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Hannibal, Ridley Scott

Hannibal, the 2001 American psychological thriller film by Ridley Scott, has nearly a hundred locations among which beautiful locations in Florence. Adapted from Thomas Harris’ homonymous novel, the movie is a sequel to the 1991 Academy Award-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. The novel is actually based on the true case of serial killings of couples which occurred in Florence between 1968 and 1985. An illiterate farm laborer Pietro Pacciani was convicted in 1994 of seven of the eight double killings. However, soon suspicion arose that the ritualized murders were too sophisticated to have been committed by a sloppy individual and were probably the work of a group of society figures.Thomas Harris, sitting in on the original hearings, seemed to share suspicions and made his fictional killer, Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist.

In this movie Hannibal (Anthony Hopkins) is now living in Florence, where Chief Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi (Giancarlo Giannini) is investigating the disappearance of a library curator. Ridley Scott, who had never filmed in Florence before, described it as “quite an experience”, especially as the crew was filming at the height of tourist season in some of Florence’s most famous places such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Palazzo Capponi and the Capponi Library (the curator of which is Hannibal masquerading as Dr. Fell, an expert in Florentine art and history), Mercato Vecchio, Mercato Nuovo, the Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella (where Hannibal buys almond soap and perfumed products for Clarice, the FBI agent) and the Cathedral.
Farmacia Santa Maria Novella
The shop:
- Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via della Scala, 16 - 50123
- Officina Profumo - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella
Via Reginaldo Giuliani, 143/A, 50141

The first appearance of Inspector Pazzi’s occurs in Piazza della Signoria. He meets Hannibal in the Salone del Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio.
Salone del Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio

The street café from which Pazzi is spying on Hannibal is Caffè Rivoire, Piazza della Signoria 5.
If you came to florence in winter stop at Caffè Rivoire for a hot chocolate. In summer drink an ice tea and eat a big homemade ice cream.

Hannibal stabs the gypsy Enrico Loverso and washes his bloody hands in the Porcellino Fountain inside the Mercato Nuovo.

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In a movie Hannibal Lecter walking along the river Arno

This little piece of garden is under the Uffizi and near the Ponte Vecchio.

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