If you love Dan Brown’s suspenseful tales, heavily peppered with intriguing clues, you’ll be looking forward to the film Angels and Demons, set in and around The Vatican in Rome and based on Brown’s thriller of the same name.
Opening at a multiplex near you in the second week of May, the film stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, the expert in religious symbols who was the main character in The Da Vinci Code.
With sinister secret societies and overtones of evil in historic places, the story is trademark Dan Brown. Summoned to investigate the murder of a Vatican cardinal, whose corpse was branded with a mysterious mark, Langdon and his scientist colleague, Vittoria Vetra, uncover a centuries-old vendetta and a plot to destroy the Vatican.
What they say about Angels and Demons
Critics say Angels and Demons is a fast-paced film with Hanks and Vittoria “rushing from crypts to catacombs to cathedrals” in pursuit of the shadowy Illuminati brotherhood. Hanks, it’s also reported, has a better haircut than he did in Da Vinci code and is apparently in great shape!
The Roman Catholic Church, however, is much less enthusiastic and has been against the film from the start. The Angels and Demons crew were banned from shooting in churches in Rome. Shots of the Pantheon, Santa Maria del Popolo, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica are all studio or digital re-creations of the real places.
Sightseeing tours of Angels and Demons Locations in Rome
But there’s no such ban on you! If you enjoy the movie why not follow in Langdon’s footsteps through some of the most beautiful parts of Rome. The Angels and Demons Tour, based on the original book, is tailor-made for this.
Starting at Santa Maria del Popolo church, you visit Piazza del Popolo, St. Peter’s Square, Santa Maria della Vittoria Church, Pantheon, Piazza della Minerva, Piazza Navona and Castel Sant’Angelo, all key sites in the story. And you get to see ‘il Passetto’. This concealed passageway, used as an escape route by the early Popes, was what inspired Dan Brown to write the book in the first place.
Just look out for the Demons along the way!