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On location: Roman Holiday
On Location: Roman Holiday
By Joanne O’Connor
The film plays like a sightseeing tour of the Eternal City complete with ‘gelato’ on the Spanish Steps
It’s 60 years since Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck first climbed on the back of a Vespa for their feel-good tour around Rome. To celebrate the anniversary, Roman Holiday has been re-released in the UK this weekend. The romantic comedy, which sees American reporter Joe Bradley (Peck) pursuing Princess Ann (Hepburn) as she attempts to escape her royal duties and experience the city incognito, was remarkable for two reasons: it was Hepburn’s big break, and it was one of the first big Hollywood movies to be shot entirely on location.
Where to stay
You can follow in the footsteps of Peck’s character and rent a converted artist’s studio on via Margutta. Once a bohemian quarter, this peaceful lane near the Piazza del Popolo is now lined with exclusive art galleries and restaurants. Margutta 54 offers stylish serviced studios with a peaceful courtyard just a couple of doors down from Joe’s apartment at number 51 (from €288 per night, www.romeluxurysuites.com).