As you get ready for your trip, there is a wealth of art available to help you acclimate and get excited.

Literary Books by Authors Writing About Rome or Italy

The Cenci, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Daisy Miller, Henry James
The Dark Heart of Italy, Tobias Jones
Etruscan Places: Travels Through Forgotten Italy, D.H. Lawrence
The Innocents Abroad, Mark Twain
Italian Days, Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Italian Hours, Henry James
Italian Journey: 1786-1788, Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Italian Neighbors, Tim Parks
Italian Villas and Their Gardens, Edith Wharton
The Last Man, Mary Shelley
The Marble Faun, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar
October 16, 1943: Eight Jews, Giacomo Debendetti
Pictures from Italy, Charles Dickens
Roman Fever, Edith Wharton
Roman Nights and Other Stories, Pier Paolo Pasolini
A Season With Verona, Tim Parks
The Seasons of Rome: A Journal, Paul Hofmann
The Stones of Florence, Mary McCarthy
Valperga: Or, The Life and Adventures of Castruccio, Prince of Lucca, Mary Shelley


Films Set in and Around Rome

The Belly of an Architect, Peter Greenaway (1987)
Besieged, Bernardo Bertolucci (1998)
Bicycle Thieves, Vittorio De Sica (1948)
Big Deal on Madonna Street, Mario Monicelli (1958)
Cinema Paradiso, Giuseppe Tornatore (1988)
La Commare Secca, Bernardo Bertolucci (1962)
La Dolce Vita, Federico Fellini (1960)
L’Eclisse, Michelangelo Antonioni (1962)
La Grande Bellezza, Paolo Sorrentino (2013)
I’m Not Scared, Gabriele Salvatores (2003)
Mamma Roma, Pier Paolo Pasolini (1962)
Mediterraneo, Gabriele Salvatores (1991)
Nights of Cabiria, Federico Fellini (1957)
Roma, Federico Fellini (1972)
Roman Holiday, William Wyler (1953)
Rome, Open City, Roberto Rossellini (1945)
Il Sorpasso, Dino Risi (1962)
Three Coins in the Fountain, Jean Negulesco (1954)
Traveling Companion, Peter del Monte (1996)
Umberto D., Vittorio De Sica (1952)