Best Italian Movies

Whilst complying with the recent travel restrictions in Australia and the world, we are all feeling a little bit nostalgic. With cooler winter nights rolling over our nation, it’s a perfect opportunity to cozy up with a nice Italian snack and all time favourite Italian movie. Whatever gets you through your travel blues.

Today we’d like to share our top five favourite movies that remind us of all the beauties of Italy, from scenery to food and people – the closest we can get to a holiday in this enchanted European world!

We’d love to hear about the movies you recommend.

Life Is Beautiful (1998)

This magical tale tells the captivating story of one man’s love for his family and his ability to use the power of imagination to save them. This movie will make you laugh and cry all within its 116 minutes – prepare some tissues and comforting Italian snacks.

The film falls into two parts. One is pure comedy. The other smiles through tears. Benigni, who also directed and co-wrote the movie, stars as Guido, a hotel waiter in Italy in the 1930s. Watching his adventures, we are reminded of Chaplin. Guido falls in love with the beautiful Dora (Nicoletta Braschi, Benigni’s real-life wife) and becomes the undeclared rival of her fiancé, the Fascist town clerk.

Several years pass, offscreen, and we are taken into the second part of the film. Guido and Dora are married and dote on their 5-year-old son Joshua (Giorgio Cantarini). In 1945, near the end of the war, the Jews in the town are rounded up by the Fascists and shipped by rail to a death camp. Guido and Joshua are loaded into a train, and Guido instinctively tries to turn it into a game to comfort his son.

Under The Tuscan Sun (2003)

This film will make you want to pack your bags and take off to Tuscany. Not so fast though. Get comfortable with your Italian snacks tonight and follow Frances Mayes on her journey.

As a San Francisco-based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling to find the creativity and motivation to contribute to her latest book, she finds herself in a weird place in life when her husband asks for a divorce to marry a woman he’s been having an affair with. /p>

Frances lesbian friend, Patti, insists on Frances taking her place on a gay tour of Tuscany – the gift to help her escape dealing with the divorce, as Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention.

Frances finds herself having way too much emotional baggage back at home so she is considering to never go back to San Francisco again. And she buys a house in Tuscany. This is where the real adventure starts.

Letters To Juliet (2010)

This typically romantic movie will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. The storyline takes an American girl on vacation in Italy to finding an unanswered “letter to Juliet” – one of thousands of missives left at the fictional lover’s Verona courtyard – and she goes on a quest to find the lovers referenced in the letter.

This romantic ‘dramedy’ is showcasing the beautiful Italian countryside and good old Italian romance of meeting your love on a holiday in Italy, inevitably falling out of connection and maybe finding each other again 50 years later.

To Rome With Love (2012)

This is a fascinating film for a cool night in this winter. Four tales unfold in the Eternal City, with some familiar cast members taking us through their romantic journeys.

While vacationing in Rome, architect John (Alec Baldwin) encounters a young man whose romantic woes remind him of a painful incident from his own youth; retired opera director Jerry (Woody Allen) discovers a mortician with an amazing voice, and he seizes the opportunity to rejuvenate his own flagging career; a young couple (Alessandro Tiberi, Alessandra Mastronardi) have separate romantic interludes; and a spotlight shines on an ordinary man (Roberto Benigni) in this almost ridiculous spotlight of his life’s trivialities.

This is a kaleidoscopic comedy movie set in one of the world’s most enchanting cities.

Journey to Italy (1954)

Among the most influential films of the postwar era, Roberto Rossellini’s Journey to Italy charts the declining marriage of a couple from England (Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders) on a trip in the countryside near Naples.

Roberto Rossellini’s half-improvised neo-realist masterpiece uses the ruins of Pompeii as an unforgettable metaphor for a marriage.

In terms of cinema history, this is one of the most important films. And it’s a beautiful motion picture! Rossellini created a film whose poetry is fathomless and wondrous, melancholy and wise.

If you’d like to start planning your Italian adventure, just give our team a call on 1800 242 353.