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10 Best Movies to Satisfy Your Italian Wanderlust

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting away on international vacations or visiting unforgettable filming locations around the world is less accessible than it has been in a long time. But hosting a country-focused movie marathon (or even choosing a favorite region) can elevate wanderlust to the level of the real-world experience, prompting the brain to take a mental vacation of its own.

There are many possible marathons with these goals in mind; whether it’s a Parisian getaway with a classic like An American in Paris or a deep dive into Greek vibes with Mom Mia Where Brotherhood of travel pants. But Italy has some real classics, and its golden hour aesthetic has the effect of reinventing American cinema with a whole new flavor.


Roman Holiday (1953)

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck are a vision in roman holidays, as Princess Ann of Hepburn seeks to let go of her royal life for a time in the real world. As she takes off alone, she becomes interested in Joe Bradley, an American journalist who has other intentions behind their acquaintance.

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Although he initially took her in for potential career gain, he soon falls in love with the princess and she with him. They gallop through the streets of Rome, share treats and hang out on riverboats, making the city one of the great romantic playgrounds of classic vacations.

Letters to Juliet (2010)

Starring veteran actress Vanessa Redgrave and Amanda Seyfried in one of her finest films, the idyllic Tuscan backdrop cements this quest for lost love as a memorable rom-com in a series of the popular 2000s genre. .

The film takes off in New York, but soon Seyfried and his love are in Verona, where she discovers a court where the lovers write letters to Juliet Capulet from Romeo and Juliet hoping to find true love. The road trip to find Redgrave’s teenage romance features boundless vineyards, the streets of Siena, and every scene contains a warmth between the characters that envies the film’s golden landscapes.

When in Rome (2010)

Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel star in When in Rome, alongside a cast of goofy suitors who pursue Bell’s character in New York City. When she travels to Rome for her sister’s wedding to her boyfriend of two weeks, Beth splashes around and collects pieces from the Fontana de’Amore, causing their owners to unwittingly fall in love with her.

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Although much of the film takes place in New York, the characters eventually return to Rome for Beth’s wedding, only for her to guess her groom’s devotion and end up in the same fountain to return the coin as Beth. she believed to be his.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun

Besides being one of the best home theater makeovers of all time, Under the Tuscan sun is a film that takes its protagonist Frances from the trenches of divorce on an international excursion, which has a more graceful arc than the likes of Eat Pray Love. In a series of happy accidents, Frances finds herself on a trip to Tuscany and spots a beautiful villa for sale.

The fixer upper is charming and unforgettable, but it’s her personal transformation that sticks with viewers. Taking charge of her life, she grows into her new self and inspires those around her to do the same.

Gucci House (2021)

Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) in the boat with Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) in House of Gucci

Lady Gaga’s take on Patrizia Reggiani opposite Adam Driver’s Maurizio Gucci is a perfectly complementary performance in which the pair grow with and in spite of each other, in stunning settings in Milan, Rome, and faux Switzerland in Aosta, Italy. Italy, by Home & Garden.

With a star-studded cast including Jared Leto, Al Pacino and Salma Hayek, it’s easy to compare other projects starring the Gucci House cast. But the opulence of this film is hard to match, both in locations and in wardrobe.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

Oliver and Elio in Lombardy in Call Me By Your Name

One of the best queer coming-of-age movies in recent history, call me by your name basks in its northern Italian setting, as the characters swim in the river, lie in the grass, and cycle to the charming town of Crema. The film’s central family may make viewers yearn for language and piano lessons as they in and out of multilingual intellectual discussions and their 17-year-old performs his own versions of famous concertos.

The endless summer that frames the film is evident in every scene but the last, and the characters even seem to sweat and chill across the screen. Ignoring the troubling age gap between the two love interests, the film makes audiences feel inside and out, as if they, too, have gone through the summer of their lives too soon.

The Godfather: Part II (1974)

The house of the lake of Michael Corleone in The Godfather Part II

This Oscar-winning sequel The Godfather delves into the past, creating a parallel between Michael Corleone’s life in 1950s New York and his father’s youth in Sicily. The scenes in Sicily are beautifully shot though unsettling in their content, as 9-year-old Vito swears revenge on a mobster Don who murdered his father and escaped Italy to immigrate to Ellis Island.

The tale returns to Sicily in 1925, as Vito visits his childhood home and seeks revenge. For more glamorous but still violent moments in Sicily, The Godfather features Michael’s wedding to Apollonia Vitelli, which was filmed in Savoca, Sicily, and provides some of the film’s most memorable shots.

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

Emma Thompson makes a lot of noise for nothing

Kenneth Branagh’s take on Shakespeare’s beloved comedy is nothing short of lush, as acclaimed actors bring the bard’s words to life while strutting around a magnificent villa.

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According to IMDb, the film shot in Villa Vignamaggio, Greve in Chianti, Florence and Tuscany, Italy, perfectly encapsulates the land and architecture of each region as the characters fall in love and fall in love, chase each other through the garden in labyrinth shape and exchange witty banter next to the fountains.

Angels and Demons (2009)

Angels and Demons Tom Hanks

Robert Langdon is unquestionably one of the greatest Tom Hanks characters of all time, and luckily audiences can see him return as The “Da Vinci Code”is next. Angels and Demons may have a spooky spin on the beautiful city of Rome and the Vatican, but the film pays particular attention to the city’s historical layout, monuments, and secret passageways (which may or may not exist in real life).

In its historical fiction setting, Angels and Demons brings excitement and adventure into its setting that makes the audience feel like they’re part of it. It wouldn’t be surprising if particularly savvy viewers could navigate Rome after a few careful viewings.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

Donald Sutherland on the canals of Venice in Don't Look Now

One of Nic Roeg’s masterpieces, don’t look now, begins in the dreary English countryside where tragedy strikes the family of John Baxter. Donald Sutherland plays the grief-stricken patriarch who moves to Venice with his wife to restore the stained glass windows of a historic church. However, despite the idyllic setting and dreamy canals, a dark mystery pervades the film, and eventually John Baxter becomes paranoid and confused, putting his life in danger.

The canals serve to increase the psychological stake of the film by creating a labrynthic effect. As husband and wife sink deeper into their grief, they each turn to the puzzle before them with greater despair. Mrs. Baxter becomes entangled with a group of metaphysically gifted women, and John begins to fear that his wife is falling under the town’s supernatural influence.

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