Movies that will give you itchy feet: Roman Holiday

A postcard I picked up in Rome of the film poster

Those who suffer from wanderlust or the ‘travel bug’ can attest to the fact that it is a pricey passion to enjoy. So, for those of us who are not millionaires or lucky enough to work in the aviation business (where discounted or free flights are an option) there might be large gaps between our travel adventures. It is during this down time that I indulge in the only travel I possibly can afford — the movies. Movies help us travel vicariously through the lens of a camera. I can honestly say that there are some locations I would never know about had I not heard or seen it in a film. One of my favorite movies (and definitely my favorite Audrey Hepburn film) is Roman Holiday.

For those of you who have never seen the film — it’s about a Princess (Audrey Hepburn) that has become frustrated with the rigidity and structure of her life. So, while on a trip to Rome she sneaks out and takes in the night life of the city incognito — until she falls asleep on a bench and is rescued by an American newsman (Gregory Peck) who quickly realizes he has landed a potentially big story. False identities, romance and a lot of physical comedy make the movie a quick favorite.

Despite that the film is in black and white — the scenes of Rome in this film are incredible. All the big landmarks are showcased; the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, The Trevi Fountain. But, the film also shows what its like to experience Rome — riding a vespa through traffic, eating gelato, and sleeping in a realistic cramped Roman apartment. It’s a film about experiencing life and Rome for the first time which is endearing because it reminds me of the first time I started to travel and how amazed I was by everything and how I still am. I saw Roman Holiday long before I finally went to Rome and every time I see the film now — it only makes me yearn to go back. Especially, since I did not find the Mouth of Truth last time I was there! If you’ve seen the film you’ll understand…

What are you some of films that inspire travel for you?


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