Subject: Re: Film locations
We have long been collectors of movie locations, and Tuscany is rich with movie locations. San Gimignano has been the back drop for so many movies - you could probably write a book about it. Some are well known and some obscure: Brother Sun & Sister Moon it doubled as Assisi - the birthplace of St. Francis, another charming film Queen of Hearts uses the towered town as it's starting off place, a much better known film Room with a View uses San Gimignano as it's background, as does the latter half of Tea with Musso.... Nearby is Piencenza another walled city (which is home to a fabulous Enoteca for the region) which was the location and double for ancient Verona - in Romeo & Juliet. And other obscure, but memorable film is Dark Eyes which Marcello Mastrianni (excuse the spelling) was nominated for a Best Actor - features the exquisite spa at Monte Continni Terme, northwest of Florence (which, of course was the setting for Hannibal). And, lastly, Stealing Beauty with Liv Tyler and Jeremy Irons was filmed outside of Sienna.

But, one of our favorite places to visit is Bodega Bay, along the Northern California coast, which attracted the admiration and attention of Alfred Hitchcock for the setting for his memorable adaptation of The Birds. While many of the original buildings have been replaced or upgraded, the schoolhouse, which is really a private home, is still sitting on the hill, overlooking the Bay, and attracts tens of thousands of passer byes every year.

We continue to look for movie locations, and would love to hear about more from fellow members.

Roy, Wanda & Dena Faires Sacramento, CA