US actor and director Mel Gibson, star of cult films like Mad Max, Lethal Weapon and Braveheart (for which he won the Oscar for best director in 1996), a blockbuster director like Apocalypto and La Passione, chose Tuscany to spend the holidays with the family. In recent days, Gibson has been spotted in San Gimignano, Siena, Chianti, and Volterra. An informal look, a t-shirt, shorts, a hat, dark glasses and flip-flops, he walked around in the company of his wife and daughter, and was described by everyone as smiling, easy-going, nice. The Hollywood star walked the streets, ate in some local restaurants with the family, and didn't deny a selfie to the many fans who recognized him.
In Siena he had lunch at the historic Osteria Da Divo, Gibson entered because he was attracted by the painting dedicated to the Palio that is posted inside the restaurant while he was walking in Via della Franciosa, not far from the Duomo, and decided to stop for lunch. The actor really loves our city and the Palio; in the summer of 1996 he had in fact stopped for months in Siena, also attending the race from a window on Piazza del Campo. During that stay, he had visited the entire historic centre, meeting with jockeys and representatives of the districts with the idea of making a film about the Palio. There were numerous restrictions imposed by the city on the film and nothing was done about the project, but this surprise visit could lead Gibson to brush up on the ancient idea, which had so fascinated him.