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The house from Stealing Beauty in Gaiole in Chianti

Food and a movie: a perfect match for a Tuscan journey

An itinerary between film sets and local plates

No way a trip to Tuscany can be considered complete without a food and wine tour to discover and taste the local products, the extraordinary wines and that extra virgin olive oil appreciated all over the world. And on top of that, here is also where you can combine your love for food with your love for cinema.

A visit to the surroundings of Lucca to taste the wines of the Colline Lucchesi and of Montecarlo and the Lucca DOP extra virgin olive oil, allows to retrace the scenarios chosen by Spike Lee for the film "Miracle in St. Anna".
And if the Chianti area immediately refers to the taste of wine, to the scent of violets and plums and to the fruity and harmonious flavour, any movie lover should take advantage of a trip to the area to visit the suggestive views chosen by Bernardo Bertolucci for his "Stealing beauty".
A plate of Tuscan pici typical of the Val d'Orcia
A plate of Tuscan Pici - Credit: Ilaria Giannini

The Orcia Wine Trail allows to combine the beauty of the most iconic Tuscan landscape, the goodness of its typical dishes and products and two classics of international cinema. Come and have a plate of excellent Pici all'aglione and a glass of Orcia Doc red wine, while enjoying the view of the places that form the backdrop for Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet" or Ridley Scott's "Gladiator".

The countryside around Poppi in Tuscany
The countryside around Poppi

The Arezzo area is where some well-known Italian films were shot, including an Oscar title: "Life is beautiful" by and with Roberto Benigni.
The countryside and villages of the Aretino and Casentino are the scenery of the comedy that consecrated the Florentine director Leonardo Pieraccioni, "The Cyclone". The film was in fact shot between Laterina, where the farmhouse that hosted most of the scenes is located, and the splendid villages of Poppi and Stia, the ideal place to enjoy a plate of typical potato tortelli, perhaps seasoned with a sauce mushrooms.

Cacciucco from Livorno
Cacciucco from Livorno

This journey between cinema and flavors ends by the sea, along the winding road that runs along the cliffs of Castiglioncello: the famous film by Dino Risi "Il sorpasso" ("The easy life"), a fascinating fresco film of Italy in the 1960s, starring Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Spaak and Jean–Louis Trintignant, was shot here.
From the famous Romito curves you can admire the horizon and the sun setting over the sea, then head towards Livorno for dinner, to try one of the tasty local dishes, starting with the most famous of all, the Cacciucco.

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