Fantastical Settings Fit For a Film

Visit the Italian landscapes featured in Matteo Garrone's film Tale of Tales, each of them chosen for their fairytale-like quality.

A Fantastical View in the Marches Region.

These Secret Italian Film Sets Are Nothing Short Of Magic

This article, written by Luisa Taliento, appears on Huffington Post.

Italy is a fairytale setting, according to film director Matteo Garrone. For his film Tale of Tales, he chose Italian landscapes that have an extra power, and emotional power.

Many of these places may be “round the corner” and just have to be sought out. They can be experienced in charming hotels that reflect their magic.

Here is where to find some of them, from Alto Adige to the South.


The Valmarecchia is a valley on the border of three regions, Emilia Romagna, The Marches and Tuscany, about fifty kilometers from the long Adriatic beaches. You can explore the hills of Rimini on horseback, while a bicycle is the best way to navigate the curves leading to the fortress of San Leo and Santarcangelo di Romagna, where a café under the church bell tower serves the best piadine (typical local sandwiches). These small pleasures recall the worlds of directors Tonino Guerra, Federico Fellini and Antonioni. Beyond the wooden door one slowly discovers the Petrella Guidi Lodge, a hamlet abandoned in the 1990s that took 15 years to restore (tel. 333.2373456 0541.929861oppure, petrel- The result is three residential units furnished with antique carpets and souvenirs of the owners’ travels in Turkey, the Caucasus and Uzbekistan. And a touch of romance: a private cinema, dining under the pergola in summer, and playing bowls in the shade of the great trees. And the gardener comes every day to do his job. Read more on Huffington Post.

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