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The working titles of this film were We Believe in Love and There's No Place Like Rome. Before the picture's opening credits, Frank Sinatra, who is uncredited, sings the title song over a montage of scenic shots of Italy and Rome's many fountains. The song, which became one of Sinatra's standards, was also a big hit for The Four Aces. According to March 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, the picture was originally scheduled to be shot in black and white, and Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, Vittorio Gassman and Jeanne Crain were set to co-star with Clifton Webb and Louis Jourdan. An August 1953 Los Angeles Times article reported that Mirella Puelma, Miss Chile of 1952, was cast in the picture, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.
According to news items and studio publicity, the majority of the film was shot on location in Rome, Venice and the village of Merano in Italy. Studio publicity noted that some interiors had to be shot at the Twentieth Century-Fox lot in Los Angeles, which offered better lighting. The film received Academy Awards for Best Cinematography (Color) and Best Song, and a nomination for Best Picture. In 1964, Fox produced another version of Secondari's book, entitled The Pleasure Seekers, directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Ann-Margret, Carol Lynley and Gene Tierney (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70). The 1964 version was set in Madrid rather than Rome.