Under the Tuscan Sun (Touchstone, 2003)
Based on Frances Mayes' best-selling novel, Under the Tuscan Sun tells the tale of a divorced writer (played by Diane Lane) who flees to Italy, makes the ultimate impulse purchase in the way of a Tuscan villa...and eventually falls in love. It's all here — idyllic Tuscan countryside landscapes, coastal scenes of Positano and Rome, Arezzo, Siena and Florence make an appearance as well. Enjoy with a bottle of vino.
Eat Pray Love (Sony Pictures, 2010)
Labeled by many critics as the "ultimate chick flick," the Julia Roberts vehicle is also based on best-selling book. Roberts' recently divorced character (based on author Elizabeth Gilbert) literally eats her way through Italy, meditates her way through India and romances her way through Bali with none other than Javier Bardem. Eat Pray Love's travelogue for single women works for me.
Midnight in Paris (Sony Classics, 2011)
Director Woody Allen's films in the past two decades have covered Manhattan, London and Barcelona. Paris is the object of his affections with his romantic comedy film Midnight in Paris, starring Owen Wilson who travels back in time to party with the likes of fellow writers Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Classic Parisian sights and a visit to Versaille and a twenties version of Montmartre are just a few of the scenic highlights.
Roman Holiday (Paramount, 1953)
Audrey Hepburn plays a runaway princess who escapes a life of royalty while on a tour in Europe only to meet an American reporter (Gregory Peck) and romance ensues. A Vespa ride through the Eternal City covers sights of the Coliseum, Spanish Steps and of course, the infamous scene where the pair place their hands in the Mouth of Truth. Roman Holiday was the first Hollywood film to be shot entirely in Italy.
Out of Africa (Universal, 1985)
Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and the hypnotic landscapes of Kenya — need I say more? The classic Academy Award winning film Out of Africa (based on the memoir of Karen von Blixen) tells the story of a married Danish woman (Streep) who moves to Kenya, runs a coffee plantation and falls in love with a free-willed hunter (Redford). Set in the early 20th century, the film portrays a romantic, picturesque Africa during a time where British society remained supreme.