Rome Adventure

Date: 1962
Director: Delmer Daves
Production Company: Warner Bros

Stars: Suzanne Pleshette, Troy Donahue, Rossano Brazzi, Angie Dickinson, Hampton Fancher
Location(s): Italy

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Ex-librarian decides to find love not in books but for herself in Rome. SJ

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Pleshette arrives to face the music at her New England school for lending a romantic novel to a student. Possibly the USA, though most of the film is set in Italy... And Manuel Gurtner has done some serious sleuthing here. This shot of “Briarcroft College For Women” is lifted from “Parrish” (1961), also starring Donahue, featuring Sharon Hugueny as Paige Raike in front of Jack Warner's Beverly Hills Estate in Los Angeles.

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Pleshette and Fancher are given a tour of the sites of Rome by Brazzi.

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The Colosseum as seen from the Via di San Gregorio looking north. A very similar shot second unit shot was seen in Spectre. SJ

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Brazzi delivers Pleshette and Fancher to their Rome base. Unknown location for the time being, though that column should help...Solved by Manuel "Here we are on the Pincian Hill (Pincio) and Brazzi has stopped his Maserati Spyder Vignale next to the staircase of the Casina Valadier, near the park Villa Borghese. In the background the Antinous obelisk (Obelisco Pinciano) on the square at the Viale dell’Obelisco can be seen."

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Donahue parks his moped at Roma Termini in an attempt to stop Dickinson departing.

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He moves through hurriedly through the entrance hall of Termini.

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Brazzi takes Pleshette to the Castel Sant'Angelo.

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The Ponte Sant'Angelo, which also has a fleeting scene in 'Mrs Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter'. SJ

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Pleshette explores solo.

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The base of the Scalinata dell'Ara Coeli and Scalinata del Campidoglio, also seen in To Rome with Love. SJ

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Pleshette in the courtyard of the Capitoline museum.

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The noonday gun fires from the Gianicolo hill just below the Garibaldi monument.

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The Piazza San Pietro looking west in a shot taken early before the crowds.

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St Peter's Basilica/Basilica di San Pietro. SJ

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Crossing the Ponte Cestio, shot from the Trastavere side.

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Pleshette applies for a job at "The American Bookshop."

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Attractive position for the shop near the north side of the Piazza Navona with a view of the Fontana del Nettuno. SJ

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The west side of the Piazza Navona.

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Now the Tre Scalini restaurant. SJ

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Donahue and Pleshette meet at a café in the Piazza Navona.

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From the east side with the Fontana dei Fiumi to the left. SJ

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Some dining up in the hills with a lake view and a hawker selling a candelabrum... After a thorough search Manuel G has found it. "Indeed we are in the Alban Hills (Colli Albani), located 20 km southeast of Rome. From the terrace of the then Albergo Monte Cavo the Lake Albano and the small town of Rocca di Papa can be seen. The hotel certainly existed until the 1970s, but has long been abandoned and decaying." Great work.

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Donahue escorts Pleshette back to work.

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A view of the restaurant Quattro Fiumi next to the bookshop. Now two restaurants sit side by side. SJ

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Donahue and Pleshette take a coach for a tour of Italy. The Piazza della Repubblica, probably shot form the bell tower of the Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri.

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First on the itinerary is just south of Rome.

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The classical site of Ostia, the old harbour town. Taken from the higher reaches of the theatre looking south down the Viale degli Scavi. SJ

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Marble theatre masks by the theatre at Ostia.

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Still there grinning/grimacing away. Regio ii, insula viii. SJ

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The theatre of Ostia. As near as I could be without the camera crane which must have been used for the film. SJ

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The well-named Parco die Mostri.

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Still at the park just west of Bomarzo in North Lazio.

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Piazza Grande, Arezzo, Tuscany... Manuel adds, "One of the oldest traditions is the Giostra del Saracino (Joust of the Saracen), a colourful spectacle, held twice every year - on the third Saturday in June and on the first Sunday in September."

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Manuel's Google shot shows the square looking towards the Via Giorgio Vasari. (SJ)

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Pleshette and Donahue lean to the romantic side at the Torre di Pisa.

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Back south now to Orvieto Cathedral.

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Manuel's Google shot looking towards the steps in front of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, constructed under the orders of Pope Urban IV and completed 1591. (SJ)

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Lago Maggiore ... "Pleshette and Donahue are standing with the other tourists on the shores of the Lago Maggiore in Stresa. In the background two of the famous Borromean Islands (Isole Borromee) can be seen, Isola Bella on the left and Isola Madre on the right." With thanks to Manuel for filling in the detail.

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A comparison view from the lungolago at Stresa. In fact the filming location was on the shore nearby the Grand Hotel Bristol, sent in by Manuel on Google. (SJ)

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The terraced gardens of Isola Bella in Lake Maggiore north-west of Milan.

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Pleshette and Donahue survey the vista from the top of the terrace in the western spur of the lake.

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Great health and safety-free lift in the Dolomites! I gather they are still in use on the island of Elba.

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The Rifugio Toni Demetz as the helpful sign indicates. North-east of Verona.

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Val Gardena area, as another shot shows Fischburg Castle as they chat to the owner with the broken leg on the verandah. If it's not a backdrop it must be somewhere just north of the SS242

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The touring continues with a well-behaved crowd of onlookers sticking to the pavement! Piazza San Durich, Ortisei/Urtijëi in the Dolomites close to Austria. In the background, the Chiesa Parrochiale San Ulrico.

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Juliet's balcony attached to the Casa di Giulietta, Via Cappello, Verona

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An enthusiastic crowd gathers for Donahue's rendition of Romeo and Juliet. This is the courtyard which contains the balcony.

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Scaligero/Castel Vecchio Bridge, Verona.

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Ponte Pietra as seen from the Lungoadige San Giorgio looking east.

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A little further on with Verona Cathedral coming into view.

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Scala della Ragione, Verona.

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Piazza dei Signori, Verona.

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Back in the Piazza Navona. Same bar as capture 14.

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The view now. SJ

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A grand hotel...Indeed, that’s the Grand Hotel des Iles Borromées, located in Stresa, observes Manuel G

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And Manuel's Google proof from the Corso Umberto I towards the splendid 5-star hotel. (SJ)