Villa Arvedi, Verona, Italy
Located outside of Verona, Villa Arvedi was originally built in 1437 as a palace-fortress. The Allegri family took over the property in the 17th century and worked with architect Giovanni Battista Bianchi to expand and renovate the villa. The home has been owned by the Arvedi family since 1824, and it appeared in the 2010 Amanda Seyfried movie Letters to Juliet.
Villa Lante, Lazio, Italy
Built above the town of Bagnaia, Villa Lante is home to what is considered to be one of the the best examples of a Mannerist garden. The gardens were designed by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola for Cardinal Gianfrancesco Gambara during the 16th century and feature terraces, parterres, fountains, and grottoes. The lush spot was featured in the 1999 adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Terrence Malick’s 2011 film The Tree of Life.
Palazzo Malcovati, Ischia, Italy
Dickie Greenleaf’s retreat in the fictional town of Mongibello is actually on the volcanic island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples. His villa in the 1999 adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley is Palazzo Malcovati, which was originally built as a defense tower in the 16th century.
Villa della Regina, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
The Villa della Regina was built in the 17th century by the Savoy family and served as their summer residence until the 19th century. The villa, along with the other residences of the Royal House of Savoy, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The property served as the hideout spot in the 1969 version of The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine.
Villa Aldobrandini, Frascati, Italy
While many of Italy’s grand villas have been passed on to private foundations or the state, Villa Aldobrandini is still home to the Aldobrandini family, which has owned the property since 1598. The baroque villa, which appeared in 2016’s Zoolander 2 and 1998’s Dangerous Beauty, is perched above the town of Frascati and is known for its exceptional gardens and water theater.
Villa di Maiano, Maiano, Florence, Tuscany, Italy
Set outside of Florence, Villa di Maiano was originally built in 1400 and has been owned by a number of noble Italian families. The villa’s Red Room was used by James Ivory in his 1985 film A Room with a View, and the property was also a filming location for Franco Zeffirelli’s 1999 movie Tea with Mussolini.
Villa Oleandra, Lake Como, Italy
The production team of Ocean’s 12 didn’t have to look too hard for a Italian villa to shoot in, since star George Clooney happened to own an 18th-century property in Lagio, right on the water of Lake Como. The actor purchased the villa from the Heinz family in 2001 and hosts many of his A-list friends there, including John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Villa Albergoni, Lombardy, Italy
Originally a fortress, Villa Albergoni was converted into a residence in the 17th century. More recently, the home hit the big screen in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name. Set decorator Violante Visconti di Modrone created the home’s decor for the film, which was nominated for four Academy Awards and won for Best Adapted Screenplay. The villa was put up for sale in 2018, and is listed for $1.89 million.
Villa Fossette, Le Lavandou, France
When in need of a Côte d’Azur location for Otto Preminger’s 1958 adaptation of her novel Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan turned to her friends Pierre and Hélène Lazareff. (Pierre founded the newspaper France-Soir, and together they founded Elle magazine.) The couple owned Villa Fossette in Le Lavandou, a seaside town in southwest France. The villa and the surrounding beaches became the background for the film, which starred Jean Seberg, David Niven, and Deborah Kerr.