317 user 109 critic

Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)

2:32 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

A writer impulsively buys a villa in Tuscany in order to change her life.



(book), (screen story) | 1 more credit »
2,212 ( 439)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Good Year (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A forty-something preschool teacher looks to the personals for a change of pace and a relationship, with hilarious results.

Director: Gary David Goldberg
Stars: Diane Lane, John Cusack, Elizabeth Perkins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A doctor who is traveling to see his estranged son sparks with an unhappily married woman at a North Carolina inn.

Director: George C. Wolfe
Stars: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
Eat Pray Love (2010)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A married woman realizes how unhappy her marriage really is, and that her life needs to go in a different direction. After a painful divorce, she takes off on a round-the-world journey to "find herself".

Director: Ryan Murphy
Stars: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins
Unfaithful (2002)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Single-girl anxiety causes Kat Ellis (Messing) to hire a male escort (Mulroney) to pose as her boyfriend at her sister's wedding. Her plan, an attempt to dupe her ex-fiancé, who dumped her a couple years prior, proves to be her undoing.

Director: Clare Kilner
Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Debra Messing, Jack Davenport
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the "Secretaries of Juliet".

Director: Gary Winick
Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A free-thinking art professor teaches conservative 1950s Wellesley girls to question their traditional social roles.

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A swinger on the cusp of being a senior citizen with a taste for young women falls in love with an accomplished woman closer to his age.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Two business rivals who despise each other in real life unwittingly fall in love over the Internet.

Director: Nora Ephron
Stars: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Greg Kinnear
The Holiday (2006)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries, where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried.

Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin


Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Riotta ...
Roberto Nobile ...
Anita Zagaria ...
Evelina Gori ...
Giulia Steigerwalt ...
Sasa Vulicevic ...
Massimo Sarchielli ...
Signora Raguzzi


Frances Mayes is a San Francisco based literature professor, literary reviewer and author, who is struggling in writing her latest book. Her outwardly perfect and stable life takes a turn when her husband files for divorce as he wants to marry the woman with who he is having an affair, the infidelity and marital problem of which Frances was unaware. As Frances was supporting him as he was writing his own book, he sues for alimony despite Frances not being wealthy herself. And he wants to keep the house. Frances eventually accepts her best friend Patti's offer of a vacation, a gay tour of Tuscany which Patti and her lesbian partner Grace originally purchased for themselves before Patti found out that she is pregnant. The gift is a means to escape dealing with the divorce, from which Patti feels Frances may never recover emotionally without some intervention. Feeling that Patti's assessment may be correct in that she has too much emotional baggage ever to return to San Francisco, ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

villa | writer | book | vacation | author | See All (166) »


The Only Thing More Surprising Than The Chance She's Taking...Is Where It's Taking Her See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






| | | | |

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bajo el sol de Toscana  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,751,425 (USA) (26 September 2003)


$43,601,508 (USA) (30 January 2004)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Zeus the art model was fully nude during filming. Digital underwear was added in post-production to avoid an R-rating. See more »


Before Francesca first kisses Marcello on the beach, a light sheet is visible reflected in her sunglasses. See more »


Frances: Do traffic lights mean anythng around here?
Marcello: Sure. Green light - avanti, avanti. Yellow light - decoration.
Frances: What about red light?
Marcello: Just a suggestion.
See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.8 (2010) See more »


Il vecchiotto cerca moglie
(from "Il barbiere di Siviglia" Act II No. 14: Berta's aria)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Magyar Rádió Énekkara (as Hungarian Radio Chorus) (credited but not used) and the Failoni Kamerazenekar (as Failoni Chamber Orchestra)
Sung by Ingrid Kertesi (uncredited)
Courtesy of Naxos
By Arrangement with Source/Q
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

18 November 2009 | by (Lebanon) – See all my reviews

It's a story about how people who want things badly rush themselves into experiences that are worse than their previous ones. It's a good movie with several deep messages. The movie also has a certain atmosphere that makes you feel as if you are in Tuscan on a trip yourself. I have to disagree with the view that says you need to be in love to enjoy the movie. All what you need is some depth and you will definitely relate to the protagonist. She happens to be healing from a failing marriage but you can relate to her story if you are dealing with any kind of problems in your life.

There is one specific part of the movie which I truly like is the one where she defends the love story of a young couple though she was hurt. This shows that even though she failed she didn't cease to believe in love. She succeeded in going out of the egocentricity of a person who usually hates good for people if his life is not working successfully.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Sad to see how we (in italy) are seen from americans jrebek
Am I The Only One.....? littlebeaublue
The couple purchasing the house before Frances..... JoanHolloway1979
Book vs Movie happyecd13
movies with similar settings? cyncinderella
anyone else see the LOA message in this movie? jbird060
Discuss Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: