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Top Films to Get You in the Mood for an Italian Vacation

Best Movies Set in Italy


Yes, you can read the guidebooks, look at pictures of Italian scenes, but nothing sets the mood for your Italian vacation better than watching an evocative film featuring sympathetic characters and stunning Italian landscapes. By clicking the link, you can compare prices for the DVD.

Cinema Paradiso

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Oscar-winning Cinema Paradiso is the story of a young Sicilian boy's love for the movies and his friendship with the projectionist at the local theater. It gives you a peek into the Italy of yesterday, with good music and a feeling for impoverished Sicily.

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The Talented Mr. Ripley

While you might not warm up to Mr. Ripley himself, the beautiful Italian scenery is sometimes breathtaking. The movie is a thriller in English staring Matt Damon that takes place in several parts of Italy, including the Amalfi Coast.

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Roman Holiday

Take a delightful romp around Rome with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in this 1953 movie set in Rome (in English).

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A Room with a View

This Masterpiece Theater production of an E.M. Forster turn-of-the-century novel has beautiful scenes of Tuscany.

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Bread and Tulips

A housewife starts a new life with a new man in Venice. The scenes in Venice are very good.

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Italian for Beginners

See Italy through the eyes of Danes as they meet for Italian lessons at the local community center. A good one to see in winter. It's really a film about fulfilling dreams, which just might be what that Italian vacation of yours does.

Tea with Mussolini

Tea with Mussolini, directed by Franco Zeffirelli, is a Merchant Ivory period movie set in Florence during the rise of fascism. The movie centers on a group of British and American women and a young boy living in Florence.

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Life Is Beautiful

Roberto Benigni stars in this beautiful film, part comedy and part drama, that takes place during WWII.


Much Ado About Nothing

Set in the beautiful Tuscan countryside with magnificent scenery, this Shakespeare tale will get you in the mood for a trip to Tuscany. It's one of the easier Shakespeare plays to understand and it's in English.
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