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by | May 18, 2015 | Press Releases

From thrillers like the hotly anticipated new Bond movie, Spectre, and Matt Damon’s The Bourne Identity, to Audrey Hepburn’s classic, Roman Holiday and Angels & Demons starring Hollywood mainstay Tom Hanks, the Italian capital of Rome has long proved a popular filming location with the Hollywood elite.

Film fans can go ‘on location’ and follow in the footsteps of their favourite Hollywood A-Listers on a sightseeing city break in Rome and tour their way around The Eternal City and its filming hotspots with the help of the popular Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass (www.romeandvaticanpass.com).

Tom Hanks and Al Pacino at St. Peter’s Basilica…

The Hollywood heavy-hitters shot scenes for Angels & Demons and The Godfather: Part III respectively at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City. History buffs can learn about Rome’s largest Roman Catholic Church, which is one of the most important Catholic landmarks in the world and today remains a place of global pilgrimage. Highlights of a visit include the chance to admire the spectacular interior and see Bernini’s Canopy, The Dome, St Peter’s Square, the Papal Throne and the Crypts. Fast Track Entry to St. Peter’s Basilica is free with the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass – which can save visitors up to four hours waiting in line during the peak summer months.

The Talented Mr Ripley at Piazza Navona…

When Anthony Minghella directed the 1999 Oscar-nominated, The Talented Mr Ripley, featuring the late Phillip Seymour-Hoffman plus Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett and Jude Law, the A-List cast filmed in The Eternal City at Piazza Navona. A great way to navigate Rome and see the top city sights is to make use of the free 3-day Hop-On-Hop-Off city bus tour, which includes a stop here. Architecture enthusiasts should also head for Piazza Navona to admire the famous cobbled square which is framed by baroque buildings and adorned with three large fountains and marble statues. It’s the perfect place to stop for a coffee break during a busy day of sightseeing and relax as the world goes by. The Hop-On-Hop-Off bus tour is included free with the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass.

Take a Roman Holiday at The Coliseum…

In 1953 Hollywood legends Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck starred in Roman Holiday which included scenes filmed at one of Rome’s most iconic sites, The Coliseum. The more than 2,000 year old amphitheatre is best known for its ancient Gladiator fights and visitors can discover it through its ruins, artefacts and exhibitions. There’s also the opportunity to tour the site including its famous steps plus the maze of hallways and underground tunnels. Fast Track Entry to The Coliseum is free with the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass.

Bond on the banks of the River Tiber…

For visitors keen to retrace James Bond’s recent Roman footsteps, head for the banks of the River Tiber where 007 recently took part in one of his iconic car chases. The perfect way for holidaymakers to reach this location and navigate the wider city is to use the city’s public transport system which includes metro and over-ground trains, trams and buses. While down by the river why not stop by the Museum of Castel Sant’Angelo, an ancient fortress, mausoleum and former prison. Located close to Lepanto and Ottaviano metro stations, it definitely resembles a set from a Bond movie as it even boasts its own secret corridor! Unlimited use of Rome’s public transport system is available with the Travelcard that comes with the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass and entry to the museum is free too!

The Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass is a sightseeing package which gives holders free entry to top attractions in the city together with Fast Track Entry to many of the most popular sites. A three-day pass costs €98 per adult and €65 for children (aged 6-12).

For more information or to book the Omnia Vatican & Rome Pass, visit www.romeandvaticanpass.com

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