Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi with view of the Sant’ Agnese in Agone, Piazza Navona Photographs by T. Brack
Fontana di Trevi, Marcello, Come here! Hurry! (Where did he go for that milk? Goodness!)
By Theadora Brack
Calling all Pixies and Saints: Grab three coins, see, because I’ve got the fountain. Our Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please stow your carry-on luggage underneath the seat in front of you or in the overhead compartment, I do say with relish. During the festive month of Dicembre, let’s celebrate La Dolce Vita behind the great walls of the Eternal City, shall we?
By all means, in preparation, let’s clip more and more and MORE from Billy Wyler’s “Roman Holiday” trailer (1953). Repeat after me: There’s a new holiday on your calendar, so let your hair down not promises, and prepare for the greatest gay and giddy spree a girl ever had lived, loved, or filmed in Rome.
Stop. Wait. Was that Gregory Peck, Marcello Vincenzo Domenico Mastroianni, or Cleopatra’s main squeeze Mark Antony (we’re talking B.C. not J.Lo!). Never a mess, I am hooked. Love in the ruins. I am lost in time travel.
Pinching from the always “radiant as a royal moonlight” Audrey Hepburn’s character, Princess Ann, in the award-winning “Roman Holiday” flick, “Rome. I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live.”
I will, too. Let’s roll the teaser! Lights! Camera! Action!
Shop with view of the Scalinata dei Trinità dei Monti (a.k.a. the Spanish Steps). You’ll find high ticket duds along the nearby the narrow Via Condotti. Hold on to your wallet! Perfect for window-shopping.
138 Spanish Steps will take you up to the Trinità dei Monti! Tip: Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic weepie Besieged (1998) with Thandie Newton and David Thewlis was filmed in an old flat over looking the Spanish steps, on the north side, upper left if you are standing at the bottom of the steps).
Window-shopping near the Piazza di Spagna (a.k.a. Spanish Steps). Hopeless Romantics: The Keats-Shelley Memorial House is just a kiss, skip, and jump away. Tip: Learn from Keats. Don’t let the ill reviews get you down. Living swell is the best revenge, according to my pal, Oscar Wilde!
Fontana del Pantheon at the Piazza della Rotonda, constructed by Giacomo Della Porta under Pope Gregory XIII in 1575. The obelisk was added added in 1711 under Pope Clement XI. (Tip: Here is where Audrey Hepburn’s character, Princess Ann, ordered Champagne in the morning. Heck, why not. Be queen for a day!
Halo, Kitty! I can see your nimbus! You’ll find a volunteer-run, no-kill cat shelter in the ruins of Torre Argentina. There are plenty of hot spots for sunbathing! Here is where I lost my heart.
St Peter’s (Basilica di San Pietro), Piazza San Pietro This year’s theme Christmas tree already holds court in the St. Peter’s Square. Transported from Bavaria, Germany, on Dec. 6th, it is more than 80 feet high.