A tribute to the great cradle of the Renaissance seen through the lens of world cinema.
Thrillers, romcoms, action pictures and horror films have found an ideal setting in Florence, a majestic backcloth for stories that have gone down in cinema history.
You’ll set out to discover them from the Baglioni Relais Santa Croce with an expert guide, on the trail of the open-air film sets that have added so much atmosphere to international film and TV productions down the years. The austere romantic beauty of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte, for example, graces Brian de Palma’s thriller Obsession. The halls of Palazzo Vecchio hosted Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon in the film Inferno, after Giancarlo Giannini as the ill-starred Inspector Pazzi was hunted down and slain by Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal. James Ivory’s masterpiece Room with a View features Piazza della Signoria and the Basilica of Santa Croce, while Piazza del Duomo and Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral appear in Portrait of a Lady.
After a delightful stroll through the historic centre, your tour concludes with a visit to the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation, the museum housing over 250 of the maestro’s works.
Exploring and appreciating Florence in a cinematic light will be an experience as spellbinding as it is different.
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