I just watched it again for the first time since returning from Rome. And I won't deny it, I teared up.
Who am I kidding?? I cried buckets.
Ti amo Roma!!
One of my dearest dreams has always been to go to Rome, and do everything Audrey Hepburn does in the movie.
Well, almost everything...
I did NOT want to drive a Vespa (have you seen the drivers in Italy??), or fall asleep on a wall and basically get picked up by a random stranger.
|Roman Holiday was Audrey Hepburn's first starring role,|
and she won an Oscar for it. She was amazing.
So, with that in mind, here is my Vacanze Romane!!!
First stop: Gelato on the Spanish Steps of course!
|The Spanish Steps as seen from Via Condotti|
|Dreams do come true!|
|This fountain is located directly in front of the Spanish Steps.|
I never noticed it in the movie until after my visit to Rome.
You can step out on it and drink directly from the waters!
Off to the Colosseum!
Next, the Forum, where Joe and Princess Ann meet for the first time.
|Husband was trying to be artsy!|
Don't forget the Pantheon! The cafe where "Anya/Smitty" drinks champagne is no longer there. But you can always stroll on over to the...
|...and by night, one of the most stunning sights in Rome!|
...Piazza Navona! A beautiful, long square filled with artists, cafes, and three fantastic fountains!!
|Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers|
|Close-up on the "Ganges"|
|Don't be fooled by the refreshing and light look of|
an Aperol Spritz... it is STRONG!!
And a favorite of locals throughout Italy.
|Husband clearly didn't get the memo to ham it up!|
There was no barge for dancing on the River Tiber...
...and I didn't get my hair cut...
...but we had a wonderful Roman holiday!
|Baccano (near the Fontana di Trevi),|
one of the nicest places to have a delicious, fresh, and unique drink.
Plus, their bathroom is CLEAN! Hehe!
In the final lines of the movie, Princess Ann is asked which of the cities she visited was her favorite. Her answer echoes the feelings of my own heart, "Rome! By all means, Rome. I shall cherish my visit here in memory, as long as I live."
Buckets! I need a tissue!!