The Sicilian landscape has been the backdrop to many crime thriller films, including “”The Godfather””, “”Pulp Fiction””, and “”Casino Royale””. Here, we take a closer look at some of the filming locations used in these movies.
Montalbano’s home town of Catania is featured prominently in “”The Godfather”” and provides the setting for scenes involving Don Corleone’s villa and meeting between Montalbano and Michael Corleone. The city walls can be seen in a famous scene where Luca Brasi holds a knife to Carlo Monni’s throat.
Sicily’s capital, Palermo, features heavily in Nicholas Pileggi’s novel “Donnie Brasco” as well as Walter Hill’s cult classic film “Streets of Fire”.
Scenes set in the city centre include Donnie Brasco infiltrating the mafia through his relationship with Johnny Boy Bandit, as well as an infamous car chase that takes place on Palermo’s Via Crispi.
Other locations used for filming in Sicily include Vathy, Gela, Taormina, Sciacca, Syracuse and Agrigento. The Sicilian landscape has served as a backdrop for several of the adventures of Commissioner Montalbano, played by Fabio Testi in the popular Italian television series. The show is set in the fictional provincial capital of Catania, located on the eastern coast of Sicily, but Montalbano’s investigations often take him to other parts of the island.
Some scenes have been filmed in Catania itself, while other locations include Palermo and Marsala. Fans of the show will recognise many familiar locations, including Montalbano’s office (pictured above), Villa Glori and Aspromonte National Park.
The Sicilian town of Roseto degli Abruzzi was the perfect location for the filming of Montalbano’s newest adventure. Situated on a hill overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, Roseto is known for its natural beauty and winding roads. The architecture in the town is also reminiscent of watch Inspector Montalbano online free english subtitles those seen in Sicily during medieval times, lending an air of authenticity to scenes set there. In addition to providing an agreeable backdrop for cinematic magic, Roseto also served as a practical location – it had enough greenery and hills to convincingly stage exterior shots while being close enough to Venice that they could film interiors using sets instead. If you’re a fan of crime dramas, then you’re likely a fan of Sicily.