Italy Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews
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Filming in Italy
For an introduction to shooting in Italy see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.
Italy Film Locations
Famous for its rich history, diverse cultures and cuisine, as well as for its beautiful coast and mountains, Italy is one of the world’s most filmed countries. It has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world.
Agricultural film locations of interest throughout Italy include vineyards, corn fields, olive groves, and citrus orchards.
Milan, Rome and Venice are the major production centres if you need local crews and equipment.
Film locations of interest can be divided into the following regions:
Aosta Valley is a region of northwest Italy in the southwestern Alps. The region includes the Italian side of the Matterhorn and Mount Blanc. Ski resorts of note include Courmayeur, Cervinia, and Monterosa. Castles of note include Fénis and Verrès. Gran Paradiso National Park has beautiful natural film locations.
Local cuisines include carbonada, fontina cheese, and aosta valley wines.
Piedmont. Turin is the capital of Piedmont. Turin locations of note include the Basilica of Superga, Palace of Venaria, Mole Antonelliana, Castello del Valentino, Piazza Castello, Royal Palace of Turin, the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, and Fiat’s Lingotto Factory rooftop racetrack. Turin and surrounding areas have several sporting venues that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics such as Sestriere. Just outside of Turin you can find Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, and the imposing mountaintop Sacra di San Michele.
Piedmont is home to Lake Orta (Isola San Giulio), and Lago Maggiore (Borromean Islands including Isola Bella, Isola Madre, Isola dei Pescatori, and Isolino di San Giovanni).
- The Italian Job (1969) filmed in Piedmont.
Local foods include castelmagno cheese, alba truffles, barolo wines, and panna cotta.
Liguria is known as the Italian Riviera. The Cinque Terre includes the colorful fishing villages of Corniglia, Manarola, Monterosso al Mare, Riomaggiore, and Vernazza. Portofino and Santa Margherita Ligure are stylish coastal towns. Sanremo is a vintage casino resort. Balestrino is an abandoned mountainside villages.
Genoa is the capital of Liguria. Genoa locations of note include Via Garibaldi, Genoa Cathedral, Doge’s Palace of Genoa, and Piazza De Ferrari.
Local cuisine includes focaccia, pesto, and linguine pasta.
Lombardy. Milan is a global capital of fashion and finance.
Lombardy locations of interest to visiting productions include the Italian Alps, Lake Como, Lake Lugano, Villa Carlotta, Villa Olmo, Royal Villa of Monza, Santa Caterina del Sasso, Castelo Scaligero, and Certosa di Pavia. Gavia Pass is a high mountain pass in the Italian Alps. Brescia is a rich industrial city. Lombardy is home to Beretta firearms manufacturing.
Call Me by Your Name (2017) filmed in Lombardy.
Lombardy dishes of note include risotto, osso bucco, and cotoletta alla milanese.
Trentino – South Tyrol is known for its beautiful alpine locations. Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy. Sirmione is a town on Lake Garda, known for its lakeside castle. Other alpine lakes of note include Lago di Carezza, Lago di Tenno, Lago di Ledro, and Lago di Tovel. Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Pordoi Pass are in the Dolomites mountain range. Campanile di Curon bell tower sticks out of Lago di Resia. Ski resorts of note Madonna di Campiglio, Selva di Val Gardena, Alta Badia, and Brunico. The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is located on the summit plateau of Mount Kronplatz. Buonconsiglio Castle is a beautiful castle in Trento.
Local dishes have a distinctly German influence.
Veneto is a northeastern Italian region stretching from the Dolomite Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Venice is the region’s capital. The city is famous for its canals, Carnival celebrations, St Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge, and MOSE tidal gates. Venetian islands of note include San Giorgio Maggiore, Poveglia, and Burano. Isola di San Michele is a cemetery island surrounded by red walls. San Lazzaro degli Armeni is home to the monastery of the Mekhitarists. Murano is a series of islands linked by bridges in the Venetian Lagoon.
Outside of Venice, Cortina d’Ampezzo offers snow skiing locations. In Verona you can find the Piazza delle Erbe, Piazza dei Signori, Torre dei Lamberti, Arena di Verona, and Castelvecchio Bridge. The Hotel Terme Millepini in Padua has a 40 metres (131 ft) deep diving pool; Y-40 The Deep Joy. The University of Padua is one of the oldest in the world. Santuario Madonna della Corona is a cliffside church. Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa is an imposing war memorial.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) filmed in Veneto.
Local cuisine includes bigoli pasta, asiago cheese, grappa, tiramisu, and frittoles.
Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Trieste is the capital. The city is known for Piazza Unità d’Italia, Piazza della Borsa, and the Canal Grande. Outside of Trieste you can find Miramare Castle, Duino Castle, and the impressive fortress town of Palmanova.
See some local dishes of note here.
