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Top Movies to Watch Before Visiting Italy

Visit Italy From Home (Part 2)

Since we are all stuck on our couch, but we can’t obviously stop planning our next trip, here you have a shortlist of top movies to watch before visiting Italy!

From the famous Roman Holidays to the recent The Tourist, these are all movies set in our beautiful country that will make you fall in love even more!

Old but Gold

La Dolce Vita (1960) – Black and white movie directed by Fellini, one of the most important figures of Italian Cinema. The movie shows the greatness of Rome but also the meaning of passion and fame.

Roman Holiday (1953) – Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in one of the most famous black and white movies about the eternal city. You will be able to admire Rome from a romantic perspective, discovering its secret daily beauty.

Venezia, la Luna e Tu (1958) – A romantic comedy movie about Venice and love. With the Italian actor Alberto Sordi, who portraits the gondolier “Bepi”, this movie shows the city in all its shapes.

Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) – A romantic comedy with Sandra Oh and Diane Lane (and the Italian actor Raul Bova) that displays a stunning Tuscany and all the features of our countryside.

Il Postino: The Postman (1994) – Directed by Troisi, it’s the story of an exiled Neruda on the island of Procida. It shows the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea.

A Room With a View (1985) – This is the adaptation of E.M. Forster’s 1908 novel and it will reveal to you all the secrets of Florence.

Recent movies

The Tourist (2010) – Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie in a thriller through the canals of Venice. Between action and love, you will be able to see all the hidden spots of the city.

Letters to Juliet (2010) – A romantic movie set in Northern Italy, between Verona and Tuscany. With Amanda Seyfried as a leading actress, be prepared to fall in love with romantic Italy, food, and traditions.

To Rome with Love (2012) – Directed by Woody Allen, different stories will lead you to a modern Rome following a magic realism style.

Angels & Demons (2009) – Sequel of  The Da Vinci Code, from Dan Brown’s novel, it’s set in a mysterious Rome.

Tips:

  1. Some of the Italian movies are probably available only with subtitles
  2. Best three:
  3. Venezia, la luna e tu (Venice, The Moon, and You) – it will be probably only available with subtitles but the mix of comedy, culture, and romanticism makes it a masterpiece.
  4. Under The Tuscan Sun – so lovely, so real, so picturesque
  5. Angels & Demons – Rome is displayed really well in all these movies, but if you add to it a thriller and a bit of mystery you’ll have the perfect movie to become intrigued by the town and its ancient secrets.

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