Several small towns scattered through central Italy far from usual touristic routes...
Once we had the chance to learn that the author of the early Italian story about Romeo and Juliet first called it "JOYFUL STORY..." and we think that there was nothing amazing in it despite the sorrowful ending of the tale.
One must note that in this context the word "joyful" does'nt mean "merry" nor "amusing", but understands Happiness in the highest meaning of this noun: the capability of experimenting THE great Love, the sacred gift from heaven of which Romeo and Juliet were so generously endowed.
Strangely enough, Tuscania in not situated in Tuscany but in the Latium region on the border with Tuscany.
It is known that this small fascinating town, attracted Maestro Zeffirelli with its ancient basilica of St. Under the vaults of this church and in its gloomy crypt have been shot the most joyful scene of the movie (the wedding) and the most tormenting one (the death).
Also the scene of Romeo's dialogue with Juliet's nurse and that of friar Laurence's cell have been shot there.