Must See movies and documentaries before your trip to Italy

La Dolce Vita (1960) Drama

Black and white Italian drama film directed by Federico Fellini. A week in life of a gossip magazines journalist in Rome, Marcello Rubini (Marcello Mastroianni). Leading a seemingly hedonistic lifestyle, Rubini feels he is missing a deeper meaning and begins searching for happiness and love. Film is widely regarded as one of the greatest achievements of world cinema.

Roman Holiday (1953) Romantic Comedy

An american romantic-comedy classic. Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn), bored and tired of  her royal obligations and busy schedule, decides to leave the palace and discover the city of Rome on her own.  She meets Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck), an American journalist who, in search of a front page story  pretends not to recognise her. But his plan fails when they fall in love.

The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) Film adaptation/Drama

Based on a  1955 psychological thriller novel by Patricia Highsmith. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon), a twenty-year-old New Yorker is approached by a wealthy businessman Howard Greenleaf, who wants him to travel to Europe and convince his son Dickie (Jude Law) to return to the U.S. Envious of Dickie’s carless and luxurious lifestyle, Tom develops a plan to kill him and assume his identity.

Gladiator (2000) Historical Drama

Oscar winning epic historical drama film directed by Ridley Scott. Set in the ancient Rome, it tells a story of an enslaved Roman general Maximus Decimus Meridus, who fights his way back to freedom in gladiatorial combat in the Rome’s Colosseum . Starring Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix.

To Rome with Love (2012) Romantic comedy

Romantic comedy written and directed by Woody Allen. It tells four unrelated stories taking place in Rome; of a young architecture student having an affair with his girlfriend’s friend; a surrealistic story of an average Italian official (Roberto Benigni), who unexpectedly becomes a celebrity; American couple visits Rome to meet their daughter’s new Italian fiancé and his parents; a newlywed  Italian couple visits a family in Rome.

The First Beautiful Thing (2010)  Drama/Comedy

In the summer of 1971, beautiful Anna wins a beauty pageant on the beach in Livorno which makes her husband madly jealous and he throws her and their two children out of the house. 30 years her son Bruno returns from Milan to his hometown in Tuscany to be his mother during her very last days. Through a series of flashbacks, Bruno tells the story of his family.

Gomorrah (2008) Drama/Crime

Based on Roberto Saviano’s controversial non-fiction book, the film deals with an organised crime in Naples, Italy.  It follows a dozen of characters involved in Camorra, an Italian Mafia-type crime syndicate.

Italy: Love It Or Leave It (2011) Drama/Romance

Two young Italians: Luca and Gustav are trying to decide whether  they should stay in Italy, or leave it, like so many of their friends already have. They set out on a six month long road trip  across Italy in a vintage Fiat 500.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Drama/Romance

Based on Frances Mayes’ 1996 memoir of the same name, the film tells the story of a recently divorced American writer, who while on holidays in Italy buys and renovates an old villa in Tuscany, hoping to start her life over.

Eat Pray Love (2010) Drama/Romance

Based on a bestseller travel memoir by American author Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts) , who after her divorce and unsuccessful rebound relationship decides to spend a year traveling in Italy, India and Indonesia.

Francesco’s Italy: Top to Toe (2007) Documentary

BBC TV Mini -series in which Francesco da Mosto, an Italian architect, historian and tv presenter explores the beauty, architecture and traditions of his motherland.

Italy’s Invisible Cities (2017) Documentary

Alexander Armstrong and Dr Michael Scott explores the history of the hidden history of great Italian cities of Naples, Venice and Florence.

Jamie’s Great Italian Escape (2005) Food Documentary, Tv Series

A six-part  food travelogue TV series. Jamie travels around Italy in his VW Camper van learning from locals about the ‘real’ Italian cuisine.


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