A couple of weeks ago I did a post on the movie Summertime with Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi, which was filmed in and around Campo San Barnaba. In the post I said that Rossano Brazzi’s shop from the movie was now a toyshop, Lanterna Magica, but that it was always closed when I went by. Well, a few days later, I was passing by and it was open, so I went inside. Scenes had been filmed inside the shop and I wanted to see what it was like now.
Once inside I spoke to the ladies running the shop and explained why I was there. They instantly pointed to some stills from the movie that they keep pinned on the wall behind the counter in case anyone asks. We had quite a long chat and they encouraged me to run around the shop and take as many pictures as I liked.
In the film, the shop has a mezzanine upstairs. This has now been turned into a full floor but they have retained a hole in the middle with a copy of the metal railings to retain a bit of the original atmosphere.
Anyway, here are some picture of the shop. It’s actually a pretty nice toyshop now so if you’re passing drop in and say, ‘Hello!’