Movie Travel: Italian Monastery from “The English Patient”

When director Anthony Mingella set sight on the former Benedictine monastery of Sant’Anna in Camprena, a little town outside Pienza, he knew he had found the perfect place to shoot the scenese where a convalescing English patient reveals his tragic past to his nurse in the film The English Patient. The interior features frescoes by Sodoma (1477-1549).

Guests can now spend the night in the former sleeping quarters of the monks (be warned there is no heat) for a very affordable 70 euros per night for a double, including breakfast. In the evening, dinner is available for 20 euros per person. For more information, call (39) 0578 748037 or e-mail