The Twilight Series, written by Stephenie Meyer, was not something I ever intended on reading. I filed it away with the Harry Potter Series as something I would never actively go out of my way to read and/or watch. Meanwhile, everyone around me seemed to be falling prey to Twilight. It wasn’t until a year after the movie was released that I also found myself completely sucked into the world of Twilight. A good friend of mine had read through the whole series, and immediately bought me a copy of the first book of the series, Twilight, insisting that I read it and promising me I would not be disappointed. I was just finishing another book and was looking for something easy and light to read next. So, I decided to give it a go. I finished the book in less than 2 weeks and before I knew it, I found myself standing in front of the Twilight book display in Chapters with my hands tightly gripping the second book, New Moon.
Needless to say, I finished reading the whole series, and I’m looking forward to seeing New Moon on the big screen. The movie for New Moon, up until a couple weeks ago, was being filmed in Vancouver. This week however, filming began in Tuscany, Italy – Montepulciano to be exact. With a little bit of movie magic, Montepulciano will pose as Volterra, home base of the powerful Volturi vampire coven. Why is the real Volterra not being used? I don’t really know, but the tourism site for the real Volterra is all over New Moon, Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and the whole Twilight phenomenon. Volterra is described quite vividly in the book, so it will be interesting to see how the Montepulciano “Volterra” holds up and if it can do the real Volterra justice!
Unfortunately, that will have to wait unti the movie hits theatres this November. But, in the meantime, there are plenty of pictures surfacing all over the internet to give us a taste.
Photo credit: Black Mine Valentine
Montepulciano set of the clock tower in Volterra
Photo credit: Black Moon Valentine
Montepulciano set of fountain from New Moon.
For those that happen to be in Tuscany and have time to visit the real Volterra, you can follow this map and visit some of the real sights of Volterra mentioned in the New Moon novel.