name:English (United Kingdom) Siena in the cinema

Siena in the cinema

Maybe you do not know, but Siena has always been the special destination of the most famous directors, both Italians and foreigners. Until the 1950s, several film productions have set their films in Siena or in the surrounding area.

Piazza del Campo has always been the absolute protagonist of the scene here, but there are also many other places that are part of the tour we propose in this post, to discover Siena Cinema.

Piazza del Campo

We are in 1932 and Blasetti, a famous director, devotes a film to the Palio. A love story set in the contrada. In the film you can appreciate a Siena of other times, beautifully shot in black and white. A few years later, The Girl of the Palio, with Diana Dors and Vittorio Gassmann. A film designed to foster tourism in an Italy still afflicted by post-war problems.

Among the other movies set in the Square of the Field we can mention Quantum of Solace, Five Lune Square, With the eyes closed and not last, Twilight: new moon.

The streets of the city

Around the Piazza del Campo, there is a line of streets that enter the heart of Siena, the contradas, until we discover some sites (some of which unfortunately can not be visited) that were used as locations for other famous films. What really fascinates Siena is this: the stories that are hidden in every corner of the city, those that have not yet been told and what the filmmakers want to tell right from unusual places.

And so that via Sperandie, Porta San Marco, Chiesa di Provenzano, Chiesa di San Vigilio, Battistero di San Giovanni, Accademia Chigiana, via Cecco Angiolieri, become the sets for walks, love encounters, discussions, in many films such as Shadows of the Sun, I travel alone, The Gladiator.

The surroundings and the Sienese hills

In 1996 Bernardo Bertolucci also partially shot his wonderful I dance alone in Siena, discovering the surrounding area as well. The castle of Brolio becomes the ideal set for a romantic film, together with Villa di Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli in Geggiano.

He was not the only one to choose the surroundings of Siena. Before, even the great Mario Monicelli, set up the Brancaleone Army in the Crete of Siena, an unrealistic and rarefied scenario created over the centuries on an ancient land that was covered by the sea.

Buonconvento, Monteriggioni, Bagni Vignoni, Pienza, Montepulciano, San Gimignano and other small villages easily reachable from Siena can be an opportunity to spend a different day dreaming like in the cinema.

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