Film tourism is quite extensive in Tuscany. Interest in many destinations has certainly grown due to their presence in a film.
Audrey Wells shot many scenes of her "Under the Tuscan Sun" in Cortona, the town where the American writer Frances Mayes, interpreted by actress Diane Lane, distraught by her recent divorce, recovers her will to live.
Lucy Harmon (Liv Tyler) is the young woman in "Stealing Beauty", directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, who comes to the Chianti region to discover the identity of her father.
In "A Room with a View" by James Ivory, the young Englishwoman Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) spends her Tuscan holidays with her chaperone in a hotel in Florence.
Florence was also the historical setting of Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea with Mussolini" and of Ridley Scott's "Hannibal". Ridley Scott again chose Tuscany, and precisely the Val d'Orcia, to shoot the most touching scenes of "Gladiator". In its wheat fields, along rows of cypresses, Maximus (Russel Crowe) returns home in the initial scene and, at the end, victorious but near death, walks through the Elysian Fields to join his wife and son.
Some of the most spectacular scenes of "Quantum of Solace", the James bond film starring Daniel Craig, were shot in Siena, and include the world-famous Palio horserace.
"New Moon" of the "Twilight Saga" has attracted visitors to Volterra and Montepulciano, where special guides bring film tourists to see the different places where the scenes were shot.
When admiring the natural and artistic marvels of this corner of paradise, it is impossible not to think that "Life is Beautiful" (Roberto Benigni's "La vita è bella", winner of several prizes, among which three Academy Awards for best actor, best foreign language film and best soundtrack).
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