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Come discover the locations of the film “Call me by your name”…
Somewhere in the region of Lombardy, Italy…Our tour starts from Milan, the city of contrasts, a city increasingly appreciated by lovers of culture, design and modernity. Here, you can see the gay side of Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpieces and experience the Porta Venezia neighborhood, the heart of Milan LGBT+ community.
With our arrival in the small town of Crema, the authentic heart of the Po Valley, we start to see the movie settings of Elio and Oliver’s love story.
We follow their story to Catullus’ Caves in Sirmione on Lake Garda and we’ll spend relaxing time at Aqualux Wellness & SPA Resorts gay friendly in Bardolino. We’ll discover also Verona, Romeo & Juliet’s city, and finally Bergamo, where Elio and Oliver exchange their kiss on a crazy summer evening.
Accommodation with breakfast.
Professor Perlman, Elio’s father in the movie, is a doctor in Archeology and History. His knowledge of Italian Culture and Art easily connects him to the most intriguing and mysterious genius: Leonardo Da Vinci whose some masterpieces are conserved in Milan. A day tour with our private gay-friendly guide is perfect for those who want to know more Leonardo da Vinci.
We end our day with a typical Italian aperitif in Porta Venezia, the city’s main gayborhood.
Accommodation in with breakfast.
Visit of Cascate del Serio (waterfalls).
Here is when in the movie the two protagonists run, while “Mystery of love” song by Sufjan Stevenson plays, a slope at the base of a waterfall screaming. When the Falls are closed you can do visit one of the shelters of Brembana Valley or Seriana Valley.
Free lunch in Valbondione.
Departure for Bergamo (Citta Alta – High City).
Bergamo is positioned North of Milan. The oldest area is called ‘Città Alta’ (High City). It is originally a Roman town, characterized by paved streets leading to the Duomo. It is surrounded by Venetian walls and it can be easily reached by a funicular. Here the Romanic Basilica and the huge Colleoni Chapel with Tiepolo frescoes worth the visit.
Visit the movie settings (Rosate Square, Duomo Square, and Natural Science University). Here Elio and Oliver with their friends listen to Richard Butler among vintage cars parked in Piazza Rosate and dance in Santa Maria Maggiore. Then they move to Piazza Duomo and kiss passionately leaning against the wall of the University of Sciences, letters, and arts.
Departure for Milan.
Check Out from Ibis Hotel.
Departure for the Caves of Catullus on Lake Garda: this tour would make Professor Perlman proud. The name ‘Caves of Catullus’ identifies a Roman Villa, which was built between the Ist century B.C. and Ist century A. C., in Sirmione (The archaeological find scene was filmed here between the Grotte di Catullo Park and the Jamaica beach). Visit Sirmione, a small town on a peninsula in the Garda Lake. Its Castle and Fortress dominates the view. Lemons are specialties of Lake Garda.
Departure for Crema. On the way, wine tasting at Cascina Maddalena: a quick lunch, with local food and wines.
Check in at VILLA FABRIZIA **** in Bertonico.
Check out from Villa Fabrizia and visit Crema.
Crema and the countryside: the authentic heart of the Po Valley and Northern Italy and the main place where the “Call Me By Your Name” was shot . Follow the steps and locations experienced by Elio and Oliver.
Departure for Crema, where you will meet your English –speaking guide. You see Piazza Duomo with Palazzo Comunale, Duomo, Torrazzo, via Marazzi and Piazza Premoli, Moscazzano (here you will see the outside of the Villa Albergoni), the square with the parish church and the Belvedere Bar, where some scenes have been shot. Then, you can continue to Corte Palasio to see outside the Villa Trivulzio, where it takes place the water request scene.) and visit with an English-speaking guide for the day dedicated to visiting the movie’s sets.
Lunch at ‘Il Bosco’ Restaurant to try the local specialty ‘Tortellini Cremaschi’. You will also learn how to prepare them during a cooking class.
In the afternoon, visit Pandino (Vittorio Emanuele III square), Capralba and Ricengo Lake (movie settings) .
Departure for Bardolino and check in at HOTEL AQUALUX****
A free visit to the small town of Desenzano del Garda, just on the lake, where you can walk on the lake shores or go shopping in the narrow colorful alleys. Desenzano is the most important Italian lake destination and you can also take the boat for a romantic tour of the lake. Take your time to linger and enjoy the view on the biggest lake in Italy.
Departure for wine tasting and lunch at ‘Tenuta Masi’: here you taste great red wines in a typical ‘Trattoria’ and have lunch in a very friendly location.
Departure for Bardolino, Aqualux Hotel****
Check out from Aqualux Hotel.
Departure for Verona.
With our private English speaking guide, you can discover the beauty of Verona, the ancient city of the poet Catullus, an example of ancient Roman bisexuality, as was his family friend (and political enemy) Julius Caesar, whom he met here. Visit the town (Arena, Romeo and Juliet’s Balcony, Piazza delle Erbe, etc) have lunch and leave for Venice.
In Venice, take the taxi boat to HOTEL Cà Gottardi *** (gay friendly hotel).
The bus leaves you here, as no need of road transport in Venice.
Check in at Ca’ Gottardi***
Venice has been one of the first ‘gay friendly’ towns in the 18th century: as a powerful port on the Eastern Routes, with rich merchants and noble families, Venice has long been associated to romance, to Casanova’s love stories and to the transgressive Cafè Florian. Not forgetting the ‘ Death in Venice’ novel, by Thomas Mann, who lived a difficult romance with a Venetian young man.
Free afternoon for shopping .
Accommodation: HOTEL Cà Gottardi *** (gay-friendly).
Check out and departure for Venice Airport (by private taxi or public boat).