The Italian Almanac

Tom Cruise at his best

Italian News - July 13

Tourists flocked to the banks of the Tiber on Tuesday to watch Tom Cruise blast up and down the river in a speed boat as Rome became a backdrop for Mission Impossible III.

Cruise's fiancee Katie Holmes was among the crowds flooding to Castel Sant'Angelo to see the star perform his aquatic stunts for the third spy blockbuster featuring athletic master of disguise Ethan Hunt.

Several visiting families said their teenage daughters had forced them to stop touring the capital so they could follow their idol's every move.

The Hollywood crew is shooting near the Vatican tomorrow and at other prime Rome sites until the end of the week, when it moves to the former Bourbon Reggia (palace) at Caserta, which was used as a set in two of the last Star Wars films.