The beautiful city of Cortona, nestled in the mountains between the Valdichiana and Tuscan Valtiberina, was an important center of Etruscan civilization. Remnants of this past are still visible with two kilometers of the Etruscan walls, dating back to the 5th century BCE, still standing today. Stunning views are visible from every corner of the village, allowing your eyes to gaze upon olive groves peppered all across the landscape, best observed from the impressive Girifalco Castle that attracts tourists year after year. Not only Frances Mayes fans flock to Cortona, but also every summer, an international crowd pulls in for Cortona On The Move, a festival for modern photography.
However, back to our beloved Under the Tuscan Sun. Among the dazzling filming locations chosen for their fairytale-like beauty, is piazza Signorelli. Fans of the film might remember the fountain scene; however, the fountain actually does not actually exist here and was added for a bit of Hollywood glamour. Continue on to piazza della Repubblica where film crews filled the square to shoot the market scene. The centrepiece of Cortona was formerly the Roman forum of the town and the place where Diane Lanes character goes market shopping in the movie. Over the square, you’ll see the Palazzo Comunale, a 12th century structure in Romanesque style with a quaint clock tower, a proud presence in the piazza. Imagine the hustle and bustle of the actors, directors, and all the many other people it takes to shoot a film, occupying every space to ensure the very best of Cortona was transmitted to audiences all over the world.