Movies in Italy: 22 Best Series and Movies Set in Italy to Watch!

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Want to enjoy the stunning scenery of Italy from the comfort of your own home? In this movies in Italy post, we outline 22 of the best series and movies set in Italy for you to enjoy!

Italy is every bit as idyllic as you’d imagine it to be. From the lush green rolling hills of Tuscany to the elegant and historic streets of Milan and Rome, to the gorgeous white villages scattered through Puglia, the landscapes and scenery here are simply magical.

It’s no wonder then that so many filmmakers and studios have been inspired to create series or movies that take place in Italy (or movies about Italy itself).

In this post, we’ve teamed up with fellow bloggers to reveal these 22 best movies set in Italy to hopefully inspire you to travel to Italy and explore incredible Italian landmarks, sights, and scenery in person! 

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Series Set In Italy (Or About Italy)

Moves in Italy, Amalfi Coast, Italy © Freeartist from Getty Images from Canva
Amalfi Coast, Italy © Freeartist from Getty Images from Canva

My Brilliant Friend – 2018

By Ingrid from IngridZenMoments

  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: TV Series
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6 / 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 96%

My Brilliant Friend is a popular series based on the bestselling novel with the same name, written by Elena Ferrante. Following the destiny of two poor girls born and raised on the dangerous streets of Naples, in a dark neighbourhood, and their strange yet powerful friendship that will last a lifetime.

During the short 2 seasons, you’ll travel with Lila and Lenu’ from a very dark Naples to a stunning Amalfi Coast, and all the way to the Island of Ischia or the cobblestone streets of Florence.

While the 2 ladies and their lives develop in different ways, the movie (and the books) manages to take us on a long journey from the South to the North of Italy, while we try to fully grasp the true meaning of friendship, and what exactly links them together for such a long time.

Acclaimed by critics and the public, this is a TV series worth seeing whenever you miss Italy.

Il Commissario Montalbano – 1999

By Soumya from Stories by Soumya

  • Genre: Cime, Drama, Mystery 
  • IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: NA

Based on an intriguing detective novel by Italian writer, Andrea Camilleri, Commissario Montalbano is a popular television series set in the imaginary town of Vigata, Sicily. The story revolves around the life of Inspector Salvo Montalbano and his encounters with Sicilian crime lords.

The series has been critically acclaimed and broadcast across 65 countries ever since it premiered in 1999. Politics, mystery, murder, and betrayals – Commissario Montalbano has it all.

Visiting gorgeous Montalbano locations is one of the best things to do in Sicily. Much of the series has been shot in and around the beautiful Baroque towns of Val di Noto in southeast Sicily. Ragusa and Scicli are a couple of the most charming ones that you get to see in the episodes quite frequently.

Be sure to visit Inspector Montalbano’s house located right by a stunning Mediterranean beach in Punta Secca and the sleepy fishing village of Sampieri where several Montalbano scenes were filmed.

Summertime – 2020

By Tanya from Travels And Treasures

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 5.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: NA

Ah, summertime. The Netflix series, Summertime, is gaining a lot of attention for its relatable storylines, beautiful scenery, and feel-good moments. The series is filmed in Cesenatico, a port town on the Adriatic coast of Italy. There are plenty of scenes of time well spent on the hot sandy beach, in cool blue waters, and kicking back with an Italian drink in hand. But what makes this movie special is the excess of entangled relationships and the beautifully produced cinema. 

Summer, a teen coming of age, is pursued by moto racer Alessandro (Ale). They have different backgrounds, but the on-scene chemistry is undeniable. Ale’s home life is troubled. But it’s not until he meets Summer that the stars begin to align and urges him to return to his home (Rome), and moto racing.

If you like romantic movies, this one is for you. If you envision a romantic encounter in Europe, this is a sure fit. The scenes of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and the Adriatic coast are phenomenal and will make you want to visit Italy and experience la dolce vita.

