Known for its breathtaking landscapes, splendid Romanesque architecture and delectable food, Italy has been a popular travel destination among tourists. Its unmatched appeal has made it a hot choice for movie directors too, prompting them to use Italy as a backdrop for many of their films. So, here’s a compilation of some of the most popular movies that have tried to capture the essence of Italy.
The Talented Mr. Ripley
It is one of the movies that first comes to mind, which has Italy as its backdrop. This thriller starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law takes you through several spectacular places in Italy, including Venice, Rome, Naples, Anzio, Palermo, Ischia, and Positano. From Venice’s famous Caffè Florian and Grand Canal to the Martorana church on Piazza Bellini in Palermo, this movie uses several Italian locations.
This controversial film by Mel Gibson starring Italian actress, Monica Belluci, is shot in several locations in Italy, including Basilicata, Craco, Metera, and Rome. For the crucifixion scene, the city of Matera in the Basilicata region was used as the setting. Not just the crucifixion scene, even the scenes of Jesus’ childhood home and his father’s shop were also shot in Italy. Most of settings in the flashback scenes were built in a cottage in a national park near Matera. One location that managed to capture the attention of the director and tourists alike is The Sassi. Known as the “Sassi di Matera,” or “stones of Matera”, The Sassi is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which now has the remains of an ancient settlement.
Under the Tuscan Sun
With a title like that, you have every reason to expect spectacular Italian settings. Well, you certainly won’t be disappointed as the story takes you though several exotic Italian locales ranging from Florence, Arezzo and Montepulciano and Cortona in Tuscany to Postiano and Salerno in Campania. The sun-drenched coastal cities of Positano and Salerno that serve as the backdrop for the romantic scenes will prompt many couples to plan their next honeymoon.
You’ll find many more movies that have included Italy in many of their locations. But to experience Italy at its best, you have to take a trip to Italy. PerilloTours offers wonderful travel packages and useful Italy travel tips too.