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Friuli Venezia Giulia is a land to be savoured … following the film locations!
If you loved Salvatores’s film “Come Dio comanda” shot in Pordenone and Montereale Valcellina, it is impossible not to choose a typical appetizer from the Pordenone area: pitina, a salami of peasant origins born from the need to preserve meat during the long winter months. After the appetizer, comes the first course: the Cjarsons, a Carnic dish whose origins date back to the Middle Ages. Cjarsons are ravioli prepared with a dough made of water, salt and flour with a filling of various herbs; you can taste them in Sauris, the location of the film “Paradise” and in Venzone, where Inspector Montalbano passed through for the episode “The other end of the thread”. Venzone, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, offers a wide range of recipes for pumpkin side dishes. A typically Friulian main course is musèt e brovade (cotechino served with turnips macerated in marc) which can be tasted by visiting Udine, one of the locations of the film “Apnea”. If you love bread with an intense flavour, you must absolutely try the pan de sorc, a specialty from Gemona del Friuli, another location in Roberto Dordit’s film. Accompany your traveller’s meal by quenching your thirst with Sauris’ local beer or a wine from the Gorizia Collio area, set of the TV series “Volevo fare la Rockstar”. Finish off with the typical gubana from Cividale for dessert. And coffee? Head to Trieste following in the footsteps of “La porta rossa” and try the typical Capo in B. If you are a fish lover, taste the flavours from Grado lagoon, following the locations of the film “La forza del passato”!

A Case of Conscience 2

Taken from a short story by Leonardo Sciascia, the film tells the story of a young lawyer who decides to leave his job to help the most vulnerable and needy. The series has now reached its fifth chapter (in progress) and is set and filmed in Trieste, where for the purposes of the story, the seat of the Prefecture becomes the Court of Trieste, while the interior of the Palazzo Gopcevich, overlooking the Ponterosso canal, becomes the lawyer’s chambers. The protagonist, Rocco Tasca, is played by Sebastiano Somma. Among the locations used in Trieste are the waterfront, the Grignano marina,

A Case of Conscience 3

Taken from a short story by Leonardo Sciascia, the film tells the story of a young lawyer who decides to leave his job to help the most vulnerable and needy. The series has now reached its fifth chapter (in progress) and is set and filmed in Trieste, where for the purposes of the story, the seat of the Prefecture becomes the Court of Trieste, while the interior of the Palazzo Gopcevich, overlooking the Ponterosso canal, becomes the lawyer’s chambers. The protagonist, Rocco Tasca, is played by Sebastiano Somma. Among the locations used in Trieste are the waterfront, the Grignano marina,

A Case of Conscience 4

Taken from a short story by Leonardo Sciascia, the film tells the story of a young lawyer who decides to leave his job to help the most vulnerable and needy. The series has now reached its fifth chapter (in progress) and is set and filmed in Trieste, where for the purposes of the story, the seat of the Prefecture becomes the Court of Trieste, while the interior of the Palazzo Gopcevich, overlooking the Ponterosso canal, becomes the lawyer’s chambers. The protagonist, Rocco Tasca, is played by Sebastiano Somma. Among the locations used in Trieste are the waterfront, the Grignano marina,

A Farewell to Arms

The Hollywood producer David Oliver Selznick chose Friuli for this film, based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway. Among the exceptional cast, is an outstanding Rock Hudson, Jennifer Jones, Vittorio de Sica and Alberto Sordi. The film tells the story of Frederick Henry, a young American journalist wounded on the Italian front and admitted to a hospital in Milan. Here, his doctor friend Rinaldi introduces him to Catherine, a beautiful English nurse. She and Frederick fall madly in love and he wants to marry her but, just healed, is sent to the front a few days before the Battle of

A kiss

Based on the novel of the director Ivan Cotroneo, it tells the story of Lorenzo, Antonio and Blu. A film about adolescence, about first times, the pursuit of happiness, bullying and homophobia. On social mores and habits that prevent, especially the youngsters, from being happy. The director films between Udine, Cividale and Palmanova. The locations in Friuli are enhanced by an Oscar-winning cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi, the one of “La grande bellezza” (The Great Beauty). Among the locations in Udine there is Piazza 1° Maggio. Its name was always Zàrdin or Zàrdin Grant (Garden or Big Garden in Friulian) until 1945

A Love And Revenge

Loosely based on ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’, the drama tells the story of Lorenzo Berman (Alessandro Preziosi), who gets into trouble because of some friends. His life is driven by revenge and one day he comes back with a new identity just to take back what is his and destroy all the others, including his girlfriend. The director, impressed by this border town wedged between the sea and the mountains, chose Trieste as a set for outdoor settings. The Napoleonic Road and the Old Port – Porto Vecchio merge in a unique landscape designed to stand in for disadvantaged


After a brilliant career as a fencer, Paul works as a sports journalist for a small newspaper. One day a close friend, Franz, is struck down by a heart attack. Paul decides to investigate his friend’s past and finds that his death hides secrets. Udine stands out as a location. We see the headquarters of the ‘Messaggero Veneto’, the newspaper of Friuli, via Mercatovecchio, where the first market of the town was held in 1200 and the Friuli Stadium. Gemona, emblem of post-earthquake reconstruction, and Cividale, chief of the network ‘Italia Langobardorum’ and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011, are

