La Toscana e il cinema:

Monica Bellucci in Bagno San Filippo, Le Meraviglie 2014


Cinema in Toscana  

Films set in Tuscany


No other province in Italy has had more impact on international culture than Tuscany. With its gorgeous small country villages, art-rich cities, swathes of olive groves and truffle fields and wide variety of regional restaurants, Tuscany epitomizes true Italy, la vera Italia.
Tuscany has attracted the most famous Italian and international film directors.
This page invites you to discover Tuscany through the eyes of Franco Zeffirelli, Roberto Benigni, Bernardo Bertolucci, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Jane Campion, Andrey Tarkovsky and Alice Rohrwachter, among many others. Enjoy the epic chase on the roofs of Siena from the 22st James Bond film Quantum Of Solace.






Tuscany in the movies | Map





Le Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwachter, 2014)


Le meraviglie | English Trailer

Le Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwachter, 2014) is a magical realist portrait of a family of beekeepers in rural Italy, somewhere between Umbria-Lazio and Tuscany.
Le Meraviglie stars Sam Louwyck, Monica Bellucci, Sabine Timoteo, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Agnese Graziani, and Alice’s award-winning sister, actress Alba Rohrwacher. The film was shot in southern Tuscany, in Sorano, Sovana, Bagno San Filippo, and in Bolsano Lake.

Films set in Tuscany | Le Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwachter, 2014)


Films set in Tuscany | Le Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwachter, 2014)



Nostalghia (Andrey Tarkovsky, 1983)

Watch Bagno Vignoni in Tarkovsky's film Nostalghia


Bagno Vignoni in Nostalghia. This fragment is one of Tarkovsky's grandest long takes:
Gorchakov's crossing of the drained pool ar Bagno Vignoni in the finale of Nostalghia. He described it to actor Oleg Iankovsky as 'display [ing] all entire human life in one shot, without any editing, from beginning to end, from birth to the very moment of death'. ln case of success, he told Iankovsky, 'the act may be the true meaning of my life. It certainly will be the finest shot I ever made - if you can do it, if you can endure to the end.' [1]


A film about a Russian writer, travelling through Italy and writing a book about his compatriot – an 18th century Russian composer. Many scenes were filmed in Tuscany, in Chiusdino (San Galgano), Bagno Vignoni, and in Tuscania (Lazio).

Films set in Tuscany | Nostalghia (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983)

Bagno Vignoni





Gladiator |  English trailer (2002) (Ridley Scott, 2002)


MGladiatoro |  English trailer (2015)


Love triumphs o

Shot in Marocco and Tuscany

Films shot in Tuscany | Gladiator,


Maraviglioso Boccaccio | Wondrous Boccaccio |  English trailer (2015) (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2015)


Maraviglioso Boccaccio | Wondrous Boccaccio |  English trailer (2015)


Love triumphs over death in Paolo and Vittorio Taviani's new version of Boccaccio's Decamerone. In 14th-century Florence, a group of young women and men are fleeing the city to the countryside in the hope of escaping the Black Plague decimating the population. As a way of distracting themselves from the tragedy, they tell one another stories, one each day, most of which center around the theme of forbidden love. From the ribald tale of illicit goings on in a convent to the amusingly ironic chronicle of a painter who believes he is invisible.

Shot in Tuscany and Lazio, Wondrous Boccaccio is set in the most enchanting places in Central Italy. In Tuscany, the shooting took place in the castle of Spedaletto and Tarugi tower in Pienza, in Potentino Castle in Seggiano, the Piazza del Duomo in Pistoia, in Badia a Settimo, in the municipality of Scandicci, in the Romitorio Montalcino castle and Nobili-Tarugi palace (attributed to Antonio da Sangallo the Elder) in Montepulciano, also in Villa La Sfacciata, overlooking Florence with a unique view.

Films shot in Tuscany | Wondrous Boccaccio, (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, 2015)



La vita è bella, Roberto Benigni | Italian Trailer


Italian trailer La vita è bella


Life Is Beautiful (Italian: La vita è bella) is a 1997 Italian tragicomic comedy-drama film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni, who co-wrote the film with Vincenzo Cerami. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his fertile imagination to shield his son from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp. Part of the film came from Benigni's own family history; before Roberto's birth, his father had survived three years of internment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

The film was shot in the Tuscan cities Arezzo, Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino en Montevarchi.

Films shot in Tuscany | La vita è bella, Roberto Benigni

Explore the Piazza Grande in Arezzo with practical information on the main attraction, read our travel tips and great restaurants | Arezzo

Movies in Tuscany | Follow the trail of La Vita è Bella in Arezzo






Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)


Abbas Kiarostami's Certified Copy



Under the Tuscan Sun (Audrey Wells, 2003)


Diana Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun - Official Trailer


A recently-divorced writer buys a villa in Tuscany, in Cortona, hoping it will lead to a change in her life. The trip to Tuscany helps her to recover after her husband’s betrayal and divorce. However, the region enchants her so much, that she decides to stay here forever. The shooting took place near the town of Cortona, in Villa Bramasole.
The movie is based on the memoir of Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun (1996). Other books on Tuscany by Frances Mayes include Bella Tuscany (1999), In Tuscany (2000), Every Day In Tuscany (2010) and Bringing Tuscany home. Sensuous Style From the Heart of Italy (2004).

Under the Tuscan Sun, directed by Audrey Wells. With Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, Lindsay Duncan.
Other films shot in Cortona include Andre Rieu: Live in Tuscany (2004) (TV), Canterbury proibito (1972), La vita è bella (1997), Life Is Beautiful (1998) (UK) (USA), Moon in Taurus (1980), Der Mond im Zeichen des Stiers (1980) (Switzerland: German title) and Sotto il sole della Toscana (2004) (Italy).

