Movies that take place in Italy

25 Movies That Take Place in Italy to Watch Before Your Trip!

Movies that take place in Italy that are sure to get you in the mood to visit!

Italy is a country that is brimming with culture and stunning places just waiting to be explored. Over the past one hundred or so years, we have been blessed with some truly brilliant movies that take place in Italy which showcase the country’s beauty perfectly. From romantic comedies to thrillers, there’s no shortage of films that showcase Italy’s stunning landscapes, fascinating history, and vibrant culture.


Whether you’re dreaming of strolling through the streets of Rome or exploring the rolling hills of Tuscany, these movies will transport you to some of Italy’s most iconic locations and give you a glimpse of what life in the country is really like.

In this blog post, we’ll explore some of my favourite movies set in Italy as well as some classics, that are sure to whet your appetite.


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Movies filmed in Italy: Table of Contents

The 2000’s

The 90’s

The Classics




2000’s Movies Set in Italy

The first section of this blog post features some of my favourite movies that take place in Italy during the 2000s and 2010s. This list has it all, from heart-racing thrillers to romantic comedies and heartwarming family stories. No matter which film you decide to watch one thing is certain, you will be itching to book your Italian adventure.



1) No Time to Die (2021)


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I am a big James Bond fan and I recently watched “No Time to Die,” which left me instantly wanting to book flights to Italy. The Italian locations featured in the movie left me in Awe. Particularly the picturesque and historic cities of Matera and Siena, two places I highly recommend you visit.


Watching the movie will give you the sense of the charm and beauty that Italy has to offer, and leave you wanting to experience it for yourself. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, I highly recommend watching “No Time to Die” beforehand to get a glimpse of the country’s diverse landscapes and incredible architecture. Even if you’re not a Bond fan, the movie is worth watching for the breathtaking scenery alone.

Read: A magical weekend in Matera, and why you must visit



2) Call Me By Your Name (2017)


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One movie that leaves me dreaming about the stunning Italian countryside is ‘Call Me By Your Name’. The movie takes place in a 17th-century villa in the Lombardy region. It perfectively captures the essence of Italy’s rich culture and natural beauty, from its sun-drenched olive groves to its delicious cuisine.


No matter how many times I watch it, I am always left with a sense of wanderlust and the desire to experience everything Italy has to offer. From the charming towns of Tuscany or the city streets of Rome. this movie inspires me to explore every corner of Italy and soak up its beauty in person. So, if you’re planning on watching movies filmed in Italy, I highly recommend adding ‘Call Me By Your Name’ to your list!



3) The Trip to Italy (2014)

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The Trip to Italy is one of those movies that will cause your cheeks to be sore from so much laughing. I can promise, after watching this delightful comedy you will want to pack your bags and head straight to the airport!

The Trip to Italy stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, two friends who set out on a culinary adventure through Italy, they sample some of the finest food and wine the country has to offer.


The film also demonstrates some of the most beautiful locations in Italy, from the stunning Amalfi Coast to the rolling hills of Tuscany. Watching this movie is like taking a virtual tour of Italy, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves food, travel, and a good laugh.

Read: My ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast



4) The Great Beauty (2013)

Vatican Rome

One of my favourite movies set in Italy’s capital is none other than the wonderful The Great Beauty. The film is a love letter to Rome, showcasing some of its most iconic landmarks and hidden gems. I love following along as the main character, Jep, navigates the high society of Rome and reflects on his life and the city he loves.

If you are looking to visit the Italian Capital and want to watch movies to get yourself in the mood then I can not recommend The Beauty more!



5) To Rome with Love (2012)


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Another movie set in Rome that I absolutely love is ‘To Rome with Love’. The romantic comedy showcases some of the city’s most iconic landmarks from the Spanish Steps to the Trevi Fountain. We are told the tale of four different love stories, each one exploring love, relationships, and the quirks of Italian culture.


I highly recommend giving this one a watch, especially if you are a hopeless romantic like me. Watching the movie quite literally feels like you are taking a romantic stroll through the city, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves romance, comedy, and Italian charm!

Read: Top 10 things to do in Rome – Rome Travel Guide



6) Letters to Juliet (2010)

Juliet's balcony in Verona

I absolutely adore watching “Letters to Juliet” before heading to Italy, especially if I’m in the mood for a romantic flick. This charming movie is one of the best Italian love movies out there, and it captures the essence of Italian romance and culture perfectly.


