An Itinerary Through Iconic Film Locations

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Explore the Cinematic Charm of Venice: An Itinerary Through Iconic Film Locations

Venice, with its enchanting canals and breathtaking architecture, has served as the perfect backdrop for numerous films over the years. If you’re a cinephile eager to explore the locations of some of the most famous movies shot in the lagoon city, you’re in the right place! Let’s start from the picturesque Cannaregio district, with our Alle Guglie Boutique Hotel as starting point, and embark on a journey through the cinematic atmospheres of Venice.

1. “Don’t Look Now” (1973)
Directed by Nicolas Roeg, this psychological thriller is primarily set in Venice. Its evocative locations include the Church of San Nicolò dei Mendicoli in the Dorsoduro district and the Cemetery of San Michele on the island of the same name.

2. “The Tourist” (2010)
This romantic thriller starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie offers spectacular shots of the city, including breathtaking scenes shot along the Grand Canal, near the Rialto Bridge, and in the vicinity of the Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute in the Dorsoduro district.

3. “Casino Royale” (2006)
In the James Bond film, you’ll recognize the iconic Palazzo Pisani Moretta on the Grand Canal, which serves as the backdrop for a spectacular action scene. This palace is located in the San Polo district, a short distance from Hotel Alle Guglie.

4. “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999)
Featuring Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this film showcases various Venetian locations, including the beach of Lido di Venezia, Piazza San Marco, and the Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo in the San Marco district.

5. “Summertime” (1955)
A classic romantic film starring Katharine Hepburn, its locations include the historic Piazza San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Palazzo Pisani-Moretta, all easily reachable from Hotel Alle Guglie.

6. “Assassinio a Venezia” (2023)
The latest addition to the cinematic repertoire of Venice, “Assassinio a Venezia,” featured scenes shot at iconic locations across the city. From the Bacino di San Marco, the city’s port, to landmarks like the Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco, Palazzo Ducale, and the famous Palazzo Contarini del Bovolo, renowned for its external spiral staircase. Other notable locations include Palazzo Grimani and Palazzo Campo San Samuele. Additionally, aerial sequences, particularly those closing the film, showcase the distinctive dark iron-colored Ponte Consafelzi.

Recommended Itinerary:

  • Start your day with a stroll along the Grand Canal, admiring the magnificent Venetian mansions.
  • Continue towards the Rialto Bridge, where you can relive the thrills of “The Tourist.”
  • After a lunch break in the vicinity, head to Piazza San Marco and visit the Doge’s Palace.
  • Continue your exploration through the narrow streets and squares of Venice, stopping at San Nicolò dei Mendicoli and the Cemetery of San Michele if you wish to explore the locations of “Don’t Look Now.”

With this itinerary, you’ll experience Venice through the lens of cinema, discovering the magical locations that have inspired some of the most iconic films in cinema history.