- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2011

ROME (AP) - It’s not Woody Allen’s beloved Manhattan skyline, but the American filmmaker was treated to a beautiful view of Rome’s ancient ruins during a meeting with the city’s mayor.

Allen is in Rome to shoot his next movie, “The Bop Decameron.” The comedy will feature Roberto Benigni, Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz and Judy Davis, among others.

Allen met with Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno on Wednesday. At one point, Allen looked out from a balcony of the mayor’s office atop the Capitoline Hill, which has a breathtaking view of the city’s ancient Roman Forum.

The mayor presented Allen with a small statue of the she-wolf, a symbol of Rome.

The movie begins production Monday in Rome.

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