Under the Tuscan Sun: Beautiful Villa Laura

Have you had a chance to visit the beautiful table settings linked for yesterday’s Tablescape Thursday? I had so much fun clicking on all the links yesterday. I wish I could leave a comment at every single blog and tablescape I visited, but unfortunately that would take about 12 hours. I’m afraid my comments would be the ravings of a crazy nut if I left comments for 12 hours. πŸ˜‰ But please know I do visit as many as I can each week, even if I don’t get a chance to leave a comment.

A few weeks ago we toured the beautiful old villa used in the filming of the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun. (You can view that post HERE.) When I was doing a little research for that post, I discovered the villa in the movie wasn’t the actual villa bought by the author of the book by the same title. Frances Mayes, the author who wrote the book upon which the movie was based, bought Bramasole pictured below.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The movie was actually filmed in another villa in Italy, Villa Laura.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

In 2006 Villa Laura was sold and the new owners completed a full restoration of the property.

Villa Laura Used in Under The Tuscan Sun

 

Let’s take a look at how Villa Laura looks now after its restoration/renovation. It’s still very beautiful.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

It appears this beautiful arched doorway will take us into the living room…

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

I am guessing the above room is this room in the movie below. Look closely and you can see the floor is tiled in the movie, too.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The current kitchen in Villa Laura:

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

Beautiful!

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

Here’s a view of the kitchen in the movie. Quite different isn’t it? I believe I like the stove after the restoration a lot better. πŸ˜‰

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The current dining room in Villa Laura:

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

And here’s a view into the dining room in the movie. At one point during the movie, while the restoration was going on, they were eating off a table made of lumber/boards.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

Here’s a little view of some of the bedrooms from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

And here are two of the bedrooms in Villa Laura today. Aren’t the terracotta floors beautiful?! According to the information at the Villa Laura website, all the tile was removed, cleaned and re-installed. Can you imagine? That’s a true labor of love.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

If you’re traveling to Italy, you can actually stay in Villa Laura. It is 6,000 sq. ft. spanning over three floors. It will sleep ten. You’ll find more information at this website, HERE.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

This was the only bathroom we were able to see in the movie.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

Here’s a bathroom in Villa Laura today. I wonder if this is the same bath as the one pictured above. The window looks similar.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

The photo below was also on the Villa Laura site. It is a view of a “neighboring castle” and you can see it from a window at Villa Laura. Now, how often do you get to look out a window and spy a “neighboring castle?” πŸ™‚ Love it!

Click HERE for a full tour of Villa Laura as it was in the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun.

The Real Villa in the movie Under the Tuscan Sun: Villa Laura

All photos of the restored Villa Laura are from Villa Vacations, HERE.

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Comments

  1. Nita {ModVintageLife} says:

    Great post!!!!

  2. Now I know I shouldn't say it, but I quite liked the house before the renovation. I absolutely love the slightly raggedy old mediteranean style. The washed out terracotta and sunflower yellow. I honestly believe If ever get to live in my dream house it will be just like that!

    However I do agree with you Susan, the new cooker is amazing. I had one like that in the UK, but here in NZ they are just to expensive. Ah well…never mind..it gives me something to moan about. lol

    Jo

  3. All I can say is Gorgeous!

  4. Lisa@Pickles and Cheese says:

    That was a fun post to see today. I loved that book and movie. The real locations are lovely. Thanks for this today!

  5. Oh, my. What a kitchen! Love it! Thanks for sharing the great pics.

  6. My heart still flutters. Ahhhh! franki

  7. Kristine: Lakeshore Cottage Living says:

    I just loved that movie. Thank you for sharing this. I would love to go and stay there…it is amazingly beautiful.

  8. Have you ever been to Italy?? I wait for you…when you're going to come…call me!!!! Hugs, Flavia

  9. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Flavia, no…but I would love to go some day! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Flavia!

  10. Love this post Susan, but I have to say I kinda like this beautiful villa before the restoration. Had sooo much more character and the overgrowness (is that a word?) of the outdoors was intriguing. I do have to say I actually love the real villa of the woman who wrote the book. It's gorgeous!

  11. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    I LOVE ITALY!!!

    Fabby

  12. Divine Theatre says:

    (((swoon)))
    Please come visit my post on my most recent shelter pet in need and enter my GIVEAWAY!

    Andie

  13. Fascinating, Susan! Thank you for sharing this today. It's cool and overcast here; the Tuscan sun sounds really appealing. Since a weekend getaway to Italy seems unlikely, I think I'll watch the film again and fire up the gas logs!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    Bill

  14. Oh how much I love this movie! Lucky girl getting to visit Tuscany. Next time please take this fellow Southerner with you. :0)

  15. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Your original post inspired me to check the book out of the library. As soon as I finish it, I'll order the movie, too. Looking forward to it.

    Thanks!
    Marilyn

  16. Christina - Summer Year Round says:

    I love this; the bf and I plan to get abroad in the next two years!

    Christina
    ps – check out my Cory Renee Clutch Giveaway!

  17. Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com says:

    so, here we are, living not far from tuscany and just how different life is from the book (never saw the movie).

    it sure is very pretty here, but … there are more sides to living in Italy

  18. Piorra Maison says:

    none-the-less they are both beautiful.
    Caroline

  19. Cote de Texas says:

    wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    remember when they broke through the wall in the movie???? soo great. i have to say it looks much prettier today, i would love to stay there!!!

  20. Barbara F. says:

    Hi! I've visited before but am now a follower! Love this post. I enjoyed the movie and have been dreaming of a Tuscan vacation ever since. It is on my bucket list for sure. xo,

  21. Visual Vamp says:

    I love this!
    Wouldn't it be wonderful to own it? Or at least rent it for a couple of months?
    xo xo

  22. Carrie'sCreations says:

    What a fabulous post!!! That is a favorite movie of mine and it's terrific to see it then and now. What a dream vacation that would be, sigh!!

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