Title ID 9730Collection ID1232
TitleRoman Holiday
CollectionTomes Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionTravel
ThemeTravel Urban Life
KeywordsBuildings Cultural Heritage Everyday Life Memorials Monuments Outings Parades Religious Activities Religious Buildings Rural Areas Tourism Urban Areas Villages
LocalRome Vatican City Lazio Trvoli Castel Gandolfo
NationalItaly Europe
ProductionTomes Family
CameraGilbert Tomes
NarratorGilbert Thomes
ParticipantsPope John XXIII
Format16mm Colour Sound
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This edited colour travelogue style film with music and narration, tours the monuments and ruins of Rome, the Vatican City and the surrounding environs of Lazio and Tivoli. The film also shows Pope John XXIII at Castel Gandolfo performing a blessing and on a street tour.


The film focuses on architectural and historical aspects of the locations visited, such as the Forum, Colosseum, Arco di Costantino, Tomba del Milite Ignoto, Altare della Patria and the Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II.

The film shows street scenes of the Vatican and Piazza San Pietro, followed by shots of preparations ahead of the Papal sermon at Castel Gandolfo, the Papal Summer residence. Close-ups of Pope John XXIII, with him sat on a raised sedan chair carried by footman and several uniformed guards. Highlights of his sermon are shown with his blessing (in Italian) as given to the watching public. The sequence ends with street scenes of a market selling souvenirs and rosary beads to pilgrims and tourists.

The film-maker tours the rural countryside at Castel Gandolfo and the Appion Way, viewing an artist at work painting a rural scene next to a road. This is followed by shots of the film-maker's visit to a vineyard, with close-ups of the grapes ripening on the vines. The film then returns to touring Rome, visiting several fountains - the Baroque Fontana di Trevi, Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, Piazza Navona and several fountains at Villa d'Este, Tivoli. The film concludes with a summary and end title: 'The End'