Who can say no to a trip to Italy? Not you, especially when it’s all expenses paid, courtesy of My Pope’s Win A Trip to the Vatican Raffle!
Here are five movies to get you better acquainted with the country that’s home to sumptuous cuisine and historical landmarks, not to mention dear to our beloved Lolo Kiko!
Roman Holiday (1953)
Audrey Hepburn stars as Ann, a crown princess who slips away from her tight security to explore Rome on her own. Fans agree that the movie’s most iconic scene is that of her and the journalist Joe (Gregory Peck) taking turns putting their hands in the Bocca della Verita, a.k.a. Mouth of Truth at the portico of the Santa Maria Church.
Letters to Juliet (2010)
You’re never too old or too late for love, as the senior Clare (Vanessa Redgrave) realizes when she decides to find her long-lost love, thanks to a letter and encouragement from Sophie (Amanda Seyfried). Though the movie supposedly takes place in Verona (of Romeo and Juliet fame), it was actually shot in Tuscany, a region famous for its art, tourist spots, food, and wine.
Life is Beautiful (1997)
Love blooms when bookshop owner Guido (Roberto Benigni) crashes his bicycle into Dora (his real-life wife Nicoletta Braschi) in front of the Badia delle Sante Flora e Lucilla. Set in the historic center of Arezzo, Tuscany, the tragicomedy revolves around Guido’s imaginative attempts to shield their son from the ugly truth of concentration camps. John Paul II pronounced the winner for Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards one of his five favorite movies.
Il Postino (1994)
The charming island of Procida, off the coast of Naples, and Salina, a lush island with six volcanos, are the settings of the sweet film about a bumbling postman (Massimo Troisi) who gets lessons in love from the ultimate mentor—Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret). The film picked up an Oscar for Best Original Music Score and British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) for Best Film Music, Best Foreign Language Film, and Best Direction.
The Italian Job (2003)
Italy can also be the setting of an amazing action picture! Handsome Rob (Jason Statham) leads a tense speedboat chase in Venice’s narrow canals, and Steve Frazelli (Edward Norton) reveals his true colors in a surprise showdown (spoiler alert!) at the icy Passo Fedaia in the Italian Alps. Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, and Donald Sutherland also star in this film about a ragtag group of thieves trying to steal gold from a double-crossing former associate.