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6 films set in Tuscany: a selection of trailers
The beauty of Tuscany’s towns and scenery meets the art of cinema

We don’t always have the time or opportunity to travel, and right now staying at home is the only solution for the good of humanity while we wait to emerge from this situation that’s bound to inspire science fiction films and TV series. This is a time to be patient and respectful of each other.

Our homes have always been havens, but our little corners of the world run the risk of feeling smaller and smaller as time slows down if we don’t make good use of our days. For now, we must stay calm and concentrate on the little things; we’ll meet up with friends again when all this is over.

Let’s set our minds free to travel to the places we’d love to visit: films can come to our rescue in this respect. Plots are shaped by top directors and movie pros, but locations are equally important too. Here are some of the best trailers and teasers of films set in Tuscany.

A Room with a View

James Ivory’s classic, based on the book of the same name by E. M. Forster, stars Helena Bonham Carter and Daniel Day-Lewis. The winner of three Academy Awards (Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Art Director and Best Costume Design), the movie is set in Florence. The city is a true star with all its innate romance and beauty: piazza della Signoria and the Basilica of Santa Croce imbue the movie with unique emotions. The soundtrack features “O mio babbino caro” from Puccini’s comical opera "Gianni Schicchi", which is also set in Florence.

Life is Beautiful

Arezzo provides the setting for this story that blends folklore and upbeat elements to focus on the Holocaust and the fight to find the beauty of a smile even in the hardest of times. Roberto Benigni is probably the most famous Tuscan director in the world, especially since “Life is Beautiful” won three Oscars (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Actor and Best Music, Original Dramatic Score) as well as many other awards. The film also stars Piazza Grande, the steps of the Cathedral of Santi Donato e Pietro, the Basilica of San Francesco and Caffè dei Costanti.

New Moon

The impossible love story between young Bella and a vampire called Edward, which began with “Twilight”, continues in “New Moon”. The book of the same name is set partly in Volterra, but the film was shot in Montepulciano: we can see the main piazza, the town hall, main road known as the Corso and the streets within the walls. The footage also shows the beautiful countryside around Montepulciano and the Temple of San Biagio.

Certified Copy

“Certified Copy” by Abbas Kiarostami offers endless cause for thought about art and interpersonal relations. The multi-award-winning actor Juliette Binoche lives in Lucignano and most of the film is set in Arezzo. The scenes features rows of Tuscany’s famous cypress trees as well as the region’s hidden treasures. A cornucopia of food is a reminder of how this corner of the world is all about good living, in real life and on the screen.

Tea with Mussolini

Florence and San Gimignano form the perfect locations for this partially autobiographically film directed by Franco Zeffirelli. A group of English aristocratic women try everything within their powers to defend the treasures of Tuscany against the German invasion during the Second World War. Will they be successful in their endeavours?
Maggie Smith won a BAFTA for Best Actress, one of the many awards won by this film.

Miracle at St. Anna

The massacre that took place in Sant’Anna di Stazzema by Nazi soldiers in the Autumn of 1944 is the focus of this cinematic masterpiece by Spike Lee. Afro-American soldiers from the Buffalo division meet the locals, isolated and in serious danger in the Apuan Alps. Love stories, friendship and betrayal all ensue. The town is now home to a museum of resistance to commemorate the innocent lives that were lost.

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