When the ageing Emperor chooses Roman general Maximus as his heir instead of his own son, a power struggle ensues, resulting in Maximus being condemned to fight in the gladiator pits. Fuelled by the loss of his family, Maximus rises up to exact revenge.
What takes place at the scene: In a series of dreamlike moments, Maximus takes viewers to the beautiful and peaceful rolling hills of Tuscany where his family lived. These vignettes motivate Maximus to continue fighting, and motivate us to reach for our passports!
People who starred: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Oliver Reed, Connie Nielsen
Year of release in UK: 2000
Insider blogger tips to Tuscany, Italy
BEST TIME TO GO TO TUSCANY
In summer visitors can enjoy high temperatures of 31°C, but with a destination full of attractions to be seen, the best time to visit is between March and June, when temperatures are at a comfortable 20°C.
WHERE IS IT IN THE WORLD
Florence and Siena are popular city destinations in Tuscany, but the rolling hills which feature in Gladiator are some of the most iconic landscapes associated with Italy. The fields used in filming are located outside of Pienza, an hour’s drive from Siena.