I should call this blog post the ‘To Rome With Love filming locations walking tour’ because that’s basically what it is. A GIANT list of little cobbled streets and cute cafés with the odd monument or ruin thrown in too. ‘Cause, you know, Rome.
Love it or hate it (most people rightly hate it), To Rome With Love (2012) could not be more prolific in declaring it’s love for the Eternal City. No movie has so profusely documented a European capital city like a travel guide since oh, I dunno, Midnight in Paris (2011). To Rome With Love follows the lives of locals and travellers in Rome and how their lives intersect with a touch of that magic realism that Woody Allen can’t write or direct a film without.
I have to admit, I find To Rome with Love a bit exhausting. There are so many other films about Rome that are much more enjoyable to watch. Nevertheless, in terms of square footage, the film locations in To Rome With Love remain undefeated.
Let’s have a look at the whopping 43 To Rome With Love filming locations I researched and documented on my trip there last year. I’m sure there’s got to be 10 I’ve missed, too!
To Rome With Love Filming Locations in Rome
1. Piazza Venezia
To Rome With Love opens on a traffic coordinator in the middle of Piazza Venezia talking directly to the camera. It’s one of the most traffic-heavy, touristy areas in Rome.
2. Cordonata Capitolina, Piazza del Campidoglio, 00186
Next, the gorgeous Italian lawyer Michelangelo runs into American tourist Hayley, who asks him for directions to the Trevi Fountain. I mean, if you’re going to ask for directions, make sure you ask one of the most attainable, hot young Italian men in the city, am I right? Even if you have to stand there all day!
This interaction takes place on the Cordonata Capitolina which isn’t a million miles away from the Trevi Fountain but it would be difficult to explain exactly how to get there. But it is close to Piazza Venezia, as Michelangelo says.
If you haven’t realised, I’m gonna seriously be scrutinising To Rome With Love filming locations for authenticity.
3. Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Trevi, 00187
Michelangelo and Hayley do visit the Trevi Fountain together! Shown via a montage of their blossoming love! I’d expect one or two extra people (or more like three hundred) around the fountain when you visit, real life is not a closed film set.
4. Osteria Margutta, Via Margutta, 82, 00187
The next location in the montage of blossoming love is this charming little restaurant, Osteria Margutta. It actually looks like the perfect spot for a romantic dinner date IRL.
It sure is easier to believe Michelangelo and Hayley are falling quickly in love with each other in the glow of candlelight.
The last shot of the love montage is Hayley and Michelangelo kissing in a park. But for the life of me, I have no idea which park it is. If you know where this park is, shout up! Don’t keep it to yourself!
5. Via Degli Ibernesi, 00184
Post-montage, Hayley talks on the phone walking along Via Degli Ibernesi onto Via Baccina.
6. Roma Termini Station, 00185
We leave Hayley and Michelangelo’s storyline for the time being to dive into Antonio and Milly’s. They’re newlyweds who decide to spend their honeymoon in Rome to see if they’d like to live there.
They arrive at Roma Termini Station, the main train station in Rome.
7. Caffè Della Pace, Via Della Pace, 3/4, 00186
Then we leapfrog out of Antonio and Milly’s narrative and into John’s. John is an American architect enjoying a few days in Rome at the end of a vacation in Italy. Him, his wife and their friends are eating at a café called Caffé Della Pace.
Apparently, this café is closed now! This seems like such a shame because it’s been open for years and was the place in Rome to ‘see and be seen’ apparently.
8. Via di Villa Belardi, 17, 00154
This is the exterior location of Leopoldo’s house, and we catch a glimpse of the interior at this point in the film.
I’m not sure if the interior of the apartment is also on Via di Villa Belardi, but since the To Rome With Love filming locations have been so authentic up until this point, it’s definitely possible.
