Movies in and of Italy

Often times when my wife and I watch a movie about Italy we sometimes find ourselves paying more attention to the background than the story. That’s because we’ve been fortunate to have traveled to many of the locations where movies in Italy have been filmed. Rome is the home of Cinecittà Studios, the largest film studio in Europe, and second only to Hollywood in size. Thousands of movies have been made at Cinecittà. You would expect movies like Ben-Hur or Cleopatra, and the HBO series Rome to have been filmed there – but how about Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone? Where did they get the snow from?

I’ve tried to put together a list of movies we’ve seen (and want to see) supplemented by documentaries and informative programs. This article has three sections. The first consists a few documentaries and historical dramas. There are many, many more available, but the ones I’ve selected are perhpas some of the more popular. In addition, a few of these can serve as guidebooks for your upcoming visits. Certainly no medium better displays Rome’s beauty than video!

The next smaller section contains mini-series or TV series about Rome and Italy. The last and by far the largest section, is ALL movies. These are movies filmed in Italy, about Italy, or made by Italian directors. I guess we’ve seen about 80% (and still counting!. I’ve tried to insert the movies in alphabetical order so you can find your favorite.

For each TV show or movie, you can click on the movie and be taken to the Amazon.com site for more info – and if you like, to purchase the materials. If the covers are hard to see, place your mouse over the picture and the title for that video will appear. And if you go the Amazon site, they’ll also make suggestions for other videos that are similar in content or interest.

I can tell you in compiling this list (which took SOME research and time), I’ve already ordered six or seven videos! All of the materials are playable in the US and all are DVD-format, no VHS. Some films I am still searching for a link, or at least a link with a film that you can play on a North American DVD player. As I find them, I’ll certainly add more. If you have a suggestion for a movie or documentary, please leave a comment below and I’ll add them too!

Hope you enjoy some of these and they help make your vacation expereince more fulfilling!


Documentaries and Historical Drama

5000 years of ancient Rome Movies in and of ItalyAncient History Rome Re examined 1 Movies in and of ItalyAncient Mysteries Incredible Monuments of Rome Movies in and of ItalyAncient Mysteries Ancient Rome and Its Mysterious Cities1 Movies in and of ItalyCats Of Rome Movies in and of ItalyChristmas in Rome Movies in and of ItalyDay Tours of Rome Passage to Roma 2010 Movies in and of ItalyDrive Thru History Rome if You Want To Movies in and of ItalyEmpires The Roman Empire in the First Century Movies in and of ItalyGlobe Trekker Rome Movies in and of ItalyHistory Classics Ancient Rome Movies in and of ItalyHannibal v. Rome Movies in and of Italyistory Channel Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire Movies in and of ItalyThe History Channel Presents Rome Engineering an Empire Movies in and of ItalyHistory Channel Presents Julius Caesars Rome Movies in and of ItalyIn Search of History Catacombs of Rome Movies in and of ItalyIn Search of History Romes Eternal Wonders Movies in and of ItalyJust The Facts Ancient Rome  Movies in and of ItalyLegions of Rome Punic Wars Gallic Wars Roman Invasions Movies in and of ItalyLidias Italy WHEN IN ROME... EAT PASTA Movies in and of ItalyMarch to Victory Road to Rome Movies in and of ItalyPassport To Europe Bundle Movies in and of ItalyPassage to Roma Video Tours of Rome Movies in and of ItalyRome Power Glory Gladiator Bloodsport of the Colosseum Movies in and of ItalyROME Rise and Fall Movies in and of ItalyROME CAPUT MUNDI Movies in and of ItalyRome Power Glory Movies in and of ItalyRome The Eternal City Movies in and of ItalyTravels in Europe with Rick Steves Venice and Rome Movies in and of ItalyVisions of Italy Movies in and of ItalyWHEN ROME RULED Movies in and of Italy



Television Series

Band of Brothers Movies in and of ItalyEMPIRE Movies in and of ItalyI Caesar The Rise Fall of the Roman Empire Movies in and of ItalyROME THE COMPLETE SERIES Movies in and of ItalyROME THE SERIES SEASON 1 Movies in and of ItalyROME THE SERIES SEASON 2 Movies in and of ItalySPARTACUS SEASON 1 Movies in and of ItalyZen Movies in and of Italy


