Siena: icons on the Silver Screen

Big cinema in Tuscany's most renonwed area

Siena is an enchantingly beautiful town which, at times, seems almost more like a Renaissance painting than a real city. The charming surrounding hills and villages, as well as the city centre itself, have provided the setting for numerous films.

The film 'L'inquinamento' by first time actor-turned director Luigi Lo Cascio, was filmed here very recently. Another recent production is 'Cavalli' by Michele Rho, a film about how man, animals and the natural environment can all live in harmony.

Another film shot here is 'L'Uomo che verrà' by Giorgio Diritti. This film tells the tragic story of the Marzabotto Massacre and is set in the towns of Radicondoli and Sovicille, as well as the Val di Cecina region near Pisa. While making 'The Gladiator', Ridley Scott filmed some scenes near San Quirico d'Orcia. However, not only historical films have been set here. Some of the most thrilling car chase scenes full of explosive special effects from '007 Quantum of Solace', staring Daniela Craig, were also filmed in the area.   

From action movies to vampire thrillers: Chris Weitz's 'New Moon' (the second of the Twilight saga) was partly filmed in Palazzo dei Priori in Montepulciano. The film's handsome star, Robert Pattison, shot a crowd scene here which involved hundreds of local extras.

The town of Pienza provided the backdrop to one of the most well-known films in cinema history. 'The English Patient', directed by Anthony Minghella, won nine Oscars and two Golden Globes. It is part Second World War film and part tormented love story between a soldier played by Ralf Fiennes and his nurse who is played by Juliette Binoche. The scenes shot in the Sant'Anna Monastery in Pienza moved millions of cinema-goers.

Even Bollywood has descended on this part of Tuscany. One of the key musical dance scenes from  'Rajapattai' was filmed nearby at the famous Medieval castle in Monteriggioni.  
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