Mangia, prega, ama

Eat, Pray, Love

“I’m having a relationship with my pizza… let’s say it’s a form of ‘bread and love and carbohydrates’.” With these words, Julia Roberts begins the praise of food that becomes the true protagonist of the scenes filmed in Rome.
It is here in Rome that the pleasures of life and good food entwine with the film’s story – taken from
Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestseller – telling of a woman who after her divorce decides to travel abroad in a journey of self-discovery: exploring food in Rome (with an all-American cast except for the Italian Luca Argentero), spirituality in India, and passion in Bali.
Although stereotyped, the Rome which is the background of the film is that of the narrow streets of Trastevere, of the art in Piazza Navona, of the shopping in
Via del Corso, but above all of the food, celebrated in the trattorias of the historic centre, or in dinners at home with friends.
The focus is on spaghetti and on wine in glasses, true stars of the scene, illuminated by spotlights to such an extent that they seem to jump out of the screen.
But even away from the set, the Hollywood diva confesses her love for good Roman cuisine and admits that she gained 5 kilos during filming:
“The reality is that in Rome it is impossible to eat badly. It’s the third time that I work there and it’s always nice to come back. It is a city that welcomes you with so much affection.”
The Rome of the film is the pleasure-loving Rome of today. An autumnal Rome, with warm and golden colours making it even more romantic. A perfect setting, which helped convince the actress to accept the part:
“I decided, I’m going to Italy. I have always wanted to eat, wanted to live […]. I want to go to a place where I can still be astounded by something. Linguine, Leonardo, limoncello … something!”

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