Call Me By Your Name makes “somewhere in Northern Italy” look like a utopian fantasy land. Where you own a villa in the countryside, enjoy peaches from your orchard and spend your days swimming in rivers and cycling through piazzas. Oh, and you are free to love and be loved by whomever you choose without shame or judgement. Personally, I’d drop reality and flee to the Call Me By Your Name locations in a heartbeat if I could.
Sadly, it’s just a movie adapted from a wonderful book. Call Me By Your Name (2017) stars Timothée Chalamet as Elio, a precocious 17-year-old who spends summers with his parent’s at their villa in Northern Italy. Armie Hammer is Oliver, his father’s 24-year-old grad student intern and the object of Elio’s affections. Over one summer in the 1980s, they learn what it means to desire someone and lose them and feel heartbreak in the process.
No word of a lie, Call Me By Your Name is one of my top four movies of all time. I adore this film. In part, because of the incredible and authentic Call Me By Your Name filming locations around the city of Crema in the Lombardy region of Italy. Are you ready to join the Perlmans at their idyllic Italian abode and wherever else they roam? After you, my friend!
Where Was Call Me By Your Name Filmed?
Call Me By Your Name Filming Locations in Italy
1. Palazzo Albergoni, Moscazzano
All anyone cares about is where the house from Call Me By Your Name is! Well, the very first filming location is the Call Me By Your Name house. It is the main setting for the entire movie and where most of the scenes unfold.
As the movie opens, Elio is preparing to vacate his bedroom so Oliver can take it over while the young Marzia giggles on his bed. But so many other vital scenes happen at the Call Me By Your Name house location, which is Palazzo Albergoni in Moscazzano. They all eat breakfast and dinner at the table outside, the orchard where the apricots grow are out there too. And the piano where Elio must perform for guests sits in the living room while his father and Oliver work tirelessly in the organised mess that is Samuel Perlman’s office. Oh, and the attic where Elio “listens to the radio” is here, too.
The house from Call Me By Your Name is grand (it’s a palazzo for crying out loud and dates back to the 16th century) but worn. Director Luca Guadagnino wanted it to look like Annella Perlman inherited the villa from a distant relative but they hadn’t the funds to revert the decor to its former glory. It’s such a shame that this villa is a private residence and, due to the high walls and gate, you simply cannot get a good look. I believe the owners put the house on the market shortly after the film’s release so they no doubt made a pretty penny from that sale.
2. Via Montodine & Via Roma, Moscazzano
Oliver wants to open a bank account (in the book, they are more explicit about the fact he’s an avid poker player) so Elio offers to accompany him into Crema and lends him a bicycle. We see them ride down Via Montodine which is mere metres away from the front entrance of the Perlman’s villa and turn right onto Via Roma.
3. Via Cremosano, Campagnola Cremasca
Next, there’s a jump cut and the lads are now cycling north of Crema instead of south down Via Cremosano. It looks like a cycling path in the middle of the open countryside and it pretty much is. If I’m right, they are cycling towards the western end of the road travelling east.
Later in the film, after Elio admits his feelings for Oliver in Pandino, they cycle on this road again. They stop next to a group of road signs over a small stream, and I’ve pinned the exact location where they stop on the map at the top of this blog post.
4. Via Patrini & Via Federico Pesadori, Crema
They’ve arrived in Crema! This is one of the more prolific Call Me By Your Name filming locations aside from the villa. We see them cycling around the corner from Via Patrini and turn left onto Via Federico Pesadori.
5. Piazza del Duomo, Crema
Oliver asks, “what does one do around here?” while he and Elio are sat at one of the tables outside a café. He’s been in Italy for one day and he’s already bored?! They sit with the Arco del Torrazzo looming on their left and the Duomo on their right, which makes sense because they are located in Piazza del Duomo in Crema.
I’m not sure if it is still there, but identical table and chairs were set up in this piazza so you could take a photo as Oliver and Elio did in this scene. Yes, really!
