In 1953, American filmmaker William Wyler made one of the most romantic films in history, Roman Holiday. The movie, shot entirely in Italy, tells the tale of an American reporter who falls in love with a princess who has grown tired of the constraints that her status places on her.
Following its release, Roman Holiday transformed Audrey Hepburn into Hollywood’s new darling, and snatched up three Oscars as well as a slew of other accolades. The film also had major impacts for Rome: the city became the must-visit destination for young couples in love.
Anyone looking to recreate the film’s magic has quite a few sites to visit. First are the Spanish Steps at the Piazza di Spagna; then La Bocca della Verita (The Mouth of Truth), where Gregory Peck’s character Joe pretends to lose his hand. But one absolutely cannot forget Via Margutta. This narrow, historically artistic area plays a prominent role in the movie and has transformed into one of the most-visited streets in the world.
If you don’t have the budget for your own Roman holiday, check out our gallery of the street below:
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Even before the film catapulted the street into fame, many artists held the area in high esteem. Notable residents included filmmaker Federico Fellini, actress Giulietta Masina and painter Renato Guttuso. Source: Wikipedia
The fountain features a bucket with paintbrushes to symbolize the neighborhood’s centuries-long artistic presence. Artists are known to have congregated here since the 17th century. Source: Pinterest
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Ever since the street became a tourist attraction, Via Margutta lost most of its bohemian elements that made it appealing to artists—as well as its low rents. However, in recent times, art on Via Margutta has been making a comeback. Source: Il Tempo