A journey through the Oscar-winning places between Arezzo, Cortona, Castiglion Fiorentino and Montevarchi. Discover the most characteristic views and locations chosen by Benigni for his masterpiece.
In Arezzo Life is Beautiful in all its nuances and a one-hour tour through the locations of the film is all you need to find yourself immersed in this film that won 3 Oscars. The itinerary starts in the heart of the historic centre of Arezzo, in Piazza della Badia, where the famous “Good morning Princess!” scene, with the fateful encounter between Guido (Roberto Benigni) and Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), was shot. From here, through Via Cavour, you’ll reach Piazza San Francesco square and the famous Caffè dei Costanti. Give yourself a moment to visit the Basilica di San Francesco, the medieval church where the beautiful frescoes The Legend of the True Cross by Piero della Francesca are preserved.
Now you are ready to go uphill to Piazza Grande, the main square, where La Vita è Bella resounds in every corner. It’s in this square that the most emblematic scene of the film was shot, with the image from the playbill with Guido, Dora and little Giosuè on the bicycle. Under the Logge Vasari you’ll relive Guido and Dora’s romantic walks, as well as the funny night scene with Benigni shouting “Maria! Toss me the key!”
Continuing your tour to the upper part of Arezzo, you’ll come to the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Donato. On the steps of this monumental church, it’s easy to relive the scenes inside the vintage car during the storm and under the portico of the Palace of the Province.
The tour goes on towards Montevarchi to the beautiful Villa Masini, a perfect example of Art Nouveau and set of Uncle Eliseo’s house, the Grand Hotel and Guido and Dora’s house. This jewel of 20th century architecture is open by appointment only.
The itinerary leaves the Valdarno valley to reach the Valdichiana. Your first stop will be Castiglion Fiorentino to walk in the footsteps of Guido and Dora and relive the charm of their timeless love story, through Via Trento, Via Vecchia and along the road that leads out of the the city walls to the imposing church Collegiata of San Giuliano; then you’ll go uphill to the lively and panoramic town of Cortona, where the Teatro Signorelli opens its doors to you in order to complete the rich mosaic of this open-air film set. Let yourself get lost in the beauty of one of the most beloved films of our time.
Plot of the film Life is Beautiful
Guido, a young Jewish man, arrives in Arezzo with his friend Ferruccio to look for work. He is hired as a waiter by his uncle Eliseo who manages the Grand Hotel. Guido falls in love with Dora who is a teacher and already engaged to Rodolfo, a young fascist. Guido is persistent and eventually Dora falls in love with him and the two get married. Six years later, Guido is deported to a concentration camp, along with his uncle Eliseo and his young son, Giosuè. Dora, who is not Jewish, cannot bear the thought of her family leaving without her and she decides to follow them to the concentration camp. The tones of the comedy are increasingly mixed with those of the tragedy of the Shoah. Guido and Dora are separated at the concentration camp. While there, Guido does everything to let Dora know that he and their son are alive and that he loves her. He invents a game to protect his son Giosuè, even pretending that their imprisonment is just a game. The tragicomic narrative ends with Guido’s ultimate sacrifice for the salvation of his family.
- For Oscar movies lovers
- For those who love the movie “Life is beautiful”
- For those who love Tuscany and its landscapes
- For lovers
- For those who love taking a stroll
- For the whole family
- For those who love history and art
- Comfortable clothing and shoes
- A travel diary
- A camera to capture the most beautiful images of this open-air movie set