And thanks to its indisputable beauty, the Val d'Orcia has provided the backdrop to many film sets over the years. Franco Zeffirelli chose Bagno Vignoni, Pienza and Montalcino for his Romeo and Juliet and Fratello Sole, Sorella Luna. Andrej Tarkovskij shot his visionary piece Nostalghia at Bagno Vignoni and other jaw-dropping Tuscan locations.
Two of the most famous films to have come out of the Val d'Orcia remain Ridley Scott's Gladiator and Anthony Minghella's The English Patient.
Follow the trail of films shot in Tuscany and you will be surprised to find some hidden corners of Italy, the country that grows ever more into the world's first-choice theatre of stories, dreams and unforgettable excitement.