As God Commands

As God Commands is based on the Strega Prize winning novel by Nicolò Ammaniti. It tells the story of Rino and Cristiano Zeda, father and son. They live in poverty, in the degradation and in the solitude of a desolate province of Northern Italy, bound by a powerful love. Quattroformaggi is their only friend. One stormy night a tragedy happens. Salvatores chose central Friuli for his film as he was impressed by the ‘signs’ of industrial areas, the natural environment and its surroundings, where the woods live alongside industrialization. We recognize Rivoli di Osoppo, Majano and Maniago, home town of

Audi A4 quattro edition

Two episodes of the advertising campaign were shot in Trieste. The first in the Boschetto (woods) or rather the Farneto Park: 915,400 square meters, overlooking the district of San Giovanni and stretching from San Luigi to Melara to Rio Farneto. Even during the wars, weekend outings to the Boschetto were a custom of the Triestini. The park, which was renovated in 2000 with the recovery of historical paths and the creation of rest areas, is open to the public and well-served by public transport. The second episode is shot on the Molo Audace Pier with a reporter in search of

Black Feathers

The film tells the Italian public the story of a family from Carnia, the love of a girl for a soldier of the alpine regiment and, above all, the odyssey of some soldiers who, taken by surprise by the armistice of the eighth of September while in the mountains of Yugoslavia, return home in time to save their village from the destruction plotted by the retreating Germans. The film shows the harsh beauty of this land and the character of the people who inhabit it. The set the director chose is Villa Santina, home to the spectacular Radime waterfall (known


‘Broken’ is the first single from the fourth album by the singer-songwriter Elisa Toffoli. The song, sounding decidedly acoustic, quickly became one of the top five of the best-selling singles in Italy. The videoclip was shot in the autumn of 2003 between Grado, Monfalcone (home town of the singer) and Trieste, which shows the Molo Audace – Pier. Originally known as Molo San Carlo, it is 246 meters long, and with the passing of time, it lost its mercantile role and became a destination for lovely walks ‘into’ the sea and for the mooring of vessels passing through, or beautiful


Gabriele Salvatores offers us the film version of the play by the same name by Trevor Griffiths, an award-winning work from the late 1970s. In the film, six aspiring comedians sign up for a stand-up comedy school run by a famous politically active actor. At the end of the course, the best of them are awarded a television contract assigned by a prosecutor. The latter has different ideas about comedy than the school teacher, and this is exactly where the students’ dilemma arises: remain loyal to their teacher or betray him in order to be successful? Two remarkable places in

Commissioner Laurenti

Trieste, a place where literature permeates every corner of the city. Here, writers such as Italo Svevo, James Joyce, Umberto Saba, Virgilio Giotti, Scipio Slataper, Bobi (Roberto) Bazlen, Giani Stuparich, Carlo Stuparich, Silvio Benco lived and worked, attended the literary cafés and left their mark. Writers who breathed the atmosphere of multicultural Trieste (nineteenth-twentieth century), and who brought it to us in their writings. It is in Trieste that Joyce reconstructs, in large part, the Dublin of Ulysses, and it is the daily life of Trieste that shines through Svevo’s books. In the contemporary literary scene, as well as Italian

Commissioner Laurenti

A series of tales intended for the German public, drawn from the best-selling German writer of crime stories Veit Heinichen. The protagonist is Proteo Laurenti, a police officer who moved from Salerno to Trieste. And it is Trieste, with its complexity and multiculturalism, which acts as the main background. Among the city’s locations: the questure in Piazza dell’ Unità d’Italia, the nineteenth-century Ausonia bathing establishment, which every summer hosts the famous Clanfe Olympics (belly flops intended to soak the girls and ladies who are crowded around the diving area) and the Opcina Tram. Filming shows the Castle of Duino, Muggia,

Dark Evenings

‘Dark evenings’ can be considered the pièce de résistance of Tiziano Ferro. Second track from the album ‘111 One hundred and eleven’, the single was released on CD only in Spain and Germany, while in Italy it stayed at the top of the charts for nine weeks as the most played track on the radio. The videoclip was shot in black and white, all in Trieste. The backdrop to Tiziano Ferro walking can be recognized as the neighbourhood of Roiano, and in particular, the former factory of Stock, Piazza Hortis in the heart of Cavana, the Rozzol Melara neighbourhood and

Death in Venice

Gustav von Aschenbach, a fifty-year-old musician, arrives from Munich to Venice Lido for a holiday. There he meets the young Tadzio, a teenager with beautiful features, a beauty which he is strongly attracted by. To suppress his feelings and the disappointing hospitality of Venice, he goes back to Munich, but a mistake in sending his luggage obliges him to return to Venice, where he meets Tadzio again. Impressed by the versatility of the area, Luchino Visconti, filmed some scenes in Trieste, transforming Trieste Campo Marzio railway station into Venice station. Decommissioned in 1960, Campo Marzio railway station is now home


This new film, like the one by the same name directed by Mario Bava in 1967, is also inspired by the 1962 comic. The surprise is the story itself; one of the directors explains: “To really tell the story of Diabolik, it is impossible not to say anything about Eva Kant. She will be a 100% co-star”. The locations are Milan, Bologna and Trieste. There are two particularly impressive locations in this film: the Napoleonic Way and Portopiccolo. The first is a 5 km-long path that connects Opicina with Prosecco: it is the perfect stroll for children too, and can

Diabolik – Ginko all’attacco!

