Since 1651 the chiseled image of the river god Ganges has cast its gaze upon visitors of Piazza Navona. One late summer day in 2009, however, the stone deity beheld not a steady stream of sightseers, but rather a goddess of the silver screen– Julia Roberts.
The roar of continuously crashing droplets of water tumbling into the basin of the Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi (Fountain of the Four Rivers) seemed to mimic the sound of applause as the Academy Award winner– currently in front of the camera filming the cinematic adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s New York Times best seller, Eat, Pray, Love— walked around the structure, admiring the beauty of Bernini’s masterpiece, which is eternally guarded by the towering Egyptian obelisk which overlooks the Roman square.
The Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, which played a crucial role in the Dan Brown novel Angels & Demons, will make its appearance in movie theaters with Julia Roberts in 2011.
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