Apulia is a very variegated version, which has both architecture and natural places to be envied. For this reason, directors couldn’t resist this land and felt the need to immortalize it.

In this article, you will discover the best movies set in Apulia, that put this magnificent region under the spotlight.


LaCapaGira is a 1999 movie by Alessandro Piva, which marks his debut as a director. It was presented at the Berlin International Film Festival and it gained significant recognition, also winning David di Donatello. The movie is set in Bari and it is focused on the activities of a small group of Apulian criminals who smuggle cigarettes and drugs.

It’s possible to see some of the most famous places of the city, such as the seafront, Corso Vittorio Emanuele, and the little streets of Bari Vecchia.


The acclaimed 2019 movie by Matteo Garrone, based on the famous book The adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, is set in Apulia. Even though the movie starts in Tuscany, some of the scenes are also set in Apulia. Firstly, Blue Fairy’s home is in a Masseria in the countryside around Bari, while the meeting between Pinocchio and the Cat and the Fox is in Ostuni.

Also, Fire-Eater’s theater is in Noicàttaro, near Bari, meanwhile the natural habitat of the DogFish is the sea of Polignano, near Bari, too.

Here you can watch the trailer.


Stardust is a 1973 movie by Alberto Sordi. The movie takes place during World War II and tells the story of a theater company that tries to save their career and secure their success. They move around Italy, and some of the scenes are set in Bari, where the artists get in good with the Allies, staging shows for them.

Among the places you can recognize there is Bari Vecchia, the seafront, and Teatro Petruzzelli. Some of the scenes were also recorded in the countryside between Martina Franca and Locorotondo.

The Life Ahead

The Life Ahead is a 2020 movie by Edoardo Ponti with Sophia Loren. It is a film adaption of the homonymous novel, written by Romain Gary. The story takes place in Bari, where Madame Rosa, an ex-prostitute with Jewish origins who survived the Holocaust, hosts the children of prostitutes in her home. One day, after many requests, Rosa hosts Momò, an orphan of Senegalese origins.

You can admire Bari, with the landscape of the harbor and the sea, as well as the folklore that makes the city unique.

You can watch the trailer here.

No Time to Die

No Time To Die is the 25th movie of the James Bond saga. The movie should have been released in 2020 but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the release has been postponed to April 2021. A part of the movie is set in Southern Italy, specifically in Apulia. The shooting was made in Apulia and Basilicata for a scene of a car pursuit that shows the wonderful Apulian countryside. In particular, in Gravina, near Bari, there is a bridge where James Bond jumps.

The Girl with the Pistol

The Girl with the Pistol is a 1968 movie by Mario Monicelli, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Even though the movie is set in Sicily, the scenes were recorded in Apulia. Precisely, some scenes were recorded in Polignano a Mare and Conversano, in the province of Bari, meanwhile others in Alta Murgia. The plot revolves around the kidnapping of a young Sicilian woman by a man, who actually kidnaps her by mistake while she is secretly in love with him. After he realizes what he has done, he escapes to the United Kingdom in order to flee his responsibilities.

Mio Cognato

Mio Cognato is a 2003 movie by Alessandro Pavia: it revolves around the relation between Toni and Vito, who are brothers-in-law but very different. Surprisingly, due to some circumstances, the two of them are forced to travel together and they start to trust each other. The movie is almost entirely set in Bari, in particular Bari Vecchia, while others have been recorded in Locorotondo.

An iconic scene is the one when they stop to pee in front of the Stadio San Nicola, lighted up by the night lights.

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March 5th, 2021