Ieri, oggi e domani | Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (1963)
Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni star in this romantic comedy, which tells three stories about couples across Italy: the working class husband and wife in Naples, the wealthy Milanese woman and her lover, and a sex worker in Rome.
Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini | The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
This is not a traditional love story, but is a haunting one all the same. Based on the novel by Giorgio Bassani, this film tells the story of Ferrara in the late 1930s, as Benito Mussolini's Fascist regime and the racial laws slowly impinge on life in this small northwestern town, and on the relationship between teenage Giorgio and his neighbour Micòl Finzi-Contini, who he is in love with.
Anonimo veneziano | The anonymous Venetian (1970)
Set to a moving soundtrack, this movie tells the story of Enrico, a Venetian musician living with a terminal illness. He invites his ex-wife to come and stay with him, without telling her what's wrong, and the pair walk through the city while remembering their time together.
Stealing Beauty (1996)
With an all-star cast including Liv Tyler and Joseph Fiennes and directed by by Bernardo Bertolucci, Stealing Beauty follows a 19-year-old American (Tyler) who travels to a Tuscan hilltop town after her mother's suicide, staying with family friends in a villa where she meets a selection of other guests. She has other reasons for going: solving riddles from her mother's past, and her own — she hopes to meet the Italian boy she fell in love with four years ago.
Bread and Tulips | Pane e tulipani (2000)
Italian housewife Rosalba gets left behind during a family coach holiday, but instead of waiting for her husband to come and get her, she starts to hitchhike back home, and halfway into the journey, decides to start a life for herself in Venice. This film has won over 30 awards and was an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. The story touches on many different kinds of love, including romantic, family, and platonic relationships.