Inspiring Movies About Italy and Films Set in Italy 

Tuscany Gladiator ©Jürgen Reichenpfader
Tuscany Gladiator ©Jürgen Reichenpfader

Gladiator – 2000 – Movies Set in Tuscany

By Jürgen & Martina from PlacesofJuma

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 87%

Gladiator is a five Oscar-winning monumental film from the year 2000. One of the most important scenes was filmed in Tuscany, in the picturesque Val d’Orcia

The movie was directed by Ridley Scott and the main actor was Russell Crowe. It is about the moving story of the Roman general Maximus, who was enslaved as a gladiator fighter due to his rebellion against the new emperor, but who rises to become the idol of the masses during the battles.

The final scene of the film, which was shot in the fields directly below the small town of Pienza, is particularly famous: The badly injured Maximus dies in the Roman Colosseum, and thus, in the field of ripe grain, he finally goes home towards his homeland, where his wife and son are waiting for him.

Today, the so-called Gladiator’s Avenue is one of the most popular photo spots in this region and basically a must-see when you are in Val d’Orcia!

The Two Popes – 2019

By Alicia Richards Travels With The Crew

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6 / 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 88%

This movie is set in Italy and follows the story of two old friends who reunite after many years apart. They are both Catholic priests, one a Cardinal and the other an Archbishop.

Pope Benedict XVI is chosen to be the new Pope in 2005 after the death of Pope John Paul II. He is not well-liked by the Italians as he is German but he perseveres throughout his papacy.

7 years later, Cardinal Bergoglio from Argentina is ready to retire and must ask the sitting Pope for his approval. He flies to the Vatican to ask permission of Pope Benedict XVI. They discuss their differences in philosophy and how they view God and how the Catholic Church should be run. He does not give Cardinal Bergoglio permission to retire.

When the Vatican leaks scandal comes to light. Pope Benedict XVI decides he will step down as Pope, something that hasn’t been done since 1294! Cardinal Bergoglio becomes Pope Francis and his successor.

The movie is so beautifully done; it is funny, poignant, and historically accurate all at the same time. The performances of Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Johnathan Pryce as Cardinal Bergoglio are as perfect as you would imagine they would be.

The movie is set in Rome and was filmed in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Pope’s summer home, and a set built to look exactly like the Sistine Chapel.

When you visit Rome you will be able to tour the Vatican and have an understanding of how the Catholic Church is run and what it looks like in private spaces thanks to this movie.

La Dolce Vita – 1960

By Haley from Haley Blackall Travel

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 90%

Federico Fellini’s 1960’s masterpiece La Dolce Vita, will have you wanderlust-ing after a trip to Italy. The film, originally expressed in Italian, made box office records all over the world for its originality. 

Abandoning conventional character development for a less prescribed narrative, the movie follows Marcello Rubini, a philandering tabloid journalist on a week in his life living in Rome. La Dolce Vita is comprised of seven major scenes, broken up by intermissions. The film takes you through the lively underworld party scene and the picturesque streets of the capital of Italy. 

While the majority of the movie La Dolce Vita was filmed in Rome at the Cinecitta Studios, the director also insisted on using a few famous landmarks around the ancient city. Visitors can experience the grand Trevi fountain, iconic St. Peter’s Basilica and Square, romantic Piazza del Popolo, and even the Rome Ciampino International Airport, as seen in the film.

The Talented Mr. Ripley – 1999

By Lori from Travlinmad

  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%

Some movies filmed in Italy inspire you to visit this beautiful country, no matter how chilling a tale it might be. Such is the case with The Talented Mr. Ripley starring three of Hollywood’s biggest A-listers.

Matt Damon plays the young and handsome Tom Ripley, a scheming wannabe socialite who befriends Dickie Greenleaf and his fiancé Marge (played by Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow) and ends up manipulating his way from Naples to Venice into their lifestyle which he himself can’t afford.

The movie set in 1950’s Italy was filmed against a backdrop of sumptuous southern Italy locations like Ischia and Procida, which was the setting for Dickie and Marge’s seaside hideaway. But it’s the cinematic tour of Venice that really captures the viewer. From tooling along the Grand Canal in a vintage Chris Craft yacht or motoring a retro Vespa through the cobblestoned streets of Venice, the cunning and talented Mr. Ripley deceives his friends at all costs and keeps us riveted from beginning to end.

