One of my absolute favourite places in the world is Italy – I’ve been there twice. This guest post is from Albatross Tours and I LOVE the idea of combining the experience of Italy with classic memories from the movies! I’ve also added my own photos throughout to show you around the place a little. Go to Italy – put it on your bucket list!
There’s simply something magical about Italy. Whether you’re travelling independently or enjoying one of the Italy tours offered by guide companies like Albatross Tours, countless cities and sites in this beautiful country will remind you of scenes from memorable movies. Here’s a look at 5 romantic movie moments you can experience for yourself during an Italian holiday.
1. Balcony Bliss (Romeo And Juliet)
When it comes to iconic film scenes set in Italy, it doesn’t get much better than Romeo calling up to Juliet from beneath her balcony. In the northern city of Verona, travellers have the opportunity to recreate this scene for themselves at Juliet’s House. If public outbursts of affection aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy the quaint museum inside and admire the bronze statue of Shakespeare’s leading lady.
2. Beachside Fun (Under The Tuscan Sun)
The panoramic landscapes of Tuscany will evoke the inner romantic in any visitor. Just as Frances discovers that true love knows no boundaries in Under the Tuscan Sun, the picturesque towns and sensational scenery will inspire you to throw caution to the wind and pursue your heart’s desires.
Couples can flirt playfully and exchange corny yet sincere love clichés on the beautiful beach of Positano (as Diane Lane and her dreamy-eyed lover did). You or your partner might not quite rival the Italian sex symbol that is Raoul Bova, but your time together here will be magical nonetheless!
3. Venetian Affair (Summertime)
Charming streets and boutique shops, lovely gondola rides through the canals, and plenty of hearty Italian cuisine… there’s a lot to get the mood just right in this one-of-a-kind Italian city.
In particular, you can treat yourself and your partner to a delightful coffee and meal at St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco), where the first sparks of romance were ignited in 1955’s Summertime, starring Katharine Hepburn. Return to the piazza in the evening, enjoy some live music with your loved one, and finish the date by buying your special someone a gardenia from one of the many flowers sellers – just like Rossano Brazzi did in the movie.
4. Stunning City Views (A Room With A View)
Step into the shoes of Miss Lucy Honeychurch and onto the streets of fabulous Florence. Fans of the ‘80s film adaptation of A Room with a View will love exploring the streets and buildings of this classic Italian city. Everything from the local culture to the architecture will help you realise why Florence enchants as many visitors as it does.
The scene you’ll want to play out in Florence is the passionate kissing between the protagonists. This should take place on a hotel windowsill where city streets can provide an enchanting backdrop to match the one in the film.
5. The Real City Of Love (Roman Holiday)
Widely considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, Rome is home to many film scenes where couples break up, make up, make out, and make love. The iconic landmarks of Italy’s capital will leave you flashing back to moments from various movies, including When in Rome, La Dolce Vita, and To Rome with Love.
One classic cinematic moment to replicate in Rome requires a visit to the famous Mouth of Truth. It is here where Gregory Peck pretends to lose his hand, causing Audrey Hepburn to scream, in the timeless flick Roman Holiday. As tacky as it might be, trying out this gag is an enduringly popular activity for boyfriends and husbands wanting to shock and delight their partners.
There’s little wonder Italy is such a popular destination for engaged couples, honeymooners, and long-term lovers alike – every single town and city presents countless opportunities for romance!
Which site in Italy do you think is best for sparking love or reigniting old flames?
Share your top picks in the comments below and help other readers plan unforgettable trips to this mesmerising country!