Although best known for his acting and writing skills, silver screen star Sylvester Stallone, who has long had a passion for painting, savored the opportunity to let his artistic eye wander over the masterpieces housed in the Capitoline museum in Rome during his July jaunt to the Italian capital. Designed by Michelangelo, Sly and his family walked through the Piazza de Campidoglio on their way to the cluster of museums which line the square for a face-to-face encounter with the bronze bust of Emperor Constantine I.
Playing a prominent role alongside Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in the 1953 romantic romp Roman Holiday, the Spanish Steps is a site with its own star quality. According to Hello magazine online, the Hollywood heavyweight, his wife Jennifer Flavin and their three children climbed the 138 stone slabs as they enjoyed a shopping spree. Taking a break on the steps from their perusal for purchases, the movie icon could gaze at the splashing waters of La Fontana della Barcaccia and the Keats-Shelley House, where poet John Keats spent his last months of life. Today a museum, the structure contains a treasure trove of romantic memorabilia ranging from strands of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s hair to poetry penned by Oscar Wilde.
Days before embarking on their Italian vacation itinerary, the 1970’s king of the box office was in France paying a visit to the former abode of the Sun King, the Palace of Versailles. After strolling in the footsteps of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI, Stallone ventured into the heart of Paris and its most beloved landmark, the Eiffel Tower, where the star of Rocky and Rambo, his wife and daughters mulled over the menu at Le Jules Verne restaurant before returning to their regal accommodations at the George V Palace Hotel.