Procida © onairda from Getty Images by Canva
Procida © onairda from Getty Images by Canva

Il Postino (The Postman) – 1994

By Helen from Helen on Her Holidays

  • Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
  • IMDb Rating:  7.7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 94%

Il Postino (The Postman) is a charming, funny and poignant film set on a small Italian island in the 1950s. It tells the story of Mario, a reluctant fisherman who sees a job ad to be a postman.

The island needs a postman because of the arrival of a famous new resident – poet Pablo Neruda, who is exiled from his beloved Chile. The postman must be able to read and have his own bicycle. Mario is the perfect candidate. 

Mario and Pablo Neruda become friends, and when Mario falls in love with beautiful Beatrice who’s a waitress at the island bar, the poet helps him win her over. During their courtship there are lots of funny moments, particularly when Beatrice’s illiterate elderly aunt finds one of Mario’s steamy love poems and asks the island priest to read it for her.

Il Postino was released in 1994 and many scenes were filmed on the lovely island of Procida in the Bay of Naples. If you visit Procida today you can see the port, the bar where Beatrice works, the post office and the church. 

The Italian Job – 2003 – Movies Filmed in Venice Italy

By Tegan + Alex from Why Not Walk Travel Guides

  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 7/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 80%

Travel to the beauty of Venice without leaving your living room in the 2003 American heist thriller The Italian Job. 

The story starts out with a double-cross during a robbery in Venice, where a group of friends and business partners steal $35 million in gold bullion from Italian gangsters. Everything goes awry when one member of the group betrays the others, and the action then jumps a year into the future, where the motley crew of thieves plan to avenge their friend’s death and take back the stolen gold. 

Featuring breathtaking views of Venice, LA, and other locales, as well as plenty of intrigue, safe-cracking, and even some comedy, this movie is a great way to unwind and transport yourself to Venetian canals, albeit with some knuckle-biting moments! 

Whilst some of the movie was shot on a set, large portions of Venice had to be shut down for filming, with the Italian police overseeing some of the action scenes due to the high speeds the chase scenes entailed.

A Room With A View – 1985 – Romantic Movies Set in Italy

By Martha Knight from May Cause Wanderlust

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 85% 

A Room With A View is one of the most successful Merchant-Ivory period films which showcased British aristocracy in the early 20th Century. 

Helena Bonham Carter plays a young ingénue who has a fleeting but stirring encounter with a mysterious young man when travelling in Florence – despite being courted by someone more sensible at home! The movie was adapted from a novel by E. M. Forster and stars several British legends including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Simon Callow. It helped make a star of Bonham-Carter.

It also paints a romantic, passionate picture of Italy in the 1900s – it is shot beautifully and really makes Florence and the surrounding countryside look dreamy.  It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won three.

In one of the most memorable scenes, the heroine witnesses a vicious fight between two men, and faints – but don’t worry, someone is there to catch her!  You can relive this moment in Piazza Della Signoria in central Florence, which is also famous for having a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue.

If you watch this movie, look out for Daniel Day-Lewis in an early against-type role!

Marriage Italian Style – 1964

By Ruma from The Holiday Story

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 84%

Marriage Italian style is an Italian movie directed by Vittorio De Sica. It’s adapted from the play Filumena Marturano by Eduardo De Filippo. The film was shot at Ercolano, Castel Nuovo in Naples, Piazza Bellini, Piazza del Gesù Nuovo and Palazzo Pandola.

The film is based on the era of World War II. When Domenico, a handsome and successful man, first meets a young and beautiful Filomena in Naples he’s smitten in an instant. They again meet each other during the postwar years, and an attachment develops between the two. Filomena becomes Domenico’s kept woman and secretly bears his children. One day she learns Domenico is planning to marry another woman and goes to extreme lengths to entrap Domenico into marrying her instead. 

The commercially successful film has won many awards including four David di Donatello Awards in 1965 and a Silver Ribbon Award in 1965. At first, Anna Magnani was chosen for the role of Filomena, but Sophia Loren was later cast in the main role. 

