Celebrities' Favorite Spots in Italy, According to Rome's Tour Guide to the Stars

Simone Amorico of Access Italy reveals the places Oprah, Jessica Alba, Sylvester Stallone, and more of his famous clients love to visit.

Actress Jessica Alba arrives at the Excelsior Hotel ahead of the 67th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2010 in Venice, Italy
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Italy has long been a favored vacation destination for the rich and extremely famous. From its stunning coastline to its chic fashion sense, its gorgeous vineyards to its stellar mountain regions, Italy has no problem impressing the A-list. Need proof? Just ask Simone Amorico, CEO of the exclusive tour company Access Italy.

"Access Italy provides unique access to venues that are hardly accessible to the public," Amorico told Travel + Leisure. The company, Amorico says, helps "clients feel like they are immersed in the Italian culture."

Those clients have included everyone from Oprah to the Obamas. But don't worry, even if you're not the queen of daytime TV or a former president, the Access Italy team will show you around their favorite Italian destinations.

For now, spend a little time daydreaming about an Italian vacation by reading up on where Amorico says his celebrity clientele love to visit most around Rome and the entire boot.

Jessica Alba: Villa Borghese

According to Amorico, Jessica Alba, who visited Italy with the tour company in 2019, absolutely adores an active vacation in Rome.

"She very much enjoyed when we rented bikes and went to Villa Borghese in Rome with her kids," he said, noting the group stopped to take pictures of the ruins along the way. "She also loved ancient Rome," he said, mentioning the Colosseum and Roman Forum were particular favorites. "We went inside a special entrance, through the gladiator entrance. We then walked to the old Roman Forum during sunset."

Owen Wilson: The Colosseum

Like Alba, Amorico says Wilson loved to check out the history in Rome.

"Owen Wilson took his son for the Gladiator School and gelato making," Amorico said. The Gladiator School experience allows guests to act like real gladiators for a day with hands-on lessons on gladiator fighting with authentic weapons and the opportunity to don authentic gladiator outfits. "But what he really loved when he was in Rome was playing tennis and riding bikes in the city," Amorico added.

Aaron Paul: The Vatican

According to Amorico, "Aaron Paul was amazing when we took him and his wife Lauren on the behind-the-scenes Vatican tour. He liked it so much that he referred it to several friends!"

Sylvester Stallone: Gelateria

Sylvester Stallone may be well known for his incredible physique, but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy a tasty, sugary treat now and then too. "Stallone very much enjoyed the gelato making and serving ice cream to customers in a Roman gelateria," Amorico said.

Bonus: Oprah in Umbria

We can't make a list of celebrity-loved destinations via Access Italy without mentioning Oprah. While Oprah also made her way through Rome with the Amorico family, "she enjoyed very much doing truffle hunting in Umbria and eating the pasta with truffles afterward," Amorico said.

There's a reason so many of the world's best travelers pick Access Italy over and over again. Traveling with the company is like traveling with your own family, your in-the-know friend, and a human guidebook all in one.

"We understand what luxury means," Amorico previously shared with T+L. "We make sure [our clients] see the behind-the-scenes of the Vatican or something special that only we can do. But at the same time, in today's luxury market, clients still want to experience authenticity. So with us, I feel that we have a bit of a combination. You can see the Sistine Chapel when it's closed, you can see the behind the scenes, but at the same time we take you to our home, have a meal with us, see how the Romans live."

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