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A ROOM WITH A VIEW. TRAVELING IN TUSCANY THROUGH FILMS

A Room with a View

A Room with a View

Everybody knows Florence, from the magic film A Room with a View. It was 1985, when the director James Ivory chose Florence as unforgettable location for setting one of his most famous movie. The screenplay was taken from the Edward Morgan Foster’s book starring a couple of young actors as Helena Bonam Carter and Julian Sands. It was a worldwide success, which made clear that Tuscany was the ideal setting for films.

Many international directors have chosen Tuscany to shoot their films and each one was really impressed from the ancient beauty of Tuscany’s lands and the architectural charm of its picturesque towns.

Florence is top of the list, of course. In the Duomo Square, for example, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore it was instead set one of the most evocative scenes of the film Portrait of a Lady by Jane Campion (from the book by Henry James), when John Malcovich seduces Nicole Kidman.

In Florence was also shot Hannibal in 2001, directed by Ridley Scott, which belongs to the saga of The Silence of the Lambs, from the novels of Thomas Harris, starring Anthony Hopkins in the disturbing role of the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter. In 1996, at the Galleria degli Uffizi they were shot many scenes of the famous The Stendhal Syndrome of the horror master Dario Argento, starring his beautiful daughter Asia Argento. Some scenes of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou were shot in 2004 in Florence too.

One of the most distinctive and important movie, filmed in and around Florence, was Much Ado About Nothing, based on the notorious William Shakespeare’s play. Filmed in 1993 directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh joined by Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Robert Sean Leonard, Imelda Staunton, Richard Briers and a very young Kate Beckinsale.

Much Ado about Nothing

Much Ado about Nothing

Roberto Benigni, one of Tuscany’s most famous actors and directors (winner of three Academy Awards in 1997), chose to set the film Life is beautiful in Arezzo, where the Piazza Grande, where the Cathedral Square and the nearby characterize the film’s plot.

Pienza, near Siena, was the location of one of the most honored movie in the film’s history: The English Patient by Anthony Minghella, who was the winner of nine Academy Awards and a couple of Golden Globe. We all remember the screenplay: an historical fresco of World War II and a poignant love story between a soldier (Ralph Fiennes) and a beautiful nurse (Juliette Binoche).

The charm Siena’s hills was also the set of Stealing Beauty, of the famous Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci. The movie was filmed at the Castle of Brolio, in Giaiole in Chianti near Florence, and at Villa Geggiano. The film is based on the story of a nineteen year old American girl (a beautiful Liv Tyler, daughter of Aerosmith’s Steven). The girl met his first love, finds her family affections and embarks on an initiation journey to the adult age. Always staying in Siena, it is impossible not to mention Quantum of Solace (2008) by Marc Forster. It is the twenty-second installment of the legendary James Bond series. The famous British MI6 spy was played by Daniel Craig.

Quantum of Solace

Quantum of Solace

Who loves the cinema’s masters will identify the magical scenery of San Galgano’s Abbey in the Sienese hills, with the wonderful Andrej Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia, shot in 1983. The famous Russian director lived for many years in Florence. He had an apartment in S. Niccolò street, right near of many Tuscan Feeling’s apartments.

Nostalghia

Nostalghia

Younger people and those who love vampire’s charm, they can not forget that Volterra and Montepulciano, were the set for New Moon, taken from the famous Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer.

Visiting Tuscany is like living in a movie! If you want to live in a real movie, we suggest you to choice one of Tuscan Feeling‘ beloved apartments or villas to rent:

Apt. TORRE GALLO – 300sqm – Ground Floor, 1 and 2 Floor – for 6 people (in Florence)

Torre Gallo

Torre Gallo

VILLA LA CIVETTA – 350+80sqm – Ground and 1 floor – for 12 persons (near Siena)

Villa La Civetta

Villa La Civetta

VILLA BELSOLE – 600sqm – for 18 persons (near Certaldo)

Villa Belsole

Villa Belsole