Florence 1934: A diverse group of cultured ladies meet for tea each afternoon: Lady Hester Random (Maggie Smith), widow of the British Ambassador to Italy, Arabella (Judi Dench), an artist and singer, Georgie (Lily Tomlin), the exuberant American archaeologist, and the brash and uninhibited Elsa (Cher).
One of their fold, Mary (Joan Plowright), becomes surrogate mother to a young boy, Luca, and he is soon virtually adopted and brought up by the group of ladies.
- “The banter, jealousy and cattiness among these charming stereotypes of the Anglo-American lifestyle sweepstakes makes much of this engaging film a winner.” – JWR
- “A soothingly old-fashioned, deeply sentimental memory piece.” – Film Journal International
- “It's a lazy, thoroughly old- fashioned entertainment… Yet it's also unexpectedly watchable and unpretentious – campy, too, if you're into that kind of thing – and it communicates a sense that everyone involved had a super time making it.” – Independent on Sunday