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Rignano Sull'Arno
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Mossolina mill

Film with De Sica, Mastroianni and Loren shot at the Mossolina mill

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Rignano sull'Arno
On the banks of the Arno, in front of the small town of Sant’Ellero, there is an ancient mill (no longer in use) nicknamed “Sophia Loren’s mill”.

It was in this ancient building (some documents date it back to the 1400s) that director Antonio Camerini shot scenes from his 1955 film, “The Miller’s Beautiful Wife”, staring three of Italy’s most famous actors of all time: Sophia Loren, already on magazine covers around the world; Vittorio De Sica, well-known actor and director; and Marcello Mastroianni, destined to become an icon of the big screen.

Truth be told, the film wasn’t a great success—it is remembered more for the generous cleavage of Sophia Loren and Yvonne Sanson (one of the other stars) than for its cinematographic qualities.

Though the film takes place in Naples in 1680, the troupe went to Rignano to use the Massolina mill for the majority of the scenes. After being abandoned, the building, which still has a majority of its original structures and gears, is in a serious state of abandonment, complicated by the humidity in the surrounding area. The hope is that it will be restored, not only to make the structure safer and more secure but to provide testimony for the sharecropping and farming trades in this part of the Valdarno.
Rignano sull'Arno
Visiting historic residences and Romanesque parish churches
The territory around Rignano sull'Arno is located in the Valdarno, between the river and the hills. It’s made up of many small hamlets surrounded by nature and interspersed with parish churches and cultivated fields. Its origins are definitely centuries-old, as the artefacts from Castelluccio can attest to. ...