If you love movies then you may be interested to hear that great movies have been filmed in wonderful Tuscany! Siena, Florence and Pienza have set the scene for many great films and being just a stone’s throw from Cignella you can tread in the footsteps of movie stars while enjoying history, art and wonderful cuisine.
So sit back and enjoy some trivia, these well-known movies were filmed in Tuscany!
The English Patient, filmed over 20 years ago, tells the story of a nurse living in Italy during the final days of the Italian Campaign in WWII. The list of actors is impressive including Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film won 9 Academy Awards and we think Pienza and Arezzo played a vital role in this!
Ridley Scott must have liked Tuscany as he chose to film some of the Gladiator here in 2000. Russell Crowe becomes a gladiator to avenge the death of his family and Emperor and the final scene shot in Val d’Orcia in Siena, shows Tuscany’beautiful rolling hills and stunning landscape.
Another great movie filmed in Tuscany is Tea with Mussolini starring Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and Cher. The film is set in 1935 and San Gimignano with its famous Piazza Cisterna and Collegiata Church feature prominently in the film.
Fans of the Twilight Saga will be pleased to hear that the beautiful Piazza Grande in Montepulciano was the location used for Volterra in New Moon, 2010. So while you enjoy a glass of local wine and a delicious lunch at one of the many lovely restaurants, you could be sitting in the same seat where Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson sat!
Lastly and most definitely not least, some of the Quantum of Solace was filmed in Tuscany in 2008. Bond movies always film in exotic locations far and wide and Siena played host to a thrilling chase scene with Daniel Craig racing across the rooftops. The beautiful Piazza del Campo also features prominently in crowd scenes.
So you may have missed Russell Crowe and Judi Dench last time but you never know who you might bump into on a visit to Tuscany. Come and stay at Cignella and enjoy some wonderful sights in the surrounding area, you might just be lucky enough to bump into a movie star or two!
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