6 Movies to Watch before visiting the Amalfi Coast

Hey there, movie buffs and travel enthusiasts! Before you pack your bags for the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, let’s dive into some movies that will get you in the perfect mood for your Italian getaway. Imagine crystal-clear waters, sunny skies, and delicious Italian food – the Amalfi Coast is a dream. To make your trip even more special, we’ve picked a list of fun and heartwarming movies that capture the essence of Italy and the unforgettable vibes of the Amalfi Coast. Ready to start your pre-travel movie marathon? Let’s go!

“A Good Woman” (2004) 

Have you ever fantasized about stepping back in time to the opulent and glitzy 1930s Amalfi Coast? “A Good Woman” transforms this dream into a cinematic reality. 

Starring the charismatic Scarlett Johansson alongside the effortlessly elegant Helen Hunt, this film is a visual feast, unraveling the lavish lifestyle and breathtaking vistas of the Amalfi Coast with every frame. Set against the backdrop of this Italian paradise, the movie weaves a tale of intrigue and romance, making it not just a journey through the stunning landscapes, but also a dive into the complex dynamics of love and society. 

As you watch, you’ll feel the warm Mediterranean breeze and taste the salty air, getting a glamorous preview of the timeless allure that awaits your discovery. “A Good Woman” is more than a movie; it’s your first-class ticket to the past, offering a glimpse of the Amalfi Coast’s splendor, adorned with the extra sparkle of Hollywood magic and dramatic twists. 

Prepare to be captivated by the charm of the 1930s, brought to life on the screen and calling you to explore the real scenes of beauty and luxury on your upcoming adventure.

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Here are a few key locations on the Amalfi Coast that appeared in “A Good Woman” that you can visit:

  • Amalfi Town: the heart of the Amalfi Coast, Amalfi Town, with its stunning cathedral and vibrant piazzas, serves as a picturesque setting that captures the essence of Italian coastal life. Its narrow streets and historic buildings provide a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of the region.
  • Ravello: known for its breathtaking views and elegant villas, Ravello is a hilltop town that offers a serene escape from the bustling coastline. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, with their stunning gardens and panoramic views of the Mediterranean, are must-visit locations that embody the charm and beauty captured in the film.
  • Positano: with its colorful houses tumbling down to the sea, Positano is perhaps the most photographed town on the Amalfi Coast. Its steep streets and steps are lined with boutiques and cafes, offering a lively atmosphere that reflects the coastal lifestyle depicted in the movie.
  • Atrani: a stone’s throw from Amalfi, Atrani is a smaller, less crowded town with a charming square, narrow lanes, and a beautiful beach. Its authentic character and scenic beauty make it a perfect spot for those seeking the quieter side of Amalfi life.

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“Under the Tuscan Sun” (2003)

Indeed, at its heart, “Under the Tuscan Sun” is a love letter to Tuscany, but within its sun-drenched narrative lies a captivating detour to the Amalfi Coast that is absolutely enchanting

Diane Lane, embodying a woman rediscovering herself and the joys of life in Italy, extends her adventures to the Amalfi Coast, and this part of the movie is like a hidden gem within a treasure chest. As she explores this mesmerizing coastline, viewers are treated to scenes brimming with laughter, the irresistible allure of Italian culture, and moments of pure, sun-kissed bliss.

The Amalfi Coast, with its sheer cliffs, sparkling sea, and picturesque villages, becomes a backdrop for personal renewal and the celebration of life’s simple pleasures. The film masterfully captures the essence of the Italian dolce vita, inviting viewers to immerse themselves in the warmth of the sun, the charm of coastal life, and the liberating feeling of exploring one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

Watching “Under the Tuscan Sun,” you’re not just witnessing Diane Lane’s character’s journey; you’re being invited on your own voyage of discovery to the Amalfi Coast. It’s an experience that promises to be filled with beauty, laughter, and perhaps a touch of the transformative magic that seems to radiate from the cobblestone streets, the expansive views, and the sparkling Mediterranean waters. As you plan your trip to the Amalfi Coast, let this movie inspire you to seek out the joy and beauty in every moment, just as Diane Lane’s character does, in a place where such wonders are in endless supply. 

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The main location in the movie is the town of Positano:

  • This picturesque village is famed for its cliffside buildings painted in a palette of peach, pink, and terracotta, all seemingly cascading down to the clear blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Positano is not just a visual treat; it’s a sensory overload with its delightful beaches, chic boutiques, quaint cafes, and the sweet fragrance of lemon trees mingling with salty sea air.

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“The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999)

Prepare to be whisked away on a suspense-filled journey through Italy’s sun-soaked splendor, including the enchanting Amalfi Coast, in “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” 

This psychological thriller, led by the stellar performances of Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow, masterfully intertwines the allure of Italy’s landscapes with a riveting narrative of intrigue and identity. As the plot thickens, the Amalfi Coast serves not just as a backdrop but as a character in its own right, showcasing its luxurious lifestyle, stunning cliffside views, and the tranquil beauty of its quaint villages.

From the sparkling waters to the lush, verdant cliffs, each scene is a testament to the Amalfi Coast’s timeless elegance and its power to captivate and enchant. The film navigates through a labyrinth of emotions and suspense, while the scenic beauty of the coast adds a layer of seductive charm to the unfolding drama. The juxtaposition of the film’s dark, thrilling elements against the serene and picturesque landscapes of the Amalfi Coast creates a mesmerizing contrast that’s as unsettling as it is beautiful.

As you follow the complex tale of Tom Ripley, portrayed by Damon, against the backdrop of the Amalfi Coast’s opulent villas and secluded beaches, you’re not only drawn into the depths of the characters’ psyches but also invited to explore the multifaceted beauty of the coast. 

For those drawn to the mystique and charm of the Amalfi Coast, this film provides an intriguing lens through which to view its landscapes, inviting you to explore the shadows that linger beneath its sunlit facade.

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Here are notable locations featured in the movie that you can visit on the Amalfi Coast:

  • Ischia: while not part of the mainland Amalfi Coast, the island of Ischia serves as a stand-in for the fictional town of Mongibello in the movie. This beautiful island in the Bay of Naples features prominently, with its picturesque beaches, the Aragonese Castle, and charming streets providing the perfect setting for the early parts of Ripley’s story. Ischia’s natural beauty and historic sites make it a must-visit for fans of the film seeking to experience part of its cinematic journey.
  • Procida: another island in the Bay of Naples, Procida, was also used to represent parts of Mongibello. Its colorful Marina Corricella, with its vibrantly painted houses and quaint fishing boats, adds a vivid backdrop to the film’s complex narrative. The island’s authentic Italian charm and less touristy vibe offer a glimpse into the quieter side of life in the Naples Bay area.
  • Naples: while not on the Amalfi Coast itself, Naples is the vibrant city from which characters in “The Talented Mr. Ripley” embark on their journeys to the coastal and island locations. The city’s historic streets and lively atmosphere encapsulate the bustling life of the region. Naples serves as a gateway to the Amalfi Coast and its islands, providing a stark contrast to the serene beauty of the coast and the islands.

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“Beat the Devil” (1953)

Embark on a nostalgic journey to the golden era of cinema with the classic caper “Beat the Devil,” featuring the legendary Humphrey Bogart. 

This film transports you to the captivating town of Ravello, perched majestically above the Amalfi Coast, serving as the quintessential setting for its intriguing plot. Directed by John Huston, this film blends adventure, humor, and mystery, offering a unique glimpse into the picturesque landscapes and timeless charm of the coast.

Ravello, with its panoramic views of the Mediterranean and its lush gardens, is more than just a backdrop; it’s a character that adds depth and allure to the movie’s narrative. The town’s historic villas and cobblestone streets provide the perfect stage for the film’s quirky tale, inviting audiences into a world where the beauty of the Amalfi Coast intertwines with the excitement of a bygone cinematic era.

As you watch “Beat the Devil,” you’re not only witnessing the adventures of its characters but also taking a visual tour of one of Italy’s most enchanting locations. The film captures the essence of Ravello and the Amalfi Coast in the 1950s, offering a fascinating contrast to the modern-day beauty of the region. It’s a delightful exploration of how the timeless elegance of this Italian paradise has remained unchanged, despite the passage of time.

Watching this classic film not only enriches your appreciation for cinema but also ignites a desire to wander through the very landscapes that framed its story, experiencing firsthand the unchanged, picturesque beauty of the Amalfi Coast.

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The main location of the movie is Ravello:

  • The town’s panoramic vistas and architectural wonders, such as the Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone, are emblematic of the Amalfi Coast’s timeless appeal, although specific locations within Ravello are not explicitly detailed in the film. The movie’s setting in Ravello serves as a cinematic homage to the Amalfi Coast’s majestic landscapes, inviting viewers to explore the real locations that inspired its picturesque scenes.

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“It Started in Naples” (1960)

The film tells the story of an American lawyer, played by Clark Gable, who travels to Naples to settle the estate of his deceased brother. Upon arrival, he discovers that he has a nephew being cared for by an aunt, played by Sophia Loren. 

As the story unfolds against the backdrop of Naples’ lively streets, charming cafes, and breathtaking coastal views, the film captures the essence of the city’s dynamic character and the allure of Italian life. The interplay between Gable and Loren, set against the vibrant scenes of Naples and the nearby coastal areas, not only provides comedic and romantic entertainment but also serves as a visual love letter to this part of Italy.

