25 + 2 movies set in Tuscany
If you are not only in love with Tuscany but also a movie lover, you may be interested into reading this article about movies set in Tuscany. Our region has always inspired many artists as painters, sculptors, and directors both for its beautiful natural landscape and for art. If Florence is definitely one of the most seen cities in the movies, it’s true that even small villages appear as the scenery of many movies set in Tuscany.
An idea for your next holiday could be the organization of a tour to visit some of the places chosen as locations for movies set in Tuscany.
Our list of 25 + 2 Tuscany movies
In this post, you will find more than 25 movies set in Tuscany listed by year of production, with the director’s name and a short plot. In this way, you could search your favorite of these movies set in Tuscany. Recent ones are listed at the bottom of the article.
At the end of the post, we enclosed a useful map with an icon for each movie, which indicates where the movies set in Tuscany were made.
Love in a Pillow, 1962
Director: Roger Vadim
A young and rich bourgeoise girl saves the life of a young writer from the suicide, and then they became lovers. Unfortunately, he is not loyal to her love, and humiliate her several times. Some scenes are filmed into the Saint Gargano Abbey near Siena.
Love in a pillow
Eight and half
Eight and Half, 1963
Director: Federico Fellini
The master of the Italian Movie Federico Fellini, with Eight and Half, tells the story of a director who is preparing a new movie while he is resting during his holiday in Chianciano Terme. While the production crew is demanding for news for the next movie, his creativity is dried out. Both professional and personal life give him problems and he starts to have a middle age crisis.
Romeo and Juliet, 1968
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
The famous tragedy by Shakespeare has been directed by Franco Zeffirelli, which used Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza as the set for the courtyard and the interior of the palace of Capulet Mansion. The main square of Pienza is also the location for the ball with Mercutio, Benvolio, and Romeo.
Romeo and Juliet
Brother Sun, Sister Moon
Brother Sun, Sister Moon, 1972
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
The history of Saint Francis, which change personality after he came back from the war against Perugia. The locations are San Gimignano and the Fortress of Montalcino.
Director: Brian De Palma
A rich man, obsessed by the guilt for the death of his wife and daughter, go back to Florence, the place where his love story with the dear departed wife started. Here, he found the love for the second time with a mysterious woman.
The Meadow, 1979
Director: Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
The movie is set in San Gimignano and tells about the fall of the idealism of the young generation.
Director: Andrey Tarkovsky
Bagno Vignoni is the location for the movie of the Russian director, which present the theme of the nostalgy of an expatriate soviet poet. In the movie, it is possible seeing some Piero Della Francesca frescoes and a beautiful convent in Tuscany.
A room with a view
A room with a view, 1985
Director: James Ivory
In a Florence of the beginning of the XX century, in the suburb of Santa Croce, a young woman is discovering the passion, coming out due to a repressing education such as the English Victorian one.
Much Ado About Nothing, 1993
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Inspired by the Shakespear’s comedy, the scene is located in Greve in Chianti, in the Tenuta Vignamaggio.
The Tuscan village you see in the movie is Pienza, and the chapel where Juliette Binoche studies the frescoes is the Basilica of San Francesco at Arezzo.
Much Ado About Nothing
The English Patient
The English Patient, 1996
Director: Anthony Minghella
One of the most famous movies set in Tuscany, the English Patient received 12 nominations at the 69th Academy Awards. It tells the story of a nurse working and living in Italy, during the final days of the Italian Campaign of World War II. She is taking care of a man who lost his memory and is speaking English.
Stealing Beauty, 1996
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
An American teenager comes to visit some family friends, after her mothers’ suicide. These friends live in a beautiful villa on the hillside of Siena, which is the meeting point for many artists. Here, she transforms herself from a teenager into a woman, losing her virginity and discovering her real father.
Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a Lady, 1996
Director: Jane Champion
An independent American Lady who went to Florence with her old aunt, start an acquaintance with an egocentric dandy. They get married but he is interested only in the inheritance of her, but then she prefers to be free. The interiors and some exteriors have been shouted in Lucca, at Palazzo Pfanner.
Life is Beautiful (La vita è bella), 1997
Director: Roberto Benigni
In Life is Beautiful Roberto Benigni is not only the director but also the actor of the movie and won the prize for Best Actor, Best Original Dramatic Score, and the Best Foreign Language Film at the 71st Academy Awards.
The story takes places in Arezzo in 1939 and tells about a Jewish owner of a book shop imprisoned in a concentration camp with his family. He uses his imagination to shield his son from the horrors of the nazi camp.
Life is beautiful
Tea with Mussolini
Tea with Mussolini, 1999
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
In 1935 a group of English ladies lives in Florence bewitched by the art and the culture of Tuscany and Italy. One of them is the wife of an ambassador and has a meeting with Mussolini for a tea, in order to receive some warranties. But together with the fascism, the war comes and the nazis are invading Florence and the region, and the ladies are in opposition to the attack on the towers of San Gimignano.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1999
Director: Michael Hoffman
Tuscany is the location of many scenes of the famous romantic comedy written by William Shakespeare, that does not need of any presentation.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Where Angels Fear to Tread
Where Angels Fears to Tread, 1999
Director: Tom Sturridge
Monteriano is a fictional Tuscan hill town, between Siena and Empoli, where is set the story of an English widow that fall in love with a young Italian guy escaping from the clutches of her oppressive meddlesome in-laws.
Director: Ridley Scott
Russel Crowe is the general Maximus betrayed by Commodo, the son of the Emperor, and transformed into a slave. He became a gladiator to revenge the death of his family and of his Emperor. The final scene of the movie represents the typical Tuscan landscape with gently rolling hills, wheat fields, and cypresses.
Up at the Villas
Up at the Villa, 2000
Director: Philip Haas
The movie is inspired by the novel In Villa by William Somerset Maugham. A young fascinating widow that lives in the Tuscan countryside, caught among three men her suitor, her one-night stand, and her confidant. The scenes were set in the Florence of 1938.
Director: Ridley Scott
Hannibal Lecter, after being escaped from the jail of Baltimore, lives under the fake name of Doctor Fell in Florence and is going to be nominated curator of the Capponi Library. In the meantime, an Italian police inspector is investigating the mysterious disappearance of the predecessor of Mr. Fell, killed exactly by the one who is in charge to occupy his chair.
Certified Copy, 2001
Director: Abbas Kiarostami
This is the story of a British writer and a French antique dealer living in Tuscany, that after becoming close friends start a real relationship. The movie is set in the town of Cortona, Arezzo e Lucignano.
Under the Tuscan Sun, 2003
Director: Audrey Wells
Based on the popular book written by Frances Mayes, the story tells about a young writer woman that after the recent divorce, decide to visit Italy. Once in Cortona, she get in love not only with an Italian man but also with a beautiful villa to rebuild. She decides to buy it changing her life.
Under the Tuscan Sun
The Best Youth
The Best Youth, 2003
Director: Marco Tullio Giordano
One of the last Tuscany movies of the list is an Italian domestic saga set from 1966 to 2003. Two brothers native Roman grow up, and document the problems of the Italian society, by a personal point of view and political thought. Some scenes of the movie are set in Florence.
Miracle at St. Anna, 2008
Director: Spike Lee
A Puerto-Rican veteran of World War II works in a Post Office and kills one customer. This is the beginning of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers of the 92nd Infantry Division, seeking refuge in a small Tuscan Village in Italy on 1944. The movie is inspired by the novel Miracle at St. Anna, written by James McBride, which contains some fictional events as the betrayal by a Partisan, and the real horrible massacre of hundreds of children and women at Sant’Anna di Stazzema, a small village in Versilia in northern Tuscany.
Miracle at St. Anna
Quantum of Solace
The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 2010
Director: Chris Weitz
The famous Etruscan village of Volterra is the birthplace of the vampire family of Volturi. The forever seventeen years old Edwards, thinking that his beloved Bella died, goes to Volterra to be killed by the Volturi. Once in Tuscany, Bella will come to save him… Actually, the scene set in Piazza Dei Priori of Volterra was made in Piazza Grande of Montepulciano, another well-known village in the province of Siena. Do you guess why? Because of logistic and organization reasons.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Medici: Masters of Florence
Medici: Masters of Florence, 2016
Created by: Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer
One of the last movies set in Tuscany is dedicated to the dynasty of dé Medici Family. We dedicated an exclusive blog post on this Italian-British production, a tv drama series telling the stories of one of the most important families of Florence and of the Italian Renaissance. Florence is the scenery of the drama. Moreover, many scenes were filmed in Montepulciano and other towns of Tuscany. Here is the article dedicated to the show. A second season is coming soon. Don’t miss it.
Lost in Florence, 2017
Director: Evan Oppenheimer
Again, the city of Florence, its wonderful corners, and tradition are the backdrop of a romantic drama film. An American man decided to remain in Florence after his girlfriend broke his heart. Being a football player, he decided to be part of a team of Calcio Fiorentino and it’s there that he fell in love again… Read the complete post dedicated to the movie and to Calcio Storico, here.
Lost in Florence
Map of the locations of movies set in Tuscany
(Updated the 1st September 2018)