The second season of the King of Terror born from the imagination of the Giussani sisters, which sees him once again opposing the cunning detective Ginko. In this new cinematic tale, Diabolik manages to steal the precious Armen crown and, a few months later, also the remaining jewels of the collection used for a show. The latter, however, have been soaked in a radioactive substance by the inspector, who thus manages to find the thief’s lair. Diabolik flees, abandoning his partner and lover, Eva Kant, to her fate. The woman manages to save herself by throwing herself into a river


The film focuses in particular on the final two years of the Princess of Wales’ life and how, through volunteering, social struggles and humanitarian campaigns , she discovered the meaning of happiness and consolidated her reputation that made her loved by the British people and from around the world. Naomi Watts in the role of Lady Di, came to Trieste where some scenes were filmed. The Parisian night of August 31, 1997 was recreated here: Piazza Unità d’Italia became the Place Vendôme and the historic “Caffè degli Specchi” (“Cafe of Mirrors”) was transformed into the Ritz Hotel in Paris, from

Different From Whom?

Piero is a young homosexual politician in love with Remo, with whom he lives. When he is a candidate in municipal elections he is teamed up with Adele, a moderate and conservative colleague. The relationship between the two quickly turns into a strong attraction. Remo finds himself to be the third wheel. Excited by the versatility and beauty of the area, Cattleya chose Trieste as the location: the Grand Canal, the indoor market, the hall of the Municipal Council, the waterfront and the Grand Hotel Duchi d’Aosta, where in 1768, J.J. Winckelmann, archaeologist, art historian and one of the fathers

Diplomatic Courier

Thriller set after the end of the 2nd World War on a train from Salzburg – Trieste where US and Soviet agents fight to get a valuable micro-photographed document hidden in a gold watch. Among the first shots, we see the Trieste Central Station. Opposite the main entrance there is Piazza della Libertà (Liberty Square), with the monument to Empress Elisabeth. It was made ​​from bronze and Carrara marble at the end of the nineteenth century with funds raised spontaneously by the people, who were distraught at the death of their beloved Sissi. One of the most famous scenes is

Dormant Beauty

The film is about the last six days in the life of Eluana Englaro, the young girl who had been in a vegetative state for 17 years due to a car accident. The ‘Englaro’ case arises when the family asks the court to stop the force-feeding of Eluana, which they considered an unnecessary, aggressive treatment. A reflection on the meanings of life and hope where the stories of the characters, the different ideologies and faiths come together emotionally around the story of Eluana. Bellocchio uses real places from the case, such as ‘La Quiete’ private clinic in Udine and the


“Easy” is a nickname for Isidoro, who had to leave his racing career because of his weight gain. One day his brother asks him a special favour: a Ukrainian worker had died on the job and the body must be discreetly carried back to Ukraine. Easy now has the opportunity to drive again … a hearse. Among the various locations, the Matteotti Bridge is remarkable: since 1936 it has connected Grado with the mainland in the direction of Belvedere-Aquileia. Did you know that Grado was once only accessible by boat? So, imagine the crucial role this bridge plays in the

Fiori sopra l’inferno

Traveni, an imaginary village nestled in the Friulian mountains, is the scene of a series of inexplicable crimes, on which Teresa Battaglia, commissioner of Udine and expert profiler,  is called to investigate. Teresa is a woman who is both strong and fragile, and who is suffering from a disease capable of taking away her wit and memory. She is accompanied by her assistant Panisi and the young inspector Marini. The detectives will have to deal with a closed community, locked in an attempt to hide the rot that pervades it; the only ones to remain unscathed by this atmosphere of

Go Where Your Heart Takes You

Olga, an elderly woman, lives with her husband Ernesto, her daughter Ilaria and her granddaughter Marta. Born and raised on the Karst, she has a life of suffering and family dramas. She writes a letter to her granddaughter in America, tracing her life, describing her feelings and telling some secrets. Cristina Comencini chose Trieste and Opicina for his film which compares three generations of women. Olga writes the letter from the town of Villa Opicina, but the events are recounted in the city. We recognize Miramare Castle, the park of Basovizza, Samatorza and Monrupino, where you can still today visit

Goddess Music

‘Goddess Music’ from Piero Pelù, from the album ‘Soggetti Smarriti – Lost Subjects’ was shot in 2004 entirely in Trieste in the Rozzol Melara housing estate. The video is about a country ruled by a totalitarian regime where music is banned. The army has raided every house, burning or destroying anything related to the Goddess of music. The housing estate of Rozzol Melara is called the ‘quadrilateral’. This is a huge concrete building built in the seventies after the socio-architectural theories of Le Corbusier. The complex has 468 apartments and 2,500 residents and the intentions of the designers was to

Holy Cow!

