You might wonder what taking a hop on hop off Rome tour, buying Last Supper tickets, and embarking upon a Venice gondola ride have in common with Julia Roberts. If you’ve seen her latest film, then you will know that one third of it takes place in Italy, where all three of the above experiences can be enjoyed.
Eat Pray Love has been in theatres for a while now, causing the travel bug to buzz inside movie-goers everywhere. The movie is based on the book with the same title, written by Elizabeth Gilbert, an author who decides to escape from her marriage and mundane life in New York and chronicle her year-long journey from Italy, to India, to Bali. As is usually the case with books-turned-films, the written version is arguably better than the moving picture. The highlights of the film, however, are the locations. Seeing the ancient ruins of Rome, the bustling streets of India, and the paradise of Bali on the big screen evoke a desire to experience these places that reading a description simply cannot do.
Many have criticized the middle/India/pray section of the film for dragging on. Going to live at an ashram to meditate and practice ‘being in silence’ is, understandably, not everyone’s cup of tea. The final/Bali/love part is quite romantic, but how many of us are actually going to find love in India? Something that everyone can relate to, however, is the first/Italy/eat portion of the film. I saw the film three days ago and am still craving some native Italian pizza and pasta.
It may not be possible to put your life on hold for an entire year, but a short trip to Rome is surely feasible. In addition to seeing all of the city’s attractions on a hop on hop off Rome tour, you have the freedom to hop off as you please to enjoy a slice or some gelato on a bench, just like Julia does in the movie! If you have some extra time (and enough notches on your belt) to squeeze in one Last Supper, take a trip to Milan to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting (and enjoy a pasta dinner while you’re at it)! Make sure you book your Last Supper tickets in advance though, this is an extremely popular attraction!.
If you are travelling with your significant other and seeking some romance, but can’t make it all the way to Bali, take a Venice gondola ride. It’s one of the most romantic things to do in Italy, so you’ll get a bit of love along with your eat!