A bridal party's Rolls Royce leaves Rome's Colosseum, still the world's largest largest amphitheatre and a popular spot for wedding photography. The stone and concrete Flavian Amphitheater was finished in 80AD and took its popular name from a colossal bronze statue of the Emperor Nero that once stood nearby.
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The one thing about Rome you can't fake anywhere else

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Rome – Fact Check The one thing about Rome you can't fake anywhere else

When Bruno Heller, creator of the HBO series Rome, started scouting for shooting locations he focused at first on the cheapest places he could find: Bulgaria, Romania, Tunisia. But there was one thing that he couldn’t replicate anywhere else: Rome’s light.

Tara Isabella Burton
Tara Isabella Burton Travel Writer

Bruno Heller ended up shooting at Italy’s Cinnecità, is a large film studio in the Municipio VII area of Rome that is considered the hub of Italian cinema – making Rome one of the most expensive TV shows ever made. But it was worth it.

Rome’s light – a brilliant white light that illuminates the city’s pastel buildings, enriching and emboldening every salmon-painted wall, every orange and peach-colored piazza – is one of the most singular aspects of its beauty: a perfect combination of climate and the architecture that refracts it that comes together to create a city that always – even the heart of the day, even when it’s cloudy or it rains – feels like dawn.

I return to Rome – where I spent much of my childhood – once or twice a year, now. Stepping out of the airport train at Termini Station is hardly a scenic reintroduction: my first glimpse of the city is invariably obscured by a few dozen buses, a few thousand people. But the incandescent light hitting the Diocletian Baths in the distance, highlighting the rose stone of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri, is enough for me. I know I’m home.

Take me there!

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