Movies Filmed in Italy, Bar Vitelli from The Godfather - ©OnceInALifetimeJourney
Bar Vitelli from The Godfather – ©OnceInALifetimeJourney

The Godfather Trilogy (1972, 1974 & 1990)

By Cal from Once in a Lifetime Journey

  • Genre: Crime, Drama 
  • IMDb Rating: 9.2/10   
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 98%

The Godfather is one of the most famous movie franchises to ever have graced the silver screen. Director Francis Ford Coppola, adapted Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and co-wrote the screenplay with him. 

The film follows the life of Italian-American mafia kingpin Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando/Robert De Niro) and his offspring Sonny (James Caan), Fredo and particularly Michael (Al Pacino). While the movie is mostly shot in America, two major plots take place in “Corleone”, a Sicilian town. What many people don’t know is that the Sicilian parts of the film were actually not shot in the main protagonist’s namesake town of Corleone (a real place), but were actually two small picturesque villages near Taormina called Savoca and Forza D’Agro. 

Savoca is a picturesque village where you can see Mount Etna and the Ionian Sea. Bar Vitelli, an 18th-century palazzo, is one of the most famous spots from the film where Michael met his future bride Apollonia. You can enjoy some of Sicily’s best foods there and see some Godfather memorabilia hanging on the walls. They later got married at the Church of Sant Nicolo, a 15th century Norman church. 

Some famous backdrops you can visit in Forza D’Agro include the church of the Santissima Annunziata and the square and church of Sant’Agostino, both absolutely beautiful.

Under The Tuscan Sun – 2003

By Olivia from the Girl With Blue Sails

  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating:  6.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 78%

Under The Tuscan Sun, a film by Audrey Wells stars actress Diane Lane in a beautiful story of a woman building a new life for herself in a foreign country. Frances is an American author who takes a group tour of Italy after suffering a loss in her life. While shopping and wandering through a small-town market, she comes across some real estate ads.  

Wanting to implement some real change in her life, Frances spontaneously buys the house on the spot. She leaves her group tour and begins to explore her new home in the picturesque rooftop town of Cortona. She begins to work on her fixer-upper of a house, encountering ups and downs, and meeting new and colourful characters along the way.

This film is a wonderful glimpse into the dream-like world of Tuscany. Beautiful sunny days, rolling hills and cobblestoned streets are a stunning backdrop to Frances’ journey. It’s also a story of regrowth and rebuilding, as Frances begins to fix herself through fixing up her new Tuscan home.

Life is Beautiful – 1997

By Utkarsh from Journeys From Heart

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 8.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 96%

Life is beautiful is one of the best world war movies ever made. It is a movie set in Italy and portrays the story of a Jewish man, his wife, and his son as they are taken to a concentration camp during the war by the Nazis. 

Directed by Roberto Benigni it is one of the gems of cinema that talks about this dark time in history and effortlessly manages to walk on the thin line between humour, love and tragedy. It’s about love and man’s indomitable spirit even in midst of inhumanity.

The first part of the movie is the story of a man falling in love with his wife. And the rest is about the camp where they are kept separately due to separate sections of the camp. It also shows the dynamicity of the relation between the father and the son. The part has some of my favourite scenes where the father is trying to be funny with the child but is also heartbreaking and overwhelming as he makes the kid believe that the whole scenario is just a role-playing game, just to ensure his safety and that he is not affected. 

The movie has some great scenes like the one where the Nazis come to take the man and his son on a train to the death camp and since the wife is Christian she is left behind but knowing that the woman actually goes to the station master and pleads to take her as well as her husband and child are there too.

The movie is filled with powerful scenes and is an emotional rollercoaster. It also features inspirations from the movies of Charlie Chaplin and is one I’d highly recommended you watch.

Roman Holiday – 1953 – Films Set in Rome

By Claudia from Strictly Rome

  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 93%

Roman Holiday is one of the most classic movies set in Italy, although it’s a popular holiday movie. 

Released in 1953, it features Audrey Hepburn playing the role of a bored princess on a royal tour of Rome. Annoyed by the protocol she has to follow, she manages to escape boredom thanks to journalist Gregory Peck, with whom she starts roaming the streets of the Eternal City on board a Vespa, crossing some of the most beautiful squares in Rome, visiting landmarks such as the famous Mouth of Truth. The Vespa ride is by far the most iconic, memorable scene in the movie.