Primo Baffo (First Mustache), an overworked cabaret singer, is sent to the front in spite of having done everything possible to be rejected for military service. The first day, after a few kilometers, he meets a girl – Marianna – who, with the help of an accomplice, Tomo Secondo, robs him of his clothes and personal effects. Thus he begins a private war against these two cheating peasants. The film is set in the hot days of the conflict between Austria and Italy. The main characters are Laura Antonelli and Renato Pozzetto The film was shot entirely in the valleys

Hugo Boss Eyewear

The advert for the famous brand’s campaign entitled “See New Shapes, Take New Roads” is shot entirely in Trieste and shows the city from a different perspective, looking for details and unexpected forms. We can recognize Viale XX Settembre, the alleyways of the Cavana neighbourhood, the underpass of the railway station, via San Nicolò and the Tempio Mariano di Monte Grisa (Temple dedicated to Mary, in Monte Grisa) whose massive structure dominates Trieste and its gulf. A place of prayer and worship since 1959, with its grandeur and sobriety, it seems to have sprung from the rocky ridge of the

Il Re

One of the first prison dramas filmed in Italy, this series stars Luca Zingaretti as Bruno, an implacable director of a border prison – the San Michele – in which he exercises the role of absolute sovereign and implacable judge, holder of the truth about good and evil, beyond any court or code of criminal procedure. Outside the facility, however, he is a man whose life is derailed, punctuated by suffering, including his daughter’s illness and the separation from his ex-wife. Even within the prison walls, Bruno’s kingdom risks collapsing and that will be the moment he will have to

Ilaria Alpi – The Cruellest Day

History of the TG3 (Italian news channel) reporter, Ilaria Alpi played by Giovanna Mezzogiorno, who was killed in an ambush in Mogadishu on March 20, 1994. The film reconstructs the last month in the life of the journalist and of the cameraman of the Videoest (documentary maker) of Trieste, Miran Hrovatin, killed by a gunman while they were filming a report in Somalia. Orgnani, half Friulian, filmed the first part of the film in Trieste as he was struck by the great variety and charm of the location. A week of filming, which saw the old part of the New

Inspector Montalbano – “The Other End of the Thread”

Elena Biasini is killed in her tailoring shop. The murder seems inexplicable at first, but Montalbano will be able to combine the various elements of the woman’s life until he discovers the truth behind her death. The episode takes place in the fictional town of Bellosguardo: in fact, the scenes were filmed in two villages in Friuli Venezia Giulia, namely Cividale and Venzone. The second is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy: it is the last example of a fortified village from the 14th century in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Cividale is a town on the Natisone River that

Io vivo altrove!

The protagonists of this comedy, Franco Biasutti and Franco Perbellini, have two things in common: a passion for photography and a hatred of life in the city: this commonality is established from their very first meeting, a trip for lovers of photos and landscapes. The great opportunity for a change in life comes when Fausto Biasutti inherits the house of his grandmother Adele in Varvana – in reality Valle, a hamlet of Faedis –, on the hills of eastern Friuli. Full of enthusiasm, the two set off towards what they consider a new beginning, but will have to deal with

Julia and Julia

In an accident while on honeymoon, Julia loses the man she has just married. Six years later, she comes back to Trieste and her life undergoes a split, between real life and what could have been. In the role of Julia’s lover we recognize a young Sting. The first scene is set on Strada Belvedere, which today is considered the longest bike path along a lagoon in Europe, connecting Grado and Aquileia. Many interiors are shot in Trieste at the Hotel Savoy: considered the most elegant hotel of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where still today from its windows you can enjoy

L’ultimo Paradiso

Year 2020 Direction Rocco Ricciardulli Screenplay Rocco Ricciardulli, Riccardo Scamarcio Actors Riccardo Scamarcio, Gaia Bermani Amaral, Raffaele Braia, Valentina Cervi IMDB MOVIES MY MOVIES

La fortuna di Laura

The life of Laura, a successful interior designer who raised her daughter Emma alone, spoiling her and sending her to study abroad, takes a sharp turn when her clandestine affair with the husband of her most important client is discovered. In an instant, the woman loses her home, money, reputation and job. Help comes from her former maid, Agnese, who hosts her at her home where her brother Fabrizio already lives after his separation. Laura, replacing her benefactor after she suffered a small accident in her job as a housekeeper, will be able to rethink her values, rediscover the relationship

La memoria del mondo

Adrien, an art historian and biographer of the artist Ernst Bollinger, finds himself involved in the finale of the story he is writing, the last chapters of his master’s life. The two set out in search of a woman who has mysteriously disappeared; to accomplish this mission, they find themselves, accompanied by a young boatman, in the uncontaminated nature of a winter lagoon, where, following the traces of the woman, they will investigate these isolated territories, but also their own interiority. The evocative landscapes of the film, shot entirely in Friuli Venezia Giulia, can be found in the province of

La Porta Rossa

The series takes place in Trieste. Inspector Leonardo Cagliostro grapples with the most complicated case of his career: the investigation into his own murder. The man was killed during a police operation. Instead of going through the Red Door that separates life from death, he decides to stay in the earthly world. One of the most famous places and symbols in this crime series is the Ursus, the floating pontoon from 1914, which is equipped with a crane over 80 meters high. In the series it represents the Red Door, the border between the world of the living and the

La Porta Rossa 2

In this second season, the Police Commissioner Cagliostro stays in the world of the living and keeps an eye on Jonas, the man who woke up after thirty years in a coma. Cagliostro attends while his wife Anna gives birth, but his joy is broken by a vision of his daughter… The “Porta Rossa” was the longest production ever filmed in Friuli Venezia Giulia. Did you notice the peculiarity of the neighbourhood Vanessa lives in? This is the “Quadrilatero di Melara”, a single, large architectural organism characteristic of the 1970s and inspired by Le Corbusier’ s concept of collective abode.