I love that the movie takes place in the picturesque city of Verona as it is home to the famous balcony of Romeo and Juliet. Watching ‘Letters to Juliet’ will be sure to make you fall in love with Verona’s stunning landscapes and architecture.

I’ve no doubt, you will be itching to book flights to experience the winding streets, charming piazzas, and romantic atmosphere for yourself.



7) The Tourist (2010)

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‘The Tourist’ is one of those movies based in Italy that I can not get enough of. The storyline takes place in the winding canals and the stunning streets of Venice. A thriller that you will absolutely love.


It stars none other than the wonderful, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, two tourists who become embroiled in a dangerous web of intrigue and deceit while visiting Italy. I highly recommend ‘the Tourist’ to those who love action, suspense, and adventure as watching will leave you feeling like you had just taken a thrilling ride through the city.

Read: Top things to do in Venice and where to stay



8) The American (2010)

Montecatini, Tuscany


I have another Thriller that you will LOVE. ‘The American’ is a movie that was realised back in 2010, starring George Clooney. It perfectly showcases the tranquil countryside of Abruzzo. Follow along as an assassin who retreats to a small Italian town to complete one final job.

Watching this movie is like taking a meditative journey through the Italian countryside, and it’s perfect for anyone who loves slow-burning thrillers, drama, and introspection.




9) Eat, Pray, Love (2010)


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If you’re dreaming of travelling to Italy, then you absolutely must watch Eat, Pray, Love. This film set in Italy stars Julia Roberts as a woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and finds herself in Rome, Naples, and other iconic Italian cities.

The film not only showcases the beauty of Italy’s architecture and stunning landscapes but also dives into the Italian way of life – the food, wine, and of course, la dolce vita. Watching the film was the perfect way to get you excited about your own adventure in Italy. Trust me, Eat, Pray, Love is a film set in Italy that you don’t want to miss!




10) Quantum of Solace (2008)

Movies set in Sienna, Italy

As a travel enthusiast, I love watching movies about Italy to get me excited for my next trip. One of my all-time favourites is Quantum of Solace, the 22nd James Bond film. Not only is it an action-packed movie, but it also features some of the most stunning locations in Italy.


No one could forget the opening scene of Quantum of Solace. A heart-pumping car chase around Lake Garda will leave you on the edge of your seat. Then followed by the dramatic Palio race in the Piazza del Campo, Siena. If you want to witness this race in reel life, I have great news, tickets are free. They do book up fast, so I’d advise looking for them at least a year prior to your visit.

Quantum of Solace is the perfect movie for adventure seekers and lovers of Italy alike.



11) Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

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I can confidently say that watching Under the Tuscan Sun is a must-do before embarking on your own Italian adventure! This movie is a real gem and perfectly captures the magic of the Tuscan countryside. It’s a heartwarming tale of self-discovery, resilience, and love, which is sure to have you fall in love with Italy even before you visit.


Diane Lane’s plays such an inspirational character – I loved following along as she transforms her life by buying and renovating a Tuscan villa, and in the process, she discovers her love for the simple things in life. Plus, the gorgeous landscapes, vineyards, and sun-drenched streets of Tuscany are enough to make you want to book your plane ticket ASAP. So, if you’re planning a trip to Italy, be sure to add Under the Tuscan Sun to your list of must-watch movies about Italy. Trust me, you won’t regret it!



12) The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)

The Trevi Fountain

This is the perfect movie to watch for those planning a trip to Italy with their kids or young teens. I love how the Lizzie McGuire movie showcases Rome in a fun and child-friendly way, The movie follows Lizzie, an American teenager, who goes on a school trip to Rome and accidentally gets mistaken as an Italian pop star.

The film showcases the beauty and excitement of Rome, from its ancient landmarks to its bustling streets. Watching this movie is like taking a fun-filled trip through the city, and trust me you will be dying to book a Vespa tour after watching it!



13) When in Rome (2002)

Book of Rome

Another fantastic movie to watch with older children and teens is the iconic ‘When in Rome’ starring the Olsen Twins. The film storyline follows two American Teens as they travel to Rome and end up on a romantic quest through the city.

