11 Real Rome Locations from Sorrentino's La Grande Bellezza
Follow in the footsteps of writer Jep Gambardella as he discovers all the magical things he had forgotten about Rome. La Grande Belleza means The Great Beauty and a stay at one of the top luxury hotels in Rome provides you with the perfect base for your journey through the city.
Giancolo, Rome's second highest hill offers the same exceptional views that you can see in the movie as well as the church of San Pietro in Montorio, said to be built on the site of the crucifixion of St. Peter. Look out too for the Acqua Paola Fountain, this massive fountain is a key feature in the film.
The Aventine hill is the most southerly of Rome's seven hills and a striking location, complete with the famous Giardino degli Aranci or Orange Garden.
Villa Medici is an essential stop and the spectacular gardens complete with fountain are as romantic in reality as they are in the film, while Parco degli Acquedotti or Aqueduct Park is sensational. Walk in the same spots as Gambardella in this delightful park that is part of the Appian Way Regional Park.
More scenery in reality
The Piazza Navona is the perfect spot to watch the world go by over a coffee or glass of wine. Follow your coffee break with a visit to the Palazzo Barberini and the Palazzo Spada, the two magnificent palaces that can be seen in the movie.
The ancient Romans left amazing buildings and the Baths of Caracalla which were built between AD212 and 216 were the city's second biggest. Last but not least, the Colosseum is one of the iconic sights that epitomises Rome and also a major feature in La Grande Bellezza.
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