9. The Hundred Fountains, Villa D’Este Piazza Trento, 5, 00019, Tivoli
Back to Haley and Michelangelo, here we see them walk along this gorgeous path next to The Hundred Fountains. This monument resides in Villa d’Este, one of the grandest estates in the country and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Seems unlikely that the pair would just walk to Tivoli, though. Tivoli is waaay out of Rome’s city centre, it’s basically a different town.
Continuity has finally been broken, readers! But since it looks like a pretty charming and romantic place, I’ll let them off this time. I wouldn’t be surprised if the park I couldn’t find the location of earlier in the film was somewhere on this huge estate.
10. Via Terni, 95, 00182
This is Michelangelo’s family home! Again, I don’t know if the interior and exterior are both on Via Terni, but since I’m an optimist, I’ll assume that they are.
11. Corner of Via Della Scala and Via Garibaldi, 00153
I’m a bit annoyed that I cannot find the name of Antonio and Milly’s hotel ANYWHERE. Like, it was so obviously shot in a hotel for some of the scenes so I’ve no idea why I can’t find it. Sigh. Regardless, Antonio and Milly check into their hotel.
Moving on, Architect John meets student Architect Jack at this exact corner of Via Della Scala and Via Garibaldi, and it’s where the two will part ways later in the film. It’s possibly one of the most iconic yet understated To Rome With Love filming locations in the whole film.
12. Farnese Cinema, Via Alessandro Farnese, 30, 00192
After a day’s slog in the office, Leopoldo watches a movie at the Farnese Cinema with his wife and friends and gets unexpectedly mobbed by fans!
13. InterContinental de la Ville, Via Sistina, 69, 00187
Jerry and Phyllis (AKA Haley’s parents) have now arrived in Rome to meet the in-laws. Their hotel is the InterContinental hotel on Via Sistina, which has now sadly closed! It’s a shame because the rooms and outdoor space looked gorgeous.
14. Via Dei Greci, 00187
Milly has left her hotel, gets lost and has to ask a local for directions back to her hotel. Via Dei Greci is the busy street she’s standing on. If only this film was set in 2012 where everyone carries around a smartphone so they can find their way around, eh?
15. Piazza del Popolo, 00187
Milly is now on Piazza del Popolo, one of the most important piazzas in the city and where she asks a second person for directions. The directions are naturally long-winded and unrealistically precise.
16. Via Dei Neofiti, 8, 00184
Jack shows John his apartment in Rome which is at this address on Via Dei Neofiti. Don’t you love it when so-called penniless students have the most ridiculously adorable and not at all shoddy apartments? When really they should be slumming it in some basement studio or mouldy dorm room. It’s a flipping gorgeous Roman side street complete with Vespas, rusty orange facades and a curtain of leaves draped over one half of the street. Too pretty for students!
Again, like all the homes on this list of the To Rome with Love locations, I’m not 100% sure if the interior and exterior scenes are both filmed at the same address. It’s unlikely, but the exterior is definitely shot here.
17. Largo Arenula, 00186
Milly is still lost! She’s now walked for a good 30-minutes away from Piazza del Popolo and has ended up at Largo Arenula which almost looks like a little piazza itself.
18. Fiumicino Aeroporto, 00054
Sally’s aloof friend Monica arrives at Fiumicino Aeroporto to stay at Sally and Jack’s apartment for a short break. This is the main airport in Rome that international travellers will be acquainted with.
19. Piazza Navona, 00186
After eating a homecooked meal together, Sally, Jack and Monica all head out into the city at night. And where should they walk than Piazza Navona? This piazza is no stranger to the big screen after appearing in Angels and Demons (2009) as well as Eat Pray Love (2010) the next year. In fact, I have blog posts detailing all the Eat Pray Love filming locations and the Angels and Demons filming locations in Rome you might like to check out!
20. Via Tiburtina, 521, 00157
Cut back to Leopoldo’s storyline and his fame is getting out of hand! A car arrives to take him to be interviewed by TG3. I can’t be 100% sure but let’s just assume the TV interview scene was actually shot at their studios. I mean, it would just make sense, wouldn’t it?
