Welcome to the second part of my holiday gift guide for Italy Lovers.
I’ve drawn up a list packed with creative ideas for presents that will certainly help you make “una bella figura” – a good impression!
The best part? You won’t have to break the bank to do so — everything is priced between $5 to $20!
So, without further ado, here is my selection of books and films about Italy — look closely, there might be JUST what you’re looking for.
❄ FILMS SET IN ITALY
A film set in Italy is a good way to get in the mood for an upcoming vacation in the ‘bel paese’ or to think about the time you spent there. These films should be a part of every Italophile movie collection.
- Vacanze Romane (Roman Holiday)
A beloved classic with the ever-charming Audrey Hepburn at the helm. What’s not to love?
- La vita è bella (Life is Beautiful)
Warning: this is not for the faint of heart. You’ll cry. A lot. Get your tissues ready.
Oscar-winning “La vita è bella” tells the story of a father who shields his son from the horrors of a concentration camp by pretending it’s all a game.
- Mangia prega ama (Eat Pray Love)
Julia Robers embarks on a journey of self-discovery in Italy. The film is based off of Elizabeth Gilbert’s 2006 memoir.
- Sotto il sole della Toscana (Under the Tuscan Sun)
Can’t make it to Tuscany? Just enjoy the Tuscan scenery from the comfort of your own home with the movie “Sotto il sole della Toscana”.
A romantic thriller starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. Set in Venice. ‘Nuff said.
Fun, romantic and star-studded. Worth it if you miss Rome and its beautiful views. Because, in all honesty, who can say no to Rome?!
🎄 BOOKS ABOUT ITALY
- Eating Rome, Elizabeth Minchilli
Elizabeth Minchilli has been eating her way through Rome since she was 12 years old. Eating Rome, based on her popular blog Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, is her homage to the city that feeds her, literally and figuratively.
- Dreaming Sophia: Because Dreaming is an Art, Melissa Muldoon
Dreaming Sophia is a magical look into Italy, language, art, and culture. It is a story about turning dreams into reality and learning to walk the fine line between fact and fantasy.
A celebration of the language and culture of Italy, La Bella Lingua is the story of how a language shaped a nation, told against the backdrop of one woman’s personal quest to speak fluent Italian.
- Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food & Family With Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers, Rossella Rago
Take a culinary journey with Rossella from Italy to America with her debut cookbook Cooking with Nonna, featuring over 100 classic Italian recipes.
Which Italian item is your fave?
Don’t forget to check out my other Christmas gift guide for more inspiration!
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