What if a movie touches you in an indescribable way and you see the opportunity to see the locations where that very movie was filmed? You grab that chance no? That’s what I did! Ever since I saw ‘Call me by your name’ last year, I was blown away by the stunning performance of both the actors and the director. For the first time, I felt that a movie did not portray actions but emotions. Seems to me that you need a hell lot of talent to display only emotions when the viewer can’t actually see what’s going on in the character’s head. But that’s enough for why I love the movie, I could write a novel about it. Really, I could.
I persuaded my best friend to spend one day of our Italian trip in Crema. I was unsure at first, because I had no idea what the village was going to look like. Spending a full day in a small village, would it be a waste of time? Just before our trip, I found out that Crema really promotes the movie and that they offer some sort of bike tour. In the middle of a park named ‘Campo di Marte’, you can rent bikes for 10 euros (no electric bikes sadly, but another bike store does offer those!). The pro loco (info point on the piazza) gives you a little map which indicates the following locations: Pandino, Farinate (Fontanile Quarantina), Montodine and Moscazzano (Palazzo Albergoni). Turns out: going to Crema was probably the best decision ever!
Before starting the bike tour, we, of course, discovered Crema itself. We walked around on the piazza and as the village had recreated the spot with the table and the chairs as we see in the movie, we started taking a lot of pictures there! We saw some other places such as the door where Elio and Oliver almost kissed and the spot where Marzia and Elio talked about books. When we were there, Crema had also organized a flower market. The atmosphere in the village was just breathtaking!
Next up was our bike tour!
Before starting the tour, I already knew what I wanted to see. The villa is not open to public so I would’ve found it a waste of time to go there (and energy because no electric bikes remember).
“If you only knew how little I know about the things that matter”
“What things that matter?”
“You know what things.”
“Are you saying with I think you’re saying?”
It’s a scene that always stuck in my mind. The village seemed pretty picturesque, so that easily became our first location. It took us a while to get there; it was 12 km after all (and we almost found ourselves on a highway which was definitely not a part of the plan!). When we arrived in Pandino, I was very excited to see the village in general. It was very peaceful and we decided to have a drink not far from where the scene was shot. We wandered around and took some pictures and videos.
To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend the road that we took to get to Farinate. At first, we were riding through fields which was so great. We discovered the “real Italian life” without all those tourists. We had to master some rocky roads, and after searching a little, we arrived at my favorite spot of the day. Elio and Oliver had their first kiss just near the Quarantina Fontanile, and really Luca couldn’t have picked a better spot. The peace really descends on the place; a terrific thing to experience. Although there were people (CMBYN-fans like me but also locals), it remained so calm and extremely peaceful. I decided to go into the water and realized Oliver wasn’t lying, the water is so damn cold! My toes were frozen when I came out of the water ten minutes later, but I would do it again any time. My friend and I had lunch there and socialized with someone who was going to see all the locations as well. Sadly, we only had our bikes for four hours so we had to get back to Crema as we still had 11 km to do.
Currently, I am still sad I couldn’t see the lake where Elio and Marzia went or where everyone “swims in the river”, but I am already very happy I saw the other locations!
We returned to Crema (30 minutes late but apparently there is no fuss about that in Italy). We ended our day by watching the sun fall down on Crema. It was time to go and my CMBYN-day would soon be nothing more than a beautiful yet everlasting memory.
Fortunately, two days later my friend wanted to visit the Lake Garda (not to forget it was also my birthday that day). We went to Sirmione and Garda but how could I go to Sirmione without visiting the ruins of a roman villa (Grotte Di Catullo) where Oliver, Elio and his dad went to see the archaeological discovery. In general, I am very interested in ruins so I would’ve visited it anyway. It took me a while to find the actual CMBYN-spot to be honest, but I couldn’t be happier once I had found it. It really was the prettiest ‘remaining monument’ of the entire site (so again well done Luca).
It’s rather sad to announce that this was the end of the “CMBYN-sightseeing tour” but it still makes me happy when I think back about the wonderful moments I spent in Crema, Pandino, Quarantina Fontanile, Sirmione and all the roads leading us to those beautiful spots.
Thank you Call Me By Your Name, I just fell extremely, madly in love with Italy’s beauty.