We just watched "Tea With Mussolini" last night, and cannot recommend it highly enough. Funny thing is, we watched this movie a number of years ago, and I remembered it as rather ho-hum, and DH didn't remember it at all!
But it's definitely worth watching, especially if you are headed to Italy, and even more especially if you're headed to Florence or San Gimignano. It's the story of a group of women - most English, two Americans - in Florence in the 1930s and through WWII. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright play the English ladies; Cher (really) and Lilly Tomlin are the Americans. It's sad, sweet, funny, heart-wrenching... Oh, and it's Judie Dench's husband's last film. And there's a delightful child actor (2 actually). And a dog. What more could you want?
How about this: it's based on events in the life of director Franco Zeffirelli, as a child in war-time Italy.
I think the reasons we got more out of it this time were 1.) we have been to Italy three or four times since we first watched it - twice to Florence, and 2.) we recently read - and loved - "Saving Italy," about the Monuments Men in Italy. There was a thread about this book recently. Here's the link:
So find the movie, find the book, and enjoy. You will be entertained and edified.