The Venice of “Don’t Look Now” 👀

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The Venice of “Don’t Look Now” 👀

Immerse yourself in the enigmatic charm of Venice, immortalized in Daphne du Maurier’s haunting tale “Don’t Look Now”, as we unravel the labyrinthine canals, picturesque bridges, and mysterious ambiance that inspired the film adaptation of this eerie classic.

If like us you’re a bit of a movie fan, then this article is for you.



‘Don’t Look Now’ Film Locations

The Venice of Don’t Look Now is encapsulated in a 1973 British-Italian thriller directed by Nicolas Roeg, adapted from a short story by Daphne du Maurier.

It was filmed at a variety of locations throughout Venice, showing a seedier, grittier side of the city.

In the evening, inside the dank alleyways is a silent, eerie feeling.

Keen to get away from the glitz of the “must see” sites of Venice, we organized our routes around the city to include locations from the movie. This had the added bonus of taking us off-track to areas that we probably would not otherwise have visited.

Buses from Venice Airport

Ponte di Scalzi

Our first location from the Venice of “Don’t Look Now” was the Ristorante Roma, right next to the Ponte degli Scalzi (vaporetto stop Ferrovia).

Ristorante Roma from the Venice of "Don't Look Now" 

Ristorante Roma from the Venice of “Don’t Look Now”

This restaurant is where Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland first meet the two psychic sisters early on in the film.

Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t get very favourable reviews, so we declined the waiter’s invitation to find us a table. Instead, I took a couple of pictures of the outside terrace from the bridge overlooking the restaurant.

Venice of Don't Look Now

Don’t Look Now? (they obviously weren’t listening…)

This is the bridge shown in the movie (above). Here, local onlookers were filmed watching Julie Christie being taken away in the water ambulance just outside the Ristorante Roma.

Chiesa di San Nicholo dei Mendicoli

Our next location was the church of San Nicholo dei Mendicoli. This is in the Dorsoduro district of the city on the south-west edge of Venice.

Venice of Don't Look Now

San Nicholo dei Mendicoli from ‘Don’t Look Now’

In ‘Don’t Look Now’ this is the church where Donald Sutherland is found precariously trying to position a statue outside the church from the top of a ladder. He later has a near-fatal fall inside the church (the character… not the actor 🙄).

Julie Christie and the two sisters also appear in this scene.

Venice of Don't Look Now

Donald Sutherland on ladder: Julie Christie in foreground

To get here. we took a vaporetto to San Basilio in the south, and walked westwards as best as we could tell (our map didn’t extend this far out). What we found was a university area, with plenty of relatively cheap snack bars and cafes.

This area is really picturesque, with lots of narrow canals and small bridges.

When we found the church, it had unfortunately just closed for the afternoon. It looked a little run-down, pretty much as it had looked when they made the movie in 1973.

As portrayed in the film, it was actually restored in the early seventies. Since then, another 50 years has passed and another restoration is definitely due.

Palazzo Grimani

Our third location was the area immediately surrounding the Palazzo Grimani and the Calle de Mezzo: A tricky area to find in the central Castello district.

The Venice of "Don't Look Now"
The Venice of "Don't Look Now"
The Venice of "Don't Look Now"
The Venice of "Don't Look Now"


In the movie, this is where Donald Sutherland pursues the figure in the red pixie hood, leading up to the climax of the film.

“Don’t Look Now” Film Stills



We were visiting Venice at a similar time of year as when the film was made, and in the evening (or at any time of the day inside the dank alleyways) there is a silent, eerie feeling.

During visiting hours, you can also take a look around the courtyards inside Palazzo Grimani.

Chiesa di San Stae

Our final location was the church at San Stae on the Grand Canal. The vaporetto stops right outside the church, so this spot was a no-brainer to find.

The Venice of "Don't Look Now"
The Venice of "Don't Look Now"


This is where Julie Christie and the sisters arrive by boat in the final scenes of “Don’t Look Now”. Very little has changed here in the intervening 50-odd years.

Venice of Don't Look Now

The Venice of Don’t Look Now

At the time we arrived, the church was open for visitors. When entering, however, we were asked to pay €3 each for the privilege of walking inside. I’m not an advocate of paying entrance fees to an active place of worship, so we declined.

Incidentally, the area around this church is well worth a wander, with some unique photo opportunities.

There are a few more locations from the movie to discover, but there’s only so much you can pack into a 2-day visit of Venice 😕.

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April 15, 2023at 3:42 pm

Always wanted to visit Venice after watching Don’t Look Now many years ago. Finally managed to get there just recently. What a wonderful place, absolutely loved it and not overly busy in March, weather nice too. Will definitely return.


    April 16, 2023at 12:50 am

    Yes, off-season – though a bit chilly 🥶 – is definitely the time to visit.

Silvanus Slaughter

April 13, 2023at 10:23 pm

Thank you for the tour. I went to Venice 3 times all because of the film’s impact on me, and it’s Donaggio score.


    April 13, 2023at 11:55 pm

    We’re very happy you appreciated it – film locations really interest us. We’ll soon be publishing an article on film locations in Malta, of which there are many… and we even participated in a couple of the films!

Mariavictoria C. Go

May 28, 2019at 7:07 pm

We were there this May 23, 2019. Sad to say all of Venice was teeming with tourists! Would need to come back to Venice off season, to see it as in the movie Don’t Look Now. But hopefully one won’t have to deal with flooding in said season!


    May 30, 2019at 3:25 pm

    The only problem we had visiting off-season was the cold – It was real brass-monkey weather!(especially out on the boats).
    Although there are attempts to regulate the number of tourists in the city at any given time, I’m afraid visiting Venice in the warmer months will just get more stressful.

Will Shank

May 5, 2019at 9:57 am

Hello, I would be glad to receive the map that you have offered. As author of CELLULOID SAN FRANCISCO I am obsessed with the matter of film locations.


    May 5, 2019at 4:15 pm

    Hi Will,
    Let me get back to you on this. I’ve been rooting through my old files and have found the Venice location map I’d started: I just need to add a couple more places: should be ready in the next couple of days…


April 10, 2018at 12:20 pm

The external location for where the sisters stays as I’ve found through research is Hotel Le Fenice et des Artistes. Google it you will find it.


    April 11, 2018at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for that – Gives us another excuse to go back (not that we need it).
    Enjoy your trip in May!


April 3, 2018at 2:09 pm

I intend to visit all locations this May as I am going to venice then, thanks for article



    April 4, 2018at 5:28 pm

    If you find more filming locations for this movie, do let us know.
    We had trouble finding the external location for the hotel where the sister’s were staying (places rarely stay the same…)

gemma fastiggi

February 24, 2018at 10:07 am

Loved the movie – A plus was the scenes of gritty Venice. During three stays in Venice over the years I have been enchanted with Venice’s seamy side, especially a vaparetto trip thru the back waters. The last 2 week trip was especially enjoyable since it was in November when most of the tourists (except for many Germans) had left.


    February 26, 2018at 5:26 pm

    Hi Gemma,
    We liked the movie too, and spent much of our time looking for the film locations. I heard they might be remaking the movie, which I think would be a mistake. Apparently Donald Sutherland was not very keen on the idea of a remake either…

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