Emilia-Romagna is known for its medieval cities, rich gastronomy, and seaside resorts.
Bologna is the regional capital. The city is known for the Piazza Maggiore, Piazza del Nettuno, Piazza Re Enzo, Piazza Santo Stefano, Towers of Bologna, San Petronio Basilica, Palazzo d’Accursio, Bologna Cathedral, Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca, Basilica of San Domenico, Basilica of Saint Francis, Palazzo Albergati, Palazzo Re Enzo, Palazzo del Podestà, Bologna Municipal Theater, Archiginnasio of Bologna, Palace of the Archiginnasio, Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa, Finestrella canal, MAST Gallery, Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini, Museo Ducati, and the University of Bologna which is the oldest university in the world. Museo Lamborghini is located in nearby Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Modena is known for Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena Cathedral, Piazza Grande, Ducal Palace, and the Panini Motor Museum. The Ferrari factory is located in nearby Maranello. Castello di Formigine is located in nearby Formigine.
Parma is known for the Palazzo della Pilotta, Parma Cathedral, Parma Baptistery, Shrine of Santa Maria della Steccata, and Teatro Regio di Parma. Torrechiara Castle, and Labirinto della Masone are located outside of Parma.
Ferrara is known for Este Castle, Ferrara Cathedral, Diamanti Palace, and Piazza Trento e Trieste.
Ravenna is known for Piazza del Popolo, Basilica of San Vitale, Basilica di Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Basilica of Sant’ Apollinare in Classe, Mausoleo di Galla Placidia, Teodorico Mausoleum, and the Biblioteca Classense.
Rimini is a resort town known for Italia in Miniatura, Malatestiano Temple, Arch of Augustus, Bridge of Tiberius, Castel Sismondo, the Fellini Museum, and Adriatic beaches covered in umbrellas and sun lounges.
Rocchetta Mattei is a spectacular Moorish fortress located in the Northern Apennine Mountains.
Pomposa Abbey is located in Codigoro.
Castle of Bardi is a hilltop castle.
Sanvitale Castle is located in Fontanellato.
Emilia-Romagna regional dishes of note include parmigiano reggiano, tortellini, prosciutto di parma, bolognese sauce, mortadella, and modena balsamic vinegar.
The autonomous state of San Marino is located in this part of Italy.
Tuscany is best known for its beautiful countryside, pecorino cheese, pappardelle pasta, steak alla fiorentina, and chianti wines.
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, Giotto’s Campanile, and Pitti Palace.
Other Tuscan locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Siena’s Piazza del Campo, Sammezzano Castle, San Michele in Foro, Pietrasanta, island of Montecristo, the Colossus of Villa Demidoff, Saturnia’s thermal baths, as well as several picturesque resort towns and cliffside village such as Pitigliano. Carrara is known for its spectacular marble quarries. Lucca is known for the well-preserved Renaissance walls encircling a historic city centre. The University of Siena is one of the oldest in the world. San Gimignano is known for its medieval towers. Lucignano is an elliptical-shaped medieval hill-top village.
Life Is Beautiful (1997) filmed in Tuscany.
Umbria is known for its medieval hill towns, dense forests, green valleys, truffles and wines. Locations include Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, cathedral in Spoleto, Cascata delle Marmore, and La Scarzuola surrealist monastery. Orvieto has an impressive cathedral as well as the unique Pozzo di San Patrizio water well. Perugia is known for Piazza IV Novembre, and Palazzo dei Priori. Casa Sperimentale is an unusual concrete treehouse ruin location.
Marche. Locations of interest include Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno, Gradara Castle, Santa Maria della Piazza in Ancona, and Palazzo Pianetti in Jesi. Monti Sibillini National Park is a natural film location of note. The University of Macerata is one of the world’s oldest.
Examples of local cuisine includes fish soup with soft ascolane olives, and Funghetti di Offida.
Lazio. 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, and Roman villas.
The Vatican City is an autonomous state that exists inside of Rome.
Outside of Rome you can find the ancient harbour city of Ostia, Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Monsters of Bomarzo, gardens of Villa Lante, and the picturesque cliffside villages of Civita Di Bagnoregio. Calcata is a hill town and hippie commune. Relais Villa La Trinità is a beautiful film location a short drive from Rome.
Ben Hur (1959), La Dolce Vita (1960), Cleopatra (1963), The Last Emperor (1987), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) filmed in Lazio.
Dishes from Lazio include bruschetta, fettuccine alfredo, porchetta, spaghetti alla carbonara, and cacio e pepe.
Abruzzo is located east of Rome on the Adriatic Sea. National parks and nature reserves cover much of its rugged interior. Of note are Gran Sasso d’Italia, Sirente-Velino Regional Park, Camosciara Natural Reserve, and Lake Barrea. Santo Stefano di Sessanio is a picturesque medieval hilltop town.
