Saturday, January 30

Top 5 Romantic Italian Films

Get in the mood and set the scene~
If you can't make it to Italy or in preparation for your next trip ~ buy a bottle of vino rosso & start a pot of ragu then cuddle up to these classic romantic films set in Italy. (Watching films in Italian is also a great way to learn the language.) This was a hard list to put together as there are so many Great Films Set in Italy from the Bicycle Thief to Life is Beautiful - but those are real tearjerkers so this line-up is all about romance!

Top 5 Romantic Italian Films:


Roman Holiday - Really, how much more romantic can you get than Audry Hepburn (as a princess) falling in love with journalist Gregory Peck in Rome?!


La Dolce Vita - One of the most famous Italian films of all time, starring Marcello Mastroianni and directed by Federico Fellini. Journalist and man-about-town Marcello struggles to find his place in the world, torn between the allure of Rome's elite social scene and the stifling domesticity offered by his girlfriend, all the while searching for a way to become a serious writer.


Pane e Tulipani ~ Bread & Tulips -A wonderfully colorful Italian romantic comedy about a woman regaining her sense of adventure and independence.


Only You - Marisa Tomei plays a girl who believes in destiny and the magic of the Ouija board, which spelled out the name of her fated lover, who just so happens to be headed to Venice. Yes, a bit cheesy - but a good rental.


Il Gattopardo ~ The Leopard - The Prince of Salina (Burt Lancaster), tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily. I think of it as the Italian Gone with the Wind.



I'd be remiss without mentioning the movie that turned into a phenom & put Tusany on the map. Under the Tuscan Sun - Do I even need to recap it? However since I'm sure most of you have seen this movie - my suggestion is to read the book by Frances Myers about buying, renovating, and living in an abandoned villa. The book is much different & in my opinion much more realistic.


And in the close-enough category (set in the French countryside) is the male version of Under the Tuscan Sun: A Good Year - a British investment broker (Russell Crowe) inherits his uncle's chateau/vineyard in Provence, where he spent his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold. The scenery & cooky locals make the film.

What's your favorite Italian romantic film? Add it in the Comments section below!

16 comments :

  1. I've never seen Bread and Tulips... time to put it on my Netflix list!

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  2. We have Roman Holiday for our weekend flick--as it so happens. But we are fooding with ham and potato gratin! Regina and Val

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  3. i love these films - and echo maryanne - my favorite is cinema paradiso!

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  4. Ok - here is something a bit embarrassing - I've never seen Cinema Paradiso - so I didn't even think of it....what shame! Thanks Maryanne & Jessie!

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  6. Life is Beautiful...THAT is the town we lived in when we lived in Italy, Arezzo...yes, we're spoiled for life...just like you guys:)...GREAT movie list!

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  7. Oh I love that movie! But it just makes me sob it so beautiful!

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  8. Somewhere between romance and historical fantasy is the beautiful "Tea with Mussolini"... when I get down and longing for Italy I watch Tea, "Il Postino," and "Cinema Paradisio"... and am much deeper in my longing and have to top it off with "Enchanted April" or maybe "A Month By the Lake"... there are many wonderful movies that take you to Italy!

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  9. I actually offer a 2 hour lecture with clips titled "Fact or Fiction: Italy Through the Movie Camera" ... always a bit hit. Love the movies!

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  10. How about La tigre e la neve, A love-struck Italian poet is stuck in Iraq at the onset of an American invasion.
    Another Roberto Benigni Favorite

    The new Cinema Paradiso, were he goes back as man, great addition to the story.

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  13. I also recommend reading the book "Under the Tuscan Sun". It shocked me when I realized how different the book was from the movie (saw the movie 1st). It also has some great recipes!

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  14. Don't forget Il Postino, with its haunting theme music!

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  15. I do like the theme music of that one but my favourite is life is beautiful

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