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Godfather cafe under threat of closure

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Mar 17, 2014 | 4:40pm EDT

A Rome cafe which has featured in films like The Godfather Part Ii and To Rome With Love is facing closure. The Antico Caffe della Pace near the city's Piazza Navona has been a celebrity haven for decades, but financial issues have prompted the owners to move on. Reports suggest the property bosses, who run the building that houses the cafe, are keen to turn the site into a hotel. A petition launched by locals will be handed to local lawmakers in an effort to save the place, and have it listed as a historic landmark. As well as featuring in films shot in and around Rome, the Antico Caffe della Pace has hosted celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson, Madonna and the late Grace Kelly, while Pope John Paul II was a frequent guest.

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