Under the Tuscan Sun
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Under the Tuscan Sun can be found here.

Yes. Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy is a 1996 book by American author Frances Mayes. The book was adapted to the screen by director Audrey Wells.

Yes and no. The novel depicts Frances Mayes' experiences buying, renovating, and living in an abandoned villa in rural Cortona, Tuscany, but the movie is a fictionalized version of Frances (Diane Lane)'s memoirs.

Frances' villa is named "Bramasole," which translates as "yearning for the sun." Bramasole is located near the old, walled, Etruscan town of Cortona in central Italy near the Tuscany-Umbria border in the valley of Chiana. Information about Bramasole and the olive vineyards that it houses can be found here and here. The movie version of Bramasole, however, is actually the nearby Villa Laura.

The general consensus is that the faucet represents Frances. At the beginning of the movie, both the faucet and Frances were dry and without spirit. At the end of the story, both Frances and the faucet were overflowing.

That was limoncello, made from sugar, water, 96% alcohol, and lemon zest (peels).

That was Positano, a town on the western coast south of Naples.


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