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Italy

Italy Film & Photography Production Services.

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Italy? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Italy? See below for an introduction to Italy locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Film Locations. Italy has more Unesco World Heritage sites than any other country in the world.

Rome is Italy’s capital and home to many iconic film locations including, amongst others, the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Castel Sant’Angelo, Victor Emmanuel Monument, Spanish Steps, Catacombs, Roman piazzas, Roman villas and the Vatican City. Just outside of Rome you can find the ancient harbour city of Ostia.

  • Venice is famous for St Mark’s Square and Basilica, and its many canals.

Tuscany is best known for its beautiful countryside, food and Chianti wines. Locations of interest include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Siena’s Piazza del Campo, as well as several picturesque resort towns. Florence is the largest city in Tuscany. Film locations of interest in Florence include Renaissance architecture, the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David, Palazzo Vecchio, the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Boboli Garden, and Pitti Palace.

Sicily is known for its relaxed atmosphere and delicious cuisine. Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Mt Etna, Palermo, Syracuse, Greek temples, Norman churches, Baroque palazzos and undiscovered beaches. Sicily has played host to films including The Godfather Trilogy, Cinema Paradiso and Malena.

Italy is home to many colorful coastal towns such as Portofino, Positano, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, and Cala Dogana. There are also many picturesque cliffside villages including Calitri, Pitigliano and Civita Di Bagnoregio, as well as the abandoned villages of Craco and Balestrino.

Other Italian locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Alps, Dolomite Mountains, Amalfi Coast, Aeolian Islands, Milan, Turin, Verona, Naples, Mount Vesuvius, Sardinia, Pompeii, Lake Como, Calabrian villages, the green valleys of Umbria, and the whitewashed hill towns of Puglia.

Agricultural looks of interest in Italy included vineyards, corn fields, olive groves and citrus orchards.

Milan, Rome and Venice are the major production centres if you need local crews and equipment.

Italy Film Location Permits. Most permitting is done on the local level. Timing and costs vary greatly depending on the location and the size and scope of the project. In Italy’s cities, such as Milan, permits are required once you set up a tripod to film a scene. It’s possible to get away without permits if you are filming handheld b-roll without any setups that disrupt public access to locations.

Taking Rome as an example, permits are required for each location you plan to film in. The process generally takes about 2 weeks. If you are looking to film several Roman locations our fixer is able to offer a comprehensive plan to ensure a cost efficient, hassle free experience. Exclusive filming of the Colosseum is possible outside of public viewing times but only a limited amount of equipment is permitted on location. The location fee is generally around 3000 Euros per day. Filming on church property must be cleared with the church.

Drone filming requires special permits and a licensed drone operator. See here for rules.

Please contact us for location specific information.

When to shoot? Italy has a largely temperate climate with regional variations. The northern mountain regions get heavy snowfalls in winter and are warm with occasional rainfall in the summer. The central regions are humid. The south is dry and hot. The warmest and most reliable weather is from April to June. Shooting from July to August is best avoided as this is when most Italians go on holiday. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Italians love a celebration. Virtually every town in Italy has a festival at some point in the year. Examples of interesting cultural events include the Carnival of Venice (February), Calendimaggio Festival (May), Corsa dei Ceri (May), U Festino Santa Rosalia (July), and Festa della Bruna (July). The Venice Biennale is held every two years from May to November. Popular sporting events include Serie A Football and the Italian Formula One Grand Prix in Monza.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Italy.

Costs. Italy trades in the Euro and as such it can be a relatively expensive place to shoot. That said, our locally based fixers and service producers will negotiate deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget. See here for the current VAT rate.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. As a multicultural country and fashion centre, Italy is home to a variety of locally based talent ranging from supermodels to background extras. Its close proximity to other major European production centres allows easy access to those pools of talent should you need to look further.

Crews. Italy has a very long and rich history of internationally celebrated directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Italy has a good depth of non-union, experienced, English speaking crews.

Contact us if you are looking for a Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples or Palermo based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Italy.

Italy is home to a diversity of film industry specialists including companies like TNT Film Consulting which offer military technical advisor services.

Equipment. Italy has a range of standard and specialized camera, lighting and grip equipment available locally. Milan and Rome are the main hubs for equipment rental. For local gear rental check out Kevin Granahan TV Production. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Italy is an ATA carnet country.

Art department is of the highest standard. Set construction is very good but on the expensive side compared to what can be achieved for the same money in Eastern Europe. Examples of the standard of set design can be seen in films shot in Italy such as Ben Hur, Cleopatra, The Godfather Trilogy, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and The Talented Mr Ripley.

Studios and backlots. World class facilities exist. Cinecitta Studios facilities include 22 sound stages, 300 dressing rooms and offices, and a large exterior water tank. Cinecitta Studios also own thousands of ancient Rome set dec pieces they rent out all over the world.

Tax Incentives. At present there are no tax incentives for foreign commercials shooting in Italy. 25% of qualified production expenditures at a CAP of 10 million Euros per company is available for international feature films. See here for more information.

Post Production. Italy has all the standard facilities.

Visas and Work Permits. Italy is a Schengen Area member state. Entry is subject to regulations from country of origin. Visiting US film crews can enter visa-free for a period of up to 90 days. Contact your local Italian embassy or representative for more information.

Transportation Infrastructure. Roads are up to international standards. Italy is extensively serviced by both budget and international airlines.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Italy’s two main film production centres, Milan and Rome. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

Zash Country Boutique Hotel, Sicily
Eremito Hotelito del Alma, Umbria

Communication. Web posted casting, scouting and videoconferencing.

Safety. Italy is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Italy, please see below:

Down Time. From ancient sites to Serie A football games, from Sicilian cuisine to Tuscan wines, Italy has a lot to offer all visitors.

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer in Italy, please contact us.

We are able to provide you with answers, references and bids quickly.