The town of Pienza provided the backdrop to one of the most feted films in cinema history. The English Patient, directed by Anthony Minghella, won nine Oscars and two Golden Globes. Part Second World War film, it is also part tormented love story between a soldier played by Ralph Fiennes and his nurse, played by Juliette Binoche. The scenes shot in the Sant'Anna Monastery in Pienza moved millions of cinema-goers.
The charm of the Sienese hills isn't hurt by the many castles and historic villas that enrich the panorama. At the Castle of Brolio in Giaiole in Chianti and at the villa of Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli the great Bernardo Bertolucci set Stealing Beauty. The film's protagonist, a nineteen-year-old American girl, meets her first love in the shadow of Siena, rediscovers family ties and is initiated into adulthood.
Even Bollywood has descended on this part of Tuscany. One of the key scenes from the Indian film Rajapattai, with en-masse singing and dancing, was filmed nearby at the famous medieval castle in Monteriggioni.