Fiat's latest spot was filmed entirely in Pitigliano and Sorano. It's a hilarious little skit about an old man who chases his little blue pill of viagra through the town. I have no idea what the car looks like because I was too distracted by just how perfectly they captured Pitigliano's picturesque small town atmosphere. 2. Le Meraviglie, August 2014 Further down the road, Sovana and Sorano hosted screen siren Monica Bellucci while she starred in Le Meraviglie. The feature length film went on to win the Grand Prix award at Cannes and is a beautiful story about a father and farmer who goes out of his way to teach his children the values of country life. 3. Quantum of Solace, 2008
Maremmamara features famous Italian actor Giancarlo Giannini, who is no stranger to the Maremma. He shot one of his two James Bond movies on location in Talamone. In the film, Bond arrives in a speed boat to Giancarlo's luxury villa and the images of Talamone incredible seaside make me want to commandeer a yacht every time I watch the scene. 4. Pinocchio, 2002 Italian comedy genius, Roberto Benigni, best known for La Vita è Bella, shot his sweet adaptation of the famous children's story in the Parco della Maremma and Alberese near Grosseto. The film definitely imbued the nature park with a fairytale wonder. 5. The Talented Mr Ripley, 1999 The psychological thriller might have pretended to be in San Remo, but most of the film's seaside shots were actually filmed in Porto Ercole and along the Argentario coastline, which the director said had the perfect sense of isolation and natural beauty. 6. Barabbas, 1961 and Helen of Troy, 1956 Old, old movies, but my favourite examples because they captured the province when it really was an undiscovered destination. My husband always wishes he could have lived in the '50s and '60s when mass tourism was unheard of and while we can't go back in time, we can soak up the charm of the era with movies like these! Barrabbas starred a very young Anthony Quinn and was shot in Roccastrada, where the mountain scenery was untouched by palazzos or factories and made a very convincing Ancient Jerusalem. Helen of Troy was shot along the coastline of Punta Ala and featured Brigitte Bardot. There definitely weren't any luxury yachts or golf courses when they filmed it!