6. Piazza Gambazocchi, Moscazzano
After Samuel Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg) gives Oliver the nerdiest entomology test regarding the history of the word “apricot”, Elio and Oliver walk down a street near the villa. They are walking down Via Roma which becomes Piazza Gambazocchi towards Casa Parrocchiale di Moscazzano with pretty pink and yellow buildings on their left.
Oliver walks into a bar to the right of the fur coat shop called Pellicceria Fratelli Spoldi and you can even see the shop’s sign in the background. If there was a bar there, I don’t think there is anymore. It looks like an empty building.
Towards the end of the film, Annella parks up in front of the church to no doubt get cigarettes from this “bar” that 100% looks fake. This is the scene where Elio makes up with Marzia.
7. Circolo Arci San Bernardino, Via XI Febbraio, 14, Crema
The next few scenes all take place at the villa, the main Call Me By Your Name filming location. They eat, swim, transcribe music, play volleyball, and whatever else kids got up to in those days. So, the next new location is the disco where “Love My Way” by the Psychedelic Furs plays while Elio busts some moves. The dance floor is around the back of Circolo Arci San Bernardino, an arts centre in Crema.
8. Laghetto dei Riflessi, Ricengo
After the dance, Elio and Marzia head for a midnight dip in a small lake called Laghetto dei Riflessi in Ricengo. Elio also goes back to this same spot after they return from Sirmione, but he appears to have missed Marzia.
Later in the film after Elio and Oliver kiss and Elio has his nosebleed, Elio swims at this lake with friends as Oliver rushes into town to avoid Chiara. And even later in the film after Elio meets up with Marzia in Crema, they return to the grass next to this lake and finally have sex. Elio and Oliver head to this lake shortly after they have sex. Is this lake the Italian equivalent of a Lover’s Lane?!
9. Archaeological site of Grotte di Catullo, Piazzale Orti Manara, 4, Sirmione
Samuel, Oliver, and Elio leave the villa after one of Samuel’s colleagues alerts him to a statue they have just found chilling at the bottom of Lake Garda. When they arrive, they are at the Archaeological site of Grotte di Catullo in Sirmione, a town on Lake Garda. The ruins are from a huge Roman villa, and Elio walks next to an old wall of Roman columns.
10. Jamaica Beach, Sirmione
Samuel, his colleague Dr Roseburg, Oliver and Elio head down to the shoreline to see the piece of antiquity they discovered. It is Jamaica Beach on the tippy top of Sirmione. It is rather small so you should have no problems finding the exact Call Me By Your Name shooting location.
11. Monumento ai Caduti, Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III, 27, Pandino
They hang out at the house for a while before venturing somewhere new on their bike rides. It is during those scenes where Annella translates a book the family is reading and utters one of the most iconic quotes in the film.
Is it better to speak or die? – Tale X from The Heptameron
The lads ride into a town that people often refer to as the Call Me By Your Name village. It is Pandino, a small town northwest of Crema. They ride down Via Castello, past Pandino Castle. Oliver goes into Bar Castello for cigarettes and then he admires the Monumento ai Caduti in the centre of the piazza, which is in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III. In the film, the monument is for the people who died in the Battle of Piave but I don’t think that is what the monument commemorates in real life.
This is where Elio admits to Oliver how he feels. Oliver reacts by picking up copies of his book manuscript at 5 Piazza Vittorio Emanuele III.
Later in the film, there is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it insight into Elio’s dreams when he is asleep at the hotel in Bergamo. These are the shots that have a thermal imaging look about them. He imagines him and Oliver actually standing on the monument and jumping off it.
12. Via Bosco, Corte Palasio, Lodi
Elio and Oliver stop at the corner of SP124 and Via Bosco in the small town of Corte Palasio. Elio asks Oliver if he is thirsty, and he approaches a woman sat outside a huge house with an arched doorway and trees outside. They cycle off the way they came, behind the yellow house.
13. Via Cascina Volpino, Capralba
They continue cycling down a gravel track just north of Via Capralba which does not look like it is made for cars, just bikes and walking. The lads go back down this road when they leave, too.