The Rome you see in the movie is a stunning city – despite still in full reconstruction effort after WWII. Back then, the entire country was going through a massive wave of optimism and economic growth, and this clearly transpires in the movie too.

Movies set in Italy, Crema Italy © RinoCdZ from Getty Images Signature by Canva
Crema Italy © RinoCdZ from Getty Images Signature by Canva

Call Me By Your Name – 2017

By Michela from She Goes The Distance

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 7.9 / 10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 86%

“Somewhere in Northern Italy.” From the start of the film, Call Me By Your Name introduces the audience to a mysterious and indistinct version of Italy, a country typically romanticized in film.

The director Luca Guadagnino chose film locations like the town of Crema because “it’s just Italy.” No tourist attractions, world-famous buildings, or Instagrammed views.

Instead of perpetuating the idea of a perfect Italy, one that can only be visited or attained in dreams, the setting of this romantic drama truly becomes just a setting. It’s a part of the background, while leads Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet tell the story of a 24-year-old and 17-year-old’s romantic relationship in 1983 Italy.

Despite Guadagnino’s efforts to avoid painting an idealized version of Italy in this film, the dreamy colour-graded scenes and film cinematography leave anyone who watches with a stronger urge to visit idyllic Italy than ever before.

You can explore the town of Crema, less than an hour from Milan, where Elio and Oliver frequent the piazza and countryside at the beginning of their relationship. Travel further north to visit the medieval city of Bergamo, where the couple spends their last few nights together in secrecy and contentment. Other film locations worth a visit include the Roman ruins of the Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione and the Cascate del Serio, the second tallest waterfall in Europe.

No matter which location you choose to visit, you’ll experience your own “somewhere in northern Italy.”

L’Uomo Che Comprò La Luna

By Claudia from Strictly Sardinia

  • Genre: Comedy
  • IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: NA

One of the funniest, sweetest, most irreverent recent movies set in Sardinia, L’Uomo Che Comprò La Luna (The Man Who Bought The Moon), features some of the most famous Sardinian actors, up and coming Jacopo Cullin, known for his theatre roles; and older Benito Urgu – both comedians. 

The story is bittersweet. Cullin, son of Sardinian immigrants to the north of Italy, is sent on a military mission to uncover the mystery of the man who bought the moon. Much ado is spent about what really is only a gesture of love by a man to his wife. 

Cullin at first seems to deny his origins – he even has to attend “Sardinian culture” lessons with Urgu so that his disguise won’t be covered. Soon enough though, locals spot him as the outsider, and hilarity ensues. 

Needless to say, throughout the movie, Sardinia appears as beautiful as it is in real life.

The Tourist – 2010 – Movies filmed in Venice Italy

By Tanya from My Right Sock

  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 6/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 42%

A crime thriller-meets-romantic comedy with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in the lead – if that premise isn’t intriguing enough, the fact that ‘The Tourist’ was shot in the stunning Italian city of Venice, is a huge plus.

The movie begins with a Math teacher taking an impromptu trip to Europe to mend his broken heart. He spots an alluring stranger on a train to Venice, and the initially innocuous flirtation quickly spirals into an exhilarating game of cat and mouse.

‘The Tourist’ features shots of St. Lucia station, the Basilica, the Bell Tower and Palazzo Ducale, among other locations. Several chase scenes are shot across the Venetian canals and in the lagoon.

In the movie, the couple checks into Hotel Danieli, which is a 14th-century converted palace located very close to Piazza San Marco. Complete with Murano glass chandeliers, antique carpets and marmoreal columns, the five-star hotel highlights Italian elegance in a way that will instantly make you want to book a stay there.

‘The Tourist’ has a decent plot but is filled with dreamy vistas of canals, bridges and gondolas – which makes it perfect for armchair travel.

Fun fact: Entry to the Marciana Library, which also features in ‘The Tourist’, is free on Sundays in case you plan to make a trip to Venice and revisit the movie in person!”

