Lucca turns into a set for the shooting of Peter Greenaway’s new movie

The city of the Walls welcomed the first takes of Tower Stories

The wait is finally over. Eight years after his last film, Peter Greenaway is returning to directing with a project set entirely in Lucca, produced by the American company Facing-East, with Italian executive producer Ada Bonvini’s The Family. The British director had been cultivating the desire to shoot a movie in the Tuscan city since 2013, when he was a guest of Lucca Film Festival and presented the multimedia work The towers/Lucca Hubris. Preparation for the film, with an international cast including two Oscar-winners Dustin Hoffman and Helen Hunt, had already begun in 2023 with the collaboration of the City of Lucca.

(Hoffman with the Mayor and tourism Councillor of the city of Lucca © FB Remo Santini)


Shooting of Tower Stories, entirely filmed in the centre of Lucca, began on 25 March and will continue until May. Many locations, indoors and outdoors, including some private palaces, will be involved in the filming. The most spectacular scenes will be those filmed on the Guinigi Tower, but the set will also involve the most iconic places in the city: the Walls, Piazza San Michele, Piazza San Frediano, Via Beccheria, Piazza Antelminelli, Via del Battistero, Piazza Anfiteatro, the Atelier di Sartoria Ricci and historical palaces of great charm such as Palazzo Giustiniani.

(Greenaway during scouting in December ©


The film tells the story of a New York writer who takes a sabbatical to visit Lucca, in search of his distant Italian origins. An opportunity to reflect on life, the past and the choices he has made. Set in 2001, the year of the attack on the twin towers in New York, Tower Stories creates a sort of parallelism with the towers of Lucca.