Movies Filmed in Florence: Keep Falling in Love with the City

Artwork by Margie Mitchem based on movie set in Florence "Room with a View" by James Ivory (1985): a passionate kiss on a beautiful view, Brunelleschi Florence Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore

Florence needs no introductions, but these films and TV series provide a cinematic passport to the city, inviting you to embrace its artistic vibe.

Artwork by Margie Mitchem based on movie set in Florence "Room with a View" by James Ivory (1985): a passionate kiss on a beautiful view, Brunelleschi Florence Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore


By Gaia Giordani. Cover image: Margie Mitchem for I’M Firenze Digest.

Calling all art aficionados, fashionistas, and beauty enthusiasts! Imagine a city where every cobblestone whispers tales of Renaissance grandeur and fashion-forward locals turn streets into runways – that’s Florence! We traced a visual inspiring path through a selection of movies set in Florence that are unmissable and worth rewatching.
Studying abroad or pursuing a Master’s Degree here isn’t just about education; it’s a lifestyle steeped in artistic splendour. You can unleash your creativity surrounded by masterpieces, stroll through bustling markets for fashion inspo, and revel in the beauty of a city that’s practically an open-air museum. Today this movies set in Florence list is our precious evocative guide.

Artwork by Margie Mitchem based on one movie set in Florence "Room with a View" by James Ivory (1985): a girl on her back looks at a man in a meadow
Margie Mitchem for I’M Firenze Digest

We are living the dream every day, as our editors are students at Istituto Marangoni Firenze, and we’d like you to join us on a little cinematic detour. Are you ready for a dazzling journey through the enchanting streets of Florence? Let’s go! 
If you have a desire to experience the unique style and vibrant art scene of Florence, then grab some popcorn and get ready to indulge in these must-watch films and TV series that capture the heart and soul of Firenze.

Movies set in Florence we loved: The Uffizi Gallery (and much more) in One Trillion Dollars

Start with a new release: the adrenaline-fueled drama One Trillion Dollars(2023), starring the Italian actress Alessandra Mastronardi, who you may recognise from Aziz Ansari’s Master of None. In this TV miniseries, she plays Franca Vacchi, a brilliant economist who attempts to save the world by fulfilling a 500-year-old prophecy. To achieve this, she gives a mind-boggling sum of money, one trillion dollars, to “the chosen one” – a man from Berlin, played by Philip Froissant –   to manage. 
In the first episodes of the TV series, you can witness Florence’s beauty as she takes a stroll at the Uffizi Gallery, admiring a series of priceless artworks. Just don’t be fooled by the fancy lunch break scene, which actually takes place in the art-déco Galleria Subalpina in Turin. Other than that, the Vacchi villa serves as an excellent representation of the Florentine cult for beauty.

Alessandra Mastronardi plays Lucrezia Donati in another TV series to binge-watch: Medici: Masters of Florence” (2016). It’s a historical drama about the powerful Medici family and their influence on the city’s artistic and political landscape during the Renaissance. 

Captivating classics – Florence on the big screen

Fancy old movies? A Room with a View” (1985) takes you on a journey through the picturesque landscapes of Florence. The main character, Lucy Honeychurch, played by Helena Bonham Carter, finds herself caught between societal expectations and the allure of true love. As she navigates the narrow cobblestone streets and takes in the breathtaking views of Florence, you’ll be captivated by the city’s romantic vibe.

Spending months or years abroad to study in another country is a soul-searching journey. The character played by Julia Roberts took one in the film Eat Pray Love (2010), traversing multiple countries. Florence holds a special place in the narrative, offering a backdrop for self-discovery and capturing the city’s vibrant energy. 

Are you all about mystery and intrigue? Inferno (2016) takes you on a thrilling adventure through Florence’s historical sites. Alternatively, you can enjoy Dan Brown’s novel. The film, though, catches glimpses of Florence’s architectural wonders.
Whether you’re exploring the historic streets with Lucy Honeychurch, unravelling mysteries with Tom Hanks, or finding love in the Tuscan sun with Diane Lane, Florence is the star of the show. You can be next!

Breathtaking scenario is one of the most epic movie set in Florence for gamers

Bonus track: are you a gamer? Assassin’s Creed II and its sequel Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood are set in Renaissance Italy, and a significant portion takes place in Florence. You can play Ezio Auditore da Firenze and explore the city’s iconic landmarks, such as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio. You are allowed to roam through Florence’s rooftops (something we don’t recommend doing IRL), including additional thrills to the game.

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