Tuscania, from fairy tales to film

According to legend, at one point in its long history, Tuscania changed name. The beautiful town in the province of Viterbo, Lazio, was “set back” to “Toscanella” due to an angry pope’s decision: Boniface VIII, whom Dante placed in his “Inferno”, wanted to punish the town’s treachery with a diminutive nickname and reduction in municipal freedom.

In fact, things went differently, and various experts have discredited the “fairy tale” of the cruel pope and the traitor city: the toponym “Toscanella” was rarely used in a handful of official documents, simply to avoid confusion between the medieval village of Tuscania and the nearby region of Toscana (known as Etruria in antiquity, and later as Tuscia).

The fact is Tuscania is a place that sparks the imagination. It is a perfect image of the Middle Ages as we see them represented on the silver screen – indeed, a few masterpieces were filmed here: the Romanesque Basilica of Saint Peter, for instance, was one of the locations in Mario Monicelli’s “For Love and Gold”, while Orson Welles and Franco Zeffirelli came to Tuscania to direct two Shakespearian works, “Otello” the former and “Romeo and Juliet” the latter.

Lights, camera, action! It’s time to set the imagination free.

©Carlo Focardi, ©Pino D’Amico, ©Paolo Ramponi

Tuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, ViterboTuscania, Viterbo

Tuscania, from fairy tales to film

Tuscania (Vt)

WEEKLY POSTCARD

Most Read

The Great War Museum: history at high altitude

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloOn the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War...

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli: neo-gothic inspiration

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli is located in Sassari’s central Piazza d’Italia. It was built by will of Giuseppe Giordano Apostoli in 1877, in...

Move To The Top takes you to the roof of the Dolomites

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle Nebiolo On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short,...

Tenute La Montina, the realm of Franciacorta

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloTenute La Montina is located in Monticelli Brusati (BS), in the north-east of Franciacorta, next to an ample...