Why not a tour in Italy retracing the steps of the protagonists of our favorite films? Cinema has always celebrated the beauties of Italy, the ideal background for many stories. What is the best way to enjoy the films? What about discovering the itineraries chosen as set of famous film?

Film Tourism in Italy

With its views, romantic charm, and naturalistic beauties, Italy has always served as a stage for great films. How can we forget the iconic scene of Anita Ekberg bathing in the Trevi Fountain in "La dolce vita"? Fellini is not the only director to have chosen the peninsula as a backdrop for his cinematographic works. Many films, even the most unexpected, have been shot in the various regions of Italy: The Passion (Mel Gibson) is set in Basilicata, as well as the latest adventures of James Bond with Daniel Craig are shot in Matera. Other films celebrate cities and landscapes in a more romantic way such as Il Postino in Procida, capital of culture 2022. The perfect backdrop for a perfect film, then.

A tour idea? Why not retrace the steps of the protagonists of our favorite films, discover Italy from another point of view, certainly exciting?

Let's see, therefore, what are the films that celebrate the beauty of Italy:

To Rome with love, Woody Allen

The film tells four different stories that develop with the capital as a background. Rome is portrayed in its most romantic guise, the protagonists stroll through the alleys covered with cobblestones and the events overlap in front of the Trevi Fountain or Piazza Navona. The comedy makes the views of the city even brighter, kissed by the sun, inviting carefree walks with the scent of the flowers that decorate the balconies and streets of the Eternal City.

Stealing Beauty, Bernardo Bertolucci

The film tells the story of Lucy (Liv Tyler), a nineteen year old American sent by her father to a family of friends who live in the Sienese hills. During her stay in Italy, Lucy will meet love and discover the truth about her family. The film was shot in the surroundings of Siena: the interiors in a farmhouse on the Ricasoli estate, in the Chianti region, while the outdoor scenes are lost in the sunny Tuscan landscapes.

Baaria, Giuseppe Tornatore

Sicily is particularly dear to the director Giuseppe Tornatore. The film, nominated for a 2010 Golden Globe for the best foreign film category, tells the story of three generations of a Sicilian family. All set in Bagheria, the director's hometown. The film portrays a genuine and raw Sicily. The sun reigns supreme over the scenes and landscapes. It makes you want to go on a trip even just to discover the ancient traditions of Southern Italy culture.

Call me by your name, Luca Guadagnino

The film traces the events of two young Americans who meet in Northern Italy during the summer holidays. The story is inserted in the romantic setting of the Lombard landscapes. It is set in Crema, where time seems to stop in a rarefied atmosphere. Small villages and lakes surrounded by greenery invite the viewer to wish for a relaxing bike ride through the Lombard landscapes.

The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino

Again Rome, the Eternal City. With her glimpses she is the protagonist of Sorrentino's film. More than a film, it is a veritable collection of frames that capture the beauty of the capital in every corner and in every light. Awarded an Oscar in 2014. Sorrentino's film tells about Jep Gambardella (Toni Servillo), a dandy writer who loves worldly life. In the symbolic scene of the film, the terrace overlooking the Colosseum, the Vittoriano and the dome of St. Peter in the distance. Lesser known corners of the capital also appear, such as the Parco degli Acquedotti along the Appia Antica, the Fontana dell'Acqua Paola and the small temple of San Pietro in Montorio del Bramante.

The line between travel and cinema is thinner than you think. The films celebrate the beauty, in some cases even of wonderful places and timeless cities. What better way to enjoy our favorite films than to explore the places they celebrate in person?

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