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Heaven, Philippa and Filippo reach the Tuscan town of Montepulciano

Philippa and Filippo reach Montepulciano

Cinema in Toscana  


Heaven (Tom Tykwer, 2002)


Heaven is a 2002 romantic thriller film directed by Tom Tykwer, starring Cate Blanchett and Giovanni Ribisi. Co-screenwriter Krzysztof Kie?lowski intended for it to be the first part of a trilogy (the second being Hell and the third titled Purgatory), but Kie?lowski died before he could complete the project.
In Turin, four innocent people are victims of a bomb attack. An English teacher named Philippa is taken into custody - she does not resist her arrest. Philippa is, nevertheless, utterly destroyed by what has occurred, because the bomb was intended for someone else altogether, namely a drug dealer responsible for the death of her husband as well as the deaths of many of her students.





The film is set in Turin, Italy. It opens with a prologue sequence showing the young Italian Carabinieri clerk Filippo (Ribisi) learning to fly a helicopter using a flight simulator. When he accidentally crashes the virtual helicopter by ascending too dramatically, his instructor tells him, "In a real helicopter, you can't just keep going up and up," prompting Filippo to ask, "How high can i fly?"

The film then cuts to Phillipa (Blanchett), who is preparing to plant a bomb in the downtown office of a high-ranking businessman. Although everything goes according to her plan, the garbage bin in which she places the bomb is emptied by a cleaner immediately after she leaves and later explodes in an elevator, killing four people.

Philippa is tracked down by the Carabinieri, arrested, and brought to the station where Filippo works. When she is questioned, she reveals that she is an English teacher at a local school where several students have recently died of drug-related causes. Discovering that they had all been supplied by the same local cartel, she had contacted the Carabinieri with the names of the drug ring leaders, begging them to intervene, but was repeatedly ignored.

At her wits' end, she decided to kill the leader of the cartel, the businessman whose office she targeted. In the process of her interrogation, Filippo (who is translating her confession for his superiors) falls in love with Philippa and helps her escape from Carabinieri custody. After she kills the drug lord who was her original target, the pair become fugitives from the law and flee to the countryside, where they eventually find refuge with one of Philippa's friends and finally consummate their relationship.

When the authorities raid the house where they are hiding, the fugitives steal a Carabinieri helicopter parked on the front lawn and escape by air. The officers on the ground fire repeatedly at them, to no avail, as the craft climbs higher and higher and finally disappears.


Cate Blanchett... Philippa
Giovanni Ribisi... Filippo
Remo Girone... The Father
Stefania Rocca... Regina
Alessandro Sperduti... Ariel


Spiegel im Spiegel
Composed by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Vladimir Spivakov (violin), Sergej Bezrodny (piano)


Heaven was shot in Montepulciano, (Siena, Tuscany), (Turin, Piedmont) and Bottrop (North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany) among other places.




Montepulciano, Palazzo Municipale
Montepulciano, Palazzo Municipale


Heaven (2002 movie) poster.jpg

The part of the movie "Heaven" (2002) set in Montepulciano, Tuscany

The subtle choice of locations governs the tone of the film, from the mysterious attic where the fugitives enjoy a charmed sanctuary, to the noble church of San Biaggio in Montepulciano where Filippo’s father bids farewell to his son. This scene brings the main characters to the Val d'Orcia by train.


The train shown when Filippo and Philippa arrive in Tuscany





Heaven Movie Trailer





Piazza Grande, 53045 Montepulciano 

Piazza Grande, Montepulciano 





This article incorporates material from the Wikipedia article Heaven (2002 film)  and  published under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Bagno Vignoni
Bagno San Filippo
Villa Geggiano

Bagno Vignoni was the location in which the majority of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1983 film Nostalghia were shot.   Bagno San Filippo was the location in which parts of Alice Rohrwacher's 2014 film Le Meraviglie were shot.  

Villa Geggiano was the locationin Stealing Beauty (Io ballo da sola) (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1996)


Podere Santa Pia is an artistic property, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the splendor of the Maremma hills of southern Tuscany. Situated in the spectacular scenario of the Tuscan countryside and hills, Podere Santa Pia is the ideal property for a holiday accommodation and vacation in Tuscany. The house is an authentic holiday home in Castiglioncello Bandini, a small village in the Tuscan Maremma. The original building was a small cloister, and today it is a perfect holiday home. The house offers four large bedrooms on the first floor with a total of eleven accommodations.
Podere Santa Pia is one of the best places to slow travel in southern Tuscany. Explore the medieval hillside villages of Pienza, Castelmuzio and Monticchiello on your way to Siena, watch the Ponte della Pia near the Eremo di Rosia and, try some Vino Nobile wines in Montepulciano, or the Brunello wines in Montalcino, counted among the most prestigious of Italian wines.

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Podere Santa Pia
Podere Santa Pia, giardino
San Qurico d'Orcia

Siena, Piazza del Campo. GeoEye-1.50-meter resolution collected 15 August 2009

Prato, Duomo
Siena was the background for Palio, a gripping documentary by female director and Tuscan native Cosima Spender, about the Palio in Siena.
Siena, Duomo
Prato was the venue for Giuseppe Bertolucci's Berlinguer ti voglio Bene, where Roberto Benigni made his debut.
Crete Senesi, surroundings of Podere Santa Pia