Friday, January 4, 2013

A Room with a View (1985)

dir. James Ivory

Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham Carter) gets a room without a view – Pensione Quisisana, Lungarno degli Archibusieri 4, Florence, Italy. The Pensione Quisisana was damaged by a car bomb blast in 1993 and had to close. It's now the Hotel degli Orafi.

The titular view was filmed from the terrace of a private residence across the Arno River.

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Lucy and her chaperone Charlotte Bartlett (Maggie Smith) embark on a tour of Florence with another guest, novelist Eleanor Lavish (Judy Dench) - Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy.

Eleanor salutes to the statue of Grand Duke Ferdinand I, Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy.

Lucy wanders off to explore more sights alone – Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence, Italy.

The Santa Croce interior

Lucy looking at Dante's cenotaph - Santa Croce, Piazza Santa Croce 16, Florence. A cenotaph is an "empty tomb" or a monument erected in honor of someone whose remains are elsewhere. Dante is actually buried in Ravenna where he died in exile.

Lucy entering the Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy.

Lucy admires the sculptures at the Loggia dei Lanzi, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

One of the sculptures is Cellini’s "Perseus holding the head of Medusa."

Lucy witnesses a bloody fight between the locals by the Neptune Fountain, Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

Lucy is consoled by George Emerson (Julian Sands) - Uffizi Gallery, Lungarno degli Archibusieri, Florence, Italy

The rest of the movie was filmed in England. I may cover these locations at some point.

See also...

The Wings of the Dove

Howards End


  1. Thanks so much for this info, I love this film

  2. I love this but I don't suppose you happen to know where the scene in the field where George kisses Lucy for the first time is? I know its in the hills of Fiesole but was hoping to get a more exact idea of the location as I am visitng there in a months time. thanks, Kate

    1. Sorry, Kate. I don't know. It's been a while since I was researching this film.

  3. I lived on the slopes of Fiesole and did not recognize the meadow with such high grass. may be in private area...

  4. I found the location…the villa website does mention the film being made in their grounds as well.

  5. Thank you 4 the locations (+ kiss scene) !

    Da' be' rami scendea
    dolce ne la memoria
    una pioggia di fior' sovra 'l suo grembo