Europe Through Movies: Italian Edition

By Endsley Eggert and Courtney Gallant

One way to explore Europe is through cinema. Our first stop? Italy! Let’s travel North from Southern Italy as we check out these movies to get a glimpse of the beautiful Tuscan countryside, canal-lined streets of Venice, the architecture of Rome and much, much more!

The Godfather (Sicily, Italy)

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his empire to his reluctant son. Discover the incredible Sicily with the most powerful family in the business in The Godfather.


The Lizzie McGuire Movie (Rome, Italy)

It’s a dream come true to visit the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome but even more of a fairytale for Lizzie McGuire who bears a striking resemblance to Italian teen pop star, Isabella. Lizzie and her friends have a whirlwind adventure through the ancient churches and basilicas, grand Roman monuments, and graceful fountains because of Lizzie’s newfound fame. They bring a new meaning to “When in Rome…”


Gladiator (Rome, Italy)

Visit Rome in the height of the Roman Empire: gladiators, emperors, and chariots galore. Russell Crowe takes us back in time as he seeks revenge on the betrayal of a Roman general, his murdered family, and the emperor’s corrupt son in Gladiator.


Roman Holiday (Rome, Italy)

Joe Bradley, an American newspaper reporter stationed in Rome, finds a girl fast asleep on a public bench. He takes her back to his apartment, unaware that she is Princess Anne who has just escaped from her boring and sheltered life. Fall in love with Rome as Joe and Anne fall in love with each other in Roman Holiday.

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To Rome with Love (Rome, Italy)

Get to know the romantic city of Rome on a personal level through the intertwining stories of a worker, architect, young couple and opera director. Following the lives of visitors and residents of Rome through their romances, adventures, and predicaments will leave you feeling right at home in To Rome with Love.


Angels & Demons (Vatican City, Italy)

The Holy City is under attack by the secret brotherhood, the Illuminati. Gain access to restricted areas of Vatican City when we follow Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) as he deciphers clues to a catastrophic conspiracy. Race through hidden passageways, read in the Vatican Secret Archives, and try to save the lives of the four preferitti in Angels & Demons.


Eat Pray Love (Rome and Naples, Italy)

Elizabeth Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts,  travels to Italy, India, and Indonesia on a journey to find herself again in Eat, Pray, Love. Elizabeth spends the first 4 months of her trip regaining her love for food. And what better place to do that than in Italy? Not only will this movie make you want to take the next train to Rome or Naples, but it will have you salivating as well.


Under the Tuscan Sun (Tuscany)

A struggling writer, Frances Mayes, decides to buy an old villa in Tuscany that matches her shambled life. Through restoring her new home, she eventually finds the fulfillment she was longing for. Take a journey through the beautiful Tuscan countryside in Under the Tuscan Sun. The charming low hills covered in olive groves, vineyards, and beautiful old villas will have you running to the nearest realtor so you can move into one yourself.


The Tourist (Venice, Italy)

Venice is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities. Tourists flock from all over the world to take a gondola ride through the canals, visit the glass blower’s’ shop and relax in Piazza San Marco. Experience Venice as never before through this high-speed, action-filled movie of one tourist in the right place, at the wrong time. Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and a band of Russian mobsters guarantee a heart stopping view of Venice in The Tourist.


The Italian Job (Venice, Italy)

Did The Tourist leave you wanting more high-speed action in Venice? Never fear: Mark Wahlberg and Donald Sutherland are here! They’ve assembled a team for one last gold heist of $35 million in gold bars. Race through the canaled streets of Venice in The Italian Job.


The Talented Mr. Ripley (Sanremo and Venice, Italy)

There are a couple things Mr. Tom Ripley is really good at; lying, impressions, and forgery. Travel to Venice and Sanremo in the 1950’s with Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Cate Blanchett in The Talented Mr. Ripley. The young underachiever, Tom Ripley, is sent to Italy to retrieve a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy named Dickie Greenleaf. Ripley’s errand fails and he must take extreme measures.


Letters to Juliet (Verona, Italy)

Get a glimpse of the city that inspired William Shakespeare and the classic story of Romeo and Juliet through Letters to Juliet. Amanda Seyfried plays Sophie, a girl who dreams of being a writer. During her vacation to Verona, Sophie stumbles into the “Secretaries of Juliet” who take down love letters written underneath Juliet’s balcony and respond with advice and comfort. As we follow Sophie and the Secretaries through the Roman ruins, medieval vestiges, and antique palaces, squares and bridges, it will be love at first sight.


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