21. Turtle Fountain, Piazza Mattei, 00186
Even though it’s definitely the next day, Milly is still looking for her chuffing hotel! Flippin’ heck woman you even speak Italian! She sits, defeated, at the Turtle Foutain in Piazza Mattei.
She’s actually stumbled onto a film set (we’re getting a bit meta, here) and Milly gets to meet her idol, Luca Salta. The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) also shot in Piazza Mattei!
22. Piazza del Campidoglio, 00186
Sally asks Jack to take Monica out sightseeing and we’re treated to a few shots of different landmarks/hot tourist spots in Rome to accompany their conversational narration. The first spot is Piazza del Campidoglio, which is on top of Capitoline Hill (one of Rome’s seven hills). Jack and Monica look out over the next filming location on this list and the Roman Forum near this piazza.
23. Colosseum, 00184
The second location featured in this little landmark montage is none other than a seven modern wonder of the world, the Colosseum! It looks extra beautiful as the sun sets from Via dei Fori Imperiali.
24. Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30, 00196
One of the more random To Rome With Love filming locations on this ‘tour of Rome’ is the Auditorium Parco Della Musica. Jack takes Monica there because… It kind of looks like something he’d like to design one day? It’s certainly a striking and modern looking building, especially by Roman standards.
25. Newsstand, Via Degli Zingari, 00184
Sally and Jack meet up after Jack’s tour of Rome and they walk down Via Degli Zingari towards this newsstand/kiosk in the middle of this street. I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things in cities like Paris and Rome are the little newspaper and magazine kiosks. We just don’t have them on the same scale in the UK!
26. The Space Cinema Moderno, Piazza Della Repubblica, 43/45, 00184
This is a slightly more upmarket and better-located cinema than the Farnese cinema Leopoldo visited earlier in the film. The Space Cinema Moderno hosts a film premiere which Leopoldo and his wife attend.
27. Aqua Claudia, Viale Appio Claudio, 113, 00178
We leave the city for the first official time in the film! But we’re not going too far though. Aqua Claudia is an aqueduct that once provided water for the citizens of Rome. It looks like an absolutely beautiful place for a drive to visit some ancient ruins outside the city. Perfect for a double date with Jack and Sally and Monica with her date Leonardo!
The aqueduct ruins are super near the Cinecittà metro station, which means they’re also very near the Cinecittà Studios – the biggest film studios in Europe!
28. Porta Settimiana, Via Garibaldi, 00153
Back in the eternal city, Porta Settimiana is a 3rd-century city gate which looks like it’s not aged a day since it was built all those years ago. Jack and Leonardo sit outside a café right next to this city gate.
29. Restaurant Alfredo alla Scrofa, Via Della Scrofa, 104/a, 00186
Milly is still lost in the city of Rome and cannot find her hotel but that no longer matters! She gets to meet her favourite actor, Luca Salta. He takes her to Restaurant Alfredo alla Scrofa where her husband, Antonio, just happens to be dining with his family. But of course, fate doesn’t allow them to be reunited just yet…
30. Lungotevere in Augusta, 00186
Leopoldo is still enjoying his 15 minutes of fame and meets a young, leggy fashion model at a catwalk show at Lungotevere which is actually a swanky hotel.
He then takes this model to a busy restaurant but I’m not sure about the name of the restaurant!
31. Il Faraone, Piazza Della Madonna dei Monti, 8, 00184
Sally, Jack, Leonardo and Monica stop at Il Faraone, a gelateria/bar for a quick bite to eat and they discuss pretentious books and poets, as one normally does if you’re a character in a Woody Allen film. I think it’s written in all the contracts.
32. Villa Quintili, Via Appia Antica, 290, 00178
In the film, Monica asks the other three to sneak into the ‘old Roman baths’ that evening after dark. I mean, this is like saying ‘I want to visit the sauna’ in Helsinki. There are quite a few so you kind of need to specify which one.
