What do Daniel Craig, Diane Lane and Matt Damon all have in common? They all made movies set in Italy. Visit the cities and towns of your favorite Italian movies.
• Quantum of Solace: Beautiful and tranquil southern Tuscany hardly seems like the place to film a dark, action packed James Bond film but it is where at least part of the movie was filmed.
• Under the Tuscan Sun: Whether you like the movie or not the movie is a travelogue for Italy. Filmed in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast the scenery will make you want to book a seat on the next flight to Italy.
• Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones: Partially filmed in the Villa del Balbianello located on an island in Lake Como it would be difficult to find a more beautiful backdrop for a movie.
• The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: The movie shows towns set along the Mediterranean Coast of Italy.
• The Talented Mr. Ripley: The movie may be a bit bloody but still it is hard not to enjoy the scenes of Italy, especially Venice where the Hotel Europa Regina (the name was changed in the movie) and Cafè Florian make brief appearances.
This Italy travel advice is provided by Bravo Holiday Residences. Villa La Guardia, a magnificent, historic Spanish tower on the Tuscan coast, is now the set of the upcoming "007" movie Quantum of Solace.
Tucked away in a corner of southern Tuscany close to the Maremma National Park, villa La Guardia (aka Villa Mathis in the film) is a four-bedroom castle with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean. Originally built by the Spanish to protect against Saracen invasions, the castle has recently been renovated. Visit www.hipvillas.com