Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck and that famous Vespa ride through Rome. It’s fun, it’s romantic and the most astonishing part is that hardly any of Rome has changed so you can still recognise all the locations today.
2. Stealing Beauty
This enchanting film set in Tuscany is the masterpiece of director Bernardo Bertolucci and one of Liv Tyler’s best performances. If you don’t want to run away to live in a villa and fall in love with a local Italian after watching this film with its seductive cinematography and soundtrack, then you need to watch it again.
3. La Dolce Vita
It’s the reason crowds of tourists elbow their way through to catch a glimpse of the Trevi Fountain or why Via Veneto became the ‘it’ place to be in Rome. Fellini’s classic starring Marcello Mastroianni as the suited journalist who kisses the movie star in the fountain is actually a dark look at the reality of Roman life, in spite of its whimsical title.
4. Under the Tuscan Sun
It’s fluffy, it’s light, it’s Diane Lane – but just before a holiday you’d be surprised how pleasurable this film about an American who decides to move to Italy on a whim can be. Plus who wouldn’t want an affair with Italian actor
This modern psychological thriller captures the elegance of Italy in the 1950s like no other. With a cast that includes Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Cate Blanchett, it follows the story of the ultimate escapists running away from their responsibilities to live well in Italy.