The Veneto region's stunning landscapes have often been used in the world of cinema. So, why not visit the places that have served as a backdrop for so many memorable scenes in both Italian and international films?
The perfect place to start this journey through the history of cinema is, of course, Venice, a city that's well-loved by Hollywood. The iconic St. Mark’s Square has been a set for hundreds of films: Spider-Man: Far From Home by Jon Watts and The Young Pope by Paolo Sorrentino, to name a few more recent examples. Spielberg, on the other hand, chose Campo San Barnaba for his Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and many will remember the scene when Harrison Ford climbs out of a manhole to escape from the church's basement (the latter having been entirely reconstructed in the studio). Woody Allen expresses his love for the lagoon city in "Everyone Says I Love You", showing that he knows the most authentic places very well indeed: Campo Santo Stefano, Santa Maria del Giglio, the Rialto fish market and the Zattere.
The breathtaking peaks of the Venetian Dolomites have also played a leading role on the big screen. In the action movie "Cliffhanger", shot in the mountains of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Sylvester Stallone is the star of a number of scenes, climbing up the dizzying vertical rock faces. Cortina, with its stunning views and famous “high altitude stroll” along Corso Italia, once again acted as a set for the film that led to Italy’s Christmas film tradition: “Vacanze di Natale” (“Christmas holidays”), in 1983.