I sent this list of books and movies about Italy to the group of women joining me in September on my Italy Retreat For Women, so I thought you might be interested also. If you have time, have some fun and read a few books about Italy, then watch Italian movies! This list, of course, is not complete, but it is a taste of la dolce vita, the sweet life. I admit, some of the movies are not the best, but I love the Italian scenery, so I ignore the content!
MOVIES ABOUT ITALY:
1.) Enchanted April (Movie and Book) in English. Four British women leave cold wet England for a month in an Italian Villa not too far from the Cinque Terre, in Portofino.
2.) Under The Tuscan Sun (Movie AND memoir) in English.
3.) Cinema Paradiso (Classic Italian Movie with English subtitles)
4.) Bread and Tulips, “Panne e Tulipane” (In Italian with English subtitles)
5.) Documentary: Visions of Italy. 2 CD set. ‘The grand tour from a stunning aerial view’ is the subtitle. As seen on Public Television. (300 minutes total, but any time spent watching is glorious). Truly breathtaking as you fly above Italy from the north to the south including Sicily, all the while a woman with a sultry voice narrates.
6.) Eat, Pray, Love. Not the greatest movie, but some delightful scenes in Italy.
7.) Trip to Italy: with comedians, Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. (I actually did not like this movie, but loved the breathtaking landscapes of Italy, and some of the Cinque Terre where we visit during my Italy Retreat For Women).
8.) Romantic Italian Movies: 10 most romantic movies filmed in italy: http://www.swide.com/art-culture/movies/top-10-most-romantic-movies-in-italy-and-their-locations/2013/08/27
9.) Tea With Mussolini
10.) The following are Italian movies spoken in the Italian language. Some are better than others, and some are not so great, but helpful if you’d like to listen to Italian. All can be streamed from Netflix:
The Last Kiss
I am love
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
The Son’s Room
We have a Pope
Marriage Italian Style
*Benvenuti al Sud Italian with English Subtitles.(Welcome to the South) (I love this but you may just be able to watch on youtube in different segments).
BOOKS ABOUT ITALY:
1.) The HIlls of Tuscany by Ferenc Maté. A wonderful memoir. Read this before his book, A Vineyard in Tuscany
2.) Everyday Tuscany by Frances Mayes (20 years after her move to Cortona)
3.) Extra Virgin (trilogy) Anne Hawes
4.) Books by Timothy Holmes (he’s written 5) The Achille Peroni Mystery Series (I have NOT read these but hear they’re good)
5.) A Thousand Days in Tuscany. A Thousand Days in Venice, and others by Marlena de Blasi.
6.) My Italian Neighbors and others by Tim Parks
7.) The Reluctant Tuscan by Phil Doran. Humourous
8.) Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter. Novel takes place near Cinque Terre. Photo on front cover is one of the villages of the Cinque Terre. (Interesting but not great).
9.) A Vineyard in Tuscany, A Wine Lover’s Dream by Ferenc Maté (love this)
10.) Too Much Tuscan Sun, Confessions of a Chianti Tour Guide by Dario Castagno. (humorous)
11.) La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales. Wonderful history of the Italian language, and delightful stories).
12.) As The Romans Do by Alan Epstein
13.) Italy For The Gourmet Traveler by Fred Plotkin
14.) Italy Travel Books: Fodor or Eyewitness
15.) Rick Steves’ Italy. Travel book with interesting facts of many cities in Italy. He has videos available from all over Italy, including Cinque Terre. Available at many libraries.
So there you have it! As I mentioned, there are just so many wonderful books, but this will get you started for some fun summertime reading. Buon divertimento! Enjoy!
What are some of your favorite books and movies of Italy!?