Roman Colosseum In the movie you’ll see a great shot of the Roman Colosseum, the most popular tourist site in Rome. If you plan to visit the Colosseum, be sure to read how to buy Colosseum tickets to avoid the ticket line which can be very long.
- Piazza Novana- Piazza Navona is home to more of Rome’s famous fountains including Bernini’s Fontana Dei Fiumi. The large square still retains its oval shape from when it was built by the Romans for chariot races and athletic competitions. Today, in addition to several churches, it’s ringed by expensive restaurants and cafes. If you’re on a food quest in Rome, be sure to try the famous tartufo dessert.
- Shopping in Rome- You’ll see a few shots of Rome’s fashionable shopping streets, including Via Condotti, in the movie.
- Pantheon- The Pantheon, the best preserved building of ancient Rome, has a spectacular dome and free admission. In ancient Rome it was the temple of all the gods but it was turned into a church in the 7th century. For dinner try Armando al Pantheon, Salita de’ Crescenzi, 31. After dinner, splurge on a drink outside in the Pantheon’s lively Piazza di Rotonda, one of my favorite Rome squares at night.
- Trevi Fountain- Everyone who visits Rome has to throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain, one of Rome’s most famous tourist stops, to ensure a return to Rome. Other movies that feature a Trevi Fountain scene are Three Coins in the Fountain and La Dolce Vita. The ornate Baroque fountain was completed in 1762 at the end point of an ancient Roman aqueduct.
- San Crispino Gelato- San Crispino has long been touted as the best gelateria in Rome and Elizabeth Gilbert’s description of tasting their gelato (in the book) will make you wish you were there. Here you’ll eat only gelato, no cones to interfere with the flavors. I’ve read that there are three San Crispino shops, this one is near the Trevi Fountain.
- Borghese Gardens- The beautiful Borghese Gardens are a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome. It’s hard to believe you are still in the city. Inside the gardens is the Villa Borghese, now an art museum.
Varansi- Few places in India are as colorful, charismatic or spiritual as the bathing ghats (steps) lining the Ganges in Varanasi. Take a soothing dawn boat ride and feel the beating heart of the Hindu universe, a crossing place between the physical and spiritual worlds.
- Taj Mahal- Many have tried to sum up its beauty. ‘A teardrop on the face of eternity,’ wrote Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. ‘The embodiment of all things pure,’ thought British writer Rudyard Kipling. This architectural masterpiece and monument to love will take your breath away.
- Study in Jaipur- With its stunning hilltop forts and glorious palaces, Rajasthan’s gateway city just might be the place with a little something for everyone. From a ten-day meditation course to early-morning yoga instruction, opportunities for spiritual study surround you.
Wayan’s Traditional Balinese Medicine shop- Wayan’s shop is one of the easiest to find. You turn off the main road of Ubud onto Jalan Jembawan. You will walk past the post office and notice Wayan’s shop squeezed into the shops on the left side of the road. If you get to Radiantly Alive, you have JUST walked past it. Look for the sign that says “Traditional Balinese Medicine.”
- Ubud Market- You really, truly can’t miss this one. There are rows of scooters and a few buses in front. It is on the left before you reach the Palace. That is where Julia and Javier were wandering the morning of her hangover when he offered to be her tour guide. It is a crowded place and everyone will want to sell you something. Dive in and get some pictures! The best time for picture taking at the Ubud Market is 5 a.m. The crowds are not there and the ladies are selling produce. The lighting is dim so be prepared with flash or tripod.
- Monkey Forest- Then continue along to Monkey Forest. Go past the lady trying to sell you “official Monkey Forest bananas,” you truly don’t need those. The overpopulated forest is brimming with frolicking monkeys. It will take no effort on your part to get great pictures of them! Walk along the main path and turn right at the first path. You will walk down the steps, across the bridge and end up at the biggest banyan tree and temple.
- Ceking Tegalalang Rice Terraces- One of my favorite locations, and a great break from the crowds of Ubud, is the drive out to the rice terraces. You really can’t take a bad picture here!