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Cortona, Villa Bramasole
Villa Bramasole



Much Ado about Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993)




William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, interpreted by Kenneth Branagh, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Emma Thompson, Michael Keaton, Robert Sean Leonard and Kate Beckinsale was filmed in Villa Vignamaggio just outside Greve in Chianti.

Films set in Tuscany | Much Ado about Nothing (Kenneth Branagh, 1993)


Villa Vignamaggio

, in Greve in Chianti



Stealing Beauty (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1996)


Villa de Geggiano was the setting for the Bernardo Bertolucci film “Stealing Beauty”, in which Liv Tyler debuted.
Locations were found in Chianti, in the comune Gaiole in Chianti and Castelnuovo Berardenga. Villa di Geggiano has been chosen over the years for many TV and film productions.

Film | Watch Stealing Beauty online

Villa Geggiano
Villa Geggiano



The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion, 1996)


The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion, 1996)


The Portrait of a Lady is a 1996 film adaptation of Henry James's novel The Portrait of a Lady directed by Jane Campion.

The film was mainly shot in Firenze and Lucca and stars Nicole Kidman, Barbara Hershey, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, Martin Donovan, Shelley Duvall, Richard E. Grant, Shelley Winters, Viggo Mortensen, Valentina Cervi, Christian Bale, and John Gielgud.
The film tells the story of Isabel Archer (Kidman), an innocent young woman of independent means who is manipulated by her "friend" Madame Merle (Hershey) and the devious Gilbert Osmond (Malkovich).




The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chris Weitz, 2009)


The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chris Weitz, 2009), Official Movie Trailer


The Twilight Saga is a series of five romance fantasy films based on the four novels by the American author Stephenie Meyer. The films star Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Chris Weitz was hired to direct The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Filming for New Moon began in Vancouver in late March 2009, and in Montepulciano, Italy, in late May 2009. Montepulciano and Volterra can be easily discovered in some parts of this story.






007 Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008) | Epic chase on the roofs of Siena during the Palio di Siena horse race on 16 August 2007.


Epic chase on the roofs of Siena from the 22st James Bond film 007 Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008)


Quantum of Solace was shot in six countries. Second unit filming began in Italy at the Palio di Siena horse race on 16 August 2007.
Italian filming locations were Limone sul Garda, Brescia, Lombardia; Craco, Matera, Basilicata; Siena, Tuscany; Piazza del Campo, Siena; Talamone, Orbetello, Grosseto, Tuscany; Carrara, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany; Maratea, Potenza, Basilicata, Malcesine, Verona, Veneto, and the Torre di Talamonaccio, Maremma, Tuscany.

Films set in Tuscany | 007 Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster, 2008)

Film girati a Siena | Alla scoperta delle più belle location di film in Toscana




Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)

Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, 1968)


Romeo and Juliet (Italian: Romeo e Giulietta) is a 1968 period coming-of-age romantic tragedy film based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare. Directed and co-written by Franco Zeffirelli, the film stars Leonard Whiting as Romeo and Olivia Hussey as Juliet. Laurence Olivier spoke the film's prologue and epilogue and dubs the voice of the actor Antonio Pierfederici, who played Lord Montague, but was not credited on-screen. The cast also stars Milo O'Shea, Michael York, John McEnery, Bruce Robinson, and Robert Stephens.
One summer morning in Verona, a longstanding feud between the Montague and the Capulet clans breaks out in a street brawl. The brawl is broken up by the Prince, who warns both families that any future violence between them will result in harsh consequences. That night, two teenagers of the two families—Romeo and Juliet—meet at a Capulet masked ball and fall in love. Later, Romeo stumbles into the secluded garden under Juliet's bedroom balcony and the two exchange impassioned pledges. They are secretly married the next day by Romeo's confessor and father figure, Friar Laurence, with the assistance of Juliet's nurse.

Thom Yorke cites the film as one of the inspirations for the Radiohead song "Exit Music (For a Film)", which was written specifically for the ending credits of the 1996 film William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet.


Poster Romeo e Giulietta di Franco Zeffirelli



Romeo and Juliet, 1968 film poster



[1] Robert Bird, Andrei Tarkovsky: Elements of Cinema, Reaktion Books, 2008
Robert Bird offers in Andrei Tarkovsky an unprecedented investigation of Tarkovsky’s oeuvre and its far-reaching influence on world cinema.
Bird brings a novel approach to his dissection of Tarkovsky’s wholly original techniques and sensibilities, arranging the films into elemental categories of Water, Fire, Earth, and Air.


Films set in Siena | Palio (Cosima Spender, 2015)

Situated in the spectacular scenario of the Tuscan countryside and hills, Podere Santa Pia is the ideal property for a holiday accommodation and vacation in Tuscany. The house is an authentic holiday home in Castiglioncello Bandini, a small village in the Maremma, in the south of Tuscany, situated half way between Florence and Rome and close to Montalcino, Arcidosso and Monte Amiata.
The original building was a small cloister, and today it is a perfect holiday home. The house offers four large bedrooms on the first floor with a total of eleven accommodations.


Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, giardino
Siena, Duomo
San Qurico d'Orcia
Siena, Piazza del Campo
Bagno Vignoni
Bagno San Filippo
Villa Geggiano

Bagno Vignoni was the location in which the majority of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia were shot.   Bagno San Filippo was the location in which parts of Alice Rohrwacher's 2014 film Le Meraviglie were shot.  

Villa di Geggiano è stato scelto nel corso degli anni per molte produzioni televisive e cinematografiche. Tra i più famosi utilizzo della Villa è stato per Io ballo da sola di Bernardo Bertolucci.


Crete Senesi, surroundings of Podere Santa Pia