The movie features some of Rome’s top tourist attractions from the Colosseum to the Trevi Fountain. If you’re looking for a fun and family-friendly movie that will get you excited for your upcoming trip, When in Rome is definitely worth a watch.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Rome – Rome Travel Guide



14) Bread and Tulips (2000)

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Bread and Tulips is one of those movies set in Italy that instantly make me want to pack my bags and jump on the first flight to Venice. I fell in love with the film’s witty dialogue and quirky characters. It tells the story of a housewife named Rosalba who, after being left behind by her family on a bus tour, decides to take a spontaneous trip to Venice and discovers a newfound sense of adventure and independence


I personally found Bread and Tulips to be both heartwarming and hilarious. It is the perfect watch for those planning a trip to Venice or simply looking for a feel-good movie that will leave you smiling!



Some of the best movies about Italy were created in the 90s!


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In this next section of the blog post, I wanted to share with you some of my absolute favourite movies about Italy that were created in the 90s. Some of these movies hold a special place in my heart and I know you will feel the same after watching them.

Trust me when I say that choosing which one to watch next will be no easy task! But I guarantee that whichever movie you pick, you won’t be disappointed. So grab some popcorn, get cosy, and prepare to fall in love with Italy.



15) Tea with Mussolini (1999)

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If you are looking for Drama movies that take place in Italy then I highly recommend checking out ‘Tea with Mussolini’. The movie takes place in Florence during the rise of fascism.

It tells the story of a group of British women who work together to protect the city’s art and culture. The movie’s themes of resilience, friendship, and determination really resonated with me. Tea with Mussolini will give you a new appreciation for the rich history and cultural heritage of Florence.



16) The Talented Mr Ripley (1999)

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Whenever I think of Italian Movies, I always remember the thriller, The Talented Mr Ripley. This movie has to be one of my favourites, with its incredible cast and seat-grabbing storyline, but also because of the way it captures the beauty of Italy.

Set in Venice, Rome, Palermo, and Naples, this movie showcases the stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture of these Italian cities. I especially love the breathtaking scenes featuring the Amalfi coast, which always leave me feeling inspired to re-visit. As far as movies taking place in Italy go, The Talented Mr Ripley is definitely one to add to your list!

Read: Top 5 holidays to take in Italy in 2023



17) Stealing Beauty (1996)

Duomo in Florence

As someone who loves nature and outdoor adventures, I fell in love with the 1996 film, ‘Stealing Beauty’. It is a coming-of-age movie that left me with a sense of wanderlust and a desire to explore the beautiful countryside of Tuscany.


It stars Liv Tyler’s, who plays an American girl Lucy who travels to Tuscany to learn more about her mother’s past. As she explores the stunning Tuscan countryside she meets interesting characters, falls in love, and discovers her own artistic talents. The movie’s themes of self-discovery and travel really resonated with me on a personal level. Although, I must warn you, watching it will leave you wanting to book flights to the beautiful Tuscany Region ASAP!



18) Life Is Beautiful (1997)

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When it comes to films set in Italy, one movie that always comes to mind for me is ‘Life is Beautiful’. It’s a sad but touching story about a father who tries to shield his son from the horrors of the Holocaust by making it into a game.

I find, what sets this movie apart is how it showcases the Italian way of life, even in the darkest of times. I loved seeing the breathtaking Tuscan landscapes all while getting a glimpse into the country’s history and being shown the resilience and spirit of the Italian people.




19) Il Postino (1994)

Taormina, Sicily

The next film on the list of movies based in Italy is the charming, ‘Il Postino’. I fell in love with the adorable storyline of this movie, it follows a local postman who lives in a small Italian Fishing Village. It is a touching tale of friendship and love. It also gives views and a sample of the slow-paced lifestyle of coastal Italian towns.


Aside from its beautiful storyline, Il Postino also features stunning shots of the Italian coastline, which left me in awe of the country’s natural beauty. The film is a celebration of Italian culture, and it highlights the warmth and hospitality of the Italian people. It’s the perfect choice for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of Italy before they even step foot in the country.



20) Only You (1994)

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In my opinion, Only You is one of the best movies set in Italy! As a hopeless romantic, I was swept away by the chemistry between Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr, and the stunning Italian scenery only added to the magic.

From the streets of Rome to the canals of Venice and the rolling hills of Tuscany, this movie is a love letter to all things Italian. The ride along the Amalfi coast and the hotel stay in Positano (Le Sirenuse) left me yearning to pack my bags and experience it for myself.



21) Enchanted April (1991)


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If you are looking for a movie based in Italy that perfectly captures the country’s beauty and charm, from the stunning landscapes, delicious cuisine and friendly locals then be sure to give “Enchanted April” a watch.


