During my recent Roman Holiday, I visited some of the world-famous landmarks in Rome. These three landmarks are featured in the 1953 Paramount film "Roman Holiday" starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn. Read on to find out what they are!
My first stop is the Colosseum. In the movie, the princess (Audrey Hepburn) and the reporter (Gregory Peck) drove past the Colosseum on a motorbike.
The Colosseum, or the Coliseum, was built in 80 AD under Emperor Titus and is the largest elliptical amphitheater ever built in the Roman Empire. The Colosseum has a seating capacity of 50,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on classical mythology. Unfortunately, the Colosseum had been severely damaged by several earthquakes throughout the years. And the damage is amplified by the fact that much of the tumbled stones were reused to build palaces, churches, hospitals, and other buildings elsewhere in Rome.
Next, I move on to the Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi). The Trevi Fountain is one of the largest and most famous Baroque fountains in the Eternal City, which boasts of 280+ fountains. The Trevi Fountain derives its name from the fact that it sits at the junction of three roads (tre vie). Work began in 1732, and the fountain was completed in 1762. In Roman Holiday, the Trevi Fountain is the location where the princess fell asleep when the sedative injection took effect. Legend has it that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. An updated version states that it is lucky to throw three coins with one’s right hand over one’s left shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. After all the coin throwing, I got myself a nice gelato in one of the numerous gelato outlets surrounding the fountain.
Last but not least, I arrived at the Spanish Steps (Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti), Europe’s widest staircase with 138 steps. The Scalinata links Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the church of Trinità dei Monti at the top of the slope. The stairway was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725.
The Scalinata is the place where the princess enjoys her gelato in Roman Holiday! The Spanish Steps is usually crowded with people out to enjoy the nice panoramic view from the church of Trinità dei Monti. Next to Piazza di Spagna is the world-famous shopping streets of Rome (via Condotti e via del Babuino) where one can find designer boutiques like LV, Gucci, and Prada.
Overall, I enjoyed my Roman Holiday tremendously and as I tossed one coin into the Trevi Fountain, I hope to return to the Eternal City one day.