Imagine what the Harry Potter series would look like without Hogwarts (Christ Church College) or the X-Men series without Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (Hatley Castle). They wouldn’t have the same charm, would they?
Every classic movie needs a riveting backdrop to make the right impact. Of course, the star-cast and storyline play the most important part, but without a gob-smacking location to support everything, even the best of movies can fail to be crowd-pullers. And that’s probably why the makers of the upcoming Lady Gaga and Adam Driver starrer House of Gucci have put in special effort to handpick every single shooting locale.
Based on Sara Gay Forden’s book, House of Gucci depicts the story behind the murder of Maurizio Gucci and has created quite a buzz before its planned release in November 2021. Hop on as we take a tour of the beautiful Italian landscape that’s been captured in the film.
Unfolding the milieu
House of Gucci has been filmed across various prominent cities of Italy, capturing stunning landmarks from Milan, including the Piazza del Duomo, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center, and the Villa Necchi Campiglio (built in 1935 by architect Piero Portaluppi, this is the family house of the Necchi Campiglio family of industrialists). Additionally, the crew has shot several scenes on the fashionable Via Dei Condotti Street in Rome, where they even filmed inside the first Gucci boutique opened in 1938.
On March 21, 2021, House of Gucci‘s official instagram handle shared the news of having filmed in the Cinecittà Studios. Before that, on March 10, Lady Gaga had shared an image of herself and Adam Driver standing in front of a snow-covered mountain near the Swiss Alps. The movie aims to cover the tiniest bits from the life of Maurizio Gucci, and the filming in the mountain resort of Valle d’Aosta was done to achieve this goal. FYI, the resort was the Gucci family’s favorite skiing destination during winters.
Another beautiful location extensively covered is Lake Como which is home to several gigantic villas. Among them, most of the scenes have been shot at Cernobbio town’s Villa D’Este. Built by architect Pellegrino Pellegrini, this villa dates back to the 16th-century and was built with the purpose of serving as a summer residence for Tolomeo Gallio, the Cardinal of Como.
Another villa captured is Ossuccio town’s Villa Balbiano, a 16th-century palazzo and primary house of Tolomeo Gallio which has been upgraded twice: first in the 19th-century, and then most recently by Jacques Garcia, a French interior designer.
Fans await House of Gucci’s release
Although there’s no link between the Gucci family and the villas, director Ridley Scott wanted to capture some scenes from the movie here to give it an authentic feel. When the owners of the villas were contacted for comment, they looked happy with the film’s shoot and said they were eagerly awaiting its release. TBH, we can’t wait too!