Movies


8 and a half Movies in and of Italy19002 Movies in and of ItalyA Bell for Adano Movies in and of ItalyA Room With A View Movies in and of ItalyA Special Day Movies in and of ItalyAccatone Movies in and of ItalyAfter the Fox Movies in and of ItalyAgony and the Ecstasy The Movies in and of ItalyAmarcord Movies in and of ItalyAmerican The Movies in and of ItalyAngles and Demons Movies in and of ItalyAttila Movies in and of ItalyAugustus Movies in and of ItalyAvanti Movies in and of ItalyBellisima Movies in and of ItalyBelly of an Architect The1 Movies in and of ItalyBen Hur Movies in and of ItalyBicycle Thieves Movies in and of ItalyBig Deal on Madonna Street Movies in and of ItalyBitter Rice Movies in and of ItalyBlame it on the Bellboy Movies in and of ItalyBread and Chocolate Pane e Chocolato Movies in and of ItalyBread and Tulips Movies in and of ItalyBrother Sun Sister Moon Movies in and of ItalyCaligula Movies in and of ItalyCasino Royale Movies in and of ItalyCiao Professore Movies in and of ItalyCinema Paradiso Movies in and of ItalyCity of Women Movies in and of ItalyCome September Movies in and of ItalyConformist The Movies in and of ItalyDangerous Beauty Movies in and of ItalyDeath in Venice Movies in and of ItalyDont Look Now Movies in and of ItalyEnchanted April Movies in and of ItalyEnglish Patient The Movies in and of ItalyEuropa 51 Movies in and of ItalyEurotrip Movies in and of ItalyEveryone Say I Love You Movies in and of ItalyGarden of the Finzi Continis The Movies in and of ItalyGladiator Movies in and of ItalyGodfather Collection The Movies in and of ItalyI Am Love Movies in and of ItalyI Cladius Movies in and of ItalyIl Postino Movies in and of ItalyInferno Movies in and of ItalyIt Started in Naples Movies in and of ItalyItalian Job The 2003 Movies in and of ItalyItalian Job The 1969 Movies in and of ItalyJourney to Italy Movies in and of ItalyJuliet of the Spirits Movies in and of ItalyLeclisse Movies in and of ItalyLInnocente Movies in and of ItalyLa Bella di Roma Movies in and of ItalyLa Dolce Vita Movies in and of ItalyLa Fate Ignoranti Movies in and of ItalyLa Luna Movies in and of ItalyLa Strada Movies in and of ItalyLast Kiss The Movies in and of ItalyLast Legion The Movies in and of ItalyLeopard The Movies in and of ItalyLetters to Juliet Movies in and of ItalyLife is Beautiful Movies in and of ItalyMalena Movies in and of ItalyMamma Roma Movies in and of ItalyMassacre in Rome Movies in and of ItalyMediterraneo Movies in and of ItalyMerchant of Venice Movies in and of ItalyMiracle at St. Anna Movies in and of ItalyMuch Ado About Nothing Movies in and of ItalyMy House in Umbria Movies in and of ItalyMy Private Idaho Movies in and of ItalyMy Voyage to Italy Movies in and of ItalyNational Lampoons European Vacation Movies in and of ItalyNight Sun Movies in and of ItalyThe Night of the Shooting Stars Movies in and of ItalyNights of Cabiria Movies in and of ItalyOceans 12 Movies in and of ItalyOnly You Movies in and of ItalyNostalghia Movies in and of ItalyOpen City Movies in and of ItalyPotrait of a Lady Movies in and of ItalyQuo Vadis Movies in and of ItalyRipleys Game Movies in and of ItalyRoma Movies in and of ItalyRoman Holiday Movies in and of ItalyRoman Spring of Mrs. Stone The Movies in and of ItalyRoman Adventure Movies in and of ItalyRoom in Rome Movies in and of ItalySatyricon Movies in and of ItalySeven Beauties Movies in and of ItalyShoes of a Fisherman The Movies in and of ItalySign of the Cross The Movies in and of ItalySons Room The Movies in and of ItalySpartacus Movies in and of ItalySpartacus Gods of the Arena Movies in and of ItalyStealing Beauty Movies in and of ItalySummertime Movies in and of ItalySwept Away Movies in and of ItalyTalented Mr. Ripley The Movies in and of ItalyTea With Mussolini Movies in and of ItalyTeorema Movies in and of ItalyThree Coins in a Fountain Movies in and of ItalyTitus Movies in and of ItalyTourist The Movies in and of ItalyTree of Wooden Clogs The Movies in and of ItalyTwo Women Movies in and of ItalyUmberto D. Movies in and of ItalyUnder the Tuscan Sun Movies in and of ItalyWe Loved Each Other So Much Movies in and of ItalyWhen in Rome Movies in and of ItalyWhen in Rome 2010 Movies in and of ItalyWhere Angels Fear to tread Movies in and of ItalyWhite Sheik Movies in and of ItalyYesterday Today and Tomorrow Movies in and of Italy

NON-USA DVD Movies

These films are sold on Region 2 DVD’s. Unless you have a dual-compatible player, these cannot be played on your USA DVD player.


Genova Movies in and of ItalyPoveri Ma Belli Movies in and of ItalyPalermo Shooting Movies in and of ItalyUn Americano a Roma Movies in and of Italy

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6 Responses to Movies in and of Italy

  1. Claudia Palmira says:

    Thank you for this wonderful list. Well done.
    Claudia

  2. Ron in Rome says:

    - Thanks Chris, I’ll add it to the TV series group!

  3. Maria says:

    Thanks Ron! This list is terrific!! We just got back from Rome and now we’re missing it. It’ll be great to reminisce while watching these DVDs. Thanks!

  4. Chris Feeney says:

    A recent BBC TV series called Zen . . . it’s a modern detective . . . I quite enjoyed it

  5. Ron in Rome says:

    Thanks Rik!
    I’ve added your suggestions to the mix – including the three-set Godfather Collection!

  6. Rik says:

    Merchant of Venice, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, Eurotrip, Ripley’s Game, Life is Beautiful (La Vite e Bella), Godfather I & II…

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