Movies tend to have a powerful ability to take us on an adventure to another place, another time, another life. They are a particularly strong inspiration for armchair travellers. How many times have you gotten to the end of a movie and added the setting to your travel bucket list?
Strikingly beautiful, and ever so romantic, Italy has been a popular film setting, from blockbusters to smaller independents. Here are five of our favourite Italian (or Italian inspired) films that show the true essence of what makes the country so beautiful.
When Frances learns her husband is cheating on her, her life is turned upside down. In an attempt to bring her out of a deep depression, her best friend, encourages Frances to take a tour of Italy. During the trip, the new divorcée impulsively decides to purchase a rural Tuscan villa and struggles to start her life anew amid colorful local characters.
This film will have you concurrently giggling and drooling. During a tour of Italy, two friends enjoy sumptuous meals and lively conversations about such eclectic topics as Batman’s vocal range.
You will need tissues for this one, but this film proves that love, family and imagination conquer all. A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido, meets a pretty teacher, Dora, and wins her over with his charm and humour. They marry and have a son, Giosue, but their happiness is abruptly halted, when they are separated and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.
Liz thought she had everything she wanted in life: a home, a husband and a successful career. Now newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. Daring to step out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India and Bali. Unsurprisingly, the eating part is set in Italy.
When exiled Cuban poet Pablo arrives on a tiny Italian isle, there’s so much new mail that Mario, an unemployed, uneducated layabout, is hired as a postman. His job is simply to deliver Pablo’s daily mail. Mario soon becomes a student of the poet, learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid and telling him about the struggles of the working-class villagers. A firm friendship develops, and the postman turns into a changed man.