Here are the 10 Italian cities chosen to shoot these famous films: the list

Italy as we all know is one of the most popular places for holidays. One of the reasons why tourism rises considerably is thanks to the films that have been shot in these places. Many Italian cities have been chosen for films, but let’s see which ones.

Arezzo, “Life is beautiful”

The city of Arezzo inspired the 1999 Academy Award “Life is beautiful”. This pretty medieval village, of very ancient origins, was also the birthplace of illustrious personalities such as Giorgio Vasari, Piero della Francesca, Francesco Redi and Petrarca. There are several attractions not to be missed in this village including the Duomo, the Medici Fortress, Piazza Grande and the Pieve di Arezzo while in the surrounding area you can visit the pretty villages of Poppi, Anghiari and Cortona.

Matera, “the Passion of Christ”

If you ever wondered what was the wonderful location of the famous film by Mel Gibson, well the answer is Matera. The external scenes are in fact shot entirely between the Sassi and the ghost town of Craco, while the internal ones in Cinecittà. Thanks to the film “The passion”, released in 2004, Matera has experienced a real tourist boom until it has been nominated in 2019 European Capital of Culture.

Rocca Calascio, “Lady Hawke” and “The name of the rose”

Named by National Geographic as one of the most beautiful castles in Europe, Rocca Calascio was the backdrop to two spectacular films such as “Lady Hawke” and “The Name of the Rose”, the latter based on the famous novel by Umberto Eco. It is not difficult to understand why Rocca Calascio is chosen as a film set. Located at 1460 meters above sea level in the wonderful setting of the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, climbing at its feet you can see the church of Santa Maria della Pietà and the top of the Gran Sasso.

Cefalù, “New Cinema Paradiso”

A place in symbiosis with the sea in the province of Palermo, has contributed to making the film “Nuovo Cinema Paradiso” a masterpiece of Italian cinema, so much so that in 1990 it won the Oscar for best foreign film. Its well-kept alleys full of colorful shops, the fabulous promenade and its architectural beauties will make you immediately fall in love with this Sicilian jewel.

Montepulciano, “New Moon”

Could it be the intense red color of Montepulciano wine that inspired Sthephenie Meyer to write about the love of a human and a vampire? It is difficult to know, certainly Montepulciano, with its typical charm of the Sienese villages, is a perfect setting in all circumstances! A tour through the streets of the village, a visit to Piazza Grande and the tasting of typical wines and local products are just some of the things that will captivate you in Montepulciano.

Civita di Bagnoregio, “The Brancaleone Army”

Civita di Bagnoregio, also known by the name of “The city that dies”, was able to bewitch the director Mario Monicelli in 1966 in the creation of the famous film “The Brancaleone army”. There are many reasons why Civita has been chosen as a location. First of all it is a city that stands on a huge tuff rock connected to the mainland by a metal bridge. Inside, the village that appears is nothing short of wonderful: alleys decorated with colorful flowers, delightful views and corners and panoramic views towards the surrounding valleys!

Pitigliano, Montemerano and Saturnia, “The tale of tales”

There were several Italian villages that served as a film set for the film “The Tale of Tales” by Matteo Garrone and there are several scenes shot in these fascinating places in southern Tuscany. Surely the ones that remain most impressed are those set in the via Cave, or suggestive paths created by man by digging directly into the tuff. The atmosphere that you breathe while walking in these paths is nothing short of incredible, amplified by the fact that, as you enter the streets, the light becomes more and more dim.

Greve in Chianti, “Much Ado About Nothing”

Famous comedy by William Shakespeare, written in 1599, its film adaptation was shot right in Greve in Chianti in the Vignamaggio villa. Such an important plot with a fabulous setting certainly could not lack a stellar cast. Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves and Micheal Keaton are just some of the actors who star in this film. Greve, located in the famous Terre del Chianti area, is rich in history, traditions and incredible landscapes made up of green valleys and lush vineyards.

Calcata, “My friends”

Just in Calcata, the village of the artists of Lazio, some scenes of the well-known Mario Monicelli film “Amici mie” were shot. He thinks that the parish priest who acted in the film is precisely the priest of the village of Calcata, also depicted in the nativity scene by the Dutch artist Marijcke van der Maden. Calcata, thanks to its narrow streets, which end with the views towards the valleys of the Viterbo area, and the abundant presence of artisan shops, fascinates Italian and foreign visitors. Its rebirth is due to the incessant work of artists who once lived there and brought it back to the appearance of the pretty village it is today.

Pienza, “The English Patient”

One of the locations of the famous film that saw Juliette Binoche and William Dafoe in the cast was the village of Pienza. Like Montepulciano, Pienza is located within the magnificent Sienese area, known as the Val d’Orcia, where valleys wisely cultivated with vineyards and olive groves alternate with villages and enchanting places.
Pienza is definitely a must if you are thinking of spending a weekend in Val d’Orcia.

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