La porta rossa 3

This third season of the series “The Red Door”, once again and for the last time, stars Commissioner Cagliostro as a central character; the man, who became a ghost after being killed in the first part of the story, has not yet managed to cross the red door, hence the title to the fiction, the border between the kingdom of the living and the kingdom of the dead. An investigation unfolds during the episodes that leads the protagonist to unearth new and shocking truths, but also to find the peace that he has long desired.   The series is full

Love, Lies And Soccer

The ball is in the middle, the referee’s whistle blows, and an hour of battle follows. For seven friends this is the classic Thursday night: the amateur soccer match. They are on the pitch and their wives in the stands, on the field and in life, where more than one of them will have to review his role on and off the pitch. In addition to Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia and the waterfront, the film reveals hidden or lesser-known corners of Trieste such as the church halls of Don Bosco and that of Santa Rita, the Chiarbola sports centre, which until

Mai scherzare con le stelle

Ines is a young psychologist with a temporary job as a garbage woman, a passion for horoscopes and the tendency to tell lies. Alfredo is an engineering researcher developing a robot that can intercept human tastes and desires. They live in the same building and don’t like it at first, but circumstances will bring them closer! This romantic comedy is set in Udine and Gorizia. One of the places within the film is the Parco Basaglia in Gorizia, which was part of a former mental hospital. The pavilions of the district cover a large green area with trees and animals.


Pasolini’s film is based on the tragedy by Euripides in which the barbarian queen Medea of Colchis is abandoned by Jason. Blinded by jealousy, the queen resorts to magic to kill her two children and Glauce, her rival in love. Pasolini thus proposes the idea of conflict between the modern world, dominated by rationality, and the ancient world ruled by emotions. During a visit to a friend, Pasolini was struck by the landscape of the lagoon in Grado: with its more than 12 thousand hectares and with its string of islands stretching 25 kilometers, it is the most beautiful of

Mercedes Benz S-Class Coupé

The streets of Trieste are the backdrop to the ad, which has never been shown in Italy. The elegant and modern car parade, the first light of morning, the city’s waterfront on the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, full of mirrors and reflections. Among the images, the entrance of the Sandrinelli tunnel going through the Montuzza hill can be glimpsed. Above it the Scala dei Giganti, called “The Steps of the Friars”. Even today at the top of the steps there is a fountain: in the shape of a simple shell which harks back to the symbol of a fascio – divided

Mother Teresa

‘Mother Teresa’ is a television mini-series in two episodes aired on RaiUno (italian first national tv channel) and BBC ONE that traces the milestones of the life of a nun, from her hometown to her exhausting work with the poor of Calcutta and, later, with the rest of the world. The drama, starring Olivia Hussey, was shot in Friuli Venezia Giulia. The director Fabrizio Costa chose Trieste and Pordenone as sets. Thus, he transformed the Verdi Opera Theatre and the Prefecture building of Trieste into the Nobel Institute in Oslo, where Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. For


Based on the novel by Brenda Marrox, the film tells of the love story between James Joyce and Nora Barnacle, a young and lively chambermaid. After an initial meeting in Dublin, passion exploded and the two decided to escape to Trieste in search of fortune and freedom. It is a very difficult love life ,where only the love and devotion of the young woman can save the talent of Joyce. How do you make a film about Joyce without using Trieste as a set? Impossible! The Irish director chose to shoot the film catching glimpses of a city that breathes

One for all

Noir set in a fascinating and obscure Trieste that tells, flitting between past and present, the story of three friends dogged by the memory of a tragic episode of their childhood that has forever left its mark. Gil, the head of the group, now calls his old friends for the to settle things once and for all. Numerous locations were chosen in Trieste and the province. Among them: the Coroneo Prison, built in 1911 by the Austrians, the neighbourhood of Roiano, often mentioned when talking of the astrophysicist Margherita Hack who lived here until her death in 2013.Where now there

Per niente al mondo

Bernardo is a man who has everything in life: he is a chef waiting for his first Michelin star, he has charm, friends, and success. One day, however, he is arrested for criminal conspiracy; he is accused of being the criminal mastermind behind a gang of robbers that broke into several houses in the area, including that of his friend Stefano. It is a hard blow for Bernardo, a real nightmare, which will lead him to ask himself an existential question: “What are you willing to do to get back what has been taken from you?”. The protagonist will find

Rapiniamo il Duce

In the spring of 1945 Milan is reduced to ruins. The war has almost come to an end: the Allies and the Resistance are about to wipe out what remains of a regime now ready to flee. Isola, a black-market smuggler, does everything to survive, as does his clandestine girlfriend Yvonne, who sings in the only remaining nightclub in the city and is forced to endure the attentions of a fascist hierarch. One day, Isola and his comrades intercept a coded message that reveals where Mussolini has hidden his immense treasure: in the “black zone” of Milan, where he is


Jennifer, a young English lady, marries the respectable widower Max De Winter and moves into his mansion, Manderley. Here she immediately clashes with the ghost of Rebecca, the first wife of Max, and Mrs. Danvers, the housekeeper who lives worshipping the memory of the deceased. In two parts, the RaiUno film starring Alessio Boni and Cristiana Capotondi, is a remake of the Alfred Hitchcock movie, which, in turn was based on the Daphne du Maurier novel written in 1938. The film is set between Monaco and England but in truth the mansion Manderley is nothing more than the castle of


