“Godfather”, “Inspector Montalbano” and other Movie Tour

Sicily has a cultural heritage of inestimable value and a land of ancient traditions.

Leonardo Sciascia, great Sicilian writer and journalist said: “Sicily is Cinema” referring to the natural scenery that the whole island offers and a great film director born in Genova but Sicilian by adoption who loved Sicily so much, Pietro Germi said: “ I fell in love to this island because Sicily is Italy twice “and speaking about Sicilians:” Sicilians are Italian, but they are Italians more Italian than others. Their personality are accentuated, they exaggerate, the Sicilian is an Italian expressed in all its potential “.

Taking inspiration from Sciascia, Sicily is a natural film set and to know it and appreciate it as well as Pietro Germi have been Francis Ford Coppola, Luchino Visconti, Giuseppe Tornatore, Roberto Rossellini, the Taviani brothers etc …

Many landscapes, villages, squares and places recall the scenes of the films that have made the history of Italian cinema in the world.

So coming out of the usual tours you discover towns such as Acitrezza and Capomulini, not far from Catania, which was the backdrop to the movie by Luchino Visconti “The Earth Trembles” in 1948 inspired by the “i Malavoglia”  by Giovanni Verga.

 

Or visit the manor of Boscogrande near Palermo where the famous scene of “The leopard”, winner of the golden palm d’Or  of Cannes, was shot the scene of the ball by Claudia Cardinale with Burt Lancaster.

 

Unforgettable, near Palermo, Palace Adriano, the castle of Ventimiglia, the village of Castelbuono and the frame of the splendid sea of Cefalù remain impressed in the memories scenes of the film “Cinema Paradiso: The New Version” by Giuseppe Tornatore, winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1990 and many other prizes.

 

From one side of Sicily to another we must remember the other movie shot by Giuseppe Tornatore “Malena” starring the beautiful Monica Bellucci  filmed mainly on the island of Ortigia in Syracuse in the splendid baroque square of the Duomo, other scenes were shot in Noto, world capital of the Baroque Sicilian and UNESCO World Heritage Site and the white cliffs of the “Scala dei Turchi” near Porto Empedocle (Agrigento).

 

Special mention deserves the masterpiece of Francis Ford Coppola: “the godfather” a world-famous film whose scenes were shot in village of  Savoca and Forza d’Agrò, not far away  from Taormina, medieval villages at the foot of Mount Etna where the Bar “Vitelli” famous for the scene where Michael Corleone, played by Al Pacino asks Apollonia’s hand and where nothing has changed.

 

Other movies to remember are:

  • “Baaria”: filmed in Bagheria (near Palermo), directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and nominated for an Oscar

 

 

 

  •  “Divorce Italian Style” shot mostly in the picturesque Ispica, in the heart of the baroque Ibleo, film directed by Pietro Germi where Marcello Mastroianni plays the unforgettable Barone Ferdinando Cefalù

 

  • “Seduced and Abandoned”, year 1964, Pietro Germi is still directing, he was filmed in the splendid setting of Sciacca, the film consecrated Stefania Sandrelli, just twenty years old, national star and sex symbol of those years

 

Remaining on the subject of films shot in Sicily, recently brought to the knowledge of the media at European level, Scicli defined by many as a living nativity scene, the television series “the inspector Montalbano”.