Montepulciano has kept all the characteristics of a medieval village and it is still surrounded by three circles of walls, dating back to the 14th century; besides the wine, the town is famous for its Renaissance palaces but also for the elegance of its religious buildings like the Sanctuary of San Biagio, a masterpiece in white travertine.
Since the 1950s, the town has been used as a film location for many national and international hits: in 1966 Montepulciano was chosen for filming L'Arcidiavolo by Ettore Scola, in 1983 Andrej Tarkovskij came here to film his beautiful Nostalghia, in 1999 the town was picked for filming A Midsummer Night's Dream by Michael Hoffman and in 1996 it was also the location for Anthony Minghella's unforgettable English Patient, nominated for 12 awards and walked away with 9 in 1997!
And three years ago also The Cullens arrived in Montepulciano, or rather Edward and Bella Swan, the main characters of the super lucky Twilight Saga:
from May 18 to May 29 - 2009 in Montepulciano were filmed the Italian scenes from New Moon, the second chapter of the beautiful love story between the restless vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) and the sweet blooded human Bella (Kristen Stewart). The choice of filming the Volterra scenes in Montepulciano (about 120 km away from the home of the Volturi) was due to the fact that shooting here was simply much more comfortable and convenient: the production crew admitted in fact that they knew they could work better here, they knew that major assistance was going to be given and finally it was also a real opportunity to save a lot of money. Volterra did not respond that good of course, but in the end Montepulciano has been awarded the world's most famous modern vampires and the ancient rival just a little bit of fame at least.
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