
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"Roman Holiday" Movie Tour, Rome