Alessandro Tiberi plays a double role: that of the two twin brothers Damiano and Chicco, physically identical, but very different in character. Damiano is a listless, rigid, and fussy manager while Chicco is a driver with a free soul. The brothers loathe each other until they are forced to come closer by their father Cesare: in order to get the family inheritance, they must live each other’s life for a month. This reversal of roles will lead them to understand each other… Among the locations are Villa Gorgo in the town of Nogaredo al Torre (UD) and Bagni Lanterna in


Rosa and Igor live separately in a house full of memories and only unite to deceive their daughter Nadia, who (maybe) still believes they are together. Due to past events, like the death of their daughter Maya, Rosa no longer knows what to do with herself. Not even Nadia’s marriage can shake her: her husband Igor, a Slovenian who loves the sea as much as his lost daughter, says: “Rosa wants to be with the dead, not the living.” Igor and Maja’s connection with the sea of could only be represented in a place like Barcola, a district between Roiano

Se mi lasci ti sposo

Giulia and Marco are a couple in crisis, but they cannot break the relationship: precarious and penniless thirty-year-olds, they cannot afford to pay double bills, rent and daily expenses. At this point the two come up with an idea: why not pretend to get married, to collect the money of the wedding gifts and so be able to afford to each go on their own way? Thus begins the staging: a deconsecrated church, musicians who leave much to be desired and buffets sui generis, the fiction takes shape. Too bad that, in the end, not everything goes as planned. Friuli

Se ne dicon di parole

Giuliano Palma in a boat in the Gulf of Trieste. You don’t believe us? The artist filmed this videoclip radio smash hit in 2008. The beginning of the video was shot in the former Seamen’s mission – Casa del Lavoratore Portuale, which was transformed for the occasion into a recording company. Today it houses the main associations that deal with the cinema in Trieste. Also in town, you can see the Protti Gallery, a shopping mall in the city center, Corso Italia, via Mazzini, the coastal road, built in the 1920s and one of the main access roads to the

Sempre di Domenica

‘Sempre di Domenica’, the second single from the album ‘unò-dué’ – ‘One-Two’ – is a song by the Roman singer-songwriter Daniele Silvestri. Silvestri got Ago Panini to make this videoclip, shot entirely in Piazza del Teatro Giuseppe Verdi in Trieste city centre, just a few steps away from Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia. On the square, which is a pedestrians only zone, overlooking one side is the Opera Theatre which was the first in Italy to be named after Giuseppe Verdi. The building started out as the Teatro Nuovo (the New Theatre) and is one of the oldest working opera houses. The


Based on the novel by Italo Svevo. Emilio Brentani, a writer from Trieste who is going through a creative crisis, lives with his sister Amalia. Weary of the monotony of his life, he falls head over heels in love with the beautiful, young Angiolina. The difference in age and character results in their constant bickering and mutual misunderstandings, while his sister tries to get married to a simple local artist. Entirely shot in Trieste, and starring Claudia Cardinale, the director shows the corners of the city described by Italo Svevo. We recognize Molo Audace – Pier, the Old Fish Market,

Simple emotions

Fourth and final single from Nek’s album ‘Un’altra direzione – Another direction’, the song ‘Simple emotions’ by Nek seems like a pop-rock song. The song is about a failed and melancholic love story. What better place than Trieste to shoot the videoclip? Made in the month of May, in the video you can recognize the most picturesque parts of the city, such as the Molo Audace – Pier, the old Port – Porto Vecchio, the railway station of Campo Marzio and the steps of the main site of the University of Trieste. This building, which was inaugurated in 1950, is


The miniseries aired on RaiUno (italian first national tv channel) chronicles the life of Elisabeth of Bavaria known as Princess Sissi. In 1854 she married Franz Josef of Austria and at just sixteen became Empress of the Hapsburg Empire. Miramare Castle, near Trieste, and the surrounding marine reserve were turned into sets. The park and the castle were built by Archduke Maximilian of Hapsburg, brother of Franz Joseph. Princess Sissi would have stayed there at least 14 times between 1869 and 1896. Particularly impressive was the transportation in Trieste of a historical ship used for filming and which was then

Soldiers – 365 to dawn

After the month of basic training, a group of draftees belonging to the third draft is transferred to a barracks in Friuli, on the border of the then Yugoslavia. The plot focuses on the relationship between Lieutenant Fili, a fanatic of strict military discipline, and Private Scanna, a lower-class Roman youth. Many of the scenes of life in the barracks were shot in the area of the Refugee Collection Centre in Padriciano, on the Trieste Karst, which today houses the Museum. Key stop on the “journey down memory lane”, for those who want to learn or know more about the

Solo un uomo

This title track of Niccolò Fabi’s album, ‘Solo un uomo’ was shot entirely in Trieste. The song tells the story of an ‘everyman’ who can live in any city. For this reason Fabi chose Trieste, which, despite its strong identity, is recognizable but at the same time ‘mistakable’. A curious fact: the song was rejected in the selection for the Sanremo Festival in 2009 because it was considered too sad and melancholic. We can recognize the locations between the interior and the terrace of the former Seamen’s mission – Casa del Lavoratore Portuale, now home to the Casa del Cinema,

The Best Offer

The film’s protagonist, Virgil Oldman, is an eccentric genius, and art expert, known and appreciated all over the world. He always runs away from feelings, until a mysterious woman invites him to her villa to make a valuation. It is to be the beginning of a relationship that will change his life forever. Music by Ennio Morricone. Tornatore chose Trieste again, showing the Prefecture building and the Chamber of Commerce, Piazza Oberdan and the area of Largo Panfili with the Lutheran Church. Also chosen was ITIS, a public organisation for needy individuals, it is a historical institution founded in the

