Movies to Watch Before Your Rome Trip

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Author: Chonki Blog

Who hasn't seen the epic movie Gladiator ? Or an Italian romance.
Before you go to Italy and discover Rome, you must see this movies.

In ancient Rome every cobblestone street whispers tales of antiquity and grandeur, Rome has captured the imaginations of filmmakers for a long time, serving as the backdrop for some of cinema's most iconic moments and locations.

This is our top 5 of classic movies you should watch before your rome trip.

1. "Gladiator" (2000)

Ridley Scott's epic masterpiece thrusts viewers into the heart of ancient Rome, where betrayal, vengeance, and heroism collide in a battle for honor and glory. General Maximus Decimus Meridius catapults audiences into the midst of the Colosseum's blood-soaked sands, while breathtaking visuals and a stirring score evoke the splendor and savagery of ancient Rome.

As you immerse yourself in Maximus's quest for justice amidst the crumbling ruins of the Roman Empire, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for the city's tumultuous past and enduring legacy.

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2. "Roman Holiday" (1953)

Audrey Hepburn's performance as Princess Ann, escapes her royal duties to explore Rome incognito. Directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy captures the city's charm as Ann and an American journalist, played by Gregory Peck, embark on a whirlwind adventure through iconic landmarks like the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Roman Forum. "Roman Holiday" offers a nostalgic glimpse into post-war Rome and the allure of newfound freedom and romance. This is a great movie to see some of the most picturesque places you should visit on your trip.

3. "La Dolce Vita" (1960)

A masterpiece that delves into the hedonistic lifestyle of Rome's elite. The film follows journalist Marcello Rubini as he navigates the city's glamorous social scene, encountering celebrities, eccentrics, and existential crises along the way. It has a lot of iconic scenes set on some of the most iconic of Rome's landmarks, such as the Fontana di Trevi and the Via Veneto, "La Dolce Vita" captures the essence of a city teetering between decadence and disillusionment.

4. "The Great Beauty" (2013)

This one is visually stunning and caterns to the keen eye showing us Rome's eternal allure. Set against the backdrop of the city's breathtaking vistas and opulent palazzos, "The Great Beauty" follows Jep Gambardella, an aging writer reflecting on his past and the elusive pursuit of beauty and meaning. Through its mesmerizing cinematography and evocative storytelling, the film invites viewers to contemplate the essence of Rome's beauty and the passage of time.

5. "Angels & Demons" (2009)

Based on Dan Brown's bestselling novel, "Angels & Demons" takes viewers on a thrilling journey through the Vatican City and the streets of Rome. Robert Langdon played by Tom Hanks, races against time to prevent a catastrophic event orchestrated by a secret society. As Langdon unravels ancient mysteries and uncovers hidden symbols hidden within the city's landmarks, viewers are treated to a suspenseful tour of Rome's religious and architectural treasures. This movie is like a treasure hunt with some very nice scenes and easter eggs. Totally recommended!

Bonus Movie: "Three Coins in the Fountain" (1954)

This romantic drama follows the lives of three American women searching for love and adventure in Rome. (What is it with Americans looking for love in Europe anyway?)

Against the backdrop of the city's fountains, including the iconic Trevi Fountain, their intertwined stories unfold, each one hoping to make a wish that will change their lives forever.

Watch them all, make a list of all the places you see in the movies. And in your next trip to Rome you wont regret reading our top 5 of classic movies you should watch before your rome trip.

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