It’s a romantic comedy-drama that follows four women renting a villa in Portofino to escape their dull lives in England. Not only does the movie demonstrate Italy’s beautiful landscapes, but it also gives you a sense of what it’s like to live in Italy and the joys and challenges of travelling abroad.

Its heartwarming story will leave you feeling uplifted and ready to explore all that Italy has to offer. So, before you hop on that plane, grab some popcorn and settle in for a movie night with “Enchanted April” – you won’t regret it!



22) Mediterraneo (1991)


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A movie that you absolutely need to watch before visiting Italy is “Mediterraneo” from 1991. This film is a heartwarming and humorous tale about a group of Italian soldiers who are stationed on a small Greek island during World War II. As they immerse themselves in the local culture and lifestyle, they learn to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of life and form bonds with the people living on the island that will last a lifetime.


Watching “Mediterraneo” before your trip to Italy is a great way to get a sense of the country’s laid-back, carefree way of life. The movie showcases the stunning beauty of the Mediterranean and the simple pleasures of Italian village life, from leisurely walks along the coast to hearty meals shared with friends.

The film also highlights the warmth and hospitality of the Italian people, which is sure to make you feel welcome and at home during your travels. So, if you want to get a taste of the good life in Italy before you go, “Mediterraneo” is definitely worth a watch!



It’s time to watch the Italy Movie Classics!


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As a lover of Italian culture, I have compiled a list of some of the most unforgettable movies that take place in Italy that are bound to capture your heart. These films are widely adored and known to evoke a sense of wanderlust and nostalgia in viewers. Trust me, you’ll find yourself itching to book a plane ticket and explore the charming towns and picturesque landscapes of Italy after watching them.



23) Cinema Paradiso (1988)

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“Cinema Paradiso” is an Italian classic from 1988, which tells the story of a young boy named Toto who grows up in a small Italian village and develops a deep love for movies. He develops a relationship with the town’s projectionist Alfredo, who teaches him about the world of cinema and the power of storytelling.


Much like Il Postino, the movie showcases the beauty and simplicity of Italian village life, from the bustling streets filled with friendly locals to the delicious food and wine that are staples of the country’s cuisine. I promise it is a film that will leave feeling all warm inside after watching it!



24) A Room With A View (1985)

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I could watch “A Room with a View” time and time again and never get bored. It is no wonder it is on the list of top movies about Italy. I love following along as the main character Lucy explore’s the iconic city of Florence. It perfectly captures the charm and beauty of Florence. And if you are a lover of art and architecture, this film is sure to make you fall in love with Italy!


But what really sets this movie apart is its portrayal of Italian culture and society in the early 20th century. We get to experience the traditions, customs, and social norms of the time from Lucy’s perspective. “A Room with a View” offers a truly immersive experience that will leave you yearning to explore the winding streets and hidden gems of Florence for yourself.



25) The Godfather (1972)

movies that take place in Sicily, ItalyWhen it comes to movies set in Italy, The Godfather is an absolute classic! I mean, who can forget the dramatic scenes set in rural Sicily? While it may not show Sicily at its best with no famous sights or postcard-perfect towns, there’s something so captivating about the countryside portrayed in the film.

As a huge fan of The Godfather, I highly recommend watching it before visiting Sicilian Countryside, it will allow you to soak in the atmosphere and see the filming locations for yourself. This movie has truly become a cultural icon and a must-watch for anyone planning a trip to Italy.

The Godfather is sure to leave an impression on you and make you want to explore more of Italy’s cinematic history.

Read: Top 5 holidays to take in Italy in 2023



26) Roman Holiday (1953)


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The Roman Holiday is an Italian Classic and a must-watch for anyone planning a trip to Rome! The movie showcases the vibrant culture in a way that’ll make you fall in love with Italy even more. It takes you on a romantic journey through some of the most famous sights in Rome, such as the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps, and the Trevi Fountain.


I mean, who wouldn’t want to see Audrey Hepburn gallivanting through the city on a Vespa with Gregory Peck? Not to mention, watching this film will give you a deeper appreciation of the history and art that Italy has to offer. It is by far one of my favourite movies set in Italy!

Read:Top 10 things to do in Rome – Rome Travel Guide

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks fo 3, 4 and 5-star hotels

I hope this post featuring movies that take place in Italy will inspire you to book a trip there soon! 

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