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Tuscany: The Celluloid Landscape

Hannibal

Hannibal

 Tuscany: The Celluloid Landscape

The Tuscan region of Italy is home to the most beautiful landscapes in the world. In addition of its unbelievable landscapes, the region boasts a unique lifestyle and a rich cultural legacy. Tuscany is honoured as the birthplace of legends, including the poet Dante Alighieri, the explorer and cartographer Americo Vespucio (the namesake of the Americas), artist Sandro Boticelli, and the grand-master himself: Leonardo Da Vinci.

This legacy of greatness continues even today, with directors from all over the world clamouring to shoot their pictures amidst the scenic vistas. The numerous actors and directors who work in Tuscany always fall in love, and many return soon after their work is done, as did Antony Hopkins after shooting Hannibal.

Countless movies have been filmed in the Tuscan landscapes. One was Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe as the warrior Maximus. The beautiful wheat fields of Sienna were transformed into the Elysian fields where the Gladiator found his heavenly reward at the film’s end.

The beautiful valley where this scene was shot is in constant change: the bright green cornfields of the spring turn a brilliant gold in June. It truly is a paradise on Earth.

     

Gladiator

Gladiator

Tuscany

Under the Tuscan Sun

Another can’t-miss film is Under the Tuscan Sun. Filmed around the cities of Montepulciano, Cortona and the Amalfi coast, it tells the story of Frances Mayes, an American writer who, after her divorce, goes to Italy and begins the long restoration of a Renaissance villa.

Other films include Tea With Mussolini, Life is Beautiful, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The English Patient, and Stealing Beauty.

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