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Your guide to production in Italy

Insider knowledge, essential details, and first-hand tips on filming in Italy.

Filmed in Italy

  • The Godfather is a 1972 American crime film directed by Francis Ford Coppola and produced by Albert S. Ruddy. The Sicilian towns of Savoca and Forza d'Agrò outside of Taormina were used for exterior locations.
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is a 1966 Italian epic Spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone, starring Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef, and Eli Wallach. Filming began at the Cinecittà studio in Rome.
  • Life Is Beautiful is a 1997 Italian tragicomic comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Scenes for the movie were filmed throughout Italy.
  • Spectre (2015) is the twenty-fourth James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. Filming took place in Rome for a five-weeks across the city, with locations including the Ponte Sisto bridge and the Roman Forum.
  • Roman Holiday is a 1953 American romantic comedy directed and produced by William Wyler. It was shot at the Cinecittà studios and on location around Rome.
  • The Bourne Identity is a 2002 American-German action spy thriller film adaptation of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name. Filming took place in Prague, Imperia, Rome, Mykonos, and Zürich.
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley is a 1999 American psychological thriller written for the screen and directed by Anthony Minghella. Scenes were shot throughout Italy.
  • The English Patient is a 1996 British-American romantic drama directed by Anthony Minghella and based on the novel of the same name by Michael Ondaatje. The film was shot on location in Tunisia and Italy.
  • The Italian Job is a 1969 British caper film, written by Troy Kennedy Martin, produced by Michael Deeley and directed by Peter Collinson. The infamous scene in which Beckermann drives through a tunnel where he abruptly meets his demise at the hands of the Mafia was shot at La Thuile on road SS26, Italy. The chase sequences were filmed in Turin.

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