Check out 20 movies shot in Italy that will inspire you and help you plan your next trip to the country!

Italy is undoubtedly a place that inspires. In cinema, the country has already served as the setting for countless films of all types of genres, presenting numerous cities on the big screens. Locations such as Rome, Positano and the charming countryside of Sicily are the main locations chosen by directors and can be seen in films such as “Talented Ripley”, “The Godfather” and the romantic comedy “Eat, Pray and Love”.

If you're planning a trip to Italy, check out this list of 20 movies shot in Italian lands!

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The Godfather (1972)

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Is there a cuter encounter more memorable than the one between Michael Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli? The two characters in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 masterpiece The Godfather find themselves in the middle of a flower-filled field in Sicily, where Corleone fled after starting a mafia war in New York. 

Filmed in and around Sicily, in particular the ruined town of Forza d'Agro and the small village of Savoca, the famous godfather's occasionally bucolic backdrop belies the film's innate violence. 

Bike Thieves (1948)

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Vittorio De Sica's masterpiece essentially introduced a new genre and has been a point of reference for him ever since. The story follows a newly hired working class father from a tough neighborhood whose bicycle has been stolen and who cannot work without it. With his young son by his side, he spends the day in Rome, trying to find out who took him. The father, Antonio, displays a remarkable amount of dignity and character throughout, but when the situation despairs, he is forced to act beyond his conscience, which removes all sorts of moral and conflicting issues with which he and public must fight. 

The Talented Ripley (1999)

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The film has scenes shot on the Amalfi Coast and Rome, and tells the story of Tom Ripley, a man who has the gift of imitating anyone to perfection. In the film, Ripley meets businessman Herbert Greenleaf, who offers her a thousand dollars to go to Europe and bring his son back. Ripley accepts the offer and ends up enjoying the good life and friendship of Dickie and his girlfriend Marge. However, suspicions create situations contrary to the visitor's interests until he assumes the identity of the heir.

Two Popes (2019)

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Jonathan Pryce received an Oscar nomination for best actor as Jorge Bergoglio, the man who became Pope Francis. The story of his rise through the church and the respectful – though often strained – relationship with Pope Benedict 16 before taking his place in the Vatican. 

Many of the scenes that Pryce and Anthony Hopkins as Benedict share — sitting, almost speechless, in a starkly empty Sistine Chapel, watching Germany beat Argentina and win the World Cup — show that popes are sometimes like us. – Noah Kaufman, editor of city guides.

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

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As the name implies, Under the Tuscan sun, takes place in the charming Italian region. After discovering her husband's infidelity, writer Frances embarks on a tour of Tuscany. During the trip, the writer sees a villa for sale near Cortona and, on impulse, buys the place. 

The film, based on a book published in 1996 by Frances Mayes herself, uses and abuses the Italian landscapes.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

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Starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, the film traces the sweet but difficult relationship between two men, who become romantically involved over the course of a summer in the early 1980s. But perhaps a third unnamed star of the film is its location: filmed in the northern Italy, between golden fields and worn stone squares, the film brings the viewer an interesting drama and incredible landscapes of Italy.

Eat, Pray, Love (2010)

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Who among us hasn't watched this movie and thought about leaving everyday life behind? The film, starring Julia Roberts, shows the life of a recently divorced woman who is looking for a moment of change, trying to discover what is important in her life.

Filmed in 3 different countries, Rezar Comer e Amar portrays an authentic and delicious Italy. Of the three destinations she visits, Italy wants to learn to appreciate the pleasure of a good meal.

A Dive into the Past (2015)

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Tilda Swinton plays a rock star named Marianne Lane, holed up in a secluded village with her boyfriend (played by Matthias Schoenaerts), whose retreat from public life is quickly interrupted by the arrival of an ex-boyfriend (played by Ralph Fiennes) and their daughter. (played by Dakota Johnson). It's a thriller that should warn you of the dangers of wealth, beauty and excess.

