Under the Tuscan Sun (2003) Poster


Every time a group of nuns is seen on screen, they are eating: first at the market, then sitting on a terrace and finally during the wedding.
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The elderly owner of Bramasole, grateful for a sign that Frances is the "right" buyer, cries out, "Grazie, Santo Francesco!" when a bird defecates on Frances' head. "Santo Francesco" is Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals.
Zeus the art model was fully nude during filming. Digital underwear was added in post-production to avoid an R-rating.
Kate Walsh plays the significant other of Sandra Oh; both went on to play doctors in Grey's Anatomy (2005).
The visual part of Jeffrey Tambor's role as the divorce lawyer was cut from the film at Tambor's own insistence. Tambor was so impressed by Diane Lane's performance that he insisted to Audrey Wells that the scene would have more emotional impact if his character remained unseen.
The "German couple" which tries to buy Bramasole when the main character appears on the scene has been edited into a French couple in the German dubbing of the movie.
The director wanted to cast actual Polish actors to play the immigrant Polish workers in the film, but couldn't due problems and delays getting work visas for the Polish actors from the Italian government.
Writer/director Audrey Wells said that when she was writing the script, the only actress she thought of to play Patti was Sandra Oh. They had worked together on Guinevere (1999). One of Oh's guests on the Italian location was her fiancé Alexander Payne.
Shares filming location of Montepulciano, Italy with study abroad documentary Di passaggio (2009) and The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009).


Matthew Labyorteaux: The man crying through the wall in the hotel Frances is staying in after her divorce.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The original memoir is quite different from the film: the real Frances Mayes bought a house with her fiancé, after consulting with her family and they enjoyed the new pleasures of Tuscany together. In the film, Frances is already married in the beginning and becomes abruptly divorced after her worthless husband leaves her for an affair. She then finds the house while alone on a tour given to her as a gift.

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