When Travel + Leisure asked its readers to name what they thought was the most romantic city for its 2016 World’s Best Awards, Italy was the runaway winner with four cities (Siena at the 14th spot, Rome at 5th, and Florence at 4th), including the top spot (Venice), making the list.
These five films explain why. A breathtaking blend of the past and present, natural and manmade wonders, Italy is truly the perfect setting for finding and being in love. (Read Have a taste of Italy with these easy recipes!)
So this Valentine’s weekend, cozy up with your significant other (or a bowl of popcorn) and treat yourself to a filmfest of romantic flicks!
Movies Shot in Italy: Love Wedding Repeat (2020)
Villa Parisi in Frascati serves as the setting of this remake of the French romantic comedy Plan de Table. When Jack (Sam Claflin) misses his opportunity at romance with Dina (Olivia Munn), he gets his second shot at the wedding of his sister, where Dina is a guest. Various, bumbling versions of the wedding makes it a challenge.
Movies Shot in Italy: Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
Based on the book by Frances Mayes, the romantic comedy finds an American divorcee (Diane Lane) starting over by buying a decrepit Tuscan villa on a whim. A stunning location makes this movie a must-watch again and again. (Read: 3 Movie Night Snacks That Can Replace Your Popcorn)
Movies Shot in Italy: Roman Holiday (1953)
The inimitable Audrey Hepburn (who won an Oscar for her performance in this black-and-white classic) plays Ann, a modern-day princess who flees her sheltered life while in Rome, only to fall asleep on a park bench. Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) takes her to his apartment for safety then finds out exactly who she is. Does this mean romance— or an exclusive interview— for the American journalist? (Read: Your Guide to Wine and Cheese Pairings for Special Occasions)
Movies Shot in Italy: Il Postino (1994)
An unlikely friendship forms between the unschooled postman Mario (Massimo Troisi) and Cuban poet Pablo Neruda, who makes a home for himself on a remote Italian island. Through Neruda’s mentoring, Mario finds the confidence to court the sultry barmaid Beatrice. The critically acclaimed romance drama won an Academy Award for Original Dramatic Score.
Movies Shot in Italy: To Rome With Love (2012)
Four stories make up this romantic comedy with an all-star cast. Woody Allen, who directed the movie, is a washed-up opera director who discovers a potential star in Giancarlo (Fabio Armiliato), his daughter’s future father-in-law—and a mortician by trade.
The newlywed Antonio (Alessandro Tiberi) looks forward to life in Rome with his wife Milly (Alessandra Mastronardi]—until he meets Anna (Penelope Cruz), a call girl who mistakes him for someone else. Roberto Benigni is an ordinary man who suddenly wakes up famous. And John (Alec Baldwin) is reminded of his younger self in Jesse Eisenberg, an architect who falls for Monica (Elliot Page), best friend of his wife Sally (Greta Gerwig).