While “It Started in Naples” primarily showcases the urban and coastal scenery of Naples rather than the specific towns of the Amalfi Coast, its portrayal of the Neapolitan lifestyle, the scenic beauty of the coastline, and the overall atmosphere of Southern Italy resonate with the spirit and allure of the Amalfi Coast. This film is a fantastic choice for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the charm of Naples and the coastal vibe that also permeates the Amalfi region, making it a perfect addition to your pre-travel movie list.

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Here are the key locations of the movie:

  • Naples: the bustling city of Naples serves as a central setting for much of the film, with its lively streets, historic buildings, and vibrant atmosphere providing a backdrop to the unfolding story. Scenes shot in the city capture the essence of Neapolitan life, from the crowded piazzas to the charming cafes.
  • Castel dell’Ovo: this historic castle located on the waterfront in Naples is one of the city’s iconic landmarks. While not specifically highlighted in the film, the general coastal scenery around Naples, including areas near Castel dell’Ovo, contributes to the movie’s picturesque setting.
  • Via Caracciolo e Lungomare di Napoli: the scenic seafront promenade in Naples offers stunning views of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius in the background. The film captures the charm of seaside Naples, with its blend of natural beauty and urban energy.
  • Capri: a significant portion of the film is set on the beautiful island of Capri, renowned for its stunning cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and luxurious villas. The island’s famous attractions, such as the Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), the Piazzetta, and the panoramic views from Anacapri, play a key role in the film, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of the region.

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“Love Is All You Need” (2012)

Prepare to fall in love with the Amalfi Coast all over again through the romantic and sun-soaked lens of “Love Is All You Need”.

Starring Pierce Brosnan, this heartwarming film blends the beauty of Sorrento with a tale of unexpected romance and second chances at love, making it a must-watch for those enchanted by Italy’s coastal splendor.

Set against the idyllic backdrop of Sorrento, the movie captures the essence of finding love in the most unexpected places. Brosnan’s character, a widowed businessman, finds himself in the picturesque town for his son’s wedding, only to encounter a journey of personal rediscovery and romance amidst the lemon groves and azure waters of the coast.

The film showcases several locations that you can visit, offering a blend of scenic beauty and cultural richness that is quintessentially Italian.

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Here are a few key locations in Sorrento and the surrounding area featured in “Love Is All You Need” that you can visit:

  • Sorrento’s historic center: wander the narrow streets and vibrant squares of Sorrento’s historic center, where the blend of ancient architecture and lively modern life creates a captivating atmosphere. The Piazza Tasso and the Marina Grande, with their bustling cafes and beautiful views, echo the film’s vibrant setting.
  • Lemon groves of Sorrento: the lush lemon groves that play a significant role in the movie’s backdrop are emblematic of the region. Visit a local farm to experience the sweet fragrance of lemons in the air, a sensory delight that is deeply connected to Sorrento’s identity.
  • The Amalfi Coastline: while the film centers around Sorrento, its scenic shots encompass the broader beauty of the Amalfi Coast. A drive along the coast will reveal the stunning cliffs, sparkling sea, and picturesque villages that frame the characters’ experiences.
  • Villa Fondi: located in the nearby town of Piano di Sorrento, Villa Fondi is a historic mansion set within a beautiful park overlooking the Gulf of Naples. Its breathtaking views and elegant gardens provide the perfect setting for a romantic film, mirroring the movie’s themes of love and beauty.

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Experiencing the Amalfi Coast like in the movies!

And that wraps up our cinematic journey through films that whisk you away to the Italian paradise of the Amalfi Coast

As you pack your bags and ready your playlist for the journey ahead, remember that the true essence of the Amalfi Coast cannot be fully captured on screen—it must be experienced in person.

And who better to guide you through this real-life movie set than Iamme Ia!, your dedicated tour operator based in Sorrento? 

Contacting Iamme Ia! is easy and convenient. Visit our website for comprehensive contact details, including phone numbers and email addresses, or to book the tour that captures your imagination directly. And should you find yourself in the charming streets of Sorrento, our office at Piazza Torquato Tasso 16 warmly welcomes you to stop by and plan your next adventure with ease.

Since our inception in 2014, Iamme Ia! has been celebrated for exceptional service, recognized by our industry peers such as Gray Line and cherished by our guests. This acclaim is a testament to our dedication to creating experiences that not only highlight the beauty and diversity of the Amalfi Coast but also resonate with every traveler’s dream of discovering the true essence of Italy.

With Iamme Ia!, you’re not just exploring the Amalfi Coast; you’re living its most beautiful stories.