The Confessions of Zeno

The Confessions of Zeno is a TV movie based on the novel by Italo Svevo. True to the novel, it analyzes the psychology of Zeno Cosini, who is ‘sick’ and unfit to live. Through multiple attempts, Zeno seeks the path of healing, only to get the opposite effect. Shot entirely in Trieste, the birthplace of the writer, the film manages to capture the hidden corners of this fascinating city. For lovers of literature and especially the books and the characters of Italo Svevo, walking through the streets of Trieste will be like being the protagonist of his novels. Some of

The English Patient

During the Second World War, a young Hungarian pilot is found disfigured by burns. He remembers neither his name nor his past. For everyone he is the English Patient. He is looked after by Hana, a young French-Canadian nurse, in an old ruined monastery where everything is to acquire a meaning and a name. In a brief scene the director Minghella uses the Old Port – Porto Vecchio of Trieste to represent the port of Tobruk in North Africa, in June 1942 when it was conquered by the Germans. Today Porto Vecchio is still awaiting redevelopment and is open to

The Girl and the General

During the First World War, after the defeat at Caporetto, a soldier called Tarasconi captures an Austrian general. Aided by the young Ada, a local peasant, he decides to take him to his superiors to get a gold medal and the prize of 1000 lire. An unlikely friendship develops between the three of them. The exteriors of the film were shot on the Karst near Pesek and in the Rosandra Valley, in Resia, in Cividale, Pertegada di Latisana, Palazzo dello Stella and Venzone, a town which after being struck by an earthquake became a kind of ideal permanent soundstage for

The Girl by the Lake

Anna, a student and hockey player, is found dead by the shore of Lake Fusine. The mysterious murder is investigated by Commissioner Giovanni Sanzio, a family man with problems and personal tragedies. Little by little, the circle narrows and Sanzio reveals the mystery that surrounds the small mountain community. The film marks the encounter between cinema and landscape and environmental beauty. Unlike other films shot in the region, in this, the Friulian environment is clearly indicated. Standing out among the locations are the Fusine Lakes, one of the most beautiful places of the Julian Alps, which annually attracts hundreds of

The Godfather – Part II

In 1901 Vito Andolini, a young Sicilian boy, reached the U.S.A. where he takes the name of Vito Corleone, by mistake. In a short time, he builds up an empire founded on gambling and prostitution in Little Italy, New York. His son, Michael, becomes the new Godfather, but his power leads to his isolation. Trieste becomes New York for a day. Coppola films the scene of the immigrants landing for health checks at Ellis Island at the former Fish Market on the waterfront. The building is nicknamed ‘Santa Maria del Guato’ because it is shaped like a church, and ‘Guato’

The Great War

In 2014 we will have the centenary of the First World War. During the Great War, Friuli Venezia Giulia was the scene of battles between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies that fought each for many months. The Isonzo and the Trieste Karst, the Julian Alps and the Pre-Alps, the Carnic Alps and the hills along the line of the Tagliamento river were where the battles took place, while the whole area of the plains became a great rear line in the service of the armed forces and then was invaded by Austro-German after the defeat at Caporetto. On the centenary,

The Great War

Masterpiece in the history of cinema, the film is an ironic and poignant portrait of life in the trenches during the First World War. Starring Oreste Jacovacci and Giovanni Busacca as soldiers stripped of rhetoric, coward-heroes. It attracted a lot of controversy over its content and hard-hitting viewpoint. Thousands of real soldiers were provided by the Ministry of Defence for the crowd scenes. Among the locations, all in the province of Udine: Sella Sant’Agnese (where a billboard near the church shows some scenes of the film), Nespoledo di Lestizza, Palmanova and Venzone, known today for its pumpkin festival. Each year

The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard 2

After the great success of the first film, the sequel takes up the story four years later and bodyguard Michael Bryce continues his friendship with murderer Darius Kincaid as they embark on a new adventure. In Italy, a city with international charm was chosen: Trieste. The summer residence of Antonio Banderas character actually corresponds to Miramare Castle and the marine reserve. Miramare Castle is a white building with a view of the sea and was built by Archduke Maximilian von Habsburg in 1860. Maximilian had a park built next to the castle with a variety of exotic plants. In 2020

The Invisible Boy

Michele Silenzi is a shy thirteen-year-old boy from Trieste who is regularly picked on by school bullies. One day he discovers that he actually has a power, a superpower: invisibility… It will be only the first in a series of breath-taking discoveries that will transform his life and everything around him. The Oscar winner Salvatores shoots the entire film in Trieste and elects it again for the sequel. One of the locations is Piazza Barbacan where it is possible to admire the Arch of Riccardo, one of the Roman gates of Trieste from the first century BC. The film also

The Invisible Boy: Second Generation.

