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Tour Description

  • 11 days
  • selfguided
  • tour

Film fans will love this 10-night itinerary. You’ll visit the most iconic movie locations in Italy, viewing the piazzas and palazzos that have had starring roles on the big screen.  

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At a glance
  • Experience the Italy of the big screen
  • Visit locations from iconic films and recent blockbusters
  • Tick off the ‘big three’ cities: Venice, Florence and Rome
  • Relax on the shores of beautiful Lake Como 

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Lake Como

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Map of Day 1: UK – Lake Como

After flying into Milan, you’ll travel north to Lake Como, a favourite with off-duty movie stars as well as location scouts. Once you see its serene waters and spectacular mountain backdrop, you’ll understand why. 

Day 2: Lake Como

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 2: Lake Como

Today, head to Villa del Balbianello, which has starred in two Hollywood blockbusters. In the 2006 version of Casino Royale, it stood in for the hospital where James Bond recovers, while in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, it was Anakin Skywalker and Queen Amidala’s wedding venue. It’s got a beautiful setting on a waterfront peninsula, and has some of the prettiest gardens on the lake. 

Day 3: Lake Como

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Points of Interest

Map of Day 3: Lake Como

With a full day to explore, buy a ferry pass and spend the day hopping between the lake’s colourful towns. Varenna, Menaggio and Bellagio are three of our favourites. You could also pre-book one of our excursions to take you further afield – visit unspoilt Lake Orta, ride the Bernina Express to Switzerland or even head to Milan for the day.  

Day 4: Lake Como – Venice

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Map of Day 4: Lake Como – Venice

A private transfer will take you to Milan this morning, where you’ll catch the train to your next destination: Venice. If you want to stay in luxury, try the Hotel Danieli, which features in The Tourist alongside Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. Even if you don’t stay there, we’d recommend popping in to admire the beautiful frescos in the lobby (and perhaps sticking around for a Bellini on their lagoon-view roof terrace). 

Day 5: Venice

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Map of Day 5: Venice

As you explore Venice, you’ll spot landmarks from plenty of films. In particular, you should recognise Campo di San Barnaba in Dorsoduro – it’s featured in a number of movies, including Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, David Lean’s Summertime and the 2003 remake of The Italian Job. The city has also been a favourite of James Bond over the years (you can find out more about James Bond filming locations in our blog post). Be sure to visit St. Mark’s Square and its spectacular basilica, which recently appeared in Inferno

Day 6: Venice – Florence

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Map of Day 6: Venice – Florence

Bid farewell to Venice and catch the train south-west to Florence. Head up to Piazzale Michelangelo in time for sunset for beautiful views across the city. A few minutes’ walk away is the Basilica di San Miniato al Monte, which you might recognise from Brian de Palma’s Obsession

Day 7: Florence

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Map of Day 7: Florence

Spend a day wandering through Florence’s historic centre. Visit the sights featured in Inferno, gaze at the Ponte Vecchio like Lucy in A Room with a View and stand next to the towering Duomo just as young Luca does in Tea with Mussolini

Day 8: Florence

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Map of Day 8: Florence

Today, head out of the city and explore the Tuscan countryside. The vineyards, cypress-lined lanes and hilltop towns look even better in real life than they do on screen.

Pre-book a tour before your trip, or hire a car and plan your own itinerary. Under the Tuscan Sun was shot around Cortona and Montepulciano, while Gladiator features the countryside of the Val d’Orcia. The English Patient is another Tuscany-based film, with scenes set in Montepulciano and Pienza.  

If you stop by Siena, you might recognise the city’s Piazza del Campo from Quantum of Solace – the opening scenes were shot in the square to a backdrop of the famous Palio horse race. 

Day 9: Florence – Rome

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Map of Day 9: Florence – Rome

It’s on to your final destination today, as you take the train down to the Eternal City. Make Piazza Navona your first port of call. It’s here that Julia Roberts tastes her first proper Italian ice-cream in Eat, Pray, Love and where Tom Hanks battles to save Cardinal Baggia in Angels & Demons

Day 10: Rome

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Map of Day 10: Rome

There are cinema-worthy sights all over Rome – all you need to decide is which one to see first. Tour the Colosseum (slightly less intact than in Gladiator, but still hugely impressive); stop for a glass of bubbly beside the Pantheon as Audrey Hepburn does in Roman Holiday; or go for coffee in front of the Spanish Steps, as happens in The Talented Mr Ripley.

You could also take a trip out to Cinecitta film studios, the biggest in Europe. It’s perfect for movie buffs, with huge sets of ancient Rome and Florence, as well as some great behind-the-scenes exhibitions.

After dark, pay a visit to the spectacular Trevi Fountain – you can’t swim in it like in La Dolce Vita, but be sure to throw in a coin (it’s said to ensure your return to the city one day).  

Day 11: Rome – UK

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Map of Day 11: Rome – UK

It’s time for the closing credits as you head back home. 

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Flight Information

The closest airport to Lake Como is Milan Malpensa (MXP). Direct flights to Milan are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours.

Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) depart from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.