Life is Beautiful (1997)

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During World War II in Italy, the Jew Guido and his son Giosué are taken to a Nazi concentration camp. Away from the woman, he has to use his imagination to make the boy believe that they are participating in a big game. While the film turns painfully dark as the realities of the Holocaust settle in, the film manages to end on a note of hope, leaning on the love and sacrifice a father shows his child.

Gomorrah (2008)

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Years before it became a blockbuster international TV series, Gomorrah was a gritty, cinematic-style vision of modern organized crime in Naples. Based on a book by investigative journalist Roberto Saviano (who drew death threats when reporting it), this couldn't be further from the warm and delicate portrayals of Italy common to many other films. But as a welcome corrective to the all-too-frequent romanticization of the Mafia, an honest analysis of the difficult choices imposed on members of the Italian underclass and a part of the narrative.

La Dolce Vita (1960)

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Fellini's iconic film gave us so many cultural gifts: the origins of the term "paparazzi", costumes that still impress today, Anita Ekberg splashing around the Trevi Fountain in a ball gown. Marcello Mastroianni, plays a gossip writer roaming Rome in search of love and happiness. As the drama unfolds, viewers have the possibility to travel to post-war Italy.

A Spring Dream (1991)

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If you dream of escaping to a hilltop castle in Italy, I have the movie for you. Based on the 1923 bestselling novel The Enchanted April, this film follows four women who trade their lives in rainy 1920s London for a sunny holiday in a castle in Portofino, where they spend their days blissfully lounging around the estate and diving into the sea. .

Letters to Juliet (2010)

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Juliet's novel is probably best known as Amanda Seyfried's big role, after Mamma Mia. The plot is pure travel escapism – Sophie (played by Seyfried) goes to Verona with her fiancé, Victor (played by Gael García Bernal). She falls in love with the idea of "letters to Juliet" left by unrequited lovers and volunteers to help answer them.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

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Indiana Jones is no stranger to traveling the world, all in the name of Nazi struggle and the protection of artifacts. 

Watch as Indy finds clues in the church of San Barnaba, climbs through some rat-filled catacombs, and becomes involved in a boat chase in the waters surrounding the city of Venice.

Twelve Men and Another Secret (2004)

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After Danny Ocean, with the help of his gang, steals US$ 160 million from a hotel-casino, and gets back his wife, Tess – who at the time was dating Terry Benedict, the owner of the Bellagio – he splits the money and each will live discreetly. Three years later, Danny and Tess live peacefully in Connecticut, but this peace is shattered with the reappearance of Benedict, who wants the stolen money back.

007 – Quantum of Solace (2008)

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If you like Bond and want to travel virtually to Italy, Quantum of Solace ticks all the right boxes.

The film follows Bond as he seeks revenge for the death of an ex-lover, and of course he discovers a global threat that must be stopped. There are rooftop chase scenes in Siena, spectacular villas on the shores of Lake Como and scenes of the Tuscan coast.

The Princess and the Commoner (1953) 

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This film is a true immersion in 1950s Rome, through the eyes of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It's a quick movie, but perfect to light the flame of your dream of Rome and its most beautiful places!

The Tourist (2010)

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Filmed in Venice, the film “The Tourist” is a remake of Anthony Zimmer – The Hunt (2005). The film puts Angelina Jolie to play an Englishwoman who is being watched by Interpol because her lover is a fugitive from justice. She uses a tourist from the USA as bait, on the way to Venice, so she can secretly meet the thief.

To Rome with Love (2012) 

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The film is divided into four chapters: The first of them tells the story of a businessman who visits the family of his daughter's fiancé in Rome. The second shows Leopold, a man who is mistaken for a famous movie actor. The third chapter shows an American architect who visits Italy with friends; and the last one shows the romance of a young couple who get lost in the streets of the capital.

Cinema Paradiso (1988) 

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The Italian drama tells the story of Salvatore Di Vita, which takes place in the beautiful landscapes of Sicily, shortly after the Second World War. The character discovers his love for cinema and spends all his free time at Cinema Paradiso. The film starts in Rome and shows monuments such as the Altare della Patria and Via del Corso.

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