Liguria is a unique region, characterized by unique colors, flavors and perfumes. It’s no surprise that such a spectacular land attracted many film productions.

In this article, you will learn about the most beautiful movies set in Liguria, movies that you must watch before visiting it as they made the landscape of this region immortal.

The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal is a 1973 movie directed by Fred Zinnemann, based on the homonymous novel by Frederick Forsyth. So, it is a thriller movie regarding the assassination attempt of General de Gaulle, set all around Europe. One of the stops is in Genova, where the main character buys a high-precision rifle. You can see him walking among the many places of the city, such as the station Genova Principe and the carruggi (the little streets) of the historical center.


Bewitched is a 1986 movie by Francesco Nuti. Not only is he the director of the movie, but he also acts with Ornella Muti. So, the plot revolves around Lorenzo, a DJ from Genova who lives an impossible love story with a woman, who was in Liguria only to buy her wedding dress. As a result, the city of Genova contributes to giving the story a romantic atmosphere. For instance, some of the scenes were recorded at the Porto Antico, Piazza Ferrari, and, of course, the romantic carruggi.

Here's a scene set in Piazza Ferrari, one of the main squares in Genova.


Genova is a 2008 movie by Michael Winterbottom. The whole movie is set in the Ligurian city, which appears a welcoming and regenerating city. It tells the story of Joe, an English professor whose wife died after a car accident. So, he decides to move to Italy in order to start a new life with his children, while teaching English Literature at the University of Genoa. He tries to enjoy his Italian life, even though he has to face the struggle of being a single parent. As a result, the film is very touching and shows Genova in all its facets.

You can watch the trailer here.

The Barefoot Contessa

The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 movie by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, and Edmond O’Brien. The protagonist, whose name is Maria Vargas, was a source of inspiration to the French writer Fred Vargas. Vargas, a Spanish diva, is at the center of the story, in particular her funeral, during which people tell some episodes of her life from different perspectives. Hence, her life is told by those people, who retrace her rise, her passions, until the tragedy of her death. Part of the movie was set in Liguria, in Portofino, where the diva went to record a movie.

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 movie by Martin Scorsese, based on the autobiography of Jordan Belfort. It tells the story of Belfort, a New York broker, portrayed by Leonardo Di Caprio. Also, the movie was so successful that it was nominated for five Academy Awards. A big part of the movie is set in Liguria, in particular among Portofino, Cinque Terre and Chiavari.

Scent of a Woman

Scent of a Woman is a 1974 movie directed by Dino Risi, taken from the novel Il buio e il miele by Giovanni Arpino. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards and Vittorio Gassman, who was portraying the main character, won at the Cannes Film Festival. So, the plot is focused on the figure of Fausto Consolo, a retired commander who became blind. He travels to Napoli in order to visit a friend of his, and the movie traces all the stops along the way. The first stop of the journey is in Genova, where they also meet Moira Orfei, who is drinking coffee at a famous café of the city.


Luca is a Pixar animated movie, by Enrico Casarosa, which is going to be released in summer 2021 and it is set in Italy, precisely in Cinque Terre. It is a story inspired by the memories of the director, who used to spend his childhood in Liguria. So, the movie is a celebration of friendship and the summer holidays. It is set in Cinque Terre, where kids enjoy summer among a blue sea, old people playing cards, and many adventures.

You can watch the trailer here.

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March 4th, 2021