Take a bite out of Italy as you walk down the streets in Love & Gelato!
Love & Gelato will have your sweet tooth aching and your hands reaching for a spoon. In this new coming-of-age romance film, follow Lina (Susanna Skaggs) as she explores Italian food (and boys) on a journey of self-discovery. As her mother Hadley’s dying wish, she must take a trip to Italy and follow in Hadley’s footsteps before she heads off to MIT in the fall. With her mother’s two best friends and journal as a guide, Lina must navigate a world of firsts. Whether it’s a trip of reflection or a fun weekend away, you too can experience all of the magical filming locations for yourself.
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Trajan’s Market is Lina’s first exposure to Italy after she lands. This market is coined by Howard, her mother’s best friend as “Hadley’s favorite place.” For Lina, Trajan’s Market is also where she meets Alessandro for the first time. Alessandro, or Ale as he prefers to be called, is the first love interest of Lina. He is Harvard-bound from a rich Italian family, handsome, seemingly checking all the boxes for Lina, leading her to believe in the magic of Italy. This market has had many lives, from an actual marketplace to a monastery, its history is filled with mind-blowing stories to a first-time Rome visitor, making it a must-see on your trip.
La Nuvola, also known as The Roma Convention Center, is where Lina first realizes the vast difference between her and Ale. After being humiliated by his father, Lina runs out of the ballroom and into the kitchen, straight into the arms of a different love interest, Lorenzo, who is working as a waiter for the event. According to its website, The Roma Convention Center is a “visionary building by Massimiliano Fuksas has been inaugurated on the 29th of October 2016 and since then it has been acknowledged worldwide as a fine example of contemporary aesthetics, characterized by eco-friendly materials and innovative technological solutions.” Go ahead and explore this massive building, just don’t attempt it in the dark like Ale and Lina.
Il Maritozzi Russo
While you can’t eat Greta’s famous martizzoli from a secret door in Rome, you can experience a similar dish of the same name at Il Maritozzi Russo. The perfect comfort food whether you are crying over lost love or just craving something sweet, this classic Roman dish is heavily advertised during the film. Head on down to Il Maritozzi Russo for a gourmet take on martizzoli, “rediscovering ancient recipes and salty ingredients, such as duck, lamb, or octopus, cooked with modern cooking techniques that enhance their texture and taste.” You too will be banging down the door asking for another fix.
The Diborrato Waterfall
The Diborrato Waterfall is showcased when Ale and Lina have their first kiss. Located in Tuscany, this picturesque oasis is just far enough off-the-beaten-path to fulfill a sense of adventure. The Diborrato connects to a larger channel of waterfalls, making it the perfect spot for biking, hiking and river rafting. With a waterfall jump about 15 meters (or 50 feet,) no wonder Lina was a bit scared to trust Ale as he plunged her into the blue waters below. Whether you are looking for a location to rest during your hike or want to cool off from the hot sun, the Diborrato is a great choice.
La Bottega del Chianti
La Bottega del Chianti is every chef’s dream, which explains why Lorenzo takes Lina there when he shows her the city of Florence. The little shop hosts beer, wine and fresh produce, and is run by an Italian husband and wife. This only adds to homey atmosphere as Lina and Lorenzo explore the locally-sourced goods. If you are feeling like cooking a meal on your travels in Florence, be sure to stop by and pick up some ingredients.
Piazza del Campidoglio
Piazza del Campidoglio is showcased in the latter half of Love & Gelato, when Lina is exploring the town. Armed with her mother’s camera, she begins to see Italy through her mother’s eyes. Filled with grand architecture and people bustling throughout, there were plenty of beautiful shots Lina could capture. Most notably are the statues, from David to the Greek God Zeus, the film makes you feel the presence of these men, even if they are mythically absentee fathers.
Ponte Milvio Bridge
The Ponte Milvio Bridge is used as the opening and the turning point in Love & Gelato. This bridge, like many bridges in other parts of the world, is used as a symbol for eternal love. The locks that hang there have done so for decades, including Hadley, when she visited Ponte Milvio Bridge and cemented her love for Howard. A tradition that spans the test of time and continents, go there and lock yourself into a piece of history.
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