Tourism boost as women pay homage to bestseller
Legions of lovelorn single women are flocking to a tiny ice-cream parlour in Italy in homage to a best-selling book that documents a quest for self-discovery. The book has now been turned into a film starring Julia Roberts.
The Gelateria di San Crispino in Rome has been inundated with woman clutching copies of 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert, an American author.
The book is based on the true story of a year she spent travelling in Italy, Indonesia and India trying to recover from a bruising divorce, a rebound romance and a bout of depression.
Romantic locations in India and Bali have also experienced an increase in visitor numbers.
The book, which was published in 2006, has been made into a film starring Roberts and the Spanish actor Javier Bardem. It is due to be released in the US on August 13, and in Britain on September 24.
The San Crispino gelateria, which Italian gourmands have rated as the best in the country, is tucked down a cobbled alleyway close to the Trevi Fountain.
"Julia Roberts came here last year during filming. She was as cultured as she was beautiful," said Pasquale Alongi, who owns the gelateria with his brother Giuseppe.
'Lonely Planet' has created a special website with tips on how to follow Gilbert's trail through the three countries. (© Daily Telegraph, London)