One isn’t specified, but the filming location used as the Roman baths is Villa Quintili, some ruins just outside of Rome. I’m not sure the ruins were Roman baths. But it does make plenty of sense that they now hold weddings because Antonio takes Anna here for a posh reception slightly later in the film! Though they are quite unrecognisable, two different parts of the estate must have been utilised.
33. Teatro Argentina, Largo di Torre Argentina, 52, 00186
It’s time for Michelango’s father, Giancarlo to literally sing in the shower in front of a packed house of opera fans. The theatre used for this scene is the fancy Teatro Argentina.
34. Market at Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 33, 00186
The Piazza Campo de’Fiori market is where Jack, Monica and Sally go shopping for ingredients to cook with later that day. It’s a great farmer’s market and you have to visit if you’re staying in an apartment in Rome so you can whip up your own Italian meal.
35. Ristorante Sabatini, Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 13, 00153
Leopoldo is caught in another restaurant in Rome by the paparazzi with yet another leggy, pretty girl only this time it is Ristorante Sabatini in Rome’s Trastevere neighbourhood.
36. Via Della Fonte D’Olio, 00153
Leonardo tries to escape the cameras by running through Piazza di Santa Maria and onto Via Della Fonte D’Olio but he accidentally stumbles onto a religious procession and has to turn around.
37. Parco del Colle Oppio, Viale del Monte Oppio, 00184
38. The St. Regis Rome, Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3, 00185
Famous actor Luca Salta is still trying to seduce Milly, so he takes her to The St. Regis Hotel to take things to the next level. I mean, it’s a fabulous hotel so if she was going to cheat on her husband, this would be the place to do it.
39. Largo Pablo Picasso, Villa Borghese, Piazzale Napoleone I, 00197
Jack and Monica continue their affair in the rather picturesque Villa Borghese gardens, right near Largo Pablo Picasso and the Temple of Asclepius. As with the previous To Rome with Love film location on this list… If you’re going to have an affair, may as well do it somewhere pretty, am I right?
The setting of this scene reminds me of the Monet gardens in Giverny as seen in Midnight in Paris (2011) where Gil and Inez visit during the opening scene.
40. Via Della Vite, 33, 00187
Leopoldo leaves this address, Via Della Vite, and he is hassled by photographers, again! But for the last time…
41. La Vecchia Pineta, Lungomare Lutazio Catulo, 6C, 00122, Ostia
Leaving the city of Rome again, Jack, Sally and Monica drink cocktails and eat cake at La Vecchia Pineta, a seaside beach bar in Ostia.
Apparently, the beach bar’s blue umbrellas were switched to orange to adhere to the film’s warm colour palette. That’s why most of the scenes seem to be shot at the golden hour and a lot of streets painted orange or warm colours were chosen as To Rome with Love filming locations.
42. Via Vittorio Veneto, 00187
Leopoldo doesn’t think the grass is greener on the other side and desperately misses being famous and the attention it brings. He has a bit of a freak out on Via Vittorio Veneto. Funnily enough, his nervous break down happens right outside the hotel where John said he was staying in the previous scene, the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome.
43. Piazza di Spagna, 00187
Even though the film stays incredibly faithful to its Roman filming locations, a bit of movie trickery was used for this final scene. As Haley, Michelangelo and family celebrate on Jerry and Phyllis’ hotel terrace (which is located at the InterContinental Hotel), the scene cuts from their courtyard to Piazza di Spagna and the Spanish steps which, while they are situated very nearby, the hotel would need to be on the other side of the road to get a view that looks anything like the film.
Movie magic, eh? Taking already beautiful cities to another level of impressive-ness!
And those are all the top To Rome With Love filming locations around Rome, Italy! Have you watched the film or visited Rome? Let me know in the comments below!