Letters to Juliet – 2010

By Raluca from Travel With A Spin

  • Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • IMDb Rating: 6.5/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 62%

Letters to Juliet is an emotional movie that makes one think about losses, reencounters and what could have been. 

Sophie, an engaged American woman, travels to Verona with her fiancé on a pre-honeymoon. But the supposed romantic trip goes on the wrong path when he prefers to spend his time there at a cooking course. Neglected, Sophie walks around alone and finds a wall that will set her on a life-changing trip for herself and others. 

In the mentioned wall people that have lost their love or need a piece of advice leave notes to Juliet. The Secretaries of Juliet gather all of them and answer personally to each and everyone that has an address on it. By mistake, Sophie discovers in the wall a missive from 1957, which the other secretaries think she should answer herself. 

Sophie’s reply makes Claire, the original writer, embark on a trip to find the love she had lost 50 years before, together with Sophie and her nephew, Charles. Letters to Juliet takes viewers on a cinematographic trip to Verona, Siena and picturesque rural Italy. The backstory and the dreamy landscape turn this movie into a wonderful choice for an Italian night-in.

Pompei Italy © Jaspe by Canva
Pompei Italy © Jaspe by Canva

Pompeii – 2014 – Movies Made in Italy

By Kerry from VeggTravel

  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
  • IMDb Rating:  5.5/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 34%

The movie Pompeii is a film from 2014 that depicts the tragic history of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Set in ancient Pompeii, the movie is somewhat of a love story coupled with action, fighting, tragedy and destruction. Pompeii was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starred Kit Harrison, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Jessica Lucas.

While the destruction of Pompeii makes for a very captivating movie, the storyline of this particular film is centred around the contention between Rome and Pompeii as a city of the Roman Empire. The film follows the story of a child who was orphaned when his whole village was slaughtered by Romans and his rise to become a champion gladiator pitted against Roman generals. All that, coupled with the death-defying race from the volcanic eruption. 

Pompeii is a movie that will keep you gripped to your seat and also have you searching for your next holiday to Italy. If you choose to visit the ruins yourself, this is one of the things you can do in Sorrento, Naples or the Amalfi Coast.

Eat Pray Love – 2010

By Mal from Raw Mal Roams

  • Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
  • IMDb Rating: 5.8/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 42%

Eat Pray Love starred by Julia Roberts, is a strong position on the list of films you should watch if travelling is your passion. The film tells the story of Elizabeth Gilbert, a journalist from New York that lives an ordinary life until she decides to take a leap of faith.

She’s got a regular job and a husband, but she is not happy. Elizabeth decides to get divorced, release everything she owns and embark on a journey around the world to find herself. 

She first travels to Italy, where she plans to indulge in simple pleasure in life such as food. The movie’s filming locations include some of the most iconic sites of Rome, such as Castel Sant’Angelo, Colosseum, Fiumi Fountain on Piazza Navona and Mausoleum of Augustus. 

As Elizabeth mostly eats in this part of the film, she is also at many of Rome’s restaurants that are real restaurants that exist today, including Santa Lucia Ristorante and Osteria Dell’Antiquario. 

After Italy, Elizabeth heads to India to pray, followed by Bali, where she works with the local healer and finally finds the life balance when something unexpected happens.

Angels & Demons – 2009

By Ania from The Travelling Twins

  • Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
  • IMDb Rating: 6.7/10 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score: 57%

The movie Angels and Demons is based on Dan Brown book under the same name title. It is a story about a secret society of scientists who intend to destroy the Vatican and bring down Catholicism.

The film revolves around a murder of a scientist who has figured out how to create antimatter for energy purposes. This sparks an international search to find his murderer before they can use the information against humanity.

Tom Hanks starring Robert Langdon, to solve the mystery, must access the Vatican library to find out the truth about a powerful secret that has been kept since Galileo’s time.

The Movie “Angel and Demons” is based mainly in Italy. 90 % of the scenes are filmed in Rome and Vatican City. You can see parts of Pope Palace or library which generally are not for tourist.

Besides giving you the thrill of solving the crime and stopping the murder of 4 cardinals, watching the movie is a great way to learn some interesting facts about Vatican City.

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