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Armchair Travel

By Cecilia Cygnar

Want to take a staycation? Try these movies set in beautiful, scenic, breathtaking locales while staying in the comfort of your home.

  • My House in Umbria

    2003

    Want to go to Italy? Well, why not head there with Dame Maggie Smith, among others. Lots of fun and, of course, beautiful Italian scenery and food.

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  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    2003

    We've all dreamed of buying a farmhouse in the Italian countryside, right? Well, this woman really did it. Maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be. Or, maybe it is!

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  • Enchanted April

    2009

    While we're in Italy, this one is a must! It's about life-changing experiences, romantic encounters, and scenic beauty that goes on and on and on. Charming and heartfelt, this hidden gem is a requirement for any armchair traveler.

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  • Roman Holiday

    2008

    One last Italian gem: this one set in the Eternal City. Director William Wyler decided to shoot this film on the streets of Rome when location shooting was not common. Audrey Hepburn won a Best Actress Oscar for her film debut. And when you watch it, you will see why. She's effervescent.

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  • To Catch A Thief

    2007

    Moving on to France, this Hitchcock caper classic does not get any more lush and scenic than this. Set on the French Riviera, you are guaranteed to fall in love with the breathtaking beauty, not to mention with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

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  • Charade

    2001

    Set and shot on location in Paris, this romantic caper is filled to the brim with snappy dialogue, double entendres and enough of Paris' beauty to make you want to drop everything and move there. There's also Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant!

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  • Match Point

    2006

    Set and shot in London, this Woody Allen passionate thriller is the first of a series of his films to be set outside of NYC. A biting, taut film, this one is pretty much devoid of any of Allen's signature touches (humor, neurosis). What it's not devoid of is great London locations.

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  • The Sound of Music

    2010

    By far my favorite movie location, this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic is set in Salzburg, Austria right before the outbreak of WWII. Director Robert Wise utilized the city, which was home to the real von Trapp family, as much as any character in the movie. Edelweiss!

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  • Mamma Mia!

    2008

    Set in the Greek Islands, this musical is as much about the ABBA songs as it is the location. Colorful and warm, imagine your hair is blowing in the Mediterranean Sea breezes as you sing along.

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  • Cairo Time

    2010

    A quick jaunt across the Mediterranean Sea from Greece takes us to Egypt, where this true hidden gem is set. Part travelogue, but mostly unrequited love story, this one you might not have heard of. You need to rectify that immediately.

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  • Vertigo

    2008

    Home to America, this San Francisco-set Hitchcock classic is as much about the city as it is about James Stewart's obsessions. As Stewart's detective character follows Kim Novak around, you cannot imagine it being set anywhere else than the hilly, curvy, and hypnotic streets of San Francisco.

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  • Kramer Vs. Kramer

    2001

    I wanted to add a quintessential New York movie, but there are so many! So, since I've already included a Woody Allen film here, I could go with another frequent NYC director like Martin Scorsese or Sidney Lumet. But no, I want to keep things light, or at least lighter since this is a heart-wrenching emotional drama. New York looks great in this movie!

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