Someone once told me that once you’ve visited Italy you will be addicted for the rest of your life and they were right, I am hooked. Italy is a stunning country full of diverse landscapes, traditions, magnificent cities and more history then you can imagine, so it is not hard to see why it is one of the most popular countries in Europe and one of the most loved.
“Italy is a dream that keeps returning for the rest of your life” – Anna Akhmatova
So if you are head over heels in love with Italy, then here are my choices of the Top 10 movies for Lovers of Italy that will feed your wanderlust until your next trip or give you an insight on what to expect in some of its beautiful locations including Rome, Venice, Turin and its most famous region of Tuscany.
1. Roman Holiday (1953)
Take a delightful trip around Italy’s capital city of Rome on this classic adventure movie. Complete with a star studded cast of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, this enchanting film follows the story of a princess on vacation in Rome who sneaks off to visit the city alone. Get ready to be wowed with sights including the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and the famous Mouth of Truth.
2. Eat Pray Love (2010)
Rome is one of Italy’s most popular cities for movies, so prepare for another dose of Roman love this time with the glamorous Julia Roberts as she makes her spiritual journey around the world starting in Italy!
3. The Italian Job (1969)
Enjoy scenes from Italy’s picturesque northern regions of Piedmont and Turin in this classic movie starring Michael Caine and Benny Hill.
4. The Tourist (2010)
Complete with two of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, this romantic, action movie is set in the magnificent city of Venice. Enjoy dramatic boat scenes on the canals and fantastic aerial shots while getting an insight into Venice’s rather luxurious side.
5. Letters To Juliet (2010)
A beautiful story starring Amanda Seyfried as she journeys to Italy and discovers an unanswered letter to Juliet in Verona which leads her on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter. Watch for stunning scenes of Verona and the Tuscany region of Italy.
6. Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Slightly quirky, this movie is set in the beautiful scenic Tuscan countryside. Featuring Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves and Kate Beckinsale, this historical Shakespeare tale it will certainly get you in the mood for a trip to Tuscany.
7. Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)
Starring Diane Lane, Under The Tuscan Sun is a feel good film adapted from the book written by Frances Mayes. Follow the story of Frances as she learns her husband is cheating on her. With her life turned upside down her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy.
8. Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Set in pre WWII facist Italy, this charming film follows a group of elderly British women, who the Italians have named the Scorpioni. Having chosen Italy, specifically Florence, as a place to live, they blend their proper British sensibilities with their love of Italian art and culture.
9. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
Setting a more somber mood, this beautiful tragic comedy movie captures the horrific events that unravels as an open-minded Jewish librarian and his son become victims of the Holocaust. To keep his son happy he uses a perfect mixture of will, humor and imagination to protect him from the dangers around their concentration camp. While there are very little in scenes of Italy, this heart warming film will throw you into straight in with the Italian language and leave you with a heart warming feeling.
10. Swept Away (2002)
Probably one of the worst films I have ever seen with incredibly poor acting, this exotic movie sees Madonna playing a rich woman who following a ship wreck ends up on a deserted island with the one man she hates the most – the yachts ship hand. Cut off from society, he reverses the roles and strips her of her pride. And of course what happens next is incredibly predictable, however this film does have beautiful scenes of some of Sardinia’s best beaches!
Have you seen any of these movies? Are there any other films that show Italy that you can think of? Let me know in the comments below!