Movies set in Naples & the Amalfi Coast
Movies set in Naples & the Amalfi Coast
Tom Ripley (Matt Damon) lives in a shabby brownstone in New York City and works as a casual extortionist when he meets Herbert Greenleaf. Herbert, the father of Tom’s onetime acquaintance Dickie Greenleaf (Jude Law), is desperate for Dickie to return from Europe, where he’s living as a painter in a small Italian village called Mongibello with his beautiful expatriate girlfriend, Marge Sherwood (Gwyneth Paltrow). Tom befriends the couple and you would never suspect the dangerous extremes to which Ripley will go to make their lifestyle his own.
Though a crime thriller, the beginning of the movie is idyllic and highlights the charm of the Italian coastline – blue waters and idyllic landscape of sun-drenched Italy in the late 1950s.
Italy location: Ischia, largest of the three volcanic islands in the Bay of Naples and its tiny neighbour, Procida, both accessible by ferry from Naples or Sorrento. The film also has scenes in Anzio, Naples, Venice and Rom. The ‘Vesuvio’ nightclub, supposedly in ‘Naples’, where Dickie and Ripley perform Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano is the Caffè Latino, Via Monte Testaccio 96.
Movies with Scenes on the Amalfi Coast
When exiled Cuban poet Pablo Neruda (Philippe Noiret) arrives on a tiny Italian isle, there’s so much new mail that Mario (Massimo Troisi), an unemployed, uneducated layabout, is hired as a postman. His job is simply to deliver Neruda’s daily mail. Mario soon becomes a student of the poet, influenced by Neruda’s political views and learning the art of poetry to woo a local barmaid (Maria Grazia Cucinotta). A firm friendship develops, and the postman turns into a changed man as he writes his own poetry and tells about the struggles of the working-class villagers.
Sicily location: Aeolian Islands, just off the northeast coast of Sicily.
A childhood incident has convinced Faith Corvatch (Marisa Tomei) that her true love is a guy named “Damon Bradley,” but she has yet to meet him. Preparing to settle down and marry a foot doctor, Faith impulsively flies to Venice with her BFF (Bonnie Hunt) when it seems that she may be able to finally encounter the man of her dreams. Instead, she meets the charming Peter Wright (Robert Downey Jr.).
The movie is just good fun – the gorgeous scenery, a melodious score, and a romance-filled plot as it take you to some of the most popular spots in Italy.
Italy Locations: Venice (Hotel Danieli), San Gimignano, several locations in Rome including Piazza di Santa Maria, Trastevere and the Mouth of Truth in a recreating of the famous Roman Holiday scene, and the Amalfi Coast’s Portofino (Hotel Le Sirenuse
Frances Mayes )Diane Lane) is a 35-year-old San Francisco writer whose perfect life has just taken an unexpected detour. Her recent divorce has left her with terminal writer’s block and extremely depressed. Her best friend, Patti (Sandra Oh), gifts here a trip to Tuscany. Frances, on a whim, purchases a villa named Bramasole in Tuscany. As she flings herself into her new life at the villa in the lush Italian countryside surrounded by olive groves, sun flower fields, fruit trees and vinegars she discovers the authentic pleasures of Italian life as she makes new friends among her neighbors. In the quiet moments, she is fearful that her ambitions for her new life–and new family–may not be realized, until a chance encounter in Rome throws Frances into the arms of an intriguing Portobello antiques dealer named Marcello (Raoul Bova).
Positano Film Locations: The movie is primarily filmed in Tuscany but has several memorable scenes in Positano – Hotel California (Marcello’s Apartment) and the Positano Pier.
Eat, Pray, Love (both the book and movie) have become a worldwide sensation and likely needs no introduction as it has that launched many women’s trip to Bali and solo female travel in general.
Gilbert’s novel follows her year long journey to Italy (Eat), India (Pray), and Bali (Love) as she takes a year for self-examination and immerses herself in each culture to spark magic and joy back in her life. The book and movie both highlight the beauty of Italy and its nuances including wanderings through Rome, gelato decadence and pizza in Naples.
Rome locations: Elizabeth’s Rome Apartment can be found at 18 Via dei Portoghesi. Eat gelato from the organic chain San Crispino gelateria by the Chiesa di Sant’Agnese in Agone in Piazza Navona. Eat spaghetti at Caffè della Pace in Via Della Pace as Elizabeth did with her Italian teacher or Osteria dell’Antiquario and Ristorante Santa Lucia, both of featured in the film.
Naples location: Eat pizza at Da Michele
Star Wars needs no introduction. The film has used some pretty epic locations around the world to create a futuristic world.
In Reggia di Caserta, not far from Naples, visitors will find the Versailles-inspired Royal Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site and example of stunning baroque architecture. The palace was also transformed into Queen Amidala’s royal palace on Naboo in two of the Star Wars films, Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace.
The palace is also featured in other movies – Angels and Demons and Mission Impossible III.
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The TV series (2 seasons / 22 episodes) is based on real life historical figures and follows the life of two soldiers Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo in Caesar’s Commentarii de Bello Gallico, who find their lives intertwined with key historical events.
The first season begins with Julius Caesar’s civil war of 49 BC against the traditionalist conservative faction in the Roman Senate (the Optimates), his rise to dictatorship over Rome, and his fall, spanning the time from the end of his Gallic Wars (52 BC) until his assassination on 15 March 44 BC (the infamous Ides of March). Against the backdrop of these cataclysmic events, we also see the early years of the young Octavian, who is destined to become Augustus, the first Emperor of Rome and Cleopatra.
The second season chronicles the power struggle between Octavian and Mark Antony following Caesar’s assassination, spanning the period from Caesar’s death in 44 BC to the suicide of Antony and Cleopatra in 30 B.C. after their defeat at the Battle of Actium.
If you are visiting Rome, this is a look into Roman life and the politics at the time of Julius Caesar.
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