Film Locations in Sicily

 

Belltower scene, Noto: Antonioni's film L'avventura. San Carlo's bell-tower in Noto. Gabriele Ferzetti and Monica Vitti.

One scene in Antonioni's L'avventura takes place on the terrace of the San Carlo's bell-tower in Noto. Gabriele Ferzetti and Monica Vitti.

 

 

    

 

 

Gabriele Ferzetti in Antonioni's L'avventura. Noto cathedral

Gabriele Ferzetti in Antonioni's L'avventura, a film that for the most part takes place in Sicily. In the background: Noto cathedral.

 

Scala dei turchi, Realmonte, Agrigento

The world famous cliff in Realmonte (near Agrigento) called "Scala dei turchi" (Stair of the Turks). The cliff was used in Giuseppe Tornatore's film Malèna, in the scene where the boys are measuring the size of their penises.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

 

Villa Palagonia, Hall of Mirrors

The Hall of mirrors in Villa Palagonia (Bagheria, Palermo) is an early example of the so called Sicilian Baroque. It is used in Antonioni's L'Avventura (1960) and other films.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

Villa Palagonia in Tornatore's film Baarìa

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Villa Palagonia in Baarìa

This is how the little boy in "Baarìa" is picturing how Villa Palagonia's entrance looked like a couple of years before. (Screenshot from Baarìa.)

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Villa Palagonia in Baarìa (Tornatore)

One of the entrances of Villa Palagonia in Bagheria. Baarìa is Sicilian for Bagheria.
(Screenshot from Baarìa.)

 

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Villa Palagonia in Baarìa

The awestruck and a bit scared boys in "Baarìa" looking at the monsters. (Screenshot from Baarìa.)

Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Villa Palagonia's double flight of stairs

Villa Palagonia's wonderful double flight of stairs. (Screenshot from Baarìa.)

 

Villa Palagonia in Michelangelo Antonioni's film L'Avventura (1960)

Scene shot in Villa Palagonia

Villa Palagonia in Antonioni's: L'Avventura

The hall of mirrors in Villa Palagonia, used in a scene in Michelangelo Antonioni's film L'Avventura (1960).

Scene shot in Villa Palagonia

Villa Palagonia in Antonioni's: L'Avventura

(L'Avventura)

 

L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Villa Palagonia in Antonioni's: L'Avventura

Gabriele Ferzetti as the male protagonist searching for his girl friend Anna. (Screenshot from L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

L'Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Villa Palagonia in Antonioni's: L'Avventura

Villa Palagonia's double flight of stairs. (L'Avventura)

 

Malena and The Star Maker (Giuseppe Tornatore)

Malèna (Piazza Duomo, Syracuse)

Piazza Duomo in Syracuse (Siracusa) - Malèna

The Piazza Duomo in Syracuse (Siracusa) plays an important part in Tornatore's beautiful film Malèna.

The Star Maker ("L'uomo delle stelle")

Sergio Castellitto in The Star Maker (1995) "L'uomo delle stelle".

Ragusa Ibla seen from Ragusa Superiore: Sergio Castellitto in The Star Maker (1995) "L'uomo delle stelle" (Giuseppe Tornatore).

 

    

 

 

 

Ragusa Ibla.

 

 

Piazza Duomo Ragusa, Sicily

The beautiful piazza in front of the Duomo in Ragusa is used as a location in many films.

Photo: Per-Erik Skramstad / Wonders of Sicily

 

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Hannibal

Cappella Palatina was used in an episode of the TV series Hannibal. Hannibal was an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series premiered on NBC on 4 April 2013. On 22 June 2015, NBC canceled Hannibal after three seasons because of low ratings.

 

Chaos (Kaos)

Segesta in opening sequence of Kaos, Taviani brothers

Segesta seen from the raven's point of view. Screenshot from the opening sequence of Kaos (directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani). The film depicts four Pirandello short stories.

 

 

 

Sicily in the Movies

  • The Godfather I-III (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni)
  • Kaos (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani)
  • Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (International title: Cinema Paradiso), (Giuseppe Tornatore)
  • Baarìa (Giuseppe Tornatore)
  • Malèna (Giuseppe Tornatore)
  • The Star Maker (1995) "L'uomo delle stelle" (Giuseppe Tornatore)
  • La terra trema (Luchino Visconti)
  • The Big Blue (Luc Besson)