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    37 Details And Easter Eggs That You Missed In "Luca"

    Dive into the colorful world of the Italian Riviera.

    Luca is set in the 1950s in the Italian province of Liguria. The coastal town where most of the action takes place was directly inspired by a group of five medieval Italian towns collectively known as Cinque Terre.

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    The movie is replete with references to Ligurian cuisine and culture, the Italian film industry, and of course Pixar's Easter eggs. We're here to help explain them.

    1. At the very outset, the movie makes it clear that the town of Portorosso is situated in the Liguria province, as the village of Corniglia (one of the Cinque Terre) is situated next to it.

    A map showing places of the Italian coastal region
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    2. The surname of Giulia's family is Marcovaldo — a nod to author and journalist Italo Calvino, who had written a short story collection by the name of Marcovaldo.

    A very large man with bushy eyebrows and moustache.
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    3. The town square, Piazza Calvino, is also a homage to Calvino.

    A redhaired girl rides her bicycle pulling a cart attached to the bike.
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    Italo Calvino was a Havana-born Italian journalist whose parents later settled in the Italian province of Liguria. 

    4. In this room, you can see a hat just like Mr. Fredricksen's from Up.

    A hammock hangs in a room, and there's a poster of Vespa on the wall
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    5. There's also a boot from WALL-E that had the plant — it lies under the hammock.

    A boy in a hammock and a boy sketching
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    6. The alley behind Giulia's house is called Via Vernazza, a reference to the village of Vernazza, one of the villages constituting Cinque Terre.

    A red colored house with a tomato plant in its balcony.
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    7. Bar Pittaluga is a homage to Stefano Pittaluga.

    Few kids roaming around in the town square.
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    Stefano Pittaluga was an Italian film producer from Genoa (same place where the director of Luca is from) who played an important role in helping the infant Italian film industry stand on its feet in the early 20th century. 

    8. The restaurant Gustosa is most likely a nod to chef Gusteau from Ratatouille.

    A man sits in a bombastic pose while his two minions hold a large submarine sandwich
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    9. Via Piaggio is a reference to the director's childhood as he grew up on the street of Via Piaggio in Genoa. It is also a tribute to Enrico Piaggio, the industrialist whose eponymous company manufactures Vespa scooters. Piaggio was born in a village close to Genoa, where the director is from.

    A boy rides a bicycle while townspeople look on.
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    10. The road Via De Amicis is a reference to the Italian journalist, novelist, and travel writer Edmondo De Amicis, best known for his classic children's novel Cuore.

    A boy rides a bicycle while a redhaired girl rides pillion.
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    11. The Vicolo de Sica is a reference to the Italian director Vittorio De Sica, best known for the 1948 movie Bicycle Thieves.

    A redhaired girl rides her bicycle pulling a cart attached to the bike while two boys talk in the background
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    12. The most famous Italian actor, Marcello Mastroianni, makes a cameo.

    A boy looks at a photo
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    13. In a dream sequence, we see Pinocchio with the lame fox and blind cat.

    A wooden boy puppet with an anthropomorphic cat and fox
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    14. The poster of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a Disney movie, is clearly visible in the background.

    A woman plays soccer while a kid gets splashed in the fountain
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    15. The poster of the famous 1953 movie Roman Holiday is seen in the background. This movie was shot in Rome.

    A redhaired girl watches inquisitively
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    16. The poster of one of the best-known Italian classical movies, La Strada, is visible in the background.

    A husband and wife and a few children near a fountain
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    17. The name of the boat, Gelsomina, is another reference to La Strada, whose protagonist's name is Gelsomina.

    A white boat passing by.
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    18. The name of the town, Portorosso, is a direct reference to a movie by Hayao Miyazaki, Porco Rosso. The protagonist of the latter is an Italian pilot.

    A woman with a fake mustache advertising pasta
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    19. The cat's name, Machiavelli, is a tribute to the renowned Renaissance-era Italian political thinker, Niccolò Machiavelli.

    A white cat with black mustache looks on
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    20. A wooden board outside the bar reads "Chinotto." Chinotto is a famous Italian drink made from chinotto citrus fruit from the Liguria province.

    Two boys walking under the street lamp at night.
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    21. The name of the boat is a reference to focaccia bread, an integral part of the Ligurian cuisine. The story takes place in the province of Liguria.

    Two kids and a man in a red boat.
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    22. The Pizza Planet vehicle, another staple of Pixar movies.

    A man racing on a bike while it rains.
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    23. The Luxo Ball, a staple of every Pixar movie.

    4 kids racing on their bikes.
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    24. 1200 PA refers to the street address of Pixar, 1200 Park Avenue.

    A redhaired girl boards a train.
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    25. Another classic Pixar Easter egg: A113. It refers to the classroom at CalArts where some of the Pixar animators got their start.

    A train ticket to Genoa for seat number A113.
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    26. The swimming helmet is the one from Finding Nemo.

    A sea monster is scared in front of someone wearing a full body swimsuit with a helmet
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    27. The mustachioed gentleman wearing a cap is voiced by Enrico Casarosa, the director of the movie.

    Two men playing cards while two other men, a woman, and a child watch
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    28. The boat name is a reference to Abuelita in the movie Coco.

    A boat moving on water
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    29. There's a Donald Duck doll on the floor, and the cover of a book reads "Nicolo Pietra," who is an animator at Pixar.

    A girl and boy reading books in a room full of books and toys
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    30. The device in which Luca and Giulia are flying are based on Leonardo da Vinci's design of the flying machine.

    A girl and a boy flying in two contraptions
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    31. In a scene that shows Luca and Giulia moving on rooftops like cat burglars, the Italian heist film Big Deal on Madonna Street is seen playing on a TV.

    A woman is sleeping in front of a TV while two kids walk on rooftops outside her window at night
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    32. The dish "trenette al pesto" is a Ligurian favorite.

    A yellow pasta dish with basil sprinkled on it in a white plate with two glasses of water
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    33. Via Corniglia is a reference to the town of Corniglia, one of the towns of Cinque Terre. The town of Portorosso is directly based on the towns of Cinque Terre.

    A man on a bike overtakes two sea monsters riding another bike.
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    34. A poster for the quintessential Italian soft drink Gassosa appears at the railway station.

    An adult man bidding goodbye to his daughter as two boys watch on
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    35. The number on the front of the train is the ZIP code of Pixar's studio.

    A steam engine standing at a station.
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    36. Luca's dog is named after the Roman emperor Nero.

    A red haired woman, a redhaired girl, and a boy are playing with a dog
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    37. Alberto's pet tortoise is named after the Roman emperor Caligula.

    A kitten is sitting atop a cat who is sitting atop a tortoise who is eating food from a bowl.
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    Did you notice any other details in Luca? Let us know in the comments.

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