Charm between the lakes, mountains and cities
The 100 most beautiful movies filmed in Lombardia
Bergamo, Brescia, Varese, three Provinces suspended between the lakes and mountains, providing the dream backdrop for some incredible films.
The gorgeous shores of Lake Garda were featured in the 007 film Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig, leaving us to gawk over the exotic landscapes.
Other motion pictures set during the Republic of Salò like Claretta and Mussolini and I feature scenes in the area, while Lake Maggiore, boasting historical locales and villages Luino and Laveno Mombello, charmed audiences in Giulio Base's The Pretor and Charles Vidor's A Farewell to Arms.
Then we have cities like Bergamo's Città Alta, Brescia's charming and quaint plazas, and Varese's incredibly curated gardens, making audiences swoon with delight.
Discover them all in the photo gallery of the guide, "Lombardia Superstar. 100 films, 1 region."
- 007 Quantum of Solace (2008) Tremosine, Lake Garda "Quantum of Solace" starts off where "Casino Royale" ends. The always impeccable Daniel Craig returned to portray the infamous British spy, whipping through the streets in his Aston Martin as he escapes with Mr. White tied up in the trunk. A high speed chase ensues and the lightning fast cars pass under a tunnel in the mountain, in Tremosine, before panning over a breathtaking panorama of Lake Garda.
- Allonsanfàn (1974) Villa Bettoni, Bogliaco di Gargnano A film set during the Restoration period (1816), which sees the tired Marcello Mastroianni (Fulvio Imbriani), former Jacobin and Napoleonic soldier, embark on a disastrous journey to the south with friends. While still in the north, the group intent on celebrating Carnival arrives in the harbor of an eighteenth century villa located in Gargnano, Villa Bettoni in Bogliaco di Gargnano to be precise.
- A Farewell to Arms (1970) Luino, Lago Maggiore Based on the classic novel by Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms was filmed in Luino, on Lake Maggiore. The location was incredibly dear to the infamous author and has become an international destination for relaxation thanks to the train connected to Switzerland.
- Come Have Coffee with Us (1970) Luino, Lake Maggiore Set in Luino, Emerenziano Paronzini (Ugo Tgnazzi) is an employee for the Ministry of Finance who is set to marry one of the rich Tettamanzi sisters, quickly becoming the favorite of the entire family.
- @Massimo-de-CandidoThe Bishop's Bedroom (1977) Luino, Lake Maggiore This fantastic film sees Ugo Tognazzi in the role of a young playboy caught up in a homicidal family drama with Luino as the typical village on Lake Maggiore.
- @SimmiSimonsIl cappotto di Astrakan (1980) Luino, Lake Maggiore Luino is where Piero, a young country man who with his friends takes part of a pool competition and win a trip to Paris. At the time he gets on board the train, he stumbles upon Ramazzini, a man who inadvertently jinx him and starts a series of accidents during his journey and upon arrival to the French capital. The Clerici Café and Luino's Old Harbor can be seen in the movie.
- Il pretore (2014) Luino, Lake Maggiore Based on the novel Il pretore di Cuvio by Piero Chiara, which became one of the author's best-selling books. The movie tells the story of Augusto Vanghetta, magister by chance and notorious womanizer, who due to the prestige and power that derive from his position, he can order everybody around and seduce all the women he wants in exchange of political favors. Several scenes were filmed in a few landmarks of Luino: the Internatiomal Railway Station, Villa Hüssy and Caffè Clerici.
- @oleksandr_katrushaSono fotogenico (1980) Laveno Mombello, Lake Maggiore Renato Pozzetto plays the film's amusing protagonist, Antonio Barozzi, a man from Laveno Mombello who wishes to make it in the movie business. Regardless that he moved to Rome and tried futilely to follow a producer to Los Angeles, he doesn't succeed and goes back to his home town and accept a banking job. Laveno is a splendid holiday location near Lake Maggiore. Sasso del Ferro can be reached via cable car and the Santa Caterina dal Sasso Hermitage by car.
- Il capitale umano (2013) Varese, historic downtown Paolo Virzì returns with "the human capital" to talk about the moral, existential and economic crisis that scourges Italy. The movie starring Valeria Bruni Tedeschi is set in Brianza and Como's historic center, yet the scenes are actually filmed in Varese, between Corso Matteotti and Piazza Repubblica.
- Superstition (2001) Varese Sacro Monte The protagonist of this 2001 thriller is a young baby sitter accused of causing house fires wherever she worked in. Her lawyer will try to prove her innocence by gathering information from a nun during a secret interview at the Santa Maria del Monte Sanctuary. The UNESCO Heritage Site of Varese Sacro Monte serves as a background for this unsettling story, while other scenes were filmed at the hall of Villa Panza.
- Yesterday, today and tomorrow (1963) Lonate Pozzolo, Varese During the second section of "yesterday, today and tomorrow" titled "Anna", we take a car ride with Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren across the province of Varese. These lovers stop by Lonate Pozzolo to exchange love gestures only to be interrupted by a few workers who were climbing on light posts.
- Dongo (CO) Mussolini ultimo atto (1971) Perhaps not everybody knows that Benito Mussolini and his lover Claretta Petacci were arrested in Dongo, province of Como, while escaping to Switzerland. Set in the falling Republic of Salò, it reflects the mood and thoughts of the dictator before his death.
- Io e il Duce (1985) Gardone Riviera and Salò Two exceptional locations, faithful to history are the settings foe the movie "The Duce and I", narrating the uneasy relationahip between Mussolini and his son in law Galeazzo Ciano. Villa del Sogno at Gardone Riviera is, in the movie, is a resting place for convalescent German Officials, while the Hotel Laurin in Salò is the headquarters of the Minister of Foreign Affairs during the time of the Italian Social Republic. All with the splendid view of Lake Garda.
- Claretta (1984) Vittoriale, Gardone Riviera This movie was dedicated to the Petacci family and particularly to Claretta, Benito Mussolini's lover. Some of the film sets were actual locations that were of great relevance during the Republic of Salò: Villa Turati, former Japanese embassy and the Vittoriale degli Italiani, writer Gabriele D'Annunzio's monumental citadel where the Italian dictator and Petacci used to meet. The Vittoriale is nowadays open to the public.
- Miss Arizona (1987) Sirmione, Lake Garda There are several locations in Lake Garda that are shown in this 1987 film starring the great Marcello Mastroianni. Among them: Punta San Vigilio (Villa Guarienti), the Zanardelli steamboat, Sirmione (Villa Cortine), Pozzolengo, Borghetto, Valeggio and Solferino.
- Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico (1986) Summer night with Greek profile, almond eyes and scent of basil (1986) Director Lina Wertmuller proposes the current movie based on the affair between a female Lombard manager and a Sicilian outlaw. The production takes a few shots of Villa Borghese Cavazza at the Garda Island. The Borghese Cavazza family opens the villa for visits from late March through October. Such tour will take you to an incontaminated vegetation, English and Italian gardens and suggestive rooms of this elegant last century villa.
- Il letto in piazza (1975) Salò Director Bruno Gaburro sets his film "Il letto in piazza" or "Sex Diary" in Salò. The story of a small-town playboy who is always looking for new conquests. The scene with Renzo Montagnani's bare bottom on the church's clock tower behind an unaware priest made quite a stir.
- Francesca e Nunziata (2001) Franciacorta Lina Wertmüller sets her film "Francesca e Nunziata" in the splendid background of Franciacorta and its vineyards. The movie interiors were recorded in a local XVIIth Century villa. Sophia Loren stayed for a month during recording at the top floor of Erbusco's Hotel Albareta, which has a view of Lake Iseo.
- The Magnificent Cuckold (1964) Brescia, Piazza della Loggia This feature film centered in jealousy and adultery is set in the industrious city of Brescia. We see a private investigator that follows the tracks of Claudia Cardinale, who plays Maria Grazia walking across piazza della Loggia and Via delle Battaglie by order or her husband. We also follow Andrea Artusi, played by Ugo Tognazzi driving along Corso Magenta seeking a gift for his wife.
- Quando sei nato non puoi più nasconderti (2005) Brescia Brescia's squares are the setting of the dialogue between Sandro, son of a wealthy local industrialist and two Romanian youngsters, Radu and Alina, met under uncanny circumstances: crossing the sea on board of a boat full of immigrants towards Italian shores.
- Cuori solitari (1970) Bergamo, Upper city Upper Bergamo is the chosen location for the story of "Lonely Hearts" about a bored and troubled couple searching for new experiences. The Upper City is a real treasure, the splendid view of the entirety of Bergamo can be seen from there.
- La poliziotta (1974) Bergamo, Piazza Vecchia The heart of Upper Bergamo, Piazza Vecchia, is where the honest policewoman Giovanna Abbastanzi (played by Mariangela Melato) fines magistrate Ruggero Patané (Orazio Orlando) with a parking ticket. Palazzo della Ragione stands beside the Civic Tower, which has a remarkable view of the Lower City.
- Histoires Extraordinaries/Tre passi nel delirio (1968) Bergamo, Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica This anthology film based on the tales of Edgar Allan Poe is directed by Federico Fellini, Louis Malle and Roger Vadim. The second episode, where Alain Delon plays cynical and sadistic Austrian general that fights his gentler doppleganger. Fighting scenes were recorded on the stairs of Bergamo's Palazzo della Ragione and the clock tower of the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica.
- Colpire al cuore (1982) Bergamo, Lower City Bergamo is the background of a generational conflict between father (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and son (Fausto Rossi). A particular scene, where both hug when they meet at dawn at Largo Porta Nuova in Lower Bergamo is both touching and memorable.
- Felice chi è diverso (2013) Bergamo, funicular Docu-film directed by Gianni Amelio on the subject about homosexuality. Twenty elderly men tell several episodes about their youth, focusing on their own homosexuality. A sequence was recorded at the café of the historical Bergamo funicular, the most panoramic way to reach the Upper City from the Lower one.
- Donizetti Cavaliere del sogno (1947) Bergamo, Donizetti Theater This feature film narrates a particular episode in notorious composer Gaetano Donizetti, who has a historical theater in Bergamo named after him.
- Allegro non troppo (1976) Bergamo, Donizetti Theater Director Bruno Bozzetto draws inspiration from Walt Disney's "Fantasia" to produce this feature film comprising of six animated shorts, each one paired to a famous classical music tune. The surreal live action sequences depicting an orchestra composed entirely of elderly ladies were shot inside Bergamo's Donizetti Theater.
- Giulietta degli spiriti (1964) Grand Hotel San Pellegrino Terme (BG) Some scenes of Juliet of the Spirits, which tells the story of Giulietta Masina coming to terms with the end of her marriage, were shot at the Grand Hotel in San Pellegrino Terme, a splendid liberty-style structure that has marked the history of Thermal baths in Italy.
- Primo amore (1978) Grand Hotel San Pellegrino Terme (BG) The San Pellegrino Terme Grand Hotel is the location that Dino Risi picked as the setting of "Primo amore", which tells the love story between a former comedian (Ugo Tognazzi) and a young soubrette (Ornella Muti).
- Le due vite di Mattia Pascal (1984) Casinò di San Pellegrino terme Mario Monicelli prende ispirazione dal celebre romanzo di Pirandello per girare il film "Le due vite di Mattia Pascal". Vediamo il protagonista Adriano Meis – Mattia Pascal, tentare la fortuna alla roulette del Casinò di San Pellegrino Terme, un gioiello in stile liberty che riporta alla memoria la Belle Epoque.
- La partita / la difesa di Luzhin (2001) Cornello del Tasso (BG) E' a Cornello del Tasso che viene abbandonato il campione di scacchi Aleksandr "Sasa" Luzhin (John Turturro). Il paese della Val Brembana è uno dei borghi più belli d'Italia.
- Io, Arlecchino (2015) Cornello del Tasso (BG) Giorgio Pasotti esordisce alla regia con Massimo Bini per raccontare una storia di grande passione per il teatro. La vicenda racconta di Paolo, un noto conduttore televisivo che torna nel suo paese natale, fra i monti bergamaschi, per assistere il padre gravemente malato ma ancora animato da una gran voglia di riportare in palcoscenico il suo personaggio più riuscito: Arlecchino.
- E venne un uomo (1965) Sotto il Monte (BG) Ermanno Olmi, il grande regista originario di Treviglio, in provincia di Bergamo, dedica questo film ad un altro grande uomo nato vicino Bergamo ( a Sotto il Monte per la precisione): papa Giovanni XXIII, detto anche "Il papa buono".
- L'albero degli zoccoli (1978) Campagna bergamasca Straordinario affresco della bassa bergamasca e bresciana, "L'albero degli zoccoli " racconta la storia di quattro famiglie di contadini alla fine dell'800. Il set principale è la Cascina Roggia Sale a Palosco, mentre gli esterni coinvolgono altre località bergamasche (Martinengo, Cividate al Piano, Mornico al Serio e Cortenuova) e bresciane (Pontoglio e Dello).
- Bianco, rosso, giallo, rosa (1964) Gandino (BG) Altro film ad episodi in cui troviamo Anita Ekberg che nell'episodio "L'incastro" interpreta Alba Chiara, una bellissima fattora bergamasca. Alcune scene sono state girate a Barzizza nel comune di Gandino.
- Cars 2 (2011) Brescia, Piazza della Loggia Il set di Cars 2, sequel del premiatissimo film d'animazione del 2006 della Disney/Pixar, è stato allestito in Piazza della Loggia a Brescia. Il film d'animazione rende omaggio alla tradizione automobilistica italiana citando i marchi Fiat e Ferrari, la storica corsa Mille Miglia e il Gran Premio di Monza.