Under the Tuscan Sun

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Under the Tuscan Sun (Touchstone Movie)

“Under the Tuscan Sun” is a romantic comedy-drama film released by Touchstone Pictures in 2003. It was directed by Audrey Wells and is based on the memoir of the same name by Frances Mayes. The film stars Diane Lane, Sandra Oh, and Lindsay Duncan.

The story follows Frances Mayes, portrayed by Diane Lane, a recently divorced writer who impulsively buys a rundown villa in Tuscany, Italy, while on a tour with her best friend Patti, played by Sandra Oh. Seeking a fresh start and a change of scenery, Frances decides to renovate the villa and starts a new life in the picturesque Italian countryside.

As she immerses herself in the local culture and interacts with the charming and quirky residents, Frances begins to heal from her failed marriage and discovers a new sense of purpose. She also becomes involved in the lives of those around her, including her eccentric real estate agent and a group of Polish immigrants who help her with the renovations.

Throughout her journey, Frances finds love, friendship, and unexpected opportunities that bring joy and meaning back into her life. The film beautifully captures the beauty of Tuscany and its enchanting landscapes, providing a breathtaking backdrop to Frances’ emotional and personal transformation.

“Under the Tuscan Sun” is praised for its heartwarming and uplifting story, as well as Diane Lane’s captivating performance as the resilient and lovable protagonist. The film explores themes of self-discovery, healing, and the power of embracing life’s uncertainties with open arms.

In addition to the engaging story and stunning visuals, the film also celebrates the joys of Italian culture, cuisine, and the simple pleasures of life. It resonates with audiences who are seeking inspiration, adventure, and the possibility of finding love and happiness in unexpected places.

“Under the Tuscan Sun” received positive reviews from critics and became a box office success. It remains a beloved film, known for its feel-good vibes and the way it transports viewers to the enchanting landscapes of Tuscany, reminding them of the beauty of life and the importance of embracing new beginnings.

Additional Details


  • Diane Lane: Frances Mayes
  • Sandra Oh: Patti
  • Lindsay Duncan: Katherine
  • Raoul Bova: Marcello
  • Vincent Riotta: Martini
  • Mario Monicelli: Old man with flowers
  • Roberto Nobile: Placido
  • Anita Zagaria: Fiorella
  • Evelina Gori: Nona Cardinale
  • Kate Walsh: Grace
  • Pawel Szajda: Pawel
  • David Sutcliffe: Ed
  • Jeffrey Tambor: Lawyer
  • Giulia Steigerwalt: Chiara
  • Valentine Pelka: Jerzy
  • Sasa Vulicevic: Zbigniew
  • Massimo Sarchielli: Nino
  • Claudia Gerini: Signora Raguzzi
  • Laura Pestellini: Contessa
  • Don McManus: Nasty Man
  • Matt Salinger: Colleague
  • Elden Henson: Author
  • Jack Kehler: Apartment Manager
  • Kristoffer Ryan Winters: David Tour Guide
  • Nuccio Siano: Gianni
  • Malva Guicheney: Gianni’s Daughter
  • Dan Bucatinsky: Rodney


  • Director: Audrey Wells
  • Producers: Tom Sternberg and Audrey Wells
  • Screenplay: Audrey Wells

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