Adventure is always a good time. Adventure is what makes the world go round. Adventure is what makes us open our eyes to love and possibilities.
And Christmas in Rome does just that. It gives adventure and hope and culture and laughter and love.
Angela, an American tour guide living in Rome, meets Oliver, an American business executive who is lost and late for an important meeting on his first day there. Angela helps him, but soon finds herself playing a central role in Oliver’s business deal, as the company owner will only sell to someone who understands the ways of Italy. Oliver hires Angela as his personal tour guide but gets far more than he bargained for, as a romance blooms between them amidst the backdrop of Rome at Christmastime and he must learn that life and business work differently in Italy.
Let’s break it down –
YOU SHOULD SEE THE SITES OUT OF THE BOOK
Oliver goes to Italy to acquire a company but doesn’t seem to get that business is done differently. He doesn’t understand the Italian customs and the way that Italians do business.
Angela is filled with hope and love for Rome. This city, its beauty, and all its little nuances are her home. She has a deep love for its traditions. She wants to live a better life. A different life.
Oliver needs to learn about Italy and the way that they do things – to impress the client and try to fit in. He knows the Rome that is in books and when he hires Angela as his tour guide, she reminds him that not everything is in a book.
Sometimes you have to look up.
CULTURES ARE ALWAYS DIFFERENT
In America, we live to work, but most countries – they work to live. Experiencing life is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Oliver wants to talk about work all the time, but he learns quickly that he can’t.
He has to figure out how to adapt. He has to see life through the eyes of the people he is around.
And for him that means taking a breathe and listening to those around him. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to stop and adapt. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to let down your guard and learn.
But for Oliver and Angela they both need to learn and they can learn from each other.
YOU CAN ALWAYS STAND TO LEARN SOMETHING
In life we all spend a lot of time second guessing ourselves. We spend so much time thinking that we have a job to do and life to live and we don’t always see that we can learn from every moment in life.
For Oliver and Angela their encounters mean not only learning about business, but it means learning about themselves. And both of these have things to learn about themselves.
For Oliver life has never been about relationships, but Angela awakens that in him. You know in a Hallmark movies what I love is the angst. There is so much of it and the way that these two look at each other is filled with all of the angst in the world.
For Angela, she’s gaining the courage to go out on her own. She wants to stay in Rome and open her own tour company. With Oliver believing in her she is finding the strength to see that she’s worth all of the time and love that people can give her.
FIND YOUR HOME
Angela has been through a lot. Oliver doesn’t know how to live. So the two of them finding each other is, eventually, finding home.
It’s funny how you can see things that you may not otherwise see when you feel the Holiday spirit. Christmas has a way of showing you the light and the hope.
And yes, I am fully aware of how corny I sound right now, but watching all these Christmas movies has filled me with hope and love.
TRADITIONS ARE EVERYWHERE
Traditions are so important and Oliver gets to learn all about why in Rome. It’s traditions that fill us with the Christmas spirit. It’s tradition that gives us hope and something to look forward to. Remembering our own and learning about others is the way we keep finding the spirit and love for the season. And this movie is filled with lots of tradition.
Christmas in Rome is a cute movie about life, tradition, balance, and finding love. It will make you w want to hop a flight to Rome.