Lucca always attracts visitors, whether they are tourists or in this case, filmmakers movie producers and directors.
The entire city has been the set of some of the most famous and appreciated films on the Italian scene.
Strolling around the streets of Lucca you can walk through the the sets of the movie scenes performed by famous actors like ;La Provinciale of Mario Soldati, Arrivano i Bersaglieri of Luigi Magni, Giovani Mariti of Mauro Bolognini,Finalmente la Felicità of Pieraccioni, Vado e torno of Vittorio Sindoni and Son contento of Maurizio Ponzi.
However, if we look out for particular points of interest, Palazzo Pfanner is a must stop. Some scenes of Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady, Monicelli's Il Marchese del Grillo and Arrivano i Bersaglieri were filmed here. The palace is open to visitors and is also a fabulous venue for many events. You can also book accommodation in the historic residence. A real opportunity that makes this film tourism itinerary unique.
In the nearby area around Lucca there are many other places that have been sets of very important movies , like the Maggiano ancient psychiatric hospital which is definitely worth seeing . The place is featured in the film Il Papà di Giovanna by Pupi Avati, as well as in the story ,“Dentro la cerchia delle mura” part of the Mario Tobino collection“ “Per le antiche scale”. A film of the same name was taken from these books, however, although Maggiano's psychiatric hospital is mentioned in the book, the film was shot in the San Salvi psychiatric hospital near Florence. Despite this, the description of Tobino, seems to perfectly embody the soul of the place, describing the stairs as similar to those represented by Piranesi. The Mario Tobino Foundation also organizes guided tours of the ancient psychiatric hospital.
Just 15 minutes away from here is the Church of Sant'Andrea in the village of Gattaiola, which appears in the film “L'Innocente” by Luchino Visconti , is worth a visit as it it’s close by, maybe for a stop after lunch. Also nearby are situated the so-called Cave di Gattaiola where you can take a walk before dinner. In the area there are plenty of trattoria - restaurants and inns, as well as farmhouses and B&Bs.