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Tuscany: a trip called love

Cinema’s most beautiful love stories told in Tuscany

Tuscany is the place of romance and fairytales, as the region's particularly beautiful locations have made it the ideal spot to film some of cinema’s most moving love stories.

How can we forget the romantic story of Roberto Benigni’s Oscar-winning “La vita è bella”? Benigni wanted to film the story of his protagonists (victims of racial persecution during World War II) in Arezzo and the surrounding countryside.

Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni
Life is beautiful by Roberto Benigni - Credit: Alexdevil on Wikipedia

Lesser known stories of equal intensity were filmed in other areas around Tuscany, such as the love story concerning poet Dino Campana and writer Sibilla Aleramo immortalized Michele Placido's film, “Un viaggio chiamato amore” with Laura Morante and Stefano Accorsi.

One of the most famous locations of this “crazy love story" is Marradi, the poet's birthplace located in the upper Mugello region near the road to Faenza. A visit to Marradi is the perfect chance to see the museum “Artisti per Dino Campana," inaugurated in recent years. The museum houses 68 works donated by Italian and international sculptors and painters inspired by the poet’s texts.

Volterra historical centre
Volterra historical centre - Credit: Francesco Sgroi

Finally, don’t miss the center of Volterra, where scenes from "New Moon" were filmed. The area’s winding stone streets and imposing medieval palaces exude a mysterious and evocative air.

Wandering through Tuscany's enchanting towns touched by the magic of cinema is a perfect way to explore the region through rose-colored glasses: come experience the sweeter and more romantic side of Italy. 

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