During 14-days in Italy, I visited cultural gems including Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Positano, Fiesole, and even my heritage hometown in Campania. But Cortona was a pilgrimage because it’s the inspiration behind the book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun.” Once you arrive, it’s easy to see why.
If you’ve seen the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun, you’ll know the story of recently divorced, middle-aged Frances Mayes. She meets Marcello, a handsome Italian who takes her from a villa in Tuscany to Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
They eat with his family on the beach, drink homemade limoncello, and have a short-lived love affair.
Learn more about this beautiful tale that takes place in Italy. You’ll find out how the movie compares to the book and to the real Italian settings, below.
Editor’s Note: We updated this article with more helpful resources in June 2022.