Experience la dolce vita in Italy.
With its quaint villages, spectacular vistas and alluring culture, little wonder Italy is the backdrop of so many movies. The 1994 romance film Only You featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei takes viewers on a journey through romantic Venice, bustling Rome and the stunning Tuscany countryside. Viewers also follow the couple down the Amalfi Coast to picture-perfect Positano, as the love story unfolds. Well-seasoned travellers may recognize the famous Le Sirenuse hotel as being the location where all of the pool and hotel scenes took place.
In the charming romantic comedy Under The Tuscan Sun, Frances (Diane Lane) escapes to Tuscany to recover from her recent divorce. She happens upon an abandoned villa in the countryside which she buys to renovate. Meanwhile, she falls for a swarthy Italian lover Marcello (Raoul Bova) who whisks her through the countryside and cobblestone streets of Positano on his Vespa. Shot mainly in Cortona near Arezzo in Tuscany and in the hills around Tuoro sul Trasimeno, the movie transports viewers into the richness of life in the Tuscan countryside. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself craving Italian food, wine and perhaps even an Italian villa of your own.
Another movie filmed in sun-drenched Italy was the 1999 film The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) is hired to fly to Italy and bring back Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law) the spoiled rich playboy who is also Marge’s (Gwenyth Paltrow) boyfriend. Sociopath Ripley gets so captivated by the grandeur of their lifestyle, that he will stop at nothing to become a part of it. As viewers follow the trio’s adventures in the fictional town of “Mongibello”, they are treated to stunning views of the cliffside resort town of Positano and various villages on the islands of Ischia and Procida, near Naples. Plan a trip with this complete list of locations, and pretend you too are living la dolce vita.