Ron Howard’s latest movie, Inferno, has just premiered around the world, days after a one-of-a-kind trailer projection on a “water screen” over the Arno River in Florence, where parts of the movie were filmed.
What other movies were filmed in Florence? Here are some of the most famous flicks that feature this historic Tuscan city, starting from the most recent all the way to old-school films.
The movie stars Tom Hanks as the main protagonist and is based on Dan Brown’s novel. Some scenes were filmed in Florence back in May 2015.
In a Nutshell: When Robert Langdon wakes up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, he teams up with Dr. Sienna Brooks, and together they must race across Europe against the clock to foil a deadly global plot.
Starring Anthony Hopkins and directed by Ridley Scott, this movie was the sequel of The Silence of the Lambs.
Locations include: Piazza della Signoria, Galleria degli Uffizi, Palazzo Vecchio, Lungarni, Ponte Vecchio.
In a Nutshell: Living in exile, Hannibal Lecter tries to reconnect with now disgraced FBI agent Clarice Starling and finds himself a target for revenge from a powerful victim.
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
This movie was directed by Franco Zeffirelli. It is set in Florence and surroundings before and during World War II.
Locations include: (Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Galleria degli Uffizi.
In a Nutshell: Semi-autobiographical tale from the early life of director Franco Zeffirelli. An illegitimate child is raised by a circle of British and American women.
A room with a view (1986)
This romantic movie, directed by James Ivory, was inspired by a 1908 novel by English Writer E. M. Forster.
Locations include: Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Church of Santa Croce, Piazza della Signoria. The protagonists find accommodation in a place called “Pensione Bertolini”, which at the time was actually a guesthouse called Quisisana e Pontevecchio. It closed in the 1990s.
In a Nutshell: Lucy Honeychurch and her chaperon, Charlotte Bartlett, arrive in Florence. They are troubled by the fact that they don’t have rooms with a view..
La Meglio Gioventu’ (2003)
A 6-hour-long epic filmed in various regions of Italy, including Florence. Directed by Marco Tullio Giordana.
Locations include: Galleria degli Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria, Biblioteca comunale, Chiesa di Santo Spirito.
In a Nutshell: The story of two brothers with, in the background, the socio-political turmoil and challenges witnessed by Italy from the late 1960s into the early 2000s.
Ricomincio da Tre (1981)
A comedy film written, directed and starred by Massimo Troisi.
Locations include: Via dei Bastioni, Via San Miniato, Via San Niccolò, Piazza San Giovanni, Via dè Cerretani, Piazza dell’olio, Via de’ Pecori, Via Lamarmora, Ponte Santa Trinità.
In a Nutshell: A young Neapolitan decides to leave home and heads to Florence, overcoming all sorts of obstacles on the way.
A thriller directed by Brian De Palma.
Location include: San Miniato al Monte, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Lungarno Maria Luisa de’ Medici, Via de’ Girolami, Piazza Santissima Annunziata, Via della Ninna.
In a Nutshell: A wealthy New Orleans businessman becomes obsessed with a young woman who resembles his wife.
Amici miei (1975)
This Italian comedy-drama film was directed by Mario Monicelli. It made it to number one on the Italian box-office in front of Steven Spielberg’s Jaws.
Locations include: Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Oberdan, Ponte degli Scopeti, Piazza SS. Annunziata, Piazza del Galluzzo, Via de’ Renai, Via della Colonna, Via Monalda, Piazza San Felice, Viale Machiavelli, Piazza Demidoff, Viale Mazzini, Piazza Beccaria, Cinema Metropolitan, Lungarno Serristori, Cinema Odeon, and many others.
In a Nutshell: The movie tells the story of four middle-aged friends in Florence who organize together idle pranks (called zingarate, “gypsy shenanigans”) in a continuous attempt to prolong childhood during their adult life.
Roberto Rossellini’s movie about WWII is split in six episodes, the fourth of which is set in Florence. At the time, the city was split in two, with the South freed by the Allies and the North occupied by the Nazis and Fascists.
Locations include: Giardino di Boboli, Via S. Onofrio, Galleria Vasariana, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio.
In a Nutshell: Six vignettes follow the Allied invasion from July 1943 to winter 1944, from Sicily north to Venice.
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