In the highly anticipated third instalment from Dan Brown’s saga (after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons), we are following again the trail of clues that Professor Robert Langdon discovers through the most glamorous filming locations.
Inferno has been filmed mainly in Florence, and also in Venice, Istanbul and Budapest. Since the bestseller book of the same name was published in 2013, the capital of Tuscany has attracted many tourists looking for the places where the action takes place.
Tom Hanks is reprising his role as the Harvard symbologist, who wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Felicity Jones as Dr Sienna Brooks. She will help him to recover his memories, and while they are at it, to save humanity from a deadly global plot. Just in case, it contains no spoilers:
“We've got to get to Florence!” Many outdoor scenes were filmed around Piazza della Signoria and in overall, in the historic centre of the city, including an apartment near the Arno river. Image by Seth M
The opening action sequence that can be seen in the trailer, ends up in the top of the bell tower of Badia Fiorentina, near what is now called the 'Casa di Dante'. Image by Marie-Lan Nguyen and Sony Pictures
Image from film director's Ron Howard Facebook account, showing the working sessions using models of the sets. Mockups help suggesting ideas for specific shots and other cinematic aspects of the movie.
The two main characters of Inferno visiting a surprisingly empty Baptistery of Saint John (where have all the tourists gone?), located in front of the famous Florence Cathedral Il Duomo.
Image by Holly Hayes and Sony Pictures
In this octagonal 11th century building is where the Italian poet Dante and many other notable Renaissance figures were baptized. Image by Dimitris Kamaras and Sony Pictures
Palazzo Vecchio is the monumental town hall of Florence. This exclusive place was closed to visitors for the shooting of the film, including the Salone dei Cinquecento (The Hall of the Five Hundred). Apparently, the sequence taking place in the roof of this hall was filmed in a studio in Budapest. Image by Sony Pictures
Robert Langdon discovers secret passageways that take him through the Vasari Corridor (il Corridoio, 1566). This outstanding engineering work, ordered to be built by the almighty Medici rulers, connects the Palazzo Vecchio (seat of government) with the family's residence, the Palazzo Pitti.
The Vasari Corridor joins the Uffizi Gallery, crosses the Ponte Vecchio, and goes through Santa Felicita church, where the Medici could attend mass without mixing with the common people. Following this enclosed route, they also avoided the danger of being attacked by their opponents. Image by Sailko
The Boboli Gardens next to the Pitti Palace, in the heart of Florence. Robert and Sienna escape through the gardens’ pathways, filled with magnificent statues and fountains. Image by Ed Webster
Venice is the other city that plays a key role in the novel. Some sequences were filmed in the Grand Canal, St Mark's Basilica and St Mark's Square (pictured). Image by Sony Pictures
The production team was shooting in the Origo and Korda Studios in Budapest (Hungary). Also some open-air settings were used, like the Gutenberg square and this scene with fake rain, in the surroundings of the Opera.
Image by Google Maps and Sony Pictures
The filming Locations in Istanbul (Turkey) are not less impressive. Inferno was set in the colossal Hagia Sophia, the Byzantine cathedral that turned into a mosque and later on into a museum. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures
Also in the movie we can enjoy fabulous low-flying aerial shots from all these popular landmarks. Pictured, some of the remaining walls of Constantinople near the Bosphorus strait. Image courtesy of Sony Pictures
The Basilica Cistern is another top tourist attraction in Istanbul. The underground chamber, built in the 6th century, features 336 columns (that appear to have been recycled from older buildings), and the mysterious Medusa heads.
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Pictures behind the scenes during the filming of the climax of the story. Basilica Cistern was closed to the public during 4 days. Image by Ron Howard
Also if you are planning to travel to the heart of Italy, it's always very handy to get the updated and helpful Lonely Planet Florence & Tuscany guide, or the one of Istanbul, if you decide to go sightseeing the historical cultural capital of Turkey instead: