"Fountains of Rome"
This post is the fourth installment in my "Future Expeditions" mini-series. l'Italia
I had a grandfather, my mom's dad, who adored operas as much as he did baseball, and it was with him and the transistor radio he never was without, that I heard my first opera; Giacomo Puccini's, Madama Butterfly. I didn't need to know the Italian language to grasp that the singers weren't telling a happy story, yet I loved the music and the sound of the language.
1908, city of Lucca, in Tuscany
~The Talented Mr. Ripley – despite Matt Damon's talent, not the greatest movie, but the scenery! All over Italy and the Amalfi coast. Bella!
~The Good Woman
~A Room With a View
~Much Ado About Nothing ~Letters to Juliet (also set in Verona);
~Under the Tuscan Sun
(also has scenes in Cortona, Florence, Siena and Positano)
~To Rome With Love (Woody Allen movie)
~When In Rome (silly romantic comedy, but whoa, all over Rome!)
~Roman Holiday (of course!)
~Tea with Mussolini
~A Room With A View
My second Italian film experience.
~Summertime (with Kathryn Hepburn)
~The Agony and the Ecstasy, Irving Stone - fictional depiction of Michelangelo
~Death in Venice, Thomas Mann
~A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
~Where Angels Fear to Tread, E.M. Forster
~Nicholas, Elizabeth Amber (and the other two in her Lords of the Satyr series - some hot reading!)
~The Shoes of the Fisherman, Morris L. West
~The Scarlett Contessa, Jeanne Kalogridis.
And the final layer to my fascination with Italy, the richest creamiest marscapon-iest layer, was added when my daughter traveled to Italy a decade ago and returned home with stories and photos of the people, cities, FOOD, countryside, islands, the sea, FOOD, language and music.
Have you been to Italy? Have a favorite movie,musical work or book set in Italy?