One cannot argue that a visit to Tuscany, regardless of motive, is a wonderful experience. Bertolucci has effectively captured the beauty of the Italian countryside, and brought it to the audience. He has "stolen beauty", so to speak. I believe the title speaks more of Lucy's portrait, though. ;o)
Some films have made me think, or changed my way of thinking. Some films have made me feel something. However, no other film has caused me follow in its footsteps. Being from Italy, but leaving as a very small child, this country has always been of both interest and personal mystery to me. Not long after seeing 'Stealing Beauty', at age 20, I jetted off to Italy, and spent a wonderful few weeks with some old friends.
If you're looking for 'splosions, or a story on the plot complexity level of 'Lost Highway', don't come looking here. The Italian lifestyle is usually one that isn't so loud and rushed as one will find elsewhere. The feeling you get from spending a day sitting in three places, dining, and sleeping in total peace just can't be explained. However, Bernardo Bertolucci has harvested that feeling, and offers a little slice to all those who will accept it. Woe to those who reject 'Stealing Beauty'.