Sabrina Impacciatore as Valentina in 'The White Lotus.'
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Season 2 of 'The White Lotus' Is Taking Audiences to an Entirely New Location

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Oct. 31 2022, Updated 10:35 a.m. ET

HBO's The White Lotus was undoubtedly one of the most popular shows of 2021. With a star-studded cast, the comedy-drama followed a group of glamorous but demanding hotel guests at the luxurious White Lotus resort in Hawaii.

For those unaware, Season 1 was filmed entirely on location at the real-life Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, where the cast and crew lived full-time. The resort was shut down to the public while filming occurred for three months.

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With such a gorgeous on-site filming location that played a vital part in the show's overall themes, fans wonder what exotic locale serves as the setting for Season 2 of The White Lotus. Luckily, the news regarding where the new installment was filmed certainly doesn't disappoint. Keep reading for all the details.

Theo James as Cameron, Meghann Fahy as Daphne, Will Sharpe as Ethan, and Aubrey Plaza as Harper in 'The White Lotus.'
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Theo James as Cameron, Meghann Fahy as Daphne, Will Sharpe as Ethan, and Aubrey Plaza as Harper.

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What is the filming location for Season 2 of 'The White Lotus'?

In January 2022, a source close to the production spoke with Variety and revealed that another Four Seasons Hotel would stand in for the fictional resort in Season 2 of The White Lotus. This time, creator Mike White brought the Emmy Award winning anthology series to the historic island of Sicily, Italy.

The second season cast and crew also took over the resort, which just so happened to be the Four Seasons Hotel San Domenico Palace in the Sicilian hilltop town of Taormina. The resort sits on a rocky outcropping above the Ionian Sea and boasts stunning panoramic views of the ancient volcano Mount Etna.

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The hotel is a former San Dominican convent that was converted in the late 1800s. It has since been developed into a luxury getaway that has hosted the likes of King Edward VII of England, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Taylor, and Sophia Loren. It's also located next to vineyards, an ancient theater, and medieval villages, which will serve as the backdrop for many scenes in Season 2.

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Ahead of the Season 2 premiere, the dramedy's Emmy winning creator, Mike White, told Architectural Digest that he and the production crew "saw a lot of properties in France and Italy," but said that "many of them were small and wouldn't photograph very well." However, when Mike discovered San Domenico, he realized he found the perfect setting.

He said "there was just something about it," noting that the resort "had a real vibe."

Aubrey Plaza revealed how Sicily influenced Season 2 of 'The White Lotus.'

In October 2022, acclaimed actress and comedian Aubrey Plaza spoke with Newsweek and disclosed how Sicily influenced the show compared to the first season's breathtaking Hawaiian setting.

"I think the environment is very much a part of the show. It's like a character, the location. So I think the show is very informed by the energy of kind of being on this volcanic Italian island," she shared with the outlet.

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Adam DiMarco as Albie, Michael Imperioli as Dominic, and F. Murray Abraham as Bert in 'The White Lotus.'
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Adam DiMarco as Albie, Michael Imperioli as Dominic, and F. Murray Abraham as Bert.

Aubrey added, "I think the show is more focused on sexual politics rather than cold, colonialism, and, in my opinion, the money and those kinds of issues that the first season dealt with. So I think that's it, there's a slight shift in kind of focus. There is a lot about relationships and cheating, jealousy, sex, like, things like that."

New episodes of The White Lotus air Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on HBO and HBO Max.

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