La Dolce Vita / The Sweet Life (1960)
Directed by: Frederico Fellini
Starring: Marcello Mastrioianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimee
Known for its iconic opening scene, La Dolce Vita follows gossip columnist Marcello (Marcello Mastrioianni) as he explores the city of Rome in a search for the “sweet life”. Through a series of seven days and nights, he experiences the extravagant lifestyles of the personalities he writes about all while searching for the meaning of life, love, and happiness.
Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Directed by: Audrey Wells
Starring: Diane Lane, Raoul Bova, Sandra Oh
Based on a memoir of the same name, Under the Tuscan Sun follows the life of Frances (Diane Lane) as she buys a house in Tuscany on a whim after her marriage falls apart. Frances rebuilds both her villa and her life against a warm Tuscan backdrop highlighting the struggle and romance of living in the Italian countryside.
Il Postino/The Postman (1994)
Directed by: Michael Radford
Starring: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Mario (Massimo Troisi) can’t get the attention of Beatrice (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). That all changes when he becomes the postman of the exiled Pablo Naruda (Philippe Noiret) who teaches him how to love and write poetry.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Directed by: William Wyler
Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck
Audrey Hepburn wins an Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Ann, a princess who takes the opportunity to escape from her duties to explore Rome along with reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) who tags along to cover the story. The movie takes the viewer on a romantic Vespa ride that oozes with 50s style, iconic sites, and Italian passion.
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Directed by: Ryan Murphy
Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem
Newly divorced Liz (Julia Roberts) takes charge of her life and goes on a trip around the in a journey of self-discovery. The “eat” chapter is, of course, set in Italy as Liz learns to allow herself to indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures: good food.
A Room with a View (1985)
Directed by: James Ivory
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Julian Sands, Maggie Smith
Adapted from a book of the same name, Room with a View follows Lucy (Helena Bonham Carter) while on holiday in 1907 Florence, Italy with her chaperone (Maggie Smith). The film cuts between England and Florence as Lucy decides between staying true to her fiancee Cecil (Daniel Day-Lewis) or falling for the free-spirited George (Julian Sands).
Cinema Paradiso (1988)
Directed by: Giuseppe Tornatore
Starring: Philippe Noriet, Salvatore Cascio, Agnese Nano
Set in the picturesque town of Giancaldo, Sicily, the movie follows the life of Salvatore (Salvatore Casico), a young boy who is mentored by Alfredo (Philippe Noriet), the projectionist of the Cinema Paradiso. The cinema becomes a safe haven for Salvatore as he escapes life’s hardships and learns about the beauty of love, friendship and film.