Three years after the events of the first film, Michele lives a tough youth. His life takes an unexpected turn when the mysterious twin Natasha and his birth mother Yelena suddenly storm inside and call him on a new, unexpected adventure. Were you also impressed by the impressive building with the statue of the goddess Minerva overlooking the Gulf of Trieste? In the film it’s a school, but it’s actually the main building of the University of Trieste. The building has a formal and elegant structure that seems to be inspired by Greek classicism. The authors wanted to build a

The Last Resort

Did you know that there is a bathing establishment in Trieste which is divided in half by a wall running all the way to the sea, separating a section dedicated exclusively to women and one dedicated exclusively to men? It is called the Pedocìn, and is the undisputed protagonist of “The Last Resort”, a docufilm by Thanos Anastopoulos and Davide Del Degan, the former was born in Greece and now living in Trieste, the latter originally from the city. The only reality of its kind in existence is the backdrop to the film which was shot entirely in a border

The Power Of The Past

Sergio, forty years old and writer of books for children, lives in ‘his’ completely ordered world. After the death of his father, a strange character bursts into his life overturning all his certainties and leaving him with unanswered questions. The director chose Trieste for its past and its history. What better place to represent a frontier territory, a border crossing pulsating with spies? The result is a city more lived-in and less postcard-like. Among the locations sighted Grado, the sunny island and the Cemetery of Sant’Anna in Trieste. In its avenues, almost like in a open-air museum, creations of local

The Unknown Woman – The Other Woman

Irena is ‘unknown’, a former Ukrainian prostitute who has arrived in Northern Italy to escape from the ghosts and nightmares of the past. She finds work as a maid in a family of goldsmiths, the Adachers, and has an apartment to live in. She wins the confidence of little Tea, but suddenly the past comes back to haunt her. The director chose Trieste fascinated by its magic, the special light and the mystery that surround the city. Shot entirely in Trieste, the location which stands out is the Assicurazioni Generali building, an interesting architectural example of nineteenth century Trieste. In

There was once a city of fools

The city of fools: the asylum. With all its weight of horror and cruelty, the director takes us to places of segregation and concealment where the ‘mentally ill’ are forgotten. It’s a film based on the work of Basaglia, the man who gave his name to the Law (No. 180), which closed the italian asylums in 1978. The film has now become a book of the same name, with a double DVD subtitled in several languages for the ‘Collana 180 – Archivio critico della salute mentale’ from the Edizioni Alphabeta Verlag publishing house. In the film, you see: in Gorizia,

Thou Shalt Not Hate

Simone Segre is a surgeon and the son of a Holocaust survivor. His past haunts him when he refuses to help a victim of a car accident who has a swastika tattoo on his chest. He tries to alleviate his guilt and seeks the victim’s relatives. The film was shot in autumn 2019 and is the only Italian film to compete in the 35th edition of the Venice Film Festival’s International Week of Critics. The story was inspired by a true story that happened in Germany. It was also the first film to be shot in the Synagogue of Trieste,


TIR was initially planned as a documentary but which then became a fiction film and winner of the Golden Marcus Aurelius prize at the Rome Film Festival in 2013. The film follows a man, who for financial reasons, gives up his job as a teacher, and become a truck driver. Throughout the film the viewer is next to him,”on the road”. Filmed mainly in the highways of the area, some scenes were filmed at the Fernetti autoporto the HGV freight village in Trieste, one of the most important transit points for Italian goods going to the Balkans, others in front

Tolo Tolo

“Tolo Tolo” is considered an ironic portrayal of the Italian bureaucracy and the situation of migrants. It was also the most successful film to be shown in Italian cinemas during 2020. After the failure of his restaurant, Checco flees to Nigeria to start a new life, but suddenly war breaks out and he and other migrants are forced to embark on a long journey. The search for a better future has unexpected effects. The film shows the most important sights in Trieste: Piazza Unità, Ponterosso, Scala Reale and the banks. One of the scenes frames the famous Grand Canal …


The film was inspired by a true story: Vincent is an autistic boy who suddenly meets his father. The two begin a tour of the Balkans that turns into a journey of mutual discovery. In the different scenes you can also take a look at the typical villages of the Karst plateau, including Monrupino. Among the various stories about the origins of Monrupino, is a legend that is still very much alive in the local community: the Slovenian name “Repen” seems to be derived from the noun “repa”, meaning turnip. According to legend, the inhabitants fled to the Rocca di

Volevo fare la rockstar

A 27-year-old girl gets into an existential crisis and decides to realize her childhood dream of becoming a rock star. Olivia’s decision will also shake those around her, including her brother Eros. The story takes place in the fictional town of Caselonghe, made up of parts of Cormons, Gorizia and also the village of Mossa. Historically inhabited by the Romans, its origins actually go back to the Neolithic. This pretty village in the province of Gorizia introduces you to the Collio region: flat areas and typical products, here nature and taste meet to regenerate you with their beauty! Read Sabrina

Volevo fare la Rockstar 2

In this second season the protagonists grapple with new problems and Olivia’s life becomes more complicated. Will our characters be able to find a balance and make their dreams come true? A charming place in this second season is the ancient “Amideria Chiozza” in Perteole in the municipality of Ruda (Udine). The starch factory was founded in 1865 on the remains of a mill as a small company for the production of corn starch. It was the first factory in Lower Friuli and is also a valuable source for the production technologies used in the past. For this reason, the

Yesterday Once More

Mr. and Mrs. To are husband and wife, and a pair of professional thieves. Thanks to their talent they get rich easily and live a carefree life of luxury and splendor. Suddenly Mr. To asks for a divorce. Two years later, between one theft and the other, they find themselves in competition. Love will prevail. Udine is shown on screens in Hong Kong, with its clock tower, built along the Porticato di San Giovanni. This gem, built in Piazza Libertà in 1527 by Giovanni da Udine, is on the same design as the Venetian tower in Piazza San Marco. The