Some local dishes of note include maccheroni alla chitarra, abruzzo pecorino, pizzette, and arrosticini.
Molise is a mountainous region on the Adriatic Sea. Locations of note include Matese Regional Park and Monte Miletto.
See examples of traditional regional cuisine here.
Campania is known for its ancient ruins and dramatic coastline. Naples is the capital. Locations of note include Naples Harbour, Casa del Portuale, Palazzo Reale, Castel Nuovo, Piazza del Plebiscito, Naples Cathedral, Castel Sant’Elmo, and the University of Naples Federico II which is one of the oldest universities in the world.
The Amalfi Coast is famous for its colourful towns such as Positano. Sant’Agata de’ Goti and Calitri are picturesque cliffside villages. Fiordo di Furore is a unique beach and bridge location. Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii are located in Campania. Castles and palaces of note include the Palace of Caserta, Aragonese Castle, Royal Palace of Naples, and Castel dell’Ovo. Other locations of note in Campania include the Sorrento peninsula, the island of Capri, Amalfi Cathedral, and Zaha Hadid’s Salerno Maritime Terminal.
Wonder Woman (2017) filmed in Campania.
Regional dishes of note include pizza, lasagne, buffalo mozzarella, and calzone.
Puglia. Bari is the capital of Puglia. Locations of note in Bari include Basilica di San Nicola, Castello Normanno-Svevo, and Palazzo Mincuzzi. I May Destroy You (2020-) filmed in part in Bari.
Lecce is known for its baroque architecture including Basilica di Santa Croce, and Lecce Cathedral. Other Lecce locations include the Castle of Charles V and the Roman Amphitheatre.
Trani is known for its castle and cathedral.
Ostuni is a beautiful whitewashed city.
Other towns of interest include Alberobello, Otranto, Locorotondo, Gallipoli, and Corigliano d’Otranto.
Castel del Monte is in Andria.
The Tremiti Islands are known for the Fortress of San Nicola.
The Nardo Ring is Porsche’s High Speed Test Track in Italy.
Puglia is famous for its wine, olive oil and traditional dishes such as orecchiette.
Basilicata is a region of forests and mountains in southern Italy. Sassi di Matera is known for its ancient cave dwellings. Other film locations of note include Pollino National Park, Parco della Murgia Materana, Val d’Agri – Lagonegrese National Park, Melfi Castle, and the abandoned village of Craco. Castelmezzano is a beautiful mountainside town.
See regional dishes of note here.
Calabria is a sun-baked region of rugged mountains, old-fashioned villages and dramatic coastline. Sila National Park has beautiful natural locations. The cliffside coastal town of Tropea is known for Santa Maria dell’Isola Monastery. Hilltop towns of note include Morano Calabro, Altomonte, Civita, and Belmonte Calabro.
Regional dishes include stocco alla mammolese, pipi chini, and zippuli.
Sardinia. Sardinia is known for its sandy beaches and mountainous interior. Cagliari is the region’s capital.
Local cuisine of note includes pane carasau, malloreddus, sa fregula, and sebadas.
Sicily is known for its relaxed atmosphere and delicious cuisine including the regional dishes of caponata, cannelloni, veal marsala, and cannoli.
Locations of interest to filmmakers and photographers include Mt Etna, Palermo, Syracuse, Greek temples, Norman churches, Baroque palazzos and undiscovered beaches. The Aegadian Islands include the islands of Levanzo, Favignana, and Marettimo. The Aeolian Islands include the volcanically active islands of Stromboli and Vulcano. Strombolicchio lighthouse is an interesting location in the Aeolian Islands.
Sicily has played host to films including The Godfather Trilogy (1972-), Cinema Paradiso (1988), and Malena (2000).
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:
• Venice Carnival in February
• Calendimaggio Festival in May
• Corsa dei Ceri in May
• U Festino Santa Rosalia in July
• Festa della Bruna in July
• Palio di Siena in July and again in August
• Serie A Football runs from August to May.
• Italian Formula One Grand Prix in Monza in September.
• The Venice Biennale is held every two years from May to November.
Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Italy.
Unique Local Stories
Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.
If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.
If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.
Costs & Tax Incentives
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.
Tax Incentives. Italy offers a tax credit of up to 30% on qualifying production spend. See here for more information.
Film Crew & Talent
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.
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.
Italy Film Equipment
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.
Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.
Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.
For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.
Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production
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.
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. Productions hosted include classics such as Ben Hur (1959), Cleopatra (1963), Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) and more recent productions such as The Young Pope (2016).
Post Production. Italy has all the standard facilities.
Visas & 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.
Transport & Accommodation
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:
Safety. Italy is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.
Down Time. From ancient sites to Serie A football games, from Sicilian cuisine to Tuscan wines, Italy has a lot to offer all visiting productions.
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:
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