Intoxicating Italy: Oh, the Places We’ll Go!

The Buttontapper Challenge is back! This month’s challenge is Seussily titled “Oh, the Places We’ll Go!” and will feature a new destination, daily, with inspiration from film and literature.

Today we’re traveling to Italy.

Aha! You thought my inclusion of Florence and Italy on this month’s list would be redundant didn’t you? Well that’s where you’re wrong – because I knew I would miss at least one of these posts, and therefore all would be right with the world.

Also, as you may already know from reading my Travel Bucket List, Italy is one of the #1 destinations that I’ve got to get to before I die. Therefore, can you ever really have too many posts about travel to Italy?


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Films featuring Italy

In case you’ve never seen any films set in Italy (and could you please tell me what rock you’ve been hiding under?), here is a brief list of classics to get you started:

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  • The Bicycle Thieves
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • The Godfather
  • The Italian Job (2003 and 1969)
  • Il Postino (The Postman)
  • Life is Beautiful
  • Romany Holiday
  • A Room with a View
  • Tea with Mussolini
  • Three Coins in a Fountain
  • Under the Tuscan Sun


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Books set in Italy

And, of course, there are thousands of books set in Italy as well:

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  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
  • The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
  • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • If On A Winter’s Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith


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Have you ever been to Italy?

What did you enjoy most about visiting this country?