Film and TV in Rome

Film and TV in Rome

Thanks to its long history, reflected in its present, Rome has been one of the most-filmed cities in the world throughout the years. It's been the scene of great battles, and some of the most iconic moments in the history of the silver screen.

Films and TV in Rome

Roman Holiday: As you might guess by the title, you can explore pretty much every scene in the film, just by passing through the city. Directed by William Wyler and with lead acting by Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck - it includes the Mouth of Truth, in one of the most iconic scenes in classic cinema. An you'll also spot other landmarks in the film, such as the Church of Santa María in Cosmedin or the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Ben-Hur: One of the biggest and most famous films in the Golden Age of cinema, shot in Rome from start to finish in the mythical Cinecittá studios. You can relive the classic in the Circus Maximus - where the famous chariot race took place - famous for being one of the most difficult scenes to film in history.

  • La dolce Vitta: Without doubt an Italian, and Roman, classic. Federico Fellini's masterwork paints a picture of the social life of the time, and invites you to dive into the Trevi fountain, just like its protagonists!
  • To Rome With Love: This 2012 film from the acclaimed Woody Allen, was filmed throughout the eternal city, and through its adventures takes in the Altare della Patria, and the Baths of Caracalla.
  • Gladiator: The winner of five Oscars, including best film and best actor for its protagonist, Russell Crowe - this modern great, directed by Ridley Scott, includes stunning recreations of some of Rome's monuments and attractions - including the Colosseum in its heyday.
  • The Great Beauty: By Paolo Sorrentino, this portrait of the parties and high society in Rome features some of the most representative museums and monuments in the city, including Piazza Navona and the Capitoline Museums.
  • Angels and Demons: A film which could serve as a guidebook to Rome. Some of the monuments and piazzas include: Piazza di Spagna, la Villa Borghese, St. Peter's Square and Agrippa's Pantheon. You can explore the city just like Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon.

Series Shot in Rome

The Young Pope: This series starring Jude Law has brought to light many of the "hidden" corners of the Vatican, such as the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica.

Spartacus: One of the most popular action series of recent years, the story is based on the gladiator Spartacus, who organised the most famous rebellion against the Roman empire. The other star of the show? Of course it's the imposing Colosseum.

Suburra: The first Italian drama on Netflix dives deep into the Italian underworld - and in Rome you can explore the same squares and monuments that appear in the series