“Meraviglioso Boccaccio”: The Taviani Brothers at Romitorio

Big stars of Italian cinema are on their way to Montalcino. According to unconfirmed reports, brothers Paolo and Vittorio Taviani will bring the likes of Kim Rossi Stuart, Riccardo Scamarcio, Michele Riondino, Miriam Dalmazio, Eugenio Franceschini, Flavio Parenti, Carolina Crescentini, Paola Cortellesi, Vittoria Puccini, Fabrizio Falco and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers to the homeland of Brunello having chosen the striking setting of Romitorio Castle for their next film, “Meraviglioso Boccaccio”. Some of the scenes of the film, produced by Stemal Entertainment and Rai Cinema with grants from the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities and of Tourism, which will bring the Tavianis’ take on short stories from the Decameron to the silver screen, will be filmed right in Montalcino at the beginning of May and will feature the Romitorio Castle. The small XII century fortress surrounded by a thicket of holm oak trees was abandoned in the 50s and brought back to life by famous Transavantgarde painter Sandro Chia in 1984. With its mighty walls and the legend that links it to the majestic Fortress of Montalcino via an underground passageway, it seems to be the ideal place for the scheming plots, deceit and deception which characterize Boccaccio’s work.

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