8 Great Movies set in Venice

by Asako Maruoka / Nov 10, 2011 /
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One of the best ways to learn about a place (or to fuel your wanderlust) is to watch movies set there! And what better place to film than eternally photogenic Venice?

Here are the top movies about Venice.

Do you have a favorite, or one not on our list?

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
If you're also playing the Indiana Jones Lego games for wii/playstation, bonus points for busting up the columns and driving the gondolas well. This movie starts in Venice - and explores much of the city (and the catacombs!)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Merchant of Venice
Do we love all of these film adaptations of Shakespeare? YES! This one features a trio of incredible actors, Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons, Joseph Fiennes - in an incredible production.

Merchant of Venice

Bread and Tulips
I love this film. A woman wanders Venice, meets interesting people - and eats well!

Bread and Tulips

Dangerous Beauty
Set in Renaissance Venice, this film follows the courtesan Veronica Franco. Beautiful sets, teaches about Italian history, some nudity.

Dangerous Beauty

Wings of the Dove
Of course, any adaptations of Henry James would be wonderful. This one follows American heiress Milly Theale, who stops in Venice on her Grand Tour. Of course, falling in love is part of the equation. Features Helena Bonham Carter.

Wings of the Dove

Summertime
One of Katharine Hepburn's films, this movie follows another American and her falling in love. This film is excellent at showing the positives and negatives of traveling solo.

Summertime

Only You
Starring Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr., this movie is a great chick flick - and definitely a romantic comedy. Also filmed in Rome and Positano.

Only You

Nudo di Donna

Portrait of a Woman, Nude (in English) features Nino Manfredi, one of Italy's most popular film stars. It is a fun glimpse at Venice during Carnivale.

Nudo di donna

 

 

 

These movies are perfect to prepare for your trip to Venice. What will you do while you're there? Wander and eat? See the spectacular Venetian Glass?