Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in "Angels & Demons" Rome

Fri May 8, 2009 11:14am EDT
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By Eliza Apperly

ROME (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to follow in the footsteps of Professor Robert Langdon and discover some of Rome's most beautiful sites featured in the blockbuster movie Angels & Demons?

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors track Illuminati clues across the eternal city whilst enjoying its renowned history, culture and cuisine.


8 p.m. - Having checked into your hotel, head for great food and a real Italian vibe at the Antica Enoteca on Via della Croce between Via del Corso and Piazza di Spagna. A lively wine bar/restaurant with freshly prepared appetizers at the bar, great pizza, and a terrific tiramisu.


10 a.m. - After kicking off the day with some of Rome's finest and most famous coffee at Bar Sant'Eustachio (Piazza Sant'Eustachio 82) head up to the northernmost end of Via del Corso to Piazza del Popolo.

In the far right corner of the square stands the church of Santa Maria del Popolo where Langdon locates the body of the first missing Cardinal. Buried up to his waist at the bottom of a demon's hole beneath the church floor, he is first in a series of associations with the Illuminati's four primordial elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.

As well as celebrating Langdon's first step in the Vatican mystery, take a moment to admire two Caravaggio masterpieces to the left of the main altar, The Crucifixion of St. Peter and The Conversion of St. Paul.   Continued...

<p>A guide with the "Official Angels &amp; Demons Tour" holds a copy of the book by Dan Brown while accompanying a group of American tourists retracing its plot at Saint Peter's square in the Vatican May 1, 2009. REUTERS/Chris Helgren</p>