Good morning, fellow Venice Obsessives, and anyone else who has wandered into my blog by mistake!
We all have our favourite movies set in Venice: Bread and Tulips is one that is often mentioned, and then there’s Dangerous Beauty, Don’t Look Now, The Comfort of Strangers, Summertime and the list goes on. (I refuse to mention The Tourist, but it seems I have done so!) You are sure to have your own movie titles to add to this list.
A movie I have watched several times, and will watch again, is Italian for Beginners, a 2000 release from the Danish director Lone Scherfig.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0243862/ (Do watch the trailer.)
The latter part of the film takes place in Venice, and I particularly like the ending, where one of the couples who have found one another through their evening classes have a rather interesting consummation in Calle Groppi, Cannaregio.
Now, I can show you the photos I have been hoarding, wondering how to work them into a post. At the corner of Calle Groppi and the Fondamenta de la Misericordia, there is an intriguing shop, selling what seems to be a hodge-podge of plumbing and lighting supplies. And, knockers, too! Some of the goods on display are of historic interest, and not for sale.
The final scenes of the movie take place in the Paradiso Perduto, Fondamenta de la Misericordia, 2540, where you will find good (but a tad expensive) ciccheti, and if you get there on the right nights, live music. http://www.umamimart.com/2010/06/the-big-feed-paradiso-perduto-venezia/
While you’re in the neighbourhood, I can also recommend the Ristorante Diana, at Fondamenta de la Misericordia, 2519, as another good place to have some down-to-earth food (it is frequented by locals, especially at lunch). Please tell them Yvonne sends her regards.