Cinecitta, Italy’s Famed Movie Studio, Ponders Its Options, Including a Theme Park

The Occupy Wall Street movement may have fizzled around the world, but that hasn’t stopped workers at Italy’s famed Cinecitta movie studios from staging a protest of their own, complete with round-the-clock camping at the production company’s main entrance, for the past two months. At issue: the fate of their jobs, should Cinecitta restructure. With the unemployment rate in Italy …

Study Film in Italy with Director Steven McCurdy

Our friend film director Steven McCurdy, producer of Postcards from Italy and Bringing Home Sardinia, is offering an intensive 25-day film workshop in Italy, approximately June 20 to July 12, 2012. The hands-on cultural documentary program is entitled “Conversations of Italy” and McCurdy is accepting four applicants to join him. This is the third film workshop program McCurdy has conducted in Italy (see this …

Postcards From Italy: Rome Video

 In this clip from one of the DVDs, Postcards From Italy, director Steven McCurdaysets the sites of Rome to music: Dream of Italy’s Rome App Reveals Best of The Eternal City! Just $2.99 on iTunes or Google Play (Android) 420+ entries (with a lifetime of free updates) on hotels, restaurants, must-see sites, art, museums, shopping, cooking classes, walking tours, private …

A Villa in Viterbo Italy: Where Julia Roberts Stayed While Filming “Eat Pray Love”

Updated 2018. In our Eat Pray Love Italy travel guide, we told you about the luxury hotels where movie star Julia Roberts stayed while filming in Rome last August. Yet when filming moved to other parts of Italy and Julia’s family and entourage arrived in Italy (husband Danny Moder, her three children, bodyguards and yoga instructor), they took up residence …

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Eat Pray Love in Rome, Italy

Updated 2018. Author Elizabeth Gilbert has charmed many an armchair traveler with her New York Times best-selling memoir, Eat Pray Love. Once achieving what most would call success (a celebrated career, a husband and a lovely home) Gilbert realizes that she has cultivated a life for which she is not completely suited. Gilbert decides to take a year off from her …

George Clooney Returns to Abruzzo

Part-time Italy resident, George Clooney, returned to Abruzzo last week to reshoot a few select scenes from his new movie, The American. The film, based on Martin Booths novel, A Very Private Gentleman, is scheduled hit theaters this September (October in Italy). Clooney plays Jack, a contract killer who retreats to a charming Italian town after a particularly taxing job …

“Angels and Demons” Now Filming in Rome

With the great success of the film adaptation of Dan Brown’s The DaVinci Code, it was a forgone conclusion that Brown’s other book, Angels and Demons, this one centered on Vatican intrigue, would be made into a film. In fact, as Trovacinema.it reports, director Ron Howard is filming in Rome this week. Actor Tom Hanks (does his hair look any …

Receive a FREE DVD of an Italian Film Classic!

One of my favorite things to do is to give away new travel books or DVDs related to Italy. Well, here we go again… This month three films by Italy’s Taviani brothers are being released on DVD for the North American market. Don’t know the Tavianis? Well here’s how The New York Times described them: “Before the Coens, the Hugheses, …