Tuscany in Movies

New Movies Shot in Tuscany

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The unique locations and charm of Tuscany is perfect for shooting movies with a romantic setting, those about Italy, or to give the motion picture that Old World touch. It is not a chance that the list of movies shot, partly or entirely, in Tuscany is getting longer. The latest film was Letters to Juliet. The movie was released in Italy on August 25, 2010 (on May 14 in other countries) and tells the story of a young American girl who finds an old letter of a person addressed to her lover in Verona in the courtyard of the house of Juliet (that of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet). Here pepole gather everyday to write letters to their lovers or about them. The secretaries of Juliet respond to each one of them on a voluntary basis, even to those mailed from all...

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On the set of “Certified Copy”

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From Cannes Festival to Lucignano, near Arezzo Italy. Lucignano is a beautiful medieval town in Tuscany that Cannes Film Festival brought to celebrity thanks to the film directed by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami: “Certified Copy”. The movie, with Juliette Binoche as the main performer, was filmed in Lucignano and Cortona. Lucignano is in the province of Arezzo, near Siena and it is considered the town of love. Traditionally young couples use to swear undying love in front of a precious reliquary, the Tree of Love, kept in the Museo Municipale. Cortona, a town of Etruscan origins surrounded by massive walls, is a succession of streets, squares, ancient buildings and churches. The village, located on top of a hill, offers a suggestive landscape of the...

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Hannibal Lecter and The Medici

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Although not as startling and mesmerizing as “The Silence of The Lambs”, the movie “Hannibal” was a quite wide success, breaking movie records at the box office when it was released in 2001. So you might well be one of those who saw it, and I am pretty sure that some scenes of that movie did stick to your memory. If you are trying to forget them, I apologize in advance, because I am about to bring one of them back to you. It is not out of pure sensationalism, but to talk about Florence and its sometimes very dark history. And if you have not watched the movie you are warned: movie spoiler ahead! In the movie “Hannibal” it happens that the protagonist decides to get rid of the Italian police inspector in a very spectacular way....

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Certified Copy in Tuscany

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Kiarostami’s latest movie, Certified Copy, was presented yesterday May 18, 2010 at the 63rd International Movie Festival of Cannes, France with the title Copie Conforme and will be released Europe-wide on May 21st. This is the very first time that the director shoots outside of Iran, his home country. The movie has in fact been entirely shot in Tuscany, with which Kiarostamy fell in love while looking for a location for his movie. On June 8, 2009 the director started shooting the first scene of the film in Cortona, in the province of Arezzo. All the movie was then shot on nearby areas, around Lucignano and other towns of the Val di Chiana. The movie also features western actors like the French star Juliette Binoche and the English baritone William Shimell at...

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Movies Shot in Florence

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The great thing about being a movie gore is that you get to combine your passion with a lot of things. Just like you can combine going to Florence and find the settings where famous movie scenes have been shot. Movie locations always bare a great fascination, especially if the movie is a good one that you like to watch over and over. You get to become very involved with the story, live things in first person, and the same happens for the settings. What would be like to be there in person? What does that look like in actuality? Did they add anything for filming sakes? Would I feel just the same when I get there? As for the latter, sometimes it does sometimes it does not. But when you are in Florence chances are that the feeling will be the same. There is little to...

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New Moon in Montepulciano

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Nope, not talking about the phases of our satellite here, but the fantasy movie New Moon that from May 25th to the 30th will be shot in Montepulciano in Tuscany. The news will surely make all fans of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart happy. The small town of Montepulciano has already been flooded by screaming adolescents eager to meet their beloved stars. Why is New Moon being shot in Italy? Careful not to spoil the story to anyone that has not already read the book, I will only say that Montepulciano will be the set but in the movie it will be called Volterra, as the Volturi will have an important role in the magic of the story. Edward (Robert Pattinson) asks their help to end his own existence…how will it end? Why did the production choose Montepulciano...

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