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3 Movies That Transport You to Italy


Article by Kate Baxendale

Photography by Stock Images + Provided

Italy—it's a place many of us dream to visit if not for the historic sites but for the cuisine alone. While an Italian getaway may not be on the books any time soon, these movies can be a vessel for which to whisk you away to this iconic European destination.

Roman Holiday (1953)

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This classic film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck is a love story set in Rome. This lighthearted movie about a modern-day princess and a journalist, while shot in black in white, is a visual treat.

Call Me By Your Name (2017)

"In the summer of 1983, in the north of Italy, Elio Perlman, (Timothée Chalamet) a 17-year-old American spends his days in his family's 17th century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia (Esther Garrel). One day Oliver (Armie Hammer), a 24-year-old graduate student working on his doctorate arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio's father (Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Soon, Elio and Oliver discover a summer that will alter their lives forever. Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino and written by James Ivory, is based on the novel by André Aciman."

A Room with a View (1986)

"A cherubic nineteen-year-old Helena Bonham Carter plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young, independent-minded, upper-class Edwardian woman who is trying to sort out her burgeoning romantic feelings, divided between an enigmatic free spirit (Julian Sands) she meets on vacation in Florence and the priggish bookworm (Daniel Day-Lewis) to whom she becomes engaged back in the more corseted Surrey. Funny, sexy, and sophisticated, this gargantuan art-house hit features a sublime supporting cast—including Simon Callow, Judi Dench, Denholm Elliott, and Maggie Smith—and remains a touchstone of intelligent romantic cinema." –The Criterion Collection