The Osteria where Rosalba and Fernando first met was called the Marco Polo in the film, but in real life it’s the Ale do’ Marie on Calle dell’Olio.
If Rosalba had gone to that Chinese restaurant, who knows what would have happened, but she turned up her nose at Chinese food, and opted for The Marco Polo, where Fernando told her, “Mi duole contraddirla signora, ma i cinesi sono i più grandi ristoratori del mondo”
So, as all of us who love the film know, she goes home with him (sounds dangerous!) because she misses her train and doesn’t have enough money for another night at a hotel, but where is Fernando’s apartment? The answer is complicated.
Looking out the window of Fernando’s kitchen Rosalba sees the Marittima near Piazzale Roma, but the door to the street isn’t very close to that; it’s on the Zattere, across from the island of Giudecca. To make it even stranger, when Rosalba returns, the main entrance to the building is near San Marco, around Campo Santa Maria del Giglio.
And Rosalba’s flower shop? Another defining moment in her life, finding the “HELP WANTED” sign in the window happened in a place you won’t find, because Campiello dei Miracoli doesn’t exist; it was created for the movie.
DDT Private Detective Constantino arrived in Venice to find Rosalba and drag her home, unaware of the high hotel prices, so he takes “alternative” lodging to save money: a houseboat called Lo Zibello. “Ma questo non è un albergo” (But this isn’t a hotel!) This was at Fondamenta Santa Giustina, close to Paolo Sarpi School.
And if you haven’t watched my favorite Italian movie, please do!
Pane e Tulipani (Bread & Tulips)