A region called cinema. Tuscany has always been the home of imagination and fairy-tale locations: with its charming scenery, its wonderful landscapes, its enchanting locations, for centuries it has mesmerized the heart - and the mind – of people.
Therefore, it was often the perfect set for arthouse cinema, which made Tuscany the place where to tell its best stories: from the romantic "Stealing Beauty" by Bertolucci and the more gothic vampire story of "New Moon", from arthouse comedy movies by Monnicelli and Pieraccioni all the way to the Oscar award winnings of Roberto Benigni, a true Tuscan artist, who, as always, chose Tuscany as the perfect setting for his stories.
The director –a world-famous actor who in "Life is Beautiful" showcased the astounding setting of Arezzo and its hills—continued his worship of Tuscany in the “Pinocchio” movie, enhanced by the scenery of the countryside between the provinces of Pisa, Florence ... and Castelfalfi!
In fact, within the Castelfalfi estate and its endless hectares of land, Roberto Benigni built the final resting place of Lucignolo, a farmhouse with a tower in wood and papier-mâché, the ruins of which can still be seen when traveling from the “I Bianchi” farmhouse.
Movie enthusiasts may also recognize, just behind the farmhouse itself, the artichoke garden where Benigni’s Pinocchio hid the coins hoping to multiply them, and the tourist residence of the ancient village that Benigni magically transformed into “Il Paese dei Balocchi” (Toyland). As if this were not enough, the surprises are not over: in a film-watching of sorts when traveling along the road that leads from Castelfalfi to Pontedera, it is possible to find the straw stack where the puppet was tied as a watchdog and, not far away, the Miracle field...
But those who would wish to look for the puppet with the conical hat and knee-length flower patterned shorts could make another mysterious discovery... the whale! In fact, the first inhabitant of the area was indeed a cetacean whose bones were found right in Castelfalfi, near La Spina farm, and now preserved in the Natural History Museum of Montaione. Was it truly a chance that Roberto Benigni felt inspired to set Pinocchio in the privileged frame of Castelfalfi? The only answer is to invite you to visit in person the beautiful hills surrounding the village and that, indeed, hold the best stories of all.