The quiet Lombardian town of Crema, the tiled roofs of Rome, the secluded island of Pantelleria not far from Sicily… These 5 movies about Italy were shot in various magical locations in this beautiful country. Watch them and get ready to pack our bags.
‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, 1999
Location: Etna, San Remo & Rome
The legendary film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s crime novel “The Talented Mr. Ripley” tells the story of a poor New Yorker who decided to live the luxurious life of a rich American in Italy. The main characters are played by Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. What more can you want from a movie?
‘A Bigger Splash’, 2015
Location: Pantelleria island
Luca Guadagnino loves atmospheric movies about Italy, but he loves shooting them even more. Inspired by the canonical ‘Pool’ of 1969, the director shot his version of the love quadrilateral. The landscapes of the Cote d’Azur in the ‘Big Splash’ he changed for the views of the small island of Pantelleria near Sardinia. The main character (played perfectly by Tilda Swinton) walks in these “backwaters” in clothes specially created for her by the House of Dior.
‘The Great Beauty’, 2013
This is one of my favourite films by Paolo Sorrentino. Although it states a decadent turn in the history of the great Rome, at the same time he lets us enjoy the Eternal City. The piercing feeling that you urgently need to go there is guaranteed.
‘The Best of Youth’, 2003
Location: Rome, Florence & Ravenna
This family six-hour saga about the life of two brothers spreads over five decades. The characters grow, mature, become men, fathers, and then retirees against the backdrop of the incredible beauty of Italy. Their lives flow into different cities, and the lives of these cities themselves develop along with them.
‘Call me by your name’, 2017
Location: Crema, Lombardy
24-year-old Oliver arrives to stay at Perlman’s villa. One of the tenants of the house is a 17-year-old Elio. Among the picturesque, little tired of the heat, landscapes of the town of Crema in Lombardy, young men spend a romantic summer, after which they will be forced to leave. This is one of those movies about Italy that makes you fall in love with this beautiful country.
Have you seen any of these movies about Italy? And, most importantly, did we make you want to travel to the country of sunshine and great food?
Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: IMDb, BBC films, Variety