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Italian Idyll

A world-class destination for tourists, Italy also has a lot to offer filmmakers, in terms of locations that range from heritage sites to lush countryside, quaint markets, art galleries, water bodies and impressive architecture

Often nicknamed the Bel Paese ‘The Beautiful Country’, Italy with its captivating cities, beautiful coast, Alpine lakes and mountain ranges, has no dearth of choices for filmmakers looking for mesmerising locales. This boot-shaped Mediterranean nation is located in Southern Europe and is home to the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world.

Italy’s 20 regions feel more like 20 independent states, each with its own dialect, traditions, architecture and glorious food. From exploring souk-like market streets in Sicily to the country’s incomparable artistic treasures, which amount to more than the rest of the world put together, Italy undoubtedly is a treasure trove of breathtaking visuals that are just right for being captured in films.

Italy’s strengths extend beyond its art galleries, delicious food and fashion. The country’s geography offers natural diversity. From the North’s icy Alps and glacial lakes to the South’s volcanic craters and turquoise grottoes, this is a place filmmakers drool over. From the Courmayeur’s powdery slopes to the cowboy-style Maremma, or the coral-studded Campania, this wonder of nature has varied picturesque locations. What’s more, the financial aid provided by the government beckons film producers to witness its grandeur.

Nine Famous Cities of Italy

Rome the capital city; Bologna filled with history, culture, technology and food; Florence the Renaissance city known for its architecture and art; Genoa’s port brings in tourism and trade along with art and architecture; Milan one of the key fashion cities of the world; Naples one of the oldest cities of the Western world and also the birth place of the pizza; Pisa home to the unmistakable image of the Leaning Tower of Pisa; Turin known for its baroque buildings; and Venice, of course, world famous for its canals.


Thanks to the great longitudinal extension of the peninsula and the mostly mountainous internal conformation, the climate of Italy is highly diverse. In most of the inland northern and central regions, the climate ranges from humid sub-tropical to humid continental and oceanic. In particular, the climate of the Po valley is mostly continental, with harsh winters and hot summers.

The coastal areas of Liguria, Tuscany and most of the South generally fit the Mediterranean climate stereotype. Conditions on peninsular coastal areas can be very different from the interior’s higher ground and valleys, particularly during the winter months when the higher altitudes tend to be cold, wet and often snowy. The coastal regions have mild winters and warm and generally dry summers, although lowland valleys can be quite hot in summer. Average winter temperatures vary from 0 °C on the Alps to 12 °C in Sicily, and the average summer temperatures range from 20 °C to over 30 ° C.

The Italian Tax Credit

On August 2014, the Italian government confirmed relief available at 25 per cent of qualified production expenditures for international feature films, going from a CAP of €5 million per project to a CAP of €10 million per company. The new amount allocated for tax credit is up to €115 million.

The foreign producer makes use of an Italian tax resident executive producer to get 25 per cent of tax credit up to 60 per cent of the budget granted to the Italian executive producer.

If the film can be qualified as Italian, the foreign producer may opt for an Italian production for 15 per cent of the total budget granted to its subsidiary or permanent establishment.

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