Filmed in Italy
The beautiful hills of Montepulciano, famous for Brunello wines, is also the setting for many movies filmed in the Tuscany region of Italy. Tuscany offers old world charm and newfound love if you believe all of the movie plots. The most popular movie of recent is "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2005) starring Diane Lane. The Chiesa Di San Biagio church (right) was the setting for the young Polish man's wedding at the end of the movie. It's also been the backdrop to the Best Picture, The English Patient, (1996, Ralph Fiennes) and Midsummer's Night's Dream, 1999, (Michelle Pfeiffer) among other films. Speaking of the movies,....
The English Patient also used beautiful Pienza in the movie. This town is full of charm and beautiful flowers provided by the locals to decorate the outside of their shops and homes (below).
Upper left: Val d'Orcia as it looked in the movie, "Under the Tuscan Sun" and the Madonna Church also seen in the movie where the young couple is married at the end. This is the same church I photographed for my header at the top of the page.
Collegiete Church in San Gimignanom, lower left, a popular destination, was a location for Tea with Mussolini. The English Patient and The Portrait of a Lady (Nicole Kidman) were filmed close to Lucca, right. All of these towns are in Tuscany.
The towns of Montalcino and Montepulciano are in the heart Tuscan rolling hills, vineyards and farmlands where some of the best grapes and wines are produced.
My recent photo on right and below
One of the sandal craftsmen in Positano
Palazzo d' Taverno, left, and Palazzo Sacchetti, right, where Nicole Kidman's role resided in
Portrait of a Lady
The English Patient also filmed in Viareggio (the field hospital) near Pisa and the Grand Hotel Bains in Venice. Johnny Depp's movie, The Venitian was filmed in Venice as well as many other movies including the James Bond movies.
The beautiful city of Florence not only has the statue of David but many movies were filmed there over the years. These include A Room with a View, 1985, with Maggie Smith where she had a great view of the city from a pension Bertolini. They also visited
Feiosole, Florence; Piazza San Croce, Florence, Piazza dell Signoria, Florence, Quissana Pointe Vecchio, Florence; Villa de Maiano, Florence. Tea with Mussolini used Florence's beautiful city for filming.
We can't leave out Lake Como, the subject of a Month by the Lake 1995, with Vanessa Redgrave Uma Thurman, They stayed at the Villa Barbianello.
The English Patient 1996 Best Picture--Another popular movie filmed in Santa Anna in Camprena. Le Grand Hotel Rome. Ripafratta, Pisa, Trieste, and Venice/
Stealing Beauty Bernardo Bertolucci Director and starring Liv Tyler filmed in the rail station in Sienlio Castiligon Florentno and filmed in the beautiful areas of Arrezzo, Tuscany; San Regolo, and Chianti, Siena.
Life is Beautiful Cortona, Arezzo Tuscany region; Papigno, Termi, Umbria; Montevarchi, Arezzo.
Midsummer Nights Dream 1999 filmed in Montepulciano starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Kevin Kline. They also ventured to Villa Lante, Viterbo gardens; Caprarola, Viterbo, Lazio; Sutri, Viterbo, Tivoli (Interiors)
James Bond movies Talemone, Venice, Lake Como
AmeriQua is presently wrapping up and will be out out 2-13. Features Alec Baldwin in Tuscany. Barga, Naples and Bologna.
Presently a film is in the process of being made about a young Italian student Derek Barnabei who was executed for killing his girlfriend. The Piazza del Campo in Siena was used as well as recreated settings such as the Tabaccaia of Monteroni D’Arbia and the prison of Pescia.
To Rome with Love 2012 Woody Allen's movie with Alec Baldwin filmed in Rome; piazza Venezia, Rome; La Villa d'est, Tivoli; Piazza Mattei; Piazza Santa Maria, Trastavere; Piazza del Popolo; Station Termini; the Forum; and Trevi Fountain.
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Da Michele restaurant from Eat Love Pray in Naples here
Some material from movie locations.com