14. Fontanile Quarantina, Via Cascina Volpino, Capralba
Elio takes Oliver to Fontanile Quarantina Nature Reserve in Capralba which is just towards the end of the dirt track. There, the boys find a secluded small lake surrounded by trees. Elio calls this his secret spot, and it is a pretty special Call Me By Your Name place because it is here where Elio and Oliver share their first kiss. The first “winter” establishing shot is at this location, too.
15. Strada dei Boschi, Moscazzano
Leaving the nature reserve, they cycle down Strada dei Boschi in Moscazzano on their way back to the villa. They pass an old farm building, which is located exactly where I’ve pinned it on the map at the top of this blog post.
16. Via XX Settembre & Via Marazzi, Crema
Elio is feeling neglected by Oliver, so he falls back into Marzia’s arms. We have another Call Me By Your Name Crema location, as he agrees to meet her in the archway that separates Piazza del Duomo and Via XX Settembre in Crema. They turn left down Via Marazzi which is a dark, covered alley.
17. Piazza Premoli, Crema
Marzia and Elio end up in Piazza Premoli in Crema, and the sun has now set so we can assume that Marzia has been awkwardly chatting and filling silences for quite a while. They stop in the archway of Palazzo Premoli in this piazza.
18. La Provincia, Piazza del Duomo, 14, Crema
This is one of the last Call Me By Your Name locations in Crema. Elio follows Oliver to the town on his bike and spots him leaving La Provincia newsagent, though it is now closed. They turn left and walk down the tiny sidestreet next to this shop. The lads stop in front of an arched doorway.
19. Piazza XXV Aprile, Montodine
Oliver must go back to America, but first, he needs to visit the University in Bergamo and Elio is joining him. The Prof and Mrs Perlman say goodbye to the boys at their bus stop in Piazza XXV Aprile in Montodine. There is actually a bus stop here in real life.
20. Rifugio Antonio Curò, Valbondione
The first Call Me By Your Name filming location we see on their trip is the establishing shot of the shaky camera travelling along the Rifugio Antonio Curò hiking route as if from the point of view of a cyclist. Sufjan Stevens’s song ‘Mystery of Love’ plays over this shot.
21. Cascate del Serio, Valbondione
The boys hike out to Cascate del Serio in Valbondione, the tallest waterfall in Italy and one of the tallest in Europe. You can reach it by following hiking trails.
22. Agnello D’Oro Hotel, Via Gombito, 22, Bergamo
After a day of hiking, Oliver and Elio check into their hotel room in Bergamo, which is the Agnello D’Oro hotel. Sadly, this hotel is now permanently closed.
23. Piazza Rosate & Via Rosate, Bergamo
Later that night, Oliver and Elio sing and dance in the street and appear to be a bit tipsy. Oliver puts on a show for Elio in a back alley and they weirdly roll down a wall, which is on the corner of Piazza Rosate and Via Rosate.
24. Via Simone Mayr, Bergamo
Oliver hears an Italian couple blasting ‘Love My Way’ from their car radio in a car park on Via Simone Mayr and just has to dance with the girl. They dance in front of the lion statue-guarded back door of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo.
25. Piazza Duomo, Bergamo
Elio is 17-years-old and probably less experienced at binge drinking than Oliver, so he throws up. Oliver carries him down the stairs on Passeggiiata Cà Longa and onto Piazza Duomo. This is where, yup, you guessed it, the Duomo of Bergamo is. They kiss here too which is a bit gross considering Elio literally just threw up.
26. Pizzighettone Station, Pizzighettone
Oliver gets on a train at Pizzighettone Station and he has to say goodbye to Elio. It’s heartbreaking. Elio asks his mum to come and pick him up. He tells her he is at Clusone station, but in reality, it isn’t.
27. Via Caprotti, Moscazzano
Elio is beside himself on the drive back from Clusone, and his mother attempts to comfort him as she drives and smokes, too. They are driving along Via Caprotti in Ripalta. In the film, they are surrounded by metres-tall cornfields but even if you cannot see the corn, the wooden telephone wires are unmistakable.
And those are all the Call Me By Your Name locations in Italy! Do you love the film too